Hooters adds Odessa location

CLEARWATER — Hooters has opened its newest Pasco County location at State Road 54 and Suncoast Crossings in Odessa.

The restaurant features 4,586 square feet inside and an additional 800 square feet of outside covered seating. Additional features include more than 30 big-screen TVs located inside and outside, a huge 22-seat bar, with an additional 124 seats inside and seating for 46 guests outside. The location will also offer a dedicated room for to-go orders.  

“We are excited for our Odessa Hooters location and look forward to becoming a favorite for avid bikers and runners on the Suncoast Trail and a go-to stop for those living and working in the heart of Pasco County,” said Hooters Management Corp. Chief Marketing Officer Denise Williams. The restaurant has hired more than 60 employees.  

Odessa Hooters is located at 16070 SR 54. It is the second Pasco County location, the first one being Port Richey Hooters, which opened on the waterfront in 1988.

Hooters Management Corp. owns and operates 24 Hooters locations in Tampa Bay, the Chicago area and Manhattan, along with four Hoots, a quick-service restaurant serving Hooters’ most popular menu items.  For more information, visit http://www.originalhooters.com.

Bridal Trunk Show scheduled

NEW PORT RICHEY — For 29 years, Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes have offered a wide variety of furniture, clothing, and collectibles at affordable prices for residents in Pasco County. Now, Gulfside’s Bridal Boutique at the New Port Richey location is making soon-to-be brides’ wedding dreams come true.

With more than 250 dresses to choose from starting at $29.99, brides can find the perfect dress for their special day. To highlight these dresses, the New Port Richey shop, 6117 State Road 54, will be hosting a Bridal Trunk Show on Saturday, March 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The show is free to attend, but limited spots are available to allow for social distancing. All brides must register by March 3 at http://bit.ly/NPR-Bridal-Trunk-Show to secure a spot.

V’s Collection in Dunedin and Athena’s Bridal Boutique in Clearwater contributed generous donations to the New Port Richey shop. All proceeds benefit Gulfside Hospice patients in Pasco County.

For questions about the Bridal Trunk Show or the Bridal Boutique, contact Jeremi Sliger at jeremi.sliger@gulfside.org or call 727-842-7262.

Planning Commission has openings

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County is looking for three volunteers to join the county Planning Commission. Ideal candidates will represent diverse knowledge and expertise in the areas of engineering, planning, real estate, surveying, property management, architecture, construction and other related fields.

Applications are being accepted through March 10.

Planning Commission members review and make recommendations to the Pasco Board of County Commissioners on proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments, zoning amendments, conditional-use permit applications, development orders, development agreements, operating permits and other development applications. Other responsibilities could include hearing and issuing final determinations on all variances, alternative standards, certain appeals and special exception applications.  

To fill out and submit an application online, go to bit.ly/2G3IqUH.

The county board plans to appoint three members to the Planning Commission to fill vacancies.

Meetings are generally held twice a month, on Thursday afternoons at 1:30.  Meeting locations alternate between Dade City and New Port Richey.

Stroke support group launched

HUDSON — Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will host a monthly stroke support group meeting on Thursday, March 25. Future monthly meetings will be the last Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

The support group is free and open to all community members. Hospital onsite support group meetings will take place at the Rao Musunuru M.D., Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive, Hudson.

The meetings will be facilitated by RMC Bayonet Point speech pathologists who all hold a certificate of clinical competence by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Attendees will be screened prior to entering the meeting room, masks must be worn and attendees must follow CDC guidelines for socially distancing.

For more information or to register (advance registration is requested), call 727- 869-5498 or 888-741-5119 or register online by visiting BayonetPointHospital.com.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been serving the community since 1981. It is a 290-bed acute care hospital with more than 300 physicians, 1,264 employees and 400 volunteers.

RNR Tire Express opens in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY — Pasco is now home to affordable, high-quality tires and custom wheels with the opening of a new RNR Tire Express store. To continue its mission to bring affordable tires to communities across Florida, RNR opened its sixth location in the greater Tampa area and will hold a grand opening celebration on Feb. 27 at 9226 U.S. Highway 19 N., Port Richey.

The new location provides quality products and services from a knowledgeable staff for as little as twenty dollars down for a set of tires, plus flexible easy payments.

The grand opening celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include free food, prizes worth over $2,000, and special appearances by Bello Nock of America’s Got Talent and RNR’s Capt. Jack Spare.

The pandemic has left many keeping their vehicles — and old tires — for longer due to the uncertainty of the economy, which puts drivers at risk. High-quality, new tires are vital for keeping families safe, and RNR Tire Express will make new tires accessible to all. 

The clean, modern store welcomes customers into a friendly, comfortable and safe atmosphere where they can choose from the largest selection of brand-name tires and wheels and are provided payment options that allow them to pay for tires and wheels in weekly, bi-weekly or monthly installments with no credit hassles to fit each customer’s budget.

Founded in 2000 by rent-to-own veteran Larry Sutton, RNR has since grown to 144 locations across the United States. For more information visit www.RNRtires.com 727-494-7070.