Top Parade of Homes Awards For ICI Homes

It’s always exciting for a builder to be recognized in a community’s Parade of Homes competition, but this year ICI Homes outdid itself by winning two of the most prestigious awards in Tampa Bay. In early March, a total of 79 homes were entered in the Parade of Homes from a variety of builders and developers, in the competition organized by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. And, once again, … [Read more...]

New River Library In The Heart of Avalon Park

Having a library in the center of your community is something that residents of Avalon Park Wesley Chapel truly love and value. The New River Library, a branch of the Pasco County Libraries system, is located on State Road 54, at the west entrance to the Wesley Chapel community. The New River Library is currently going through a complete renovation and expansion of its building and outdoor … [Read more...]

Union Park community celebrates Juneteenth

NeVaeh Akers-Atkins offered a simple explanation for why she was at a local Juneteenth event last week. “It’s very important to me,” the 11-year-old said. “It shows people that we should be treated the same.” She was with families and friends at the first annual Juneteenth Family Day Celebration in Wesley Chapel’s Union Park community. The event was held to commemorate the end of slavery … [Read more...]

Daisy Scouts give the gift of books

Girl Scouts deliver much more than delicious cookies. They’re also leaders in delivering community services. For example, some Daisy Girl Scouts from Land O’ Lakes Troop 50128 recently donated about 650 gently used books to BookWorks, a literacy program sponsored by Goodwill Industries-Suncoast Inc. Ken Karbowski greeted the Scouts and their troop leaders as they dropped off box after … [Read more...]

Elks Lodge opens drive-thru food pantry

What Donna Moyer misses most is the children filing into the cafeteria, laughing, playing and sitting down to enjoy lunch. “We have a big party,” said Moyer, past Exalted Ruler at the Elks Lodge 2731, in Zephyrhills. “It’s a big deal. This year with all this extra nonsense, we can’t.” COVID-19 upended the typical Feed the Kids Program, a free summer lunch and literacy program. This … [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...]

Peaceful protesters call for justice

Dozens of peaceful protesters stood in front of The Shops at Wiregrass on the rainy evening of June 6 — joining the chorus of voices across America calling for the end of police brutality and systemic racism. Those gathered in Wesley Chapel were there to speak up in the aftermath of the May 25 death of George Floyd. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after Derek … [Read more...]

Schools end unusual year on high note

Normal end-of-the-school year traditions were out this year, due to COVID-19, so schools put on their thinking caps to find new ways to honor and celebrate the students. Sand Pine Elementary School, in Wesley Chapel, held its Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, in the school’s parking lot. After a parade through the school’s parking loop, each fifth-grader’s name was written in chalk on a … [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...]