Tennis center secures management

Plans to serve up more tennis opportunities for Zephryhills residents — while also creating a regional asset — have moved yet another step forward. The Zephyrhills City Council on Oct. 9 unanimously approved a 20-year contract with Tennis P.R.O. Florida, LLC, to operate and mange the proposed Zephyrhills Tennis Center. Tennis P.R.O. is owned by Pascal Collard, who was the director of … [Read more...]

The Shops at Wiregrass sold to QIC

The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel is among 10 regional malls that will be sold by Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., for a total of about $3.2 billion, according to an announcement by Forest City. The buyer is Australia-based QIC, an investment partner of Forest City. QIC currently owns about 49 percent of the Wiregrass mall, with Forest City holding 51 percent ownership, according to Greg … [Read more...]

Light rail is top Tampa Bay choice for transit

A light rail system running beside Interstate 275 is the top choice for transit in a study that identifies potential projects in the Tampa Bay region, according to rankings from the Regional Transit Feasibility Plan. The route would link Wesley Chapel to Tampa and St. Petersburg, with a stop at the University of South Florida. The second choice would follow the same route but rely on “rubber … [Read more...]

Central Pasco chamber is on the move

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is looking to expand and relocate after nearly 15 years at its current location, 2810 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The chamber’s building is on the market. As soon as a sale goes through, plans tentatively are to move to a small medical and business center, off State Road 54, adjacent to Highland Oaks Preserve, west of Livingston Road. “The (current) … [Read more...]

New mindset needed in substance abuse battle, speakers say

A shift in attitudes could go a long way toward reducing impacts from substance abuse, speakers said at the sixth annual Substance Abuse Prevention Conference held in Wesley Chapel. Stigma is a huge issue, they said. Until that changes, fewer people will seek treatment, and employment and housing challenges will remain for those in recovery from substance addictions, they explained. A … [Read more...]

Presenting musical passion, precise choreography

Their love of singing developed in different ways. “Singing has always been a part of my life,” said Sandy Everly, of Land O’ Lakes. “On Sunday nights, at home, my mom played the piano, and my sister and my dad and I would sing. “Actually, I learned to harmonize at a very young age.” Cathy Frey, of Wesley Chapel, recalled “my parents used to play these reel-to-reel tapes with these … [Read more...]

Roads ‘finally coming’ to east Pasco

Ongoing road construction translates to “good things” for Pasco County — that was the message that Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley brought to The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast meeting. Oakley was the chamber’s featured guest speaker on Sept. 19 at Bayfront Health. Speaking to a crowd that numbered in the dozens, Oakley provided updates on several priority … [Read more...]

Jewish community gears up for Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, considered to the most important holiday in the Jewish faith, this year runs from sunset on Sept. 29 through nightfall on Sept. 30. Yom Kippur, meaning “Day of Atonement,” marks the culmination of the 10 Days of Awe, a period of introspection and repentance that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Both are part of Judaism’s “High Holy Days.” Yom Kippur is observed … [Read more...]

‘He was our own Indiana Jones’

After 91-year-old Bill Smith was laid to rest on Aug. 11 amid the emotionally riveting melody of bagpipes from quaint Smith Cemetery, a group of Smith’s fans gathered at Lake Jovita to swap stories and remember the rugged Wesley Chapel pioneer. Dr. Christopher Darby Immer, the pioneer’s son, was among those paying homage to Bill’s memory. “He was our own Indiana Jones!” said Immer, … [Read more...]

Locals shining in college football

With the college football season in full swing, dozens of players from Pasco County can be seen showcasing their skills on Saturdays throughout the fall. Nearly 50 players from east Pasco are a part of various programs at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Series (FCS) levels, Division II, Division III National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), … [Read more...]