Central Pasco to get its first movie theater

Published January 26, 2007

Central Pasco looks set to get its first cinema in October.

The 16-screen Cobb Theatres multiplex anchors the Grove at Wesley Chapel, an 800,000-square-foot mall that got the green light Thursday from the county's Development Review Committee.

Construction is expected to start within 10 days, said Bill Krahe, managing partner of ECHO Real Estate Services, the Grove's developer.

The Grove sits on 120 acres on the northwest corner of County Road 54 and Interstate 75, one highway exit north of the spot where two higher-profile rivals, Cypress Creek Town Center and the Shops at Wiregrass, are still racing to get off the ground.


You may see many low-flying helicopters

That low-flying helicopter you might see hovering around transmission poles and towers is not a sign of the apocalypse. Starting Jan. 29 through the first week of March, Tampa Electric will be doing aerial inspections of 3,800 transmission structures in Tampa, Temple Terrace, Brandon, Dade City, Winter Haven and Sebring. The inspections are part of a maintenance program to identify possible deficiencies and will require the copters to fly below 100 feet most of the time. In some cases workers may conduct minor repairs, which will require the helicopter to hover for longer periods, perhaps five or 10 minutes.


Aerial survey finds 304 manatees

Staff members from the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge counted 304 manatees in area waters during an aerial survey on Wednesday. The count: 198 manatees in Kings Bay including 22 calves, three in the Crystal River, two in the Salt River, 56 in the discharge canal at the Progress Energy complex including four calves, two in the Cross Florida Barge Canal including one calf, 37 in the Homosassa Blue Waters including six calves, and six in the lower Homosassa River. Aerial surveys are conducted every two weeks throughout the year.


City takes back historic building

Centro Espanol, a 95-year-old building on the National Register of Historic Places, is back in stable hands after the city reacquired the West Tampa landmark Thursday. Tampa paid $1-million to pay off a bank debt for the Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League, which disbanded last year. The city gave the league the building in 1999. Federal grants for renovation stipulate it must have a public purpose. City officials will consider public opinion about uses for the building.