Bond issue for jail and fire rescue expansions?

Pasco County commissioners are considering a possible referendum to see voter approval for a 30-year bond issue that would pay for a jail expansion, four new fire stations, and the expansion of five existing fire stations. The $185 million bond issue, earmarked for public safety, would be placed before voters on the November ballot. County commissioners got preliminary data on the bond at a … [Read more...]

‘Get Loud!’ takes aim at sexual assault, domestic violence

Cheers normally reverberate through Wiregrass Ranch High School’s gymnasium when a boys basketball player on the home team scores. That didn’t happen though during the initial minutes of the varsity team’s Jan. 30 game against Sunlake High School. Instead, spectators remained silent, in response to signs being shown to them that said “Shhh” and “Be Quiet.” The crowd kept quiet until … [Read more...]

Suncoast Arts Fest getting ready for really, really big show

Fine Arts of the Suncoast Inc., is getting ready for this 13th annual Suncoast Arts Fest — featuring 110 artists from across the country and Canada. The event, held at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, is scheduled for Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. When the weather is good, the two-day event has drawn up to 80,000 visitors, said Jennifer Douglas, the festival manager. She noted that … [Read more...]

Compark 75 sold to Atlanta investors

Compark 75, a Class A industrial park off Wesley Chapel Boulevard, is under new ownership, according to a news release from Cushman & Wakefield. The real estate services company negotiated the sale of five buildings at the park to MDH Atlantic Acquisitions LLC. The Atlanta-based real estate investment company has more than 11 million square feet of properties in the southeastern United … [Read more...]

New space sought for Zephyrhills Senior Center

Pasco County Senior Services is seeking a new location for the Zephyrhills Senior Center, after its abrupt closure at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church. Last month, the church informed the county it no longer could support the program, citing financial reasons. The senior center closed on Dec. 31. It been operated at the church since 2010. Under a public-private agreement, the church … [Read more...]

Local dancer gets big break in ‘The Greatest Showman’

When Chelsea Caso recently went to watch “The Greatest Showman” at Cobb Grove 16 in Wesley Chapel, she wasn’t going to watch just any movie. She was going to watch a movie that she is in. And, the young woman who grew up in Lutz, didn’t go to the viewing alone. She joined 115 of her favorite people for a private screening. Her family was there. Her neighbors were there. Dancing … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools has big plans for 2018

Pasco County Schools expects 2018 to be a busy year for planning, designing, renovating expanding and building new school projects. Among the largest renovation projects are Land O ‘Lakes High School in Land O’ Lakes and Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills. John Petrashek, director of construction services for Pasco County Schools, said he expected the first phase of a massive … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Recalling some top moments in sports for 2017

Coaches were celebrated, state titles acquired and local athletes turned in outstanding performances. The past year brought countless moments and lasting memories in sports, from Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, across to Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. Here’s a look back at some of the top sports happenings from 2017: Florida Hospital Center Ice opens Hockey and ice-skating enthusiasts rejoiced … [Read more...]

New connection being eyed between Mansfield and Kinnan

Pasco County officials aren’t taking a position as yet on tearing away barricades, and connecting Kinnan Street and Mansfield Boulevard. Hillsborough County officials, however, are budgeting $250,000 to get the job done. Hillsborough’s budget decision won’t influence Pasco’s decision, according to Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. Pasco wants to know the results of a study that it … [Read more...]