At ABC Action News, we know that it’s the combination of all communities that makes Tampa Bay great. That’s why we’ve launched a new series of stories highlighting the good things happening around town, uncovering cool gems you might not know about, and discovering big news events impacting on these areas.
On Friday, the Good Morning Tampa Bay team focused on Westchase.
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Opening of the Citrus Park Drive extension in western Hillsborough County to reduce traffic
As western Hillsborough County has grown, traffic problems have also increased.
“In fact, the people who live in western Hillsborough County, the only ways they had east to west were Linebaugh or South Mobley,” said Sandra Gonzalez, design manager for the department’s program department. Hillsborough County Assets.
This is where the Citrus Park Drive expansion project comes in, giving people another commuting option while reducing distance and time.
New merchants are coming to downtown Citrus Park
Downtown Citrus Park has been a fixture in the Citrus Park community since 1999. It is a 1.1 million square foot center with over 5 million visitors annually.
Soon you’ll find a new game day apparel retailer called Bows and Arrows. And hopefully by the end of the year, you’ll find a new tenant inside the old Sears.
The original world of beer began at Westchase
Now with over 70 locations worldwide, World of Beer actually started at Westchase.
For 15 years they have called the downtown location of Westchase home. The community has supported them from day one.
King of the Coop set to expand to Westchase
It’s the restaurant that brought Nashville Hot Chicken to Tampa Bay and King of the Coop is growing rapidly.
“Nashville hot chicken. It’s fried chicken and then you hit it with seasoned oil. And then you add extra seasoning for the spice,” says owner Joe Dodd. that where I like to see people pushing themselves like ‘how hot can I really be’ and it’s funny to see the reactions.”
Seminole Heights’ quirky location draws people from all over Tampa Bay. This soon led Dodd to expand into other parts of the bay.
Irish 31 iCare Foundation launches 4th annual effort to thank educators
For the fourth consecutive year, the Irish 31 iCare Foundation will launch its annual Cheers to Public Service Awards.
This year, the foundation hopes to identify teachers from Hillsborough and Pasco counties who have taken on this year’s challenges.
A total of $20,000 will be donated to our educators this year. The nomination period begins on January 19 and ends on April 8.
Hillsborough County Works to Expand Northwest Solid Waste Facility
Hillsborough County officials hope to begin construction this year on the northwest solid waste management facility off Linebaugh Avenue.
The expansion hopes to provide better access to people who live in nearby communities.
Currently, this facility is one of the busiest in the county, but it is also the smallest. Residents can use the site for drop-off, but contractors also use it as a transfer station.
Dancing Goat Farm needs more volunteers
Tucked away just off Race Track Road, near the Pinellas/Hillsborough county line, is a goat farm.
Probably not quite what you’d expect for the area, but it’s been a thriving farm since 2007.
“I came out of the American business in 2000 to start developing the farm. In 2007 we became legal, selling raw milk and that’s our main product here, it’s raw milk, goat’s milk We’re a sustainable non-profit urban farm,” explained Dancing Goat Farm owner Pam Lunn. “Sustainably we do water catchment, we do solar to charge our golf cart and to charge our various lawn equipment.”
Westchase Colts dedicate Pop Warner Super Bowl to teammate after unexpected brain surgery
After a month in the hospital and two weeks recovering at home, Bruce was released just in time to join his teammates in Orlando for the Pop Warner Super Bowl National Championship.
Westchase Elementary teacher writes book to help kids cope with class changes during pandemic
Emily Oquendo is a teacher and author. But she is a mother first and foremost.
A worried mother of two young daughters.
That’s how this whole bestselling book thing started.
“Like any parent, I was losing sleep at night,” says Oquendo. “How could I describe what school would be like for my daughter? »
Tampa teen helps seniors by creating gardens for grandparents
There’s a teenage girl from Tampa who saw the need for an herb garden at her grandmother’s assisted living facility, so she rolled up her sleeves and got her hands in the dirt.
Kelly Westmoreland grew up gardening with her grandmother Helen. It was a hobby Kelly hoped to continue when Helen moved to Discovery Village in Westchase.
Then she discovered that the facility was so new that they didn’t have a garden.
So this high school senior Alonso took it upon herself to create two new backyard herb gardens. She called the project Gardens For Grandparents. Her grandmother was impressed.
Westchase’s young sisters start nonprofit ‘Books Like Me’ so more students can read about various characters
Brooke and Haili Smith are voracious readers.
There is only one nagging problem.
“My sister and I noticed that in some of our favorite books there were no people of color or minorities, or members of the LGBTQ community,” says Haili, who is 12. “Or if they were there, they didn’t contribute.”
The Westchase sisters wanted more school libraries, from kindergarten to high school, to have a better selection of books that celebrate diversity.
“We want children to have the opportunity to read about the main characters like them,” says Brooke, who is 10.
So, with the help of their parents, the sisters started Books Like Me as a way to get books with black characters, gay characters, characters with special needs, and from all walks of life into libraries.