Saturday, May 27, 2006

CDD Communities in Pasco County

CDD communities continue to be very popular with developers. The Pasco Tribune reports that there are 33 CDD communities in Pasco with three additional up for consideration by the Pasco County Commissioners. Pasco County attorney, Robert Sumner was recently quoted as saying: "Soon, we will have more people in CDD's than not in CDD's.

County commissioners recently had a one hour workshop regarding CDD communities and whether the county is giving sufficient oversight of the CDD's. This, in view of the fact that most new large developments are choosing CDD's and it appears that more and more homes in Pasco County will be in CDD communities.

In the New Tampa / Wesley Chapel area, the largest communities are CDD communities, with the homes in Meadow Pointe, Seven Oaks, and Lexington Oaks all under CDD.

For more information regarding CDD communities please refer to my previous post in January, under archives.

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Russ Perlowski, Exit KG Realty: (813) 494-2124

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Shops at Wiregrass in New Tampa / Wesley Chapel Update

Developers recently revealed the artist renderings of the Shops at Wiregrass. Located at the corner of S.R. 56 and Bruce B. Downs in Wesley Chapel, the Shops will have three anchor stores: J C Penney, which is already open, Dillards, and a third yet to be named retailer. With a scheduled opening of Fall, 2007 the Shops at Wiregrass will feature brick paved sidewalks, clay-tiled roofs, limestone accents, fountains and outdoor benches for seating. Additionally, tree lined semi-circular streets and an upscale restaurant area will be features of the Mediterranean styled architecture.

Wiregrass Ranch, is a 5,000 plus acre project that will eventually have 16,000 homes and a total of over 4 million square feet of retail. It is located just a few miles east of the proposed Cypress Creek Town Center, with a projected 1.3 million square feet of open air shopping.

Thinking about Buying or Selling a Home? Contact Russ Perlowski, Exit KG Realty, (813) 494-2124.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Miniature Golf in New Tampa at Pebble Creek?

At a special homeowners association meeting this week about 100 residents showed up opposing the addition of miniature golf being added to the Pebble Creek Golf Course in New Tampa. The new owner of the golf course, Bill Place is asking the Hillsborough County commissioners to add miniature golf near the entrance to Pebble Creek. Place will host meetings this week at the golf club to respond to questions about the project, and if approved intends to start building the miniature course in November for a January 2007 opening.

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(813) 494-2124

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Outlet Mall Proposed for S. Pasco County

A large new 430,000 square foot outlet mall with approximately 120 brand name & designer outlet shops is in its early plans with a location just a few miles north of New Tampa, just south of S.R. 52 along I-75.

This announcement by the Chelsea Property Group was made recently and if built will only be a few miles north of our neighborhoods in New Tampa and a short jaunt from our homes. Stores in its already operating outlet mall in Orlando include Versace, Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Dior, & Ferragamo.

Interested in Buying or Selling a Home? Contact me, Russ Perlowski of People's Choice Realty, a realtor in New Tampa.

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Monday, May 22, 2006

New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Restaurants not far from home.

28422 S.R. 54
Wesley Chapel

Beef O Brady’s
10920 Cross Creek

Beef O Brady’s
27315 S.R. 54
Wesley Chapel

18001 Highwoods Preserve

Boston Market
17513 Preserve Walk Lane

Cap’s Tiki Hut
28107 SR 54,
Wesley Chapel

17643 Bruce B. Downs

China City
16049 W. Tampa Palms Blvd.

Ciccio & Tony’s
16019 Tampa Palms Blvd

Circles New Tampa Bistro
19651 Bruce B. Downs

Cracker Barrel
Bruce B. Downs & Bearss
Cracker Barrel
27725 S. R. 54 (off Oakley Blvd.)
Wesley Chapel

27807 S.R. 54
Wesley Chapel

Fushia Asian Bistro
15317 Amberly

Golden China
17503 Preserve Walk

Johnny Carinos
28444 S.R. 54

Joy O Wok Chinese Café
15309 Amberly

Kado Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar
19050 Bruce B. Downs
Tampa, FL

Las Palmas Spanish Café
19751 Bruce B. Downs

Lee Roy Selmon’s
17508 Dona Michelle

Liang’s Bistro Asian Cuisine
17515 Bruce B. Downs

Macaroni Grill
17641 Bruce B. Down

Mazzola’s Little Italy Deli
10032 Cross Creek

Moe’s Southwest Grill
17509 Bruce B. Downs

Olive Garden
17011 Palm Pointe Dr.

