Collaboration creates connectivity

The opening of the State Road 56 Extension between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills has a personal benefit for Alora Butler, a student at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. She said the new road segment will cut her 30-minute commute to school in half. It also reduces the time that the Zephyrhills resident spends on the road, to get to leisure activities or do … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills chamber names new director

Zephyrhills native Melonie Monson has been named as the new executive director for the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. She was appointed to the post on Feb. 16 and will begin work on Feb. 29. She replaces Rod Mayhew, who held the job about three months before stepping down in January. Monson, 54, spent the past year working as assistant city clerk for the city of … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills chamber seeks new director

For the second time in less than six months, the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new executive director to run its day-to-day operations. Chamber president Tim Linville said the chamber hopes to have someone in place by early March to “get prepared for next year.” The new hire will replace Rod Mayhew, who left the post in January. He began working for the chamber … [Read more...]

Chamber director ready to move forward

Ideas come readily to Rod Mayhew; sometimes they can wake him up in the middle of the night. The city of Zephyrhills and its future growth are where his thoughts have been focused, day or night, for the past two weeks. He is the new executive director of the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, stepping into the leadership role held by Vonnie Mikkelsen for six years. Mikkelsen … [Read more...]

Chamber exec leaves her mark

Vonnie Mikkelsen is wrapping up her work this week at the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce to take on a similar role for the chamber of commerce in Springfield, Oregon. Making the decision to leave her current post was no easy choice, Mikkelsen said. “This was not just a job to me. It was really a commitment. It’s where my heart was. It’s where I grew at the same time that I saw … [Read more...]

BizWalks survey highlights Zephryhills’ market power

As community leaders talked recently with business owners about their job needs, it became clear that many were looking to hire military veterans. But they didn’t know how to get the word out. That disconnect became the first challenge identified in the inaugural BizWalks 2014-15 report, a survey sponsored by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and the Pasco Economic Development … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce pays it forward

The scent of barbecue and the sounds of bands belting out the blues aren’t the only sweet things to come out of the fifth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ and Blues Fest at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. There’s also the money that the event generates. This year, the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce handed out more than $15,000 in donations to eight civic clubs and youth groups, … [Read more...]

From cow pasture to four-lane road?

When motorists get to the end of State Road 56 at Meadow Pointe Boulevard, they’ll see cows grazing in an open pasture. But Zephyrhills leaders are pushing for an entirely new view for that plot of land. They envision it as the start of the first four-lane road to lead into their community. And, they’re turning up the heat on state lawmakers and county officials to try to make that … [Read more...]

Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest draws record crowd

About 8,000 people attended the fifth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest, breaking another record for the event founded in 2010 by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. Besides attracting thousands to enjoy the barbecue and bands, the event on Jan. 17 at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, also lured 51 teams to compete to see who makes the best barbecue. Thirty-nine teams … [Read more...]

Seasonal residents find plenty to like about life in Zephyrhills

Motorists cruising through Zephyrhills along State Road 54 or U.S. 301 may not realize what a mecca the city is for residents wanting to escape winter’s chill. If those passing through took a closer look, however, they’d observe the myriad mobile home parks dotting the community. There’s Betmar Acres, at 37145 Lakewood Drive, which founder M.H. Meengs and his partner, George Sprinkle … [Read more...]