Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fall fair setting up in Wesley Chapel

Fall Fair 2013 at The Shops at Wiregrass
They are in the process of setting up for the Fall Fair at The Shops at Wiregrass (October 31st-November 10th, just north of JC Penney). Rides, games, etc.
Fair Hours
 Monday - Thursday:  5pm - 9pm
 Friday - Saturday:  Noon - 10pm
 Sunday:  Noon - 9pm

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dogtoberfest 2013 Tomorrow

Don't forget Dogtoberfest 2013 will be held tomorrow at The Shops at Wiregrass beginning at noon.

Here are some scenes from last year's event:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Construction begins on Wesley Chapel Walmart


Construction of the 200,000 sq. ft. "Wiregrass" Walmart building and 21,000 + sq. ft. garden center at SR 54 & Wiregrass Ranch Blvd. began this week.  I have heard that it will open in the summer of 2014.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tampa one of best places to live in the US

Tampa ranked as one of the best places in the United States to live, work and play, and came in 19th on’s survey of the Top 100 Most Livable Cities in America. 

The survey was based on eight categories for small to midsized cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000.  The categories included economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare. Tampa’s overall Livability Score totaled 620, scoring highest for amenities at 93, tied with Irvine, Ca.

“We received the highest score for our amenities – our waterfront city, attractions, sports teams, festivals, culinary focus, outdoor activities – all of these things make Tampa a great place to live,” said Santiago Corrada, President & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. “And we all know great places to live make great places to visit.”

Here are the overall rankings of the Florida cities that made the top 100 list:

Miami Beach #5
Tampa #19
Fort Lauderdale #24
Gainesville #34
Orlando #39
Tallahassee #42
St. Petersburg #59
West Palm Beach #67

Here's the complete list provided by

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Festival of flight this weekend

 (Pictures in slide show are photos I have taken in Wesley Chapel)

While Wesley Chapel typically is fortunate to enjoy scenes of hot air balloons on most weekends, on October 19-20 we will have an opportunity to see them (and a whole lot more) up close at the Tampa North Flight Center.  This airport is located in Lutz at 4241 Birdsong (located west of I-75 and south of Wesley Chapel Blvd).

From the airport's Facebook page:

"American Balloons, a hot air balloon ride company and Tampa North Flight Center are hosting the Grand Opening for the newly renovated Tampa North Aeropark and the Happy Hangar Café. We will have sponsors displaying their items, hot air balloon launch on Saturday and Sunday with a Hot air Balloon Glow on Saturday Evening. Planes flying in all day and a wonderful Kite Display from Kiting TampaBay and live music and aerial displays."

Here is the schedule of events published on the event's website: 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

7:00 AM                       Hot Air Balloon Launch

8:00 - 9:00 AM            Vendors Open

9:00 AM                       Open Runway for Fly-In Aircraft

9:00 AM                       Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron – Civil Air Patrol  - OPEN HOUSE and Activity
9:00 - 12:00PM          Kites and Bubble Demo
10:00 AM                   Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides (Weather Permitting)
11:00 AM                   Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides (Weather Permitting)
12:00 PM                    Delta Flyer Demonstration
12:30 - 1:30 PM         A Moment with The Classics - James A Williams Performance
1:00 PM                      Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron – Civil Air Patrol  - OPEN HOUSE and Activity
2:30 PM                      Parachute Demo Team(pending)
4:00 PM                      Tethered Balloon Rides (Weather Permitting)
5:30 PM                      Delta Flyer Demo
7:00 - 9:00 PM           Live Performance By Harold Jones Entertainment
7:00 - 9:00 PM           Hot Air Balloon Night Glow (Runway closed)
* Live Bands Playing Throughout the Day
* Food Served All Day
Sunday October 20, 2013

7:00 AM                        Hot Air Balloon Launch
9:00 AM                        Plane Fly-In
10:00 AM                      Music, Planes and Vendors Open
11:00 AM                      Balloon Awards Ceremony
12:00 PM                       Festival Closed
If you go, I suggest you go early and WITH CHAIRS!  Birdsong is not a road that looks like it can accommodate a lot of traffic.

Monday, October 07, 2013

October, 2013 Real Estate Report for New Tampa

The majority of single family New Tampa homes reported sold in our local MLS last month sold below $299,000. The average single family home sale price in New Tampa in September was $296,263 with an average reported sales price/sq. ft. of $107.70, compared to $253,519 with an average sales price/sq. ft. of $91.20 a year ago. 

Sold prices ranged from a low of $137,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,502 Sq. Ft. home built in 1972 in Pebble Creek to a high of $740,000 for a 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, pool home in Tampa Palms.

There are 275 single family homes currently listed for sale in New Tampa.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Dogtoberfest 2013 at Wiregrass

The 5th Annual ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon Dogtoberfest will be held on October 20th from 12:00 to 6:00 at The Shops at Wiregrass.  The widely popular event will include a doggie costume contest, a doggie obstacle course, and on-site pet adoptions from various Tampa Bay area rescue organizations.  Pet costume contest registration and judging is from 12:00 to 2:00  and the presentation of the awards is at 3:00.  The costume contest categories are:  Owner/Pet Look-A-Like, Cutest, Scariest, Best Homemade Costume, and Best Celebrity Look-A-Like.  Official rules