Outback Steakhouse
5710 Oakley Blvd.
Wesley Chapel

Panera Bread
18011 Highwoods Preserve

Peabody’s & the Palm Lounge
15333 Amberly

Pizza Suprema II
Super Target
Wesley Chapel

Polos Italian Grill
19040 Bruce B. Downs

Red Lobster
17021 Palm Pointe

Ruby Tuesday
17520 Bruce B. Downs

Saddlebrook Resort
-Cypess Restaurant
-Dempsey’s Steak House
4700 Saddlebrook Way
Wesley Chapel

Starbucks Coffee
17525 Preserve Walk Lane

Starbucks Coffee
Super Target
Wesley Chapel

Stonewood Grill & Tavern
17050 Palm Pointe Dr.

18101 Highwoods Preserve

Sushi Tsu Japanese Steakhouse
15363 Amberly

Thai Orchid
10022 Cross Creek

Thai Ruby
15319 Amberly

Winners Grill
16023 W. Tampa Palms Blvd

New Tampa Library

Friends of the New Tampa Regional Library have initiated a campaign for an expansion. Currently with 25,000 square feet, the library which opened in 1997 is the county's second busiest library with 55,000 items checked out in January.

Possible expensions include adding a second floor with 10,000 additional space of square footage and/or adding to the first floor with 10,000 additional square feet. The Tampa Tribune reports that if the expansion is included in the 2008 budget for the New Tampa library, the expansion could be completed by 2011.

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Russ Perlowski, Exit KG Realty, (813) 494-2124

Sunday, May 21, 2006

New Tampa Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Those of us fortunate to live in New Tampa still must prepare ourselves and our homes in New Tampa in the event of a Hurricane. While we have been fortunate to live in an area that has been virtually free of Hurricanes, we still must be prepared. The following is a suggested list to use for hurricane preparedness. While it is not intended to be an all inclusive checklist, it serves us all as a good starting point to be prepared.

Florida’s Sales Tax Holiday on Hurricane Preparedness: May 21-June 1, 2006
□ WATER: Drinking water—at least 1 gallon per person/day for two weeks
□ MEDICAL: 4 weeks supply of prescription medicines, First Aid Kit, antiseptic, pain reliever, bandages, & insect repellent
□ ICE CHESTS: Two, one for ice, one for food & don’t forget the ice
□ CASH/GAS: ATM’s, credit cards, & gas pumps may not work
□ REPAIR SUPPLIES: Plastic tarp for windows or roof repair, duct tape
□ TOOLS: Manual can opener, hammer, nails
□ PAPER/DISPOSABLE PRODUCTS: Paper towels, disposable plates, cups, toilet paper, & eating utensils
□ INFANT NECESSITIES: Medicine, sterile water, formula, diapers, bottles
□ BATTERY OPERATED APPLIANCES: Radio, camera, portable television, fans, and batteries
□ CLEAN UP SUPPLIES: Mop, buckets, towels, plastic garbage bags, bleach/disinfectant
□ FIRE/LIGHT: Charcoal, lighting fluid, propane, matches, lanterns/flashlights and batteries
□ LINENS: Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, air mattresses Try to wash all laundry prior to storm.
□ PERSONAL HYGIENE: Deodorant, disposable wipes, contact lens solution, toothpaste, etc.
□ NONPERISHABLE FOOD: Powdered/canned milk, canned/bottled juice, canned meats & fish—Spam, chicken, ham, tuna, cereal, cookies, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, bread
□ WATER TIGHT CONTAINERS FOR DOCUMENT STORAGE: Place insurance policies, birth certificates, wills, etc. in water tight containers

The city's first Neighborhood Fair & Hurricane Expo will be held at Raymond James Stadium on June 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gate D. 50 exhibitors will be there to assist you with your preparations for the hurricane season.

