Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Plans for $17M ice rink complex unveiled in Pasco

Youth hockey players across the Tampa Bay area will no longer have a shortage of ice with the announcement Thursday of a $17 million skating complex that developers say would be the largest in Florida.

The project, to be located at Interstate 75 and State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, would feature four rinks, including one that could be converted for lacrosse, basketball and soccer.

"It's a great win for Pasco County; it's a win for the region," Pasco County Commission Chairman Jack Mariano said during a news conference in which developer Gordie Zimmermann unveiled site plans. He closed on the 13-acre property earlier in the day for about $2.6 million from Skinner Brothers Realty.

The overall cost is about $20 million, all from private investors that Zimmermann says have already committed to the project. The two-story complex will feature one Olympic and two standard-size rinks, and one that can be converted to meeting space. Upstairs includes a restaurant that overlooks three ice rinks. Developers also announced that a 120-room hotel is planned south of the complex.

Zimmermann, a former amateur player who also was general manager at the hockey complex in Brandon and whose son plays for Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, said he hopes to launch a hockey academy in addition to public skating and adult leagues. The developer, Z Mitch LLC, will break ground as soon as it gets permits, with an expected opening by fall 2015.

Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk turned on a ceremonial table lamp Thursday to kick Developers expect the ice rink complex to bring 20 permanent jobs and 20 part-time jobs.

Some in the Tampa Bay area skating community remained skeptical about Zimmermann's plans. Pat DeLorenzo, an NHL official and owner of a tire and auto repair business in Clearwater, is in talks to build a $10 million rink off State Road 54 near the Grove shopping center — less than a 5-mile drive from Zimmermann's site. Four other facilities with seven rinks operate within 55 miles of each other — in Clearwater, Oldsmar, Brandon and Ellenton.

Pasco tourism director Ed Caum has met with Zimmermann and DeLorenzo. He doubts both could succeed if operating at the same time. "I think the first out of the gate will be able to capitalize on the market now," he said.

Plans for $17M ice rink complex unveiled in Pasco 05/29/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 29, 2014 7:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Review: Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald team up to cool down the Clearwater Jazz Holiday

    Blogs

    A cool breeze swept through Coachman Park Saturday night. Couple of them, actually.

    Kenny Loggins performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 21, 2017.
  2. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  3. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan spent a lot of time last season rehabilitating his injured hip alongside Steven Stamkos, who was rehabbing a knee after season-ending surgery. During those hours, Callahan noticed two things about Stamkos: his hunger and his excitement to return this season.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Spain planning to strip Catalonia of its autonomy

    World

    BARCELONA, Spain — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

    Demonstrators in Barcelona protest the decision to take control of Catalonia to derail the independence movement.
  5. Funeral held for soldier at center of political war of words (w/video)

    Nation

    COOPER CITY — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

    The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017  in Cooper City, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) FLMIH102