Collaboration creates connectivity

The opening of the State Road 56 Extension between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills has a personal benefit for Alora Butler, a student at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. She said the new road segment will cut her 30-minute commute to school in half. It also reduces the time that the Zephyrhills resident spends on the road, to get to leisure activities or do … [Read more...]

Flooding concerns prompt rezoning protest

Pasco County Commissioners adopted a change to the county’s future land use map, and also approved a rezoning in the Sierra Pines area — despite concerns by neighbors that the planned project will add to the area’s flooding problems. The rezoning and land use change involve 164.8 acres, on the south side of State Road 54, approximately 2,000 feet east of Meadowbrook Drive. The property is … [Read more...]

Pasco sets property tax rate for 2020 fiscal year

The Pasco County Commission has adopted a tax rate for the 2020 fiscal year. Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices that will be mailed out to property owners will reflect these rates: TRIM notice: Property tax: 7.6076 Municipal fire service unit: 1.8036 Jail (bond issue): .0277 Fire rescue (bond issue): .0222 Parks (bond issue): .0100 Library (bond issue): .0096 County … [Read more...]

Commissioners resolve to have fewer resolutions

There comes a point during Pasco County Commission meetings when formal votes are put on hold while various groups and individuals receive recognition through resolutions. Typically, a somewhat lengthy resolution is read, commissioners offer their remarks, and the person being honored or a member of the group says a few words. Then, there’s a customary photo with the … [Read more...]

Laker/Lutz News captures seven Florida Press awards

The Laker/Lutz News brought home a total of seven reporting and photography awards from the Florida Press Association 2018-2019 Weekly Newspaper Contest. Staff photographer Christine Holtzman, and freelance contributors Richard K. Riley and Fred Bellet accounted for five of those awards. Holtzman won first place feature photo for an image she captured of a young girl from Land O’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

Business Digest 07/17/2019

New vision store opens America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses is now open at Cypress Creek Town Center, 25605 Sierra Center Blvd., in Lutz. The town center is off State Road 56, west of Interstate 75. The store carries a wide selection of designer eyeglass frames, contact lenses and eyeglass accessories. It also offers a free eye exam by an optometrist, with two pairs of eyeglasses for … [Read more...]

Creating safe and compassionate schools

When you ask an open-ended question, there’s no telling what the responses will be. But that’s the point, actually, in a process that Pasco County Schools used to gather different perspectives, regarding the emotional and physical safety of district students and staff. District officials conducted a ThoughtExchange that allows participants to use technology to share their thoughts and ideas, … [Read more...]

Commercial kitchen incubator to open in East Pasco

An incubator commercial kitchen is expected to begin operating in September at 15029 14th St., in Dade City. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Pasco Extension Office, which is part of the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, Pasco County and the Pasco County Economic Development Council Inc., with assistance from Welbilt. Welbilt, a … [Read more...]

Business Digest 07/10/2019

Brewery owner joins tourism board Mike Bishop, owner of Big Storm Brewery, has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Tourist Development Council. Bishop will serve for a four-year term, running through June 2023. The board is made up of nine members. Economic board opening The Jobs and Economic Opportunities Committee is seeking new volunteer members to take part in the committee that … [Read more...]

Church adds food pantry to help those in need

When Father and Son Love Ministries launched a summertime lunch program last year, its only aim was to share food with those needing it — with no strings attached. Now, the church — tucked away in a commercial office plaza at 24156 Foggy Ridge Parkway, in Lutz — has branched out. In addition to serving free bag lunches, it also has a free food pantry. Again, no strings … [Read more...]