Coming Soon: Starkey Ranch K-8 is set to open next fall

15 Oct

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A new kindergarten through eighth grade school that’s being constructed in the Starkey Ranch community now has an official name: Starkey Ranch K-8.

The school is scheduled to open next fall, and will part of a complex that includes a district park, a theater and library. The district park opened in November 2017.

The quartet of community amenities resulted from a public-public-private partnership involving Pasco County Schools, Pasco County and the Wheelock Communities, the private developers of Starkey Ranch, a community off State Road 54 in Trinity.

Starkey Ranch K-8 School is the public school district’s first school specifically designed for elementary and middle school students.

The school is expected to have about 1,000 elementary school students and 600 middle school students. The campus includes a gymnasium, athletic fields, a running track and sports courts that will be available during non-school hours to residents, through a shared-use agreement.

Additionally, the third part of the partnership involves Pasco County, and involves the construction of what’s been dubbed TLC, which stands for theater, library and cultural center.

The TLC will accommodate public library patrons and students. It also will have a 250-seat theater and three makerspaces.

The Pasco County School Board approved the school’s official name during its Oct. 6 meeting. The board prefers to name schools after the general location, features of the area or historical information about the area.

Source: The Laker / Lutz News

News: Pasco Tax Collector Announces Office Closure Dates in November

11 Oct

Due to some important events and holidays in November, Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano announces the dates the five tax collector offices will be closed during the month of November. It is our intention to prevent customers from making unnecessary trips to the offices on these dates:

November 3, 2020 (Tuesday) – Election Day
November 11, 2020 (Wednesday) – Veterans Day
November 14, 2020 (Saturday) – State of Florida Computer System Upgrade
November 26, November 27 & November 28, 2020 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) – Thanksgiving Holiday

We thank you for your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience these closures may cause.

Starkey Ranch / Trinity School Rezoning Information

30 Sep

With the scheduled opening of Starkey Ranch K8 school for the 2021 school year, there will be a rezoning taking place in order to evenly distribute the population across the available schools. Here is the latest information.

Questions and Answers

  • When will the boundaries change? If approved by the School Board, these changes will go into effect at the start of the 2020-21 school year.
  • Which students will be affected? Students currently zoned for Dr. John Long Middle, Pasco High, Pasco Middle, Quail Hollow Elementary, Wesley Chapel High and Wiregrass Ranch High Schools may potentially be affected.
  • How will I know which school my child will be attending next year? The maps posted on the rezoning page of the Pasco County Schools’ website, detail the impacted areas:  pasco.k12.fl.us/planning/page/rezoning
  • Will rising seniors be allowed to remain at their current school? Yes, students who will be seniors during the 2020-2021 school year will remain at their current school.  Bus transportation on a senior-only bus will be provided for those seniors who are currently eligible for bus transportation.
  • If my child was previously approved for school choice to attend an out-of-boundary school that is now impacted by boundary changes, do I need to complete a School Choice-Open Enrollment Application for the 2020-21 school year? No, for this rezoning, the Superintendent has determined that students currently on school choice, who are at a school that is being rezoned, will not have to reapply for school choice to remain at their current school.
  • Can my child attend an out-of-boundary school?  School Choice applications are accepted in December and January for schools that have available seats. Parents may submit a request for their child to attend one of those schools for the following year.  Siblings of rising seniors and students entering the highest grade served at a school (5th or 8th graders) will be given priority in the school choice process.  Click here for more information about school choice.
  • How do these boundary changes affect bus transportation for my child? Transportation is provided to zoned schools for students who live further than 2 miles from the school.  However, transportation to a non-magnet school, that is outside the student’s attendance zone, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
  • My child is in an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program. Will there be any change due to the new boundaries?  If the program your child is in is unique to the school you currently attend then no, the boundary changes should not impact his/her educational services at the newly zoned school.  If the same services are offered at the newly zoned school then yes, the boundary changes may impact the school your child attends.
  • How will decisions about school choice applications be made? The district has a Board approved Controlled Open Enrollment Plan.  This plan, reviewed and revised annually as needed, complies with state and federal laws.  It established preferences for school choice requests and guides all decisions for parental requests to attend a school of choice.  The plan may be viewed at: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/library/ed_choice/Controlled_Open_Enrollment_plan.pdf