If you feel that this checklist will be of help to friends and families, click on the arrow below to e-mail them the post.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Organic Farm & Market not far from New Tampa

The Sweetwater Organic Community :

features organic produce and provides for tours of the organic farm too! Open Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., the Farm is locateed at 6942 W. Commanche Ave., Tampa, FL 33634 and is a short drive for those of us living in New Tampa. Visit their website at: www. .

Kids Summer Camps in Tampa

Quilting and Sewing Camp

For ages 10 to 15 in June and July, offered by Keep Me In Stitchesa sewing retailer. Additional classes include two and three day classes. Available to beginners and intermediate users. Located in South Tampa and in Carrollwood. (813) 908-3889.

Golf Skills

A program pf the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA that teaches golf skills to children ages 7-18 in weekly sessions. Visit

Summer Learn to Sail offered by the David Island Youth Sailing Foundation. 1/2 day and two week sessions offered where kids learn sailing and boating concets.

Capoeira Brazilian Martial Arts

Brazilian martial arts that includes dance, acrobatic movements, singing, etc.

Creative Classes in Lutz:

Creative Hands Enrichment Center Summer Camp in Lutz for children from 8-14. Cooking, clay, sewing, etc. Call (813) 948-0341


Insight Studio in Tampa is offering Summer Fine Art Photography Camps. (813) 390-3422

Performing Arts

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; Patel Conservatory is providing 1/2 day and full day camps on dance, music and acting for one week or longer.

Busch Gardens Adventures

Kids get "up close" to animals and have fun on the rides. Lots of programs to choose from. (866) 468-6226

Interested in Buying or Selling a Home in Tampa? New Homes? Resales? Contact:
Russ Perlowski, (813) 494-2124 with Exit KG Realty.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Wiregrass Ranch in New Tampa / Wesley Chapel Update

Initial approval of the Wiregrass Ranch Master Planned Development was granted by the Pasco County Development Review Committee for the first phases of construction of three subdivisions in Wesley Chapel / New Tampa.

Located east of Bruce B. Downs and North of S.R. 56 the 1500 acre development will include retail, office, and commercial space as well as residential units including single family and multi-family homes.

The first phase by Del Webb is over 150 acres located in New Tampa on the east side of Bruce B. Downs and south of the future extension of Chancey Road. Del Webb plans over 260 single family homes in a 55 and older community. West of Phase I will include 198 townhomes on over 36 acres. Additionally, the DRC gave preliminary approval for Phase I of Village Walk, (to be developed by DiVosta on the North side of the Chancey Road extension), a retirement community including over 400 single family lots. Construction is not expected to begin for some time since the infrastructure is not yet in place.

For more information on Buying or Selling a home in Tampa, please contact Russ Perlowski, Exit KG Realty at (813) 494-2124 or (800) 718-3948. Also visit my website:

Monday, May 15, 2006

March Stats for New Tampa Home Sales from Greater Tampa Association of Realtors

The following statistics were recently released for the month of March by GTAR:

Qty of New Tampa Sales for March---------82--------Avg Sales Price----------$398,372.
Qty. of Pasco County Sales for March------290-------Avg Sales Price---------$244,123.
(Includes Wesley Chapel)

Time on Market for all sales not including private sales or new construction:
0-30 Days-------538 Units
31-60 Days-------672 Units
61-90 Days-------423 Units
91-120 Days-------310 Units

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

May Wine Festival

The Florida Estates Winery will host a wine festival from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on May 13 and May 27. The event will offer food, crafts, music etc. in addition to the opportunity to sample the winery's wine. The winery, not far from New Tampa is located four miles west of I-75 at 25241 S.R. 52 near Land O'Lakes. For more information, visit their website:

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Friday, May 05, 2006

LIFEPOINT Church purchases Winn-Dixie New Tampa Site @ Hunter's Green

This week LifePoint Church announced their purchase of the Winn-Dixie building in Hunter's Green on Bruce B Downs in New Tampa. The 47,000 square foot building includes over seven acres of land.

The reported asking price for the property was $7.75 million. Lifepoint reports that it averages between 1,500 and 2,000 people attending at least one of the eight services each month, currently held at the New Tampa Family YMCA.

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