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By Matt Wiley

***Retraction: The photo that previously appeared with this story of a closed car wash on S.R. 54 in Wesley Chapel was unclear. While it was meant to show a business that was closed and overgrown, the car wash was closed when Pasco County widened S.R. 54, resulting in an eminent domain acquisition. The property is regularly maintained by Bosworth Enterprises, Inc. and the county is responsible for trimming the growth in the former photo. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion the photo may have caused.

As Pasco County continues to try to revamp its reputation and become an “elite” county, one County Commissioner from Wesley Chapel is proposing an ordinance to clean up run-down and abandoned businesses along Pasco’s busy north-south roadways and encourage business owners not to let their property begin to deteriorate. [click to continue…]

awardsIt’s that time of year, time for the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) to name the year’s best nominated local businesses for its annual “Celebrating Excellence In Business” awards banquet, which will be held on Thursday, September 10, at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa off S.R. 54.

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By Gary Nager

I was shocked, saddened, heartbroken and devastated by the news that Cindy Freeman, the membership director for the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce the last three years, passed away on Sunday, August 30, due to complications from treatment for esophageal cancer.

A day or two before Cindy passed,  my page 3 editorial in our August 29 edition of Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News included an item about Cindy’s GoFundMe.com/b7z26v5c campaign to help raise money to pay for her treatments. Sadly, the monies raised by that campaign will now be used to pay for her funeral, which will be held on Wed., Sept. 2, 2 p.m. (with visitation from 1 pm-2 pm) at Loyless Funeral Home (5310 Land O’Lakes Blvd.). The family has asked for monetary donations in lieu of flowers to offset the cost of her final arrangements.  Checks can be dropped off at the WCCC office  (6013 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel 33544).

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TPO job fairLooking for a new job at the Tampa Premium Outlets mall on S.R. 56 in Wesley Chapel? Hundreds of jobs are set to be filled on Thursday, August 27 during a Job Fair at the University of South Florida (USF).

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Tampa Premium Outlets GM Teases Epic Grand Opening

August 18, 2015

By Matt Wiley If what general manager Stacey Nance told the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) during its recent Monthly Business Breakfast, the opening weekend for Simon Property Group’s new Tampa Premium Outlets is true—and we think it is—is something you won’t want to miss.

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Chick-fil-A Eyes New Wesley Chapel Location

August 17, 2015

What now is an empty field at the northeast corner of S.R. 54 and Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in Wesley Chapel could soon be home to a long-awaited fast food chain.

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Zaytoun Grill: New Tampa’s Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine Restaurant!

August 14, 2015

By Gary Nager Sure, there are alotof decent Mediterranean and Greek restaurants in our area already, but I can assure you there is nothing in New Tampa or Wesley Chapel quite like the new Zaytoun Mediterranean Grill, located just north of the intersection of Cross Creek Blvd. and Morris Bridge Rd., in a new building […]

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New Tampa Spared Most Of Severe Flooding

August 14, 2015

By Matt Wiley It’s no secret that it’s been a little wet out there in recent weeks. In fact, if our recent weather pattern was just a little more windy, it would have seemed like a three-week tropical storm. However, despite days of torrential downpours, the New Tampa area was spared the truly massive flooding […]

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On The Border, Wawa To Open Wesley Chapel Locations

August 10, 2015

The S.R. 56/I-75 interchange is a hot bed for economic growth in Wesley Chapel, and it’s not slowing down, as more businesses and restaurants are meeting with Pasco County about future locations in the Cypress Creek Town Center (CCTC) Development of Regional Impact (DRI). 

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Quail Hollow Elem. Officially Reopens

August 28, 2015

After two years of remodeling and construction, one Wesley Chapel elementary school is much more than just a shell of its former self, as it prepares to reopen for the 2015-16 school year. 

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Beach House Senior Living Coming To S.R. 56

August 28, 2015

While the Legacy at Highwoods Preserve (off Highwoods Preserve Pkwy. in New Tampa) recently opened as the area’s first assisted living facility, it won’t be the only one in our area for long, as work will begin on a future assisted living facility on S.R. 56 in Wesley Chapel early next year.

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Wesley Chapel Cody’s Roadhouse Employee Found Murdered In Tampa

August 28, 2015

A Tampa man already in custody on murder charges now has been charged in the murder of a San Antonio (FL) resident who worked at the Cody’s Roadhouse on Wesley Chapel Blvd. (S.R. 54).

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FBI Offers $5K Reward For Missing Weapons

August 28, 2015

Auto theft of any kind is a crime, but stealing weapons from an FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations) vehicle is a big “no-no,” and could land you in federal prison. Two men recently learned that the hard way, but months after their theft,four of the weapons they stole still have not been located and a […]

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Le Macaron Opens At Wiregrass Mall!

August 25, 2015

By Gary Nager For anyone who already loves the authentically French (and delicious!) confections called macarons (not to be confused with the traditional Jewish dessert macaroons), you’re in luck, because Le Macaron French Pastries has been open a few months in the Shops at Wiregrass mall.

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Florida Hospital Breaks Ground On $78M Expansion

August 25, 2015

By Matt Wiley It’s only been about two and a half years since Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (FHWC) opened its state-of-the-art facility on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in October 2012, but the hospital already has embarked on a massive expansion to continue to bring the same quality of service to the community.

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