 

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Grand Opening: UrgentVet Trinity

30 Sep

UrgentVet Expands its Tampa Bay Presence With New Clinic in Pasco County
Open 365 days a year, the clinic offers an affordable alternative to veterinary ER


ODESSA, Fla. 
 Sept. 30, 2020 – UrgentVet, the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets, announced today it is expanding its presence in the Tampa Bay area by opening a third local clinic. The new clinic, which is located at 12307 State Road 54 in Odessa, is opening its doors to the public tomorrow, Thursday, October 1.

Officially named UrgentVet-New Port Richey, the clinic at the intersection of State Road 54 and Trinity Boulevard offers convenient access for pet parents residing in New Port Richey, Odessa, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel and throughout northern Hillsborough County. Its physical location is at the entrance to the Starkey Ranch master-planned development, making it particularly accessible for residents of the booming community.

“Pasco County has some of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in all of Tampa Bay, and we’re excited to open a clinic right in the heart of that growth,” said Dr. Jim Dobies, Founder, UrgentVet. “We feel that this new site allows us to serve a huge population of pet parents who may never have had access to a clinic like ours before.”

The new clinic will be UrgentVet’s fifth nationally and the third to open in the Tampa Bay area behind Westchase (August 2019) and Brandon (February 2020). Founded in 2015, UrgentVet also has locations in the Charlotte Metro area.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all UrgentVet clinics have adopted new processes to ensure the safety of both pet parents and employees.

Pet parents can use the website to check their pet in, and call or use the clinic’s intercom to alert staff once they arrive. The UrgentVet team will wear masks to limit any potential exposure while retrieving the pet, allowing pet parents to remain safe in the comfort of their car. In cases of euthanasia, a total of two visitors are allowed to accompany the pet inside.

UrgentVet fills the widening care gap that exists between traditional daytime veterinary practices and specialized 24-hour emergency hospitals, providing affordable after-hours relief on weeknights, weekends and holidays year-round.

Like its other Tampa Bay locations, UrgentVet-New Port Richey will be open from 3 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Noon to 8 p.m. on holidays.

The vision behind the UrgentVet practice model is to provide dogs and cats with trusted after-hours acute care just like an urgent care for humans. Pet parents in the area should continue to take pets to their primary care veterinarian for wellness care and routine visits, but UrgentVet-New Port Richey offers a trusting and compassionate option after-hours.

UrgentVet clinics routinely treat vomiting, diarrhea, lacerations, wounds, and skin and ear problems among many other presenting complaints.

On average, an UrgentVet bill is about 40% less than what a pet parent might pay for comparable services at a veterinary ER. No appointments are necessary, and pet parents who check in online can request that the clinic send a text message when it’s time to come in.

UrgentVet’s stress-free experience for pets is enhanced by the clinic design and special training the staff receives. All veterinarians and support staff are “Fear Free Certified Professionals,” which means they’re skilled in caring for both the pet’s physical and emotional well-being.

In addition, there are separate dog and cat waiting areas for pets and their parents to avoid what might be anxiety-inducing situations. All exam rooms have dimmable lighting for anxious animals, relaxing music to soothe the pets and each member of the staff wears sprayable pheromones for a calming effect.

The clinic itself is 2,100 square feet with a total of five exam rooms—two for large dogs, two for small dogs and one exclusively for cats—in addition to a separate comfort room. Other features include an in-house diagnostic lab, digital X-ray machine, ultrasound and cloud-based medical record-keeping software. The large dog rooms contain state-of-the-art lift tables, which also double as a non-slip scale, that lower to the floor for easy access for dogs who may be too heavy to pick up.

With all of its clinics, UrgentVet aims to develop strong relationships with neighboring primary care veterinarians, a practice that the new clinic staff has already started. After a pet’s visit, UrgentVet delivers lab work and X-rays with a referral letter to that pet’s veterinarian within 24 hours so that they can be informed and schedule a follow-up visit at their location.

