Turning dirty trash bins into a thriving business

Jennifer Trudel takes her work seriously. If that means crawling inside a trash bin to scrape off that last bit of grunge, she’s there. In fact, on first-time service calls, that extra scrubbing is a take-it-to-the-bank guarantee. “I just want to get it clean,” she said. “I’m an A-type personality.” She also is an entrepreneur in a cleaning service that’s so new that many people … [Read more...]

Public meeting set on roadway connection study

The city of Tampa, Hillsborough County and Pasco County remain at odds over whether Kinnan Street in New Tampa should connect to Mansfield Boulevard in Wesley Chapel. A 450-page draft report, known as the Wesley Chapel Roadway Connection Study, looks at that road project, as well as two other potential intra-county road connections in the Wesley Chapel and State Road 56 area. The study says … [Read more...]

Pasco County’s outlook is bright, panel says

Panelists speaking at a real estate conference in Wesley Chapel last week said Pasco County has been making strides and is expected to continue to do so. For decades, Pasco County has been considered a bedroom community — with residents making a daily commute to jobs in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. That picture is changing, said Heidi Tuttle-Beisner, an expert in commercial real … [Read more...]

Three Wesley Chapel teams competing at world finals

Three teams from Wesley Chapel are heading to Iowa State University to compete at the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, in Ames, Iowa. Some competitors from all three teams already know what it’s like to compete on the world stage. That’s because they were members of Wesley Chapel Elementary, which brought home the top prize. The students on last year’s Wesley Chapel Elementary … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch still practices patient approach to growth

Since the outset of the development of Wiregrass Ranch, the Porter family has used a patient approach to assembling the building blocks of a community. Over time, land once occupied by cattle and orange groves has been transformed. Developments including The Shops at Wiregrass, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Two Centex Communities Ideal For First-Time Homebuyers

Talavera now open in Spring Hill; Wesbridge coming to Wesley Chapel Affordable housing can be challenging to find in a hot real estate market like Pasco County — especially new construction. But, that is changing with two new communities being developed by Centex Homes. Earlier this month, Centex held the grand opening of its model in Talavera, a new-home community in Spring Hill that’s … [Read more...]

Charter school offers tech-rich, nontraditional approach

A new charter public school is under construction in the Union Park subdivision, in Wesley Chapel, that will offer a nontraditional approach to education. For one thing, it will be technology rich. For another, it won’t have traditional classroom spaces or furniture. And, even though it encourages the use of technology, students won’t be allowed to bring cellphones to school. Union … [Read more...]

Seeking a sensory room to serve students with autism

Dan Reyes has often witnessed the benefits of a sensory environment for his 13-year-old son, Jacob, who has autism. Each Sunday, his family attends LifePoint Church in New Tampa, which has a sensory room devoted to children with special needs. “He absolutely loves going into that room,” Reyes said. “He’s happy in there. He’s active, and it’s a very engaging room when sometimes other … [Read more...]

The ultimate path of I-75 shaped Pasco County’s future

Robert Frost has a famous poem that talks about two roads diverging in the woods, and how taking the one less traveled by made all of the difference. In Pasco County’s case, the final alignment of Interstate 75 had similar, far-reaching implications. Back in the 1960s, before I-75 began construction, locals debated with state officials about where the interstate highway should go. The … [Read more...]

Sports tourism expert praises Pasco’s offerings

As Pasco County stocks up on sports and recreation facilities, one local sports tourism expert envisions the growing area as a regional asset and an enticement for attracting more big-ticket sporting events to Tampa Bay. Jason Aughey, senior director at the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, was the featured guest speaker on March 22 at an economic development briefing hosted by the North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]