Ridge Road construction moves forward

By summer, motorists could take their first spins along the initial segment of the Ridge Road extension from Moon Lake Road/DeCubellis Road to Town Center Boulevard. “We’re hoping we open that leg by the start of August, for the start of the school year,” said Sam Beneck, Pasco County’s property manager. “They are pulling out all the stops to get it done. It’s going to be a real … [Read more...]

New retail coming soon to Cypress Creek Town Center

Cypress Creek Town Center is adding new retail to its commercial roster. Though COVID-19 hit a pause button for the Pasco County community, construction workers are still building out new space for shops, restaurants and offices at the town center. Located across from Tampa Premium Outlets on State Road 56, the outdoor mall is at the epicenter of new development in the Wesley Chapel and … [Read more...]

Shoppes at Cypress Creek Center now going up

A new retail strip center is coming to a site on State Road 54, west of Tampa Premium Outlets and the Cypress Creek Town Center. Paradise Ventures Inc., is clearing land and installing infrastructure on about 3.5 acres at the northwest corner of State Road 54 and Old Cypress Road. The site is west of Interstate 75, within proximity of Tampa Premium Outlets and the Cypress Creek Town … [Read more...]

Union Park community celebrates Juneteenth

NeVaeh Akers-Atkins offered a simple explanation for why she was at a local Juneteenth event last week. “It’s very important to me,” the 11-year-old said. “It shows people that we should be treated the same.” She was with families and friends at the first annual Juneteenth Family Day Celebration in Wesley Chapel’s Union Park community. The event was held to commemorate the end of slavery … [Read more...]

Daisy Scouts give the gift of books

Girl Scouts deliver much more than delicious cookies. They’re also leaders in delivering community services. For example, some Daisy Girl Scouts from Land O’ Lakes Troop 50128 recently donated about 650 gently used books to BookWorks, a literacy program sponsored by Goodwill Industries-Suncoast Inc. Ken Karbowski greeted the Scouts and their troop leaders as they dropped off box after … [Read more...]

New interchange will ease congestion

Construction crews could be turning dirt within months on a new interchange at Interstate 75 and Overpass Road. A contractor is expected to be selected by August, and completion is expected about 2 ½ years after construction begins. The junction frequently is identified as a “gateway” into Pasco County, and a potential catalyst for new development in a largely rural area already experiencing … [Read more...]

Elks Lodge opens drive-thru food pantry

What Donna Moyer misses most is the children filing into the cafeteria, laughing, playing and sitting down to enjoy lunch. “We have a big party,” said Moyer, past Exalted Ruler at the Elks Lodge 2731, in Zephyrhills. “It’s a big deal. This year with all this extra nonsense, we can’t.” COVID-19 upended the typical Feed the Kids Program, a free summer lunch and literacy program. This … [Read more...]

Florida Avenue Brewing ready to begin pouring

Craft beer lovers get ready for the taste of some new brews in Pasco County. Florida Avenue Brewing Co., anticipates opening by the end of July, possibly as soon as July 15. “We’re super excited about it,” said Anthony Derby, chief executive officer of Florida Avenue Brewing. “This project is bigger than what I imagined it to be – in a good way,” said Derby, who also is a founder and CEO … [Read more...]

More restaurants, entertainment coming soon

Cypress Creek Town Center is adding a rock-themed, family restaurant; a game and entertainment venue; and a cigar emporium to its retail roster. Rock & Brews, Main Event and Cigars International are under construction on the south side of State Road 56, on stand-alone parcels adjacent to Tampa Premium Outlets. Rock & Brews general manager Tim Patituce anticipates an October … [Read more...]

Performing arts center takes the stage in Wesley Chapel

Construction crews are down to the last details on the new Instructional Performing Arts Center (IPAC). Some of those details, including sound locks to reduce noise inside the music studio, are awaiting shipments from California, New York and Michigan. All of those states have been hit hard by COVID-19. “COVID-19 is what has caused so much delay in production,” explained Kevin O’Farrell, … [Read more...]