“We know how deeply our pet parents care for their pets, and so we do whatever we can to ease what might be a tense or scary situation with compassionate care,” Dr. Dobies said. “Our goal is never to replace a primary care vet but rather to be there in the times that those vets aren’t able to be.”

For more information, visit UrgentVet.com.

About UrgentVet
Founded by Dr. Jim Dobies, UrgentVet is the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets. Offering after-hours services, UrgentVet provides pet parents with an affordable and convenient alternative to 24-hour emergency vets. UrgentVet currently operates clinics in Belmont, North Carolina; Fort Mill, South Carolina; Westchase, Brandon and New Port Richey, Florida (Tampa Bay), Florida.

Trinity Take Out – Christo’s Family Restaurant – Coronavirus 2020

20 Mar

Due to the coronavirus, the Governor of the State of Florida has ordered that all restaurant dining rooms be closed. For our Trinity owned restaurants to survive, they will need to go to take out and delivery service only. We will be updating this page with those restaurants information as well as their specials. Please support them.

Christo’s Family Restaurant
3136 Little Rd
Trinity, Florida 34655
(727) 376-4082

Menu: Click Here for Christo’s Family Restaurant Menu

Note from Christo’s:

✳️ CHRISTO’S FAMILY RESTAURANT HAS OFFICIALLY TRANSITIONED TO CURBSIDE AND TAKE OUT ONLY. ✳️

Thank you so much for your cooperation with this.

Our hours are from 8am-8pm – Here is our menu – Everything is available for order. Just call us at 727-376-4082 with your order and the make and model of your car or you can pick-up at the door.

Trinity Take Out – Harps of Trinity – Coronavirus 2020

20 Mar

Due to the coronavirus, the Governor of the State of Florida has ordered that all restaurant dining rooms be closed. For our Trinity owned restaurants to survive, they will need to go to take out and delivery service only. We will be updating this page with those restaurants information as well as their specials. Please support them.

Harps of Trinity
7813 Mitchell Blvd
Trinity, Florida 34655
(727) 264-6852

Supp

Got a restaurant that needs to be features here? Please contact us at [email protected]

 

Grand Opening: Chicken Salad Chick in Trinity

5 Jan

It’s happening! The Chicken Salad Chick in Trinity has scheduled it’s grand opening for Monday, January 20th, 2020!

According to their Facebook post, there are a ton of giveaways and more!

1/20: GRAND OPENING DAY!
FREE Chicken Salad for a YEAR to our 1st 100 Guests! Be one of the first 100 Guests to join us on Opening Day and you’ll receive FREE Chicken Salad for an entire YEAR! Our 1st guest will receive 1 free Large Quick Chick per week for 52 weeks. Guests 2-100 will receive 1 Free Large Quick Chick per month for 12 months!*
Not able to join us for our Morning 1st 100 Giveaway? Join us ALL DAY to enter our drawing for Free Chicken Salad for a Year! Purchase any Chick Special to enter & we will draw 10 lucky winners at the end of the day!
*Must be 16 Years or Older, purchase the Chick Special
*Must download CSC App
*Not valid in drive thru
*Redemption starts 1/27

1/21 FREE Chick Tumbler!
Be one of the first 50 guests at 10:30 am and 5 pm to purchase a Chick Trio & receive a FREE Chicken Salad Chick Tumbler!*
*Must be 16 Years or Older
*Must purchase a Chick Trio
*Not valid in drive thru

1/22 FREE Giving Card!
Our first 100 guest to purchase a meal will receive a FREE Giving Card!
*Must be 16 years or older
*Must purchase a meal
*Must have Craving Credits app
*Not valid in drive thru

1/23 Guest Appreciation Day!
All Day Long: Join us to receive a Free Scoop of Classic Carol!

1/24 FREE Chick Hat!
Be one of the first 100 guests to purchase a meal and receive a FREE Chick Hat!
*Must be 16 Years or Older
*Must purchase a meal
*1 hat per guest, guest must be present
*Not valid in drive thru

1/25 FREE Chick Tote Bag!
Be one of the first 100 guests to purchase 2 Large Quick Chicks & receive a FREE Chicken Salad Chick Tote Bag!*
*Must be 16 Years or Older
*Must purchase 2 Large Quick Chicks
*Not valid in drive thru

The new Chicken Salad Chick in Trinity is located at 12096 State Road 54, Odessa, Florida 33556

Trinity In The News: Pasco’s residential and commercial boom continued as the decade ended

27 Dec

According to CT Bowen of the Tampa Bay Times, Trinity is going to be the home of a new Longhorn Steakhouse and an Olive Garden, all in The Villages at Mitchell Ranch! It’s great to see some new restaurants coming to our immediate area!

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If you wonder how the Pasco County economy did for the decade, look no further than the interchange of Interstate 75 and State Road 56, where Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel come together.

The area was mostly empty fields through the first half of the 2010s, even though there were plenty of drawings and plans for a retail hub that had been expected to blossom years earlier.

Look now.

Over the past four years, commerce replaced grazing cattle in what is known collectively as the Cypress Creek Town Center. To the south, the Tampa Premium Outlets mall started the commercial boom when it opened in 2015, and warehouse-sized retailers like Costco and At Home followed suit. On the north side of SR 56 came a bevy of food service establishments, a hote, and an Earth Fare grocery as one of the anchors to a strip center.

The construction dust continues with Aldi, Main Event Entertainment and a trio of Bloomin’ Brand restaurants among the projects underway as the year comes to a close.

All told, Pasco County issued 521 permits for new commercial construction in its 2019 fiscal year that ended Oct. 1.

The boom in Lutz/Wesley Chapel was duplicated in west Pasco with the opening of the Village at Mitchell Ranch bringing retailing to the former homestead of the Mitchell family at the corner of Little Road and State Road 54 in Trinity. Sprouts Farmers Market serves as one of the retail anchors, and the restaurants Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse recently filed preliminary plans with Pasco County to locate there.

But those restaurants grocers, and general merchandise stores wouldn’t be opening if they didn’t have customers to serve. The greatest measure of the nearby customer base is the proximity to house rooftops. In the 12-month period ending Oct. 1, Pasco County issued 4,005 construction permits for new single-family homes.

Lennar continued to be nearly omnipresent in Pasco County. Just after the year started, public records showed the home-building giant had acquired 1,443 acres in the Connerton development east of U.S. 41 to bookend its planned Angeline development. Angeline, formerly known as Project Arthur, is slated for the thousands of acres south of State Road 52 between the Suncoast Parkway and the CSX railroad tracks. The project, which includes a planned 800-acre business park, unveiled its first proposed occupant — an expansion of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

Industrial recruiters stayed busy throughout the year with multiple project announcements, including:

  • Phillips & Jordan, Inc., building a regional headquarters near San Antonio.
  • Fleda Pharmaceuticals Corp., a new pharmaceutical manufacturer, which said it would create 30 jobs at a site in Odessa.
  • JDR Investments, which purchased a vacant 67-acre site in Lacoochee from Columbia Grain and Ingredients Inc., with plans to turn it into a 25-acre precast concrete plant.
  • Colwell Avenue Properties, which will build a pair of three-story office buildings, each totaling 60,000 square feet, along State Road 54 in Lutz.
  • Encompass Health. a provider of patient rehabilitation, home health and hospice services, which is bringing its regional business office and 179 jobs to a planned 37,000-square-foot office and administrative building within the Bexley by Newland Communities on the north side of SR 54.
  • Rooker Properties LLC, which said it will purchase approximately 99 acres owned by Pasco County’s Utilities Department and use a $3.7 million county incentive to build at least 400,000 square feet of industrial and office space. The project will be the largest-ever industrial space built on speculation in Pasco County, Rooker said.

Those aren’t the only things coming to Pasco County. By the end of the fiscal year, more than 1 million tourists had visited the county. They spent an estimated $462.6 million during their stays on hotels, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and attractions, according to a visitor-tracking study by the Tallahassee firm Downs & St. Germain.

It estimated the tourism industry’s yearly economic impact to Pasco County at more than $652 million.