Local schools join civics and debate initiative

Dr. John Long Middle School and Wiregrass Ranch High School are among 60 schools across Florida selected to take part in the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative (FCDI). The selections were announced during the Pasco County School Board meeting on June 16. The initiative is supported through a $5 million grant from The Marcus Foundation. “The mission of the FCDI is to create access and … [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...]

Borrow pit approved, despite neighbors’ objections

The Pasco County Commission has approved a request to allow 500,000 cubic yards of dirt to be excavated from a site on the south side of Tyndall road, about three-quarters of a mile west of the intersection Tyndall and Curley roads, in Wesley Chapel. The permit and conditional use request were approved unanimously by the Pasco County Commission on June 2, despite concerns raised by area … [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...]

Leader shares his hospital’s COVID-19 experiences

AdventHealth Wesley Chapel Erik Wangsness CEO assumed the leadership role of the hospital on Sept. 1 — during the midst of a hospital expansion and months before COVID-19 became a global pandemic. “Our world changed about three months ago,” the hospital executive told members of the North Tampa Bay Chamber, during the organization’s first Zoom breakfast meeting on June 2. “We had heard since … [Read more...]

New River library gets makeover

New River Branch Library was feeling its age after more than nearly 30 years of service to patrons in Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel. But soon, New River will be like new again. Construction on major renovations and an expanded community garden is on schedule for a fall 2020 completion. “We’re moving forward on it. The (coronavirus) pandemic has not slowed down construction,” said Bob … [Read more...]

Recreation center coming to Wesley Chapel park

Construction is expected to begin this month on a new recreation center at Wesley Chapel District Park. When the project is done — expected in the summer of 2021 — athletes will be able to dunk basketballs and quilters will be able to sew squares in the comfort of an air-conditioned building. These are just a couple of the groups that will be able to make use of the new amenity. An … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek Middle set to open this fall

When a new school year opens, Cypress Creek Middle students will finally have school buildings to call their own. Middle and high school students have been sharing the campus, formerly known as Cypress Creek Middle High, since 2017. Beginning this fall, however, there will be a middle school for grades six through eight, and a high school for grades nine through 12. Construction on the … [Read more...]

Moffitt cancer center coming to Wesley Chapel

Construction on a $44 million outpatient cancer treatment center in Wesley Chapel is nearing completion. The three-story, approximately 100,000-square-foot medical building is expected to open on schedule in late fall. The new center is part of the AdventHealth Wesley Chapel campus, at 2600 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. A medical partnership between Moffitt Cancer Center and AdventHealth was … [Read more...]

There’s no stopping these women

The GFWC Wesley Chapel Woman’s Club continues to be busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving back to the community and celebrating Club Federation Day. The women distributed thank-you cards to first responders and essential workers at BayCare’s St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, as well as to the manager of the Glory Days restaurant in Wesley Chapel, where the club’s first meeting was … [Read more...]