HUDSON — One of the mainstay businesses at Hudson Beach is poised for redevelopment into a 24-unit condominium-hotel.
The owners of Skeleton Key Marina, originally built nearly 50 years ago, are planning to redevelop the 1.07-acre site at the west end of Clark Street into a 43,600-square-foot "condotel," according to preliminary plans filed with Pasco County. A condotel legally is a condominium, but operates as a hotel....
DADE CITY — Pasco County is doubling its tourist tax to 4 percent to build an indoor sports complex in Wesley Chapel and improve its outdoor boat ramps in west Pasco.
In a series of six votes Tuesday, commissioners formally approved the higher tax on overnight accommodations; a contract with RADD Sports of Sarasota to operate the $26 million multipurpose sports center; a ground lease with Mainsail Wiregrass Hotel for an adjoining $18.7 million, 128-room Mariott Residence Inn, and changes to the development plans for Wiregrass Ranch, where the sports-tourism complex will be located....
08/16/17 Local Government
DADE CITY — SunWest Park, Pasco's first privately operated public park, will remain in private hands, county commissioners decided Tuesday.
Though they instructed County Administrator Dan Biles to renegotiate the contract with SunWest Park Inc. and its CEO, Patrick Panakos of Orlando, commissioners also said they wanted the company to continue operating the park.
Panakos' company has run SunWest Park since it opened in 2015. Last week, county staffers said the company was two years in arrears on its rent payments and other obligations and also had failed to maintain the park as the contract required....
NEW PORT RICHEY — The state has hung a for-sale sign on a 589-acre preserve in suburban west Pasco.
The property, identified by the Southwest Florida Water Management District as the Hidden Lake acreage, has been in public ownership for more than three decades. It sits at the end of Doe Court, north of Ridge Road, near the Hidden Lake airport and residential community. It features a 48-acre private lake, and the asking price is $852,000....
ODESSA — Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. plans to put some operations in Pasco County and has filed preliminary documents to remodel a vacant building on Gunn Highway into a 14,000-square-foot office building and pharmacy.
Synergy provides pharmaceutical services to long-term care and assisted-living facilities, does its own compounding of medications, supplies home health equipment and operates a retail pharmacy. Its local operations are on U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor where the company employs 55 people....
08/10/17 Local Government
HUDSON — Pasco County is considering changing operations at the privately operated, but publicly owned, SunWest Park.
Next week, commissioners will be asked to begin reworking the county's lease with SunWest Park Inc., the company formed by Patrick Panakos of Orlando to run the park and install and operate the wakeboard attraction and other amenities in and around the 70-acre lake west of U.S. 19....
Texas-based home décor superstore At Home is planning its first outlet in the Tampa Bay area in the Cypress Creek Town Center shopping complex in Pasco County.
The company boasts of offering consumers an inventory of 50,000 home décor items from furniture and rugs to wall art, housewares and seasonal items.
Preliminary plans filed with Pasco County show At Home occupying a 108,490-square-foot store on Grand Cypress Drive, on the south side of State Road 56 near the southern extension of Wesley Chapel Boulevard. That puts it on the same side of the highway as the Tampa Premium Outlets mall and Costco....
Sun West Acquisition Corp. president John G. "Gary'' Grubbs — Pasco County's partner in a proposed channel dredge near Aripeka — used the company as "his own personal piggy bank'' and improperly spent more than $1.6 million of corporate money supporting his lifestyle and covering unrelated business expenses, a minority partner charges in a lawsuit.
Denise Taglia of Palm Harbor sued Grubbs and Sun West Acquisition on June 7 in Pasco Circuit Court, accusing Grubbs of breaching his fiduciary duties and unjust enrichment. She is asking the court to appoint a receiver to oversee the company. Otherwise, the lawsuit said, Sun West's "assets will be subject to continued loss, waste and destruction by Grubbs' ongoing wrongful actions.'' ...
07/26/17 Economic Development
The east Pasco property of Angelo's Aggregate Materials, which failed to obtain a state environmental permit to be developed as a garbage landfill, is being studied as a potential 1,000-acre mega site for industrial recruitment.
"There are no mega sites of that size in Florida right now. This puts us clearly on the map,'' Bill Cronin, president/CEO of the Pasco Economic Development Council, told county commissioners earlier this month....
Railroad traffic through Land O'Lakes and Lutz periodically interrupts cars and trucks trying to get through one of the busiest intersections in Pasco County — the crossroads of U.S. 41 and State Road 54.
It actually averages less than one freight train per day, according to CSX.
That shouldn't pose too terrible of an inconvenience for motorists.
The crossing gates stopping cars from entering the intersection are another story....
07/18/17 Economic Development
ODESSA — Graham Mavar said he first looked around Pasco County seven years ago for a suitable place to develop a high-end employment center.
"Industrial likes to go next to industrial, but somebody's got to go first. That's always the biggest challenge," said Mavar, a partner in the Tampa-based commercial real estate development firm Harrod Properties.
The company finally settled on a location — the Asturia development north of State Road 54 and west of the Suncoast Parkway — and now is partnering with Pasco County on a $26 million project to develop two roads and up to 200,000 square feet of Class A spec space for office/industrial use....
07/12/17 Local Government
DADE CITY — A Wesley Chapel golf course can be bulldozed for 389 homes, Pasco County commissioners ruled Tuesday.
On a 4-1 vote, with Chairman Mike Moore dissenting, commissioners decided a long-delayed rezoning issue by allowing the owner of Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club to swap fairways for driveways.
The decision came as dozens of objecting neighbors sat wearing green shirts adorned with green stickers and yellow lettering that parroted the county's marketing slogan, "Open spaces, vibrant places.''...
Florida's nearly 39,000 restaurants are projected to do $41.7 billion in sales this year, according to the National Restaurant Association. And the appetite for eating out is showing up in a big way at the Cypress Creek Town Center development that traverses State Road 56 just west of Interstate 75.
The initial retail center on the northern portion of the development will include both Mellow Mushroom pizza and Chuy's Tex-Mex restaurants, according to Pasco County building permit records....
DADE CITY — The monthslong back and forth over how to pay for new schools took a timeout Tuesday after the Pasco County School District, the Tampa Bay Builders Association and the county's legal staff negotiated a three-year, $3,500 increase in the charge for new single-family homes.
The accord, reached on the eve of a County Commission public hearing on the impact fee ordinance, prompted the commission to delay its final vote until August to meet legal advertising requirements....
07/11/17 Local Government
DADE CITY — It's no longer going to cost $2 to visit Pasco County's beaches.
On Tuesday, commissioners agreed to spend a portion of a $3 million budget windfall by ending the parking fee at nine coastal and wilderness parks. Commissioners left in place the $5 charge to park boat trailers at the county's boat ramps.
The elimination of the parking fees does not apply to the privately operated SunWest Park near Aripeka....