Monday, October 30, 2006

New School Approved

The County approved plans to purchase property for a new elementary school. The site is located on C.R. 54 in front of the Westbrook Estates neighborhood, and across the street from Lexington Oaks. The over 12 acre tract came at a price of $5.6 million. The school will not open until 2008 and will relieve overcrowding in Seven Oaks, & Quail Hollow.

Friday, October 27, 2006

New Tampa East West Connector Road

Two bids have been submitted for the State's first private toll road, connecting New Tampa to I-275. Bids for the 3.1 mile road, which is 20 years in the making, were submitted to The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority. This comes at a time when the Authority is under investigation for controversial actions taken regarding legal counsel and the authority's paid lobbyist. Authority director Mervine was quoted as saying that the road could be open in 2009 and that it would shave 12 minutes off the commute to downtown Tampa from New Tampa.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Extension of SR 56 in Wesley Chapel Delayed Again!

The extension of SR 56 in Wesley Chapel into the planned Wiregrass community has once again be delayed. The start of construction on the 3.5 extension from Bruce B. Downs in New Tampa to Meadow Pointe Boulevard is now scheduled for Spring 2007. The four lane road is designed for 70 mph.

This is just one of the many delays that Wiregrass has experienced in the planned new home community of Wiregrass with some 12,000 homes planned. Additionally, the Wiregrass shopping mall has also been delayed. The new opening is now planned for Spring of 2008.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Halloween Fun / Pumpkin Festival

The 15th annual Pumpkin Festival will be held at Hunsader Farms on October 20, 21, 22, and October 28, and 29, 2006. With over 150 planned Craft Booths, they will be offering Hayrides, a barnyard playground, Pumpkin games, a petting zoo, COLOSSAL CORN MAZE, and much more. According to their website, admission is $6.00, Children 12 and under free, and Parking is $3.00. Their website is:

Additionally, don't forget Flatwoods Adventures, that will be offering moonlight festivals! They are located off of S.R. 54.

Lastly here is a Halloween Card!

Aerial photo of maze at Pumpkin Festival!

New Tampa Arts and Crafts Show

The 16th annual Tampa Palms Women's Club Arts & Crafts show will be held "under the palms" at City Plaza Shopping Center (Bruce B. Downs and Tampa Palms Blvd.) on October 21st and 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Bonefish Grill to open in New Tampa / Wesley Chapel

Bonefish Grill, originally founded in 2000 in St. Pete, and now with over 100 locations is slated to open in New Tampa / Wesley Chapel, Florida on October 16th. The 5,200 square foot restaurant, seats 190 and is located in The Shoppes at New Tampa, recently constructed on Bruce B. Downs, close to the intersection of S.R. 56.

Wiregrass Ranch Community in New Tampa / Wesley Chapel hits another snag!

Jeesh! The Wiregrass Ranch development in Wesley Chapel has had so much controversy, it is a bit hard to believe that there is now something new to add!

Previously, there was controversy because the Pasco School District was expecting them to extend S.R. 56 for access to the the new Middle School and Wiregrass High School. Apparently they had a "Mexican standoff", because abruptly the school district decided to temporarily route the bus line through Meadow Pointe. The Middle school is now open, and Wiregrass High is expected to open in January. The extension of S.R. 56 is not yet in place.

Also, for months the County has been saying that they require a traffic study of the proposed Wiregrass community; and to my knowledge up to this point still have not received it.

About two months ago, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council told the developers of Wiregrass that they needed to increase affordable housing to offset the high volume of high end homes it plans to build there.

Now, in response apparently, Wiregrass has offered the County $250,000. to "meet its obligations" for affordable housing in a planned community slated to have 12,000 homes!

Under the county's new comprehensive growth plan, developers are required to set aside homes for affordable housing, but it appears that the number/quantity required to satisfy that remains unclear. Surely more than one house in 12,000 though!

The Laker reported that Pasco County officials laughed at the $250,000 proposal by Wiregrass developers! A representative from Pasco Co.'s long range planning division was quoted as saying that $5 million would be closer to their expectations. Perhaps Wiregrass should send a representative to Howie Mandel's show DEAL OR NO DEAL!

Tune in for the continuing saga of the Wiregrass Ranch community.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Tampa Neighborhood Home Prices for August 2006

The Greater Tampa Association of Realtors has published the following average sales prices by neighborhood for homes in MLS that sold in August, 2006:

Brandon: $272,240.
Carrollwood: $347,137.
Lutz / Northwest: $469,913.
Pasco: $265,863.
New Tampa: $418,969.

The Average days on the market reported by GTAR for all homes sold in MLS was 61.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Rattlesnake Festival

Looking for something different to do? The 40th Annual San Antonio, Florida Rattlesnake Festival will be held on October 21, & 22. Sat. Hours: 9:00 - 4:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00-4:00 p.m. Parking is free and there is no admission charge. Free entertainment will be provided and there will be a Wild West Show and food for sale. For more information, visit their website at: or give them a call at (352) 588-4444.

Monday, October 02, 2006

New Tampa Arts Festival

The first New Tampa Arts Festival is scheduled for this fall at the Palm Lake Office Building, under the oaks at 15310 Amberly Drive on November 18, & 19. This new festival will be displaying and selling works of up to 100 artists. So, mark your calendars and remember to take your check books with you!

S. Pasco / Wesley Chapel County Road Widenings

The widening of County Line Road from Bruce B. Downs to the Trout Creek bridge is now planned to begin in April of 2007. The Trout Creek bridge is between the communities of Northwood and The Lakes. Included in this planned widening is an additional left turn lane from County Line Road to North on Bruce B. Downs.

The $38 million widening of Bruce B. Downs from County Line Road to S.R. 54 is now under review by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Once completed these road widenings for those of us living in South Pasco will have easier access to I-75 at S.R. 56.