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By Matt Wiley

If you could, would you pay a little extra to avoid snarled interstate traffic on the way to work? The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) hopes so, as it has announced a concept that could add express toll lanes to several of the Tampa Bay area’s most congested interstates. One of those express lanes could begin and end right here in New Tampa and a meeting is being held tonight to gather public comments. [click to continue…]

A construction sign on Bearss Ave. warns drivers that the next section of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. widening officially has begun.

A construction sign on Bearss Ave. warns drivers that the next section of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. widening officially has begun.

By Matt Wiley

Although work continues on the widening of Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. underneath I-75 that will complete BBD “Segments B & C,” work has begun on “Segment A” —which will widen New Tampa’s main thoroughfare from four to eight lanes from Palm Springs Blvd. in Tampa Palms south to Bearss Ave. 

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sr 56Wesley Chapel drivers who are planning on heading south on I-75 from the S.R. 56 interchange tonight should consider another route, as the southbound entrance ramp will be closed. [click to continue…]

chilisIf you’ve been looking forward to the opening of Wesley Chapel’s newest “neighborhood” bar, the wait is almost over.
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Walls Going Up At Tampa Premium Outlets

January 27, 2015

Just less than two months after officially breaking ground, walls already are going up at the future Tampa Premium Outlets mall off S.R. 56 in Wesley Chapel.

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Hillsborough School Board Terminates Superintendent’s Contract For $1.1 Million

January 21, 2015

By Matt Wiley “The motion passes to terminate the superintendent’s contract, 4-3.”

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Former Tampa Palms Residents Team Up In ‘The Doll’ Web TV Series

January 20, 2015

By Gary Nager When I was in my 20s, cable TV was still in its infancy, so most entertainment programming on TV was still being produced by the (at that time) three broadcast networks — ABC-TV, NBC-TV and CBS-TV (Fox-TV started a few years later).

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Creativity On Display This Weekend At Suncoast Arts Festival

January 16, 2015

If you’re looking for something to stimulate the left side of your brain, consider checking out the 10th annual Suncoast Arts Festival (SAF), a FREE event at the Shops at Wiregrass mall (28211 Paseo Dr.) on Saturday- Sunday, January 17-18. This year’s title sponsor is Ed Morse Cadillac in Brandon.

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100 Montaditos Now Open Shops At Wiregrass

January 16, 2015

By Gary Nager 100 Montaditos is now open in the Shops at Wiregrass mall.

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Shopping Plaza Proposed For Cypress Creek Town Center

January 16, 2015

By Matt Wiley As the Tampa Premium Outlets construction speeds up on the south side of S.R. 56 in the Cypress Creek Town Center (CCTC) Development of Regional Impact (DRI), following the groundbreaking of Simon Property Group’s Tampa Premium Outlets on December 12, more plans have been proposed for the bustling development.

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Lutz Woman Charged With Embezzling $100K From Wesley Chapel Business

January 15, 2015

By Matt Wiley With access to someone else’s money, it can be tempting to make it your own, but the stakes are high and the consequences are real, as one Lutz woman recently discovered.

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A Rockin’ Time At The Wesley Chapel Rotary Party!

January 13, 2015

By Gary Nager I’ve only been a member of the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel (which meets Wednesdays at noon at Ciao! Italian Bistro in the Shops at Wiregrass mall) for less than two years, but this group just has a way of making everyone feel like family.

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K-Bar Rezoning Could Lead to New Tampa, Wesley Chapel Road Connections

December 31, 2014

By Matt Wiley A 20-foot canyon of brush and dirt and some barricades are the only things stopping traffic from flowing from Kinnan St. in the K-Bar Ranch Development of Regional Impact (DRI) of New Tampa into Wesley Chapel along Mansfield Blvd. in Meadow Pointe, but after what seems like an eternity to long-time residents […]

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Kumquat Festival Returns To Dade City Jan. 31

January 16, 2015

By Gary Nager If you’re looking for a fun, uniquely Florida event to attend later this month, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the 18th annual Kumquat Festival, presented by the Dade City Chamber of Commerce & Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, in historic downtown Dade City, on Saturday, January 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m..

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