Development is ramping up in Zephyrhills

Except for some weeks throughout March and April, the COVID-19 hasn’t halted much new development within the City of Zephyrhills. That’s the word from Zephyrhills Planning Director Todd Vande Berg, who outlined a number of citywide projects during an East Pasco Networking Group virtual meeting on June 23. Perhaps the most notable setback, Vande Berg said, involved a slight delay in court … [Read more...]

Mickens Field improvements underway in Dade City

Construction on a new concession/public restroom building at Mickens Field soon will be underway, with completion targeted for the end of October. The Dade City Commission awarded the bid and approved contract to Borregard Construction Inc., for the project, at 14318 Canal St., in Dade City. The action came during a June 23 virtual meeting by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Nicole Deese … [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...]

Plaza Mexico — The Best Mexican Restaurant For Father’s Day

(This is a Paid Advertisement) Residents in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and Dade City are continuing to discover one of the area’s most charming restaurants, Plaza Mexico Restaurant Bar & Grill, and keep coming back for its outstanding food and great prices. “Families love the variety of our menu, and especially enjoy our chimichangas, taco salad and combo specials,” said Hector Alvarez, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills CRA projects, initiatives on tap

Amid the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has managed to stay plenty busy. In a virtual CRA board meeting last month, Zephyrhills CRA director Gail Hamilton outlined a number of tasks the agency has on its plate to beautify the 500-plus acre historic district that stretches through the center spine of the city. Hamilton told … [Read more...]

Aldi moves toward grand opening

A new Aldi grocery store is nearing completion at the entrance to Tampa Premium Outlets, off State Road 56. Another Aldi in Zephyrhills that has been stalled for years over relocation of a traffic signal is nearing final decisions, and a potential allocation of state funds. But, coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) likely will determine the grand opening for the one off State Road 56, and … [Read more...]

Officials express guarded optimism through COVID-19

As Florida slowly lifts stay-at-home orders — caused by concerns about potential spread of  coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19)  —  local leaders and officials are taking a positive, yet guarded, outlook. They are hopeful that the regional and state economy can rebound sooner than later. Many retailers and restaurants have announced plans to reopen to modified dine-in and foot traffic, … [Read more...]

Dade City taking recovery steps in the midst of pandemic

As Florida begins to slowly reopen in the midst of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), the City of Dade City is likewise looking to bring City Hall operations up to full speed, in multiple stages. City administration and department heads are in the process of developing an action plan “to recall the full complement of our field staff very soon,” Dade City Manager Leslie Porter said, at an … [Read more...]

Aldi opens Odessa store

Customers were ready when the Aldi in Odessa had its grand opening celebration on March 12. The Aldi store is one of the grocery chain’s new locations in Pasco County, and new stores are planned off State Road 56, near Wesley Chapel Boulevard, and another off U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. Patrons were lined up awaiting the store to open in Odessa. Store Manager Katherine Garner oversees … [Read more...]

Aldi offers updates on Pasco stores

The Aldi store in Odessa is expected to open this spring, and the Wesley Chapel store is expected to open by this summer. That’s according to the latest information provided by Matt Thon, the vice president for the Haines City Aldi division. An opening date for the Aldi in Zephyrhills has not been determined. The Zephyrhills branch has not been built yet, says Todd Vande Burg, … [Read more...]