Ridge Road extension gets green light

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted Pasco County’s permit request to allow the extension of Ridge Road. The approval marked a major milestone in a process that’s been two decades in the making. As it stands now, motorists use State Road 52 or State Road 54, if they want to head east or west in Pasco County. The extension of Ridge Road will give them a third option. “It’s a … [Read more...]

Showing some appreciation for those who do good

This is a festival that takes time out to celebrate the good that people do in their communities. The name of the event is Appreciate Pasco: A Community Volunteer Appreciation Festival, and it will feature entertainment, food, prizes, awards and recognitions. It also will highlight Good Deeds Day, an international event held in 93 countries, to recognize good works that often go unnoticed, … [Read more...]

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...]

Bakas Equestrian Center is set to move

Bakas Equestrian Center, which has offered horse-riding therapy for disabled children and adults for nearly 30 years, is expected to have a new home by the end of this year. In fact, the center will be replaced by two facilities under a plan unanimously approved by the Hillsborough County Commission on Jan. 11. Tom Pepin, a beer distributor and philanthropist, approached the county with a … [Read more...]

Solar co-ops offer savings on solar panel installations

Florida lags behind other states in producing clean, renewable energy from the sun. It doesn’t crack the top 10 in state rankings, even while being promoted nationwide as the Sunshine State. But, Florida, along with other states across the country, is embracing solar power, and other clean energy sources, in ways that don’t always get noticed. Solar panels, wind farms and … [Read more...]

Cedar Key offers healing balm, restful calm

Some say the watery views make Cedar Key a comforting place to visit. Others credit the shorebirds - great blue herons, snowy egrets, white pelicans and roseate spoonbills - for creating a calm now rare in so much of Florida. Some claim the trees - giant, moss-draped live oaks, gnarly cedars, cabbage palms and junipers - promote peacefulness. Others attribute the serenity to the fact … [Read more...]

Quest continues for Ridge Road permit

Pasco County officials are hoping a letter of support from Gov. Rick Scott, and an executive order from President Donald Trump, could finally lead to a permit to build the Ridge Road extension. For 19 years, the county has pursued the permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an approximately 8-mile road extension that would cut through a portion of the Serenova Preserve. The road … [Read more...]

Outlet mall property will be built in seven phases

Five months after working out its differences with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Simon Property Group and its development partners have submitted preliminary plans for the long-awaited Cypress Creek Town Center Premium Outlets Mall to Pasco County officials. The developers — JG Cypress Creek LLC and Tampa Premium Outlets LLC — are planning to build the property in seven phases, the first … [Read more...]

First retailer announced for potential outlet mall in Wesley Chapel

Plans are apparently moving forward on an outlet mall development in Wesley Chapel, according to a recent announcement posted on Simon Property Group Inc.’s website. Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th plans to open a new location at Tampa Premium Outlets in Wesley Chapel, in 2014, according to the posting. The announcement signals the first retailer to announce plans to locate at the potential … [Read more...]