Hillsborough County files ‘opioid’ lawsuit

Hillsborough County has filed a lawsuit in the 13th judicial circuit court in Hillsborough County against 14 manufacturers and distributors alleging they have played a role in the opioid epidemic in the county. The county has hired a national team of lawyers to represent them in the lawsuit, with attorney Mike Moore as the lead litigant. Moore, a former Mississippi attorney general, is now … [Read more...]

Storeright Self Storage to open in Lutz

Construction workers are clearing land and building mini-warehouses for a new Storeright Self Storage facility in Lutz. The project, at Crystal Grove Boulevard and U.S. 41, comes nearly 18 years after the Hillsborough County Commission approved a plan to allow about 75,000 square feet of offices, restaurants, drugstores and child care centers. Big box retail was banned. However, in October … [Read more...]

El Dorado Furniture opening fall 2019 at Brightwork Crossing

The largest Hispanic-owned furniture retailer in the United States plans to open a new store in the mixed-use, residential and commercial project, known as Brightwork Crossing. An apartment complex at Brightwork Crossing is under construction at State Road 54 and Wesley Chapel Boulevard. Shops and a hotel are planned, too. A new Burger King restaurant recently opened on a parcel, fronting … [Read more...]

Apartments on the rise at Brightwork Crossing

Brightwork Crossing is going vertical. Brick-and-mortar tower-like structures are rising on the 32-acre site, off State Road 54, west of Wesley Chapel Boulevard. These are early signs of an apartment complex approved for up to 350 units. The complex will be a series of four-story buildings with more than 60 apartments per building, according to county records. Permits also have been … [Read more...]

Development coming by Lexington Oaks

New development is headed to vacant land fronting the Lexington Oaks subdivision. The Pasco County Commission approved a change to the county’s comprehensive land use plan, and a zoning amendment, to allow for the development of a residential and commercial project at Lexington Oaks Boulevard and Wesley Chapel Boulevard. The boulevard is within the wider Wesley Chapel area, at the epicenter … [Read more...]

Brightwork Crossing under construction on State Road 54

Brightwork Crossing is a mixed-use development under construction on about 32 acres close to Tampa Premium Outlets and Cypress Creek Town Center. Up to 350 apartments, 250,000 square feet of offices, retail and self-storage, and a 150-room hotel can be built. Site plans are on file with Pasco County for a WaWa convenience store, Firestone Complete Auto Care store and Burger King. The … [Read more...]

Medication can reverse effects of opioid overdoses

As communities across the nation struggle with an opioid epidemic, there’s a medication — that’s not widely known — that can reverse the effects of an overdose and save lives. Its generic name is naloxone. About 75 people attended a June 15 seminar on opioid addiction and the benefits of naloxone moderated by Judge Shawn Crane, who presides in the sixth circuit. Law enforcement officers, … [Read more...]

Super Saturday offers a swingin’ good time

It might’ve been April Fool’s Day, but this softball event was no joke. It’s called Super Saturday, and it’s an annual fundraiser for Lutz Softball, a recreational fast-pitch league for girls ages 5 through 18. On April 1, several hundred softball families gathered to cheer on more than 20 teams, soaking in the daylong festivities at the Oscar Cooler Youth Sports Complex. Besides a … [Read more...]

New apartments and offices approved

Brightworks Crossing — a mixed-use project calling for offices, self-storage units, apartments, and a hotel with up to 150 rooms, landed on the desks of Pasco County’s planners nearly a year ago. And, on Aug. 9, the Pasco County Commission pushed the project along with a series of approvals. Commissioners unanimously agreed to amend the county’s comprehensive land use plan and to rezone the … [Read more...]

Bids come in too low for Eve’s Garden

Auctioneer Marty Higgenbotham called a halt to the public auction of real estate at Eve’s Garden when it became clear the bids were too low. But, Higgenbotham and owner Evie Lynn say they will keep working to sell the property for the best price they can get. “It was too soon, too quick,” said Lynn of the auction’s scheduled date of June 10. Potential buyers didn’t have enough time to … [Read more...]