Huge surprise: another new Starbucks

Published February 1, 2007

So this little coffee shop is thinking of opening on U.S. 19, near Southgate Plaza. You may have heard of it: Starbucks. Yes, the Seattle coffee chain is working on site plans to build an 1,800-square-foot cafe at the southwest corner of Gulf Drive and U.S. 19, city planner Lisa Fierce said Wednesday. The branch would have a drive-through and replace J&J Produce and Deli, which is leaving the property. No word yet on when Starbucks hopes to start building, but let's hope it's quicker than at Gulf View Square mall. Starbucks has had a "coming soon" sign in the mall since, oh, last summer. A mall spokesman said Wednesday it should be about three more weeks.

Buy chocolate, help United Way

Chocoholics, rejoice. The Valentine Chocolates and More Sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Shoreline Cafeteria, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Chocolates by Michelle will be featured among the sweets available to purchase. A part of every sale will go to the United Way Campaign.

Unfinished houses are burglarized

Three homes under construction in the Suncoast Meadows subdivision were burglarized Monday night, according to reports from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The burglars broke into the homes twice through the garage and once by breaking a window before stealing stainless steel appliances, according to reports. Anyone with information is asked to call the toll-free crime tips line at 1-800-706-2488.

Representatives headed to school

Forget about insurance. It's time to deal with education issues. State Reps. John Legg and Will Weatherford are hosting a conference on teaching and learning practices, and on pending education debates in the upcoming legislative session at 1 p.m. Friday in the River Ridge High School theater. The guest speaker is Gene Bottoms, senior vice president of the Southern Regional Education Board. The target audience is Pasco County school administrators - already more than 30 have signed up - but the public is also welcome to listen in.


Jim Davis is an assistant superintendent for the Pasco County school district. A story in Wednesday's Pasco Times gave the wrong first name.

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