Executives to discuss plans for expansion
Two vice presidents from T. Rowe Price will discuss the company's plans to expand in Pasco County when they address the Pasco Alliance of Community Associations on Thursday. The company purchased 72 acres at State Road 54 and Sunlake Boulevard in Land O'Lakes and is expected to eventually employ about 1,600 workers at the site. The public is invited to attend the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (U.S. 41), 3 miles north of SR 54. PACA is a not-for-profit organization whose members include 76 of Pasco County's homeowner associations, community development districts and condominium associations. For information on PACA, call vice president David Quinones at (813) 991-1505 or visit the website at www.MyPACA.org.
Wildfire risk at 'very high' level
The Florida Division of Forestry, Withlacoochee Forestry Center, is reporting that the wildfire risk within Lake, Citrus, Sumter, Hernando and Pasco counties is at a "very high'' level. The majority of recent wildfires were caused by careless burning of yard waste and the illegal burning of household trash. Several of these fires threatened homes and structures. Although there are no existing burn bans within these counties, authorities recommend that outdoor burning of yard waste be delayed until conditions improve. "It is crucial that people are aware of the personal liability for suppression cost, and fines, should they be cited for conducting an outdoor burn that escapes their control," said Chuck Schneider, operations administrator of the Withlacoochee Forestry Center. For information as to the seriousness of these conditions, call Don Ruths, wildfire mitigation specialist at the Withlacoochee Forestry Center at (352) 754-6777, ext. 119.
Wiregrass will gain new tenant
Soma Intimates, the store known for its no-panty-line undergarments, sleepwear and swimwear, is opening a store at the Shops at Wiregrass on May 18. The chain, part of Chicos FAS Inc., offers "luxurious and sensual lingerie, loungewear, sleepwear and beauty" items, according to its website, www.soma.com. It's also known for personal service, with fitting experts to provide individualized help as well as underwear that looks invisible under clothing. The chain operates 140 boutiques, including stores at WestShore Plaza and Westfield Citrus Park in Tampa and Westfield Countryside in Clearwater. Soma Intimates at the Shops at Wiregrass will offer one free bra with any $75 purchase until June 1.