Tourism to keep booming in Pasco County, officials say

Tourism is booming in Pasco County — which reported nearly a million visitors last year. And, the best may be yet to come, according to a presentation by county tourism officials Adam Thomas and Kolby Kucyk Gayson, during a recent Dade City Commission meeting. The county now brands itself as “Florida’s Sports Coast,” with the tagline, “Let’s Play,” in its tourism pitches. Previously, it used … [Read more...]

Principal raises the roof to promote literacy

Students at Wiregrass Elementary School have a summer tradition. They take part, every year, in the Scholastic Book reading challenge. Two years ago, the students logged in over 43,000 minutes, and came in eighth in the state. But, Steve Williams, principal of the school at 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel, knew they could do better. So, he challenged them to log in … [Read more...]

Avalon Park — A Place to Live, Learn, Work and Play

When families are looking for a new place to call home, they want a community where there is plenty to do. And, that’s why Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel is one of Pasco’s most in-demand places to live. Things for families to do typically begin with amenities provided by the developer, and few communities offer the recreational activities found at Avalon Park West for residents of all … [Read more...]

Annie Harris Exhibits At Avalon Park West

Colorful, flowing, impressionist-style paintings by New Port Richey artist Annie Harris are on display at the second art show being presented by the Pasco Fine Arts Council at the master-planned community of Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel. The show, “Energized With Color,” also includes pottery by Denise Philbrook, and is open through Nov. 25 at the East Pasco Fine Art Gallery located inside … [Read more...]

Planning Commission supports requested changes

The Pasco County Planning Commission has given its stamp of approval for a number of requests that would affect property use in the central and eastern portions of Pasco County. The Planning Commission makes the final decision on special exception requests, but its decisions can be appealed to the Pasco County Commission. The County Commission has authority over other land use and zoning … [Read more...]

Brewery aims to become Wesley Chapel ‘gem’

If all goes according to plan, Florida Avenue Brewing will open in Wesley Chapel by next spring. It aims to become “a destination, a gem,” said Anthony Derby, the Founder and CEO of Brew Bus Brewing, located in Seminole Heights. Brew Bus Brewing and Florida Avenue Brewing are affiliated, but Florida Avenue Brewing is considered to be the company’s flagship brand. And, while operations … [Read more...]

Planning Commission supports requested changes

The Pasco County Planning Commission has given its stamp of approval for a number of requests that would affect property use in the central and eastern portions of Pasco County. The Planning Commission makes the final decision on special exception requests, but its decisions can be appealed to the Pasco County Commission. The County Commission has authority over other land use and zoning … [Read more...]

86-year-old woman scratches skydiving off her bucket list

Gerry Austin is a spry woman. And, she’s a busy one, too. She is a regular church-goer. She volunteers at Pregnancy Care Center in Zephyrhills. She belongs to a group that sews items for the homeless. And, she crochets hats for village children in Papua, New Guinea. But, all that seems rather low-key compared to what she did recently. The 86-year-old just skydived for the first … [Read more...]

Under Construction 10/16/2019

Tidal Wave car wash Tidal Wave Auto Spa will offer motorists a new car wash, at 3893 Atmore Grove Drive, off North Dale Mabry Highway, in Lutz. It will feature a drive-through lane, free vacuuming service, two payment kiosks, and monthly membership plans. The project is set to be completed and opened later this year.       UF/IFAS Pasco Extension The University of … [Read more...]

Baseball farm plans grand opening celebration

Coach Ryan Pryor is hosting a grand opening celebration of the Pryor Baseball Farm — an event where friends, family, leagues and members of the media can visit the outdoor training farm. The baseball school is  intended to be a place where young athletes can bridge the skill gap to pursue their dreams of reaching high levels within baseball and softball. The grand opening is set for Oct. 26 … [Read more...]