Cypress Creek Town Center wants more retail, residential

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a request that would allow an increase in commercial square footage and more multifamily units on 490 acres at the northwest and southwest quadrants of State Road 56 and Interstate 75. Planning commissioners joined with Pasco County’s planning staff in recommending approval of the request to modify the master-planned unit … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 01/16/2019

Candidates vying to fill District 38 vacancy Democrat Kathy Lynn Lewis and Republican Randy Maggard have pre-filed to seek the seat expected to be vacated by Danny Burgess, who was selected by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve as executive director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs. Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley said no official word had been received regarding Burgess … [Read more...]

Deadline approaching for Spotlight on Talent entries

Young performers who are looking for an audience can audition for a chance to show off their singing and dancing skills in this year’s 36th annual “Spotlight on Talent.” Winners of this talent show don’t walk away with giant cash prizes, but the regional competition does award $4,000 in cash prizes and trophies in several age categories, according to a news release from the Heritage Arts Center … [Read more...]

‘Powerglides’ launch site gets OK

The Pasco County Commission has given the green-light to a conditional use permit to allow takeoffs and landings of motorized parachute devices — known as powerglides — on a 19-acre parcel, at the southeast corner of McKendree Road and Tyndall Road in Wesley Chapel. While commissioners approved the request, Commissioner Mike Moore questioned why they were even considering the issue. ”Why … [Read more...]

Business Digest 01/16/2019

$15 an hour starting salary Employees at the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office who are hired after Jan. 5 will receive a starting salary of $15, according to a news release from the office. Any current employee who is receiving less than that amount also will be boosted to at least the new wage, the release added. “In 2013, starting salaries were only $9.25 an hour,” Tax Collector Mike … [Read more...]

Pace of Pasco’s road construction picking up in 2019

It’s no secret that dealing with traffic congestion is a way of life for Pasco County residents. Whether they’re commuting to work, taking the kids to school, going grocery shopping, heading to a doctor’s appointment or taking care of myriad daily needs, there’s good chance motorists will get stuck in traffic and have to wait for traffic lights to cycle at intersections. Getting anywhere … [Read more...]

Building a foundation for economic growth

Bill Cronin, the president/CEO of Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., has no shortage of ideas when it comes to pursuing ways to strengthen Pasco County’s economy. He shared a few of those thoughts during a recent interview with The Laker/Lutz News. Cronin is entering his third year at the helm of the Pasco EDC, and recently was named the Florida Director of the Southern Economic … [Read more...]

Private school, more retail, on planning commission agenda

The Pasco County Planning Commission will consider requests for a private school, and increased retail development, among items during its Jan. 10 public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Planning commissioners will consider these requests on their consent agenda. Request from Tracy L. and Raul Rodriguez Jr./Keiro Academy, for a private school on 20.6 acres of land zoned for agricultural and … [Read more...]

Business Digest 01/09/2019

Goodwill job fair Goodwill is recruiting for sales and processing positions – full and part time. To recruit potential employees Goodwill Temporary Staffing is having a job fair Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Goodwill Superstore at 2390 Willow Oak Drive in Wesley Chapel. The store is located off State Road 56, just east of Interstate 75. Applicants are encouraged to complete an … [Read more...]

Addressing each student’s unique needs is her calling

Drop by Holly Mickler’s classroom at Pasco Middle School in Dade City, and ask her students a few questions about their teacher, and you’ll hear some interesting answers. Does she truly deserve to be Pasco County Schools’ teacher of the year? Yes! The class emphatically responds. How would you describe her to someone who doesn’t know her? First, they offer succinct responses: … [Read more...]