Project on parkway to close lanes
Commuters who use the Suncoast Parkway may want to give themselves some extra time, as some lanes will be closed starting next week for resurfacing and other improvements. Crews will close portions of one lane at a time between State Road 54 and County Line Road, in both directions, during the day. The $15.3 million project encompasses milling, resurfacing and road improvements along 20 miles of the Suncoast Parkway, according to Christa Deason, a spokeswoman for the Florida Turnpike Enterprise. These projects include median cable barrier construction and upgrades to the existing motorist aid call boxes. When ramp closings are necessary, they will occur from midnight to 6 a.m. The work is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2013.
Crews to gather debris from Debby
County officials said crews will begin collecting debris related to Tropical Storm Debby on Monday and the process will continue for the next several weeks. Officials ask residents to separate storm-related debris from regular trash and put the debris in the public right of way. Limbs and branches, appliances and construction material such as carpeting should be separated. Residents of gated communities should place debris outside the gates in the public right of way. Hazardous waste should not be taken to the curb. For information, call the county's Resident Information Center at (727) 847-8959 during weekday business hours.
Club, restaurant close their doors
The tough economy has claimed two popular establishments: Remington Steakhouse and AJA Wiregrass nightclub. Remington, located on Wesley Chapel Boulevard near the Grove shopping center, was known for its buckets of peanuts and low-priced steaks. It closed in late June after Aurora of Tampa, the company that owned the restaurant, missed several mortgage payments to Pilot Bank. The bank then foreclosed, said bank attorney John Van Voris. The bank says Remington owes $1.7 million on the property. Aurora also owes the IRS about $700,000, he said. AJA, a restaurant and nightclub, opened in 2010 in the Shops at Wiregrass as a sister club to the one in Channelside. In January 2010, the club with the colored lights and onyx bars made headlines after scoring a visit from Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guadagnino. A year later, it filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11. A sign on the glass wall says AJA has "closed for good." Debbie Detweiler, marketing director for the Shops at Wiregrass, said no tenants have been lined up yet but expects the 7,700 square-foot building to draw lots of interest.
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