Palm Harbor’s Wall Springs Park

A place where everyone can reach great heights, see priceless views You don’t have to be a millionaire to have water views worth millions. Just spend a little time at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor. There, you can see the sultry Gulf of Mexico and mullet-jumping Boggy Bayou from fishing piers, docks and a $1.7-million observation tower that’s accessible by wheelchair all the way to … [Read more...]

Get your ‘Greek’ on in Tarpon Springs

If you’re looking for a quick getaway that offers a chance to experience Greek culture without leaving the Sunshine State, you may want to check out Tarpon Springs. Besides having a chance to sample sweets from Greek bakeries, or dine on more substantial fare at Greek restaurants, you can learn about the sponge-harvesting industry that played a starring role in this community’s … [Read more...]

A breakfast sandwich, with a side of nostalgia

When Laura Lewis saw the Dunkin’ Donuts going up on U.S. 41, in Lutz, she couldn’t wait until it opened, She wanted to enjoy a bite to eat there, and to reminisce. So, once the shop opened, at 17514 U.S. 41, she and her friend Carolyn Smith headed over there for breakfast. The shop serves hot coffee, iced coffee, hot tea, iced tea, espresso-based drinks, sandwiches, donuts and other … [Read more...]

Bus riders will get new routes, shorter waits at bus stops

Shorter wait times at bus stops on State Road 54 and a new Land O’ Lakes connector bus route are ready for a roll-out. Effective Aug. 15, riders on Bus Route 54, known as the Cross County Connector, will have new Saturday service, a new route pattern with a bus stop on U.S. 19, and buses that run every hour, not every two hours. The route will stretch from U.S. 19 to City Hall in … [Read more...]

Strolling through a living history museum

Whether you’re looking for a place to entertain the kids, want to take out-of-town visitors to a unique attraction or have a penchant for history — chances are you’ll find much to enjoy at Heritage Village in Pinellas County. The village is a collection of 31 historic structures and features, some dating back to the 19th century. Children and adults alike can meander through the pine and … [Read more...]

Hurricane winds leave path of destruction

The Hurricane of 1921 — which struck nearly a century ago — was the most destructive storm to hit Florida since 1848. It made landfall with sustained winds of 115 mph as a Category 3 hurricane, near Tarpon Springs, on Oct. 25, 1921. Maxine Gause was one of only 10 students attending school that day in Elfers.  She was safe inside the brick school building built in 1914. Gause remained in the … [Read more...]

Russian politics played a role in San Antonio train depot

The history of a train depot building in San Antonio is rooted in political uncertainty in Russia roughly 135 years ago. On Feb. 17, 1880, a second assassination attempt on Emperor Alexander II occurred in the imperial dining room of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Terrorists blew up the dining room, killing or maiming 67 people – but the emperor wasn’t present during the … [Read more...]

Famous Tate plans new store in Lutz

The Tampa-based appliance and mattress store Famous Tate is looking to build its 10th location in central Pasco County, within arm's reach of Walmart along U.S. 41. Executives of the small retail chain are scheduled to meet with county officials Dec. 16 to discuss opening a 14,000-square-foot store on Land O' Lakes Boulevard, in an outparcel just south of Walmart, not far from where Dale Mabry … [Read more...]

Moore, Remsberg spending money outside Pasco

Bringing money into the county is something politician after politician has brought to campaigns and local government for years, and the Pasco County Commission race between Mike Moore and Erika Remsberg has been no different. In fact, both have ideas on how to attract more jobs and higher wages to the area, as well as bring in an influx of money to help businesses grow and prosper. Yet, when … [Read more...]

Cancer journey chronicled through ceramic busts

People facing a life-threatening disease have different ways of coping. Some join prayer groups. Others keep journals. Some write blogs. Land O’ Lakes resident Jan Tucker decided she wanted to keep a physical record of what her breasts looked like before she began cancer treatment. She knew that her brother, Paul Phillips — who does ceramics and other kinds of art — could make the … [Read more...]