School boundary proposals draw opposition

Compared to school boundary hearings in recent years, the crowd was relatively small at a public hearing last week on proposed boundary changes for Pasco County Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Still, concerns expressed by parents were similar to the types of concerns generally raised at school boundary meetings. Boundary changes planned for next year primarily involve changes needed … [Read more...]

Expansion addresses need to serve critically ill patients

AdventHealth Connerton has been addressing the needs for critically ill patients for a decade — but it also has had to turn patients away because its beds were full. An expansion expected to open later this month, will increase the hospital’s ability to serve patients and families in need. AdventHealth officials had a ribbon cutting ceremony last week to celebrate the completion of a new … [Read more...]

Bringing holiday cheer to those in need

A ceremony was held at Keystone Community Church last week to bless the tent where people will be dropping off donations for the holidays. The 9 a.m. event, on Nov. 7, was one of six tent blessings taking place simultaneously across Tampa Bay. About three dozen people gathered at the Lutz event, which kicked off the joint effort of Keystone Community Church and First United Methodist … [Read more...]

Business Digest 11/13/2019

Skeet range request dropped A request to allow a private skeet shooting range on a 53-acre property off of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard has been withdrawn. Dania Vizzi, a champion skeet shooter, had wanted to practice her skills on the property in her quest to make the U.S. team for the 2020 Olympics. But, she was practicing there before receiving Pasco County’s permission to establish the … [Read more...]

Hillsborough’s economy showing new signs of growth

Adam Myers, senior business development manager for the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, paid a visit to Pasco County a few weeks ago, to share what’s happening on the economic front in Hillsborough County. Myers outlined some of the major new developments happening in Tampa and Hillsborough County during a membership luncheon meeting of the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. He … [Read more...]

Saint Leo conference focuses on WWI and its impacts

Maybe you’re a history teacher, with a penchant for the World War I era. Perhaps you have a fascination for the impacts that World War I had on politics, medicine, diplomacy or, even closer to home — your family’s personal history. Maybe you’re just curious about what life was like in the wider world, during the time of Downton Abbey. If any of this resonates with you, an upcoming … [Read more...]

Political season is beginning to heat up

It’s not 2020 yet, but the political season is underway, and candidates are beginning to make their intentions known. This Political Agenda column is The Laker/Lutz News’ way to keep our readers informed of candidates who have filed, political party meetings, political forums and endorsements. This column also includes information that’s pertinent for upcoming elections, such as deadlines … [Read more...]

Business Digest 11/06/2019

Chamber hits milestones The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce has received the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals’ “Chamber Plus Certification.” The chamber is among 19 of the state’s 228 chambers to receive this distinction. The certification recognizes excellence in organization management, service intent and capacity, professional administration, finance management and … [Read more...]

Planning Commission supports requested changes

The Pasco County Planning Commission has given its stamp of approval for a number of requests that would affect property use in the central and eastern portions of Pasco County. The Planning Commission makes the final decision on special exception requests, but its decisions can be appealed to the Pasco County Commission. The County Commission has authority over other land use and zoning … [Read more...]

Brewery aims to become Wesley Chapel ‘gem’

If all goes according to plan, Florida Avenue Brewing will open in Wesley Chapel by next spring. It aims to become “a destination, a gem,” said Anthony Derby, the Founder and CEO of Brew Bus Brewing, located in Seminole Heights. Brew Bus Brewing and Florida Avenue Brewing are affiliated, but Florida Avenue Brewing is considered to be the company’s flagship brand. And, while operations … