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Pasco County steps closer to rental registry

Pasco County is taking aim at a problem that crops up when a Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy arrives at a scene, and isn’t able to determine who owns the property, or who is authorized to be there. The problem also occurs when the county can’t pin down a way to locate who’s responsible for code […]

This Week

County outlines Ridge Road construction timeline

Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles recently laid out the time frame for the completion of the Ridge Road extension, a project that eventually will provide a new east-west corridor between Moon Lake Road and U.S. 41. The project is broken into two phases, with a groundbreaking for the first phase held earlier this week. During […]

Old Pasco Road restructure to enhance safety

Construction is underway to reconstruct Old Pasco Road’s intersections with Quail Hollow Boulevard, Oakley Boulevard and Boom Boom Drive, in Wesley Chapel. The improvements are in response to a route study that concluded upgrades are needed to improve safety and increase traffic capacity. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore said he has heard concerns from […]

Pasco’s economy is on a roll

Single-family permitting was up 21% in Pasco County in 2019, compared to the previous year — and for the first time, the county’s single-family residential average permit value topped $300,000. Those were among the statistics that County Administrator Dan Biles shared with the Pasco County Commission during its Jan. 7 meeting. “As you know, there’s […]

Pasco adopts new standards for mini-warehouses

After months of research and outreach, Pasco County has developed new regulations relating to the placement and design of mini-warehouse and self-storage units. The Pasco County Commission adopted the ordinance regulating these types of facilities in December. In crafting its regulations, county planners considered standards in Dade City, St. Petersburg and Miami, as well as […]

Explore the ways of The West

The West isn’t nearly as far away as you think. Spend a few hours in St. Petersburg, at The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art and you’ll feel like you’ve landed in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and other western lands. You’ll see paintings, life-size sculptures, sketches, jewelry, photographs and etchings depicting Native Americans, […]

Continuing to make strides against human trafficking

Pasco County has made strides in combating human trafficking, but statistics continue to paint a sobering picture about the prevalence of the problem. Some of those statistics were reported during the Pasco County Commission’s Jan. 7 meeting, where commissioners praised local efforts that are being made to battle the problem, and passed a resolution declaring […]

Pigz in Z’Hills to celebrate its 10th year

The largest event in Zephyrhills is gearing up for its 10th anniversary — with a few more fixins’. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce’s annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest is set for Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Community Venue, 5200 Airport Road, Zephyrhills. Admission is free, […]

State senator offers helping hand for seniors

When Jemith Rosa approached State Sen. Wilton Simpson seeking some assistance for a project to help senior citizens, she came away with more than she expected. Rosa went to Simpson to see if he could help her with her quest for a new, and larger senior center in Dade City. Simpson, of Trilby, responded to […]

Mobile food pantry to help feed families

The Circle of Veterans and Families Inc. (COV), in coordination with Paddling for Veterans and in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, will provide a mobile food pantry for veterans, community members and children, in honor of Martin Luther King Day. The pantry will be open on Jan. 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., or […]

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Big band orchestra draws big crowd at the library

So many people turned out to listen to the Florida Jazz Express that there was standing room only at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, in late December. The big band orchestra’s two-hour show featured 18 players, and its appearance was made possible by the Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Branch […]

An event that was both sweet and spicy

Hundreds gathered at Raising Cane, A Sweet and Spicy Event on Jan. 11 at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. The event featured a chili cook-off sanctioned by the International Chili Society, a cane syrup tasting competition, a People’s Choice chili and salsa competition, live music throughout the […]

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This Week (cont)

Scouts’ food campaign aims to impact hunger

Powered by thousands of boys and girls in local Boy Scouts of America groups across West Central Florida, an initiative called Scouting for Food is seeking to collect a record-setting amount of food to fight hunger. Scouts ages 5 to 17 will go door-to-door on Jan. 25 in their neighborhoods to attach door hangers with […]

Kumquat Festival ushers in a new decade

It’s time to indulge in a tiny, tart fruit called the kumquat. After all, the fruit is considered to be the centerpiece of the Kumquat Festival, now celebrating its 23rd year. Besides offering fun family activities, the festival showcases downtown Dade City, offering visitors a chance to sample a taste of Old Florida and some […]

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Local Sports

Hometown kids shine in 2019 college football season

The college football season has come to a close, and it was one in which many players with ties to The Laker/Lutz News coverage area showcased their skills. Dozens of area athletes are a part of programs at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Series (FCS) levels, as well as Division […]

New year in sports offers plenty to enjoy, experience

As we embark on a new year, the sports world within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area promises to deliver plenty to watch and experience. Here is a sampling of what’s ahead in 2020: Sports and recreation in East Pasco The year 2020 may become widely known as ‘the year’ of new sports and recreational facilities […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Youth baseball/softball league

Registration is open for the Idlewild Baptist Youth Baseball/Softball League. The league runs from March 28 through May 16, and is open to all community youth, from age 4 through high school. Practices will begin the week of March 16. All games will be played on Saturday mornings. All activities will be at Idlewild Baptist […]

Adult basketball registration

Registration is ongoing for the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center’s Spring Adult Basketball League. The over-18 league runs from Jan. 28 through April 9. There will be eight regular season games followed by a playoff tournament. Games will be rotated between Tuesday and Thursday nights, between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. There also will […]

Land O’ Lakes adult softball sign-ups

Registration is now open for the Pasco County Parks & Recreation Department/CAJS Enterprise 2020 Adult Softball Spring League. Games are slated to begin the first week of February. Men’s and coed recreational and competitive leagues will be offered at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. Cost to […]

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