Rallying to protect the environment

Opponents of the Ridge Road extension are digging in for a battle with Pasco, and if need be, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, over a road that would cut through a portion of the Serenova Preserve. About 75 people showed up in hiking clothes on Feb. 16, to walk trails at the Serenova Tract, at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park. It was a Facebook-promoted rally to bring attention … [Read more...]

Ballantrae Village is adding more shops

Taco Bell is the newest tenant at the Shoppes of Ballantrae Village. The Mexican fast-food restaurant joins DQ Grill & Chill and Circle K in a retail shopping plaza that is almost fully constructed, off State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. Within 30 days, Dunkin’ Donuts is expected to open in a spot between Taco Bell and DQ Grill & Chill. In March, more shops, a spa, a dental … [Read more...]

Pasco County’s development ready to take off

Dreams and visions for the redevelopment of Pasco County began more than two decades ago. Today, homes, shops, hotels, offices and medical campuses are coming out of the ground and redrawing the county’s future. On March 1, developers of four of Pasco’s master-planned communities updated more than 100 people who came to the annual Meet the Developers breakfast. The Pasco Economic Development … [Read more...]

DQ Grill & Chill comes to Ballantrae Village Shoppes

DQ Grill & Chill is nearly ready for its debut at Ballantrae Village Shoppes. By mid-March, franchise owner Carlos Saenz plans to host a grand opening. Meanwhile, Saenz has had to watch hopeful customers slowly steer their vehicles into the drive-through lane on a daily basis. It’s disappointing not to at least have a Blizzard or an ice cream cone to hand out, said Saenz. But, he … [Read more...]

Committee works on school boundaries

A committee is scheduled to meet on the morning of Oct. 13 at Oakstead Elementary School to work on a recommendation for boundaries for a new Pasco County elementary school being built in the Bexley Ranch subdivision in Land O’ Lakes. The new school, scheduled to open in the fall of 2017, is now under construction at 4380 Ballantrae Blvd. It is intended to relieve crowding at Oakstead and … [Read more...]

Ideas sought for Pasco school names

The Pasco County School Board is seeking suggestions from the public for names for two schools the district plans to open in the fall of 2017. One school, now known as Elementary B, is being built in Bexley Ranch, north of State Road 54 and east of the Suncoast Parkway. The new elementary school is expected to help reduce crowding at Oakstead and Odessa elementary schools. The other … [Read more...]

Pasco homeowners to see slight dip in school taxes

The Pasco County School Board has given first-round approval to a proposed $1.2 billion budget that includes a slightly lower tax bill for homeowners. Under the proposed rate, the owner of a $125,000 home, after deducting the homestead exemption, would pay $677.30 in taxes. That’s $33.60 lower than the homeowner paid last year. School board members voted unanimously for the proposed … [Read more...]

Crews busy building schools in Pasco

Wiregrass Elementary School is set to open this fall in Wesley Chapel. Construction is well under way on a new high school on Old Pasco Road, which will open initially as a high school and a middle school. That campus is expected to open in 2017-2018. Construction also has started on a new elementary school that’s also expected to open in 2017-2018 in Bexley Ranch, off State Road 54 in … [Read more...]

Pasco property values on the rise

Pasco County property values grew by about $1.1 billion in 2015, according to tax estimates released by the Pasco County Property Appraiser’s Office. That’s about 5.2 percent higher than the current tax roll and shows accelerated growth, compared to the previous steady growth of 4 percent, year to year. Much of the increase is being fueled by nearly $685 million in new residential and … [Read more...]

Pasco school growth expected to continue

Pasco County is expected to add a total of 1,673 students in public and charter schools next year, based on projections compiled by Pasco County Schools. That’s an increase over last year’s growth, which was 1,517, and brings the figure to nearly 3,200 in two years. The bulk of the growth is coming in the State Road 54/State Road 56 corridor, said Chris Williams, director of planning for … [Read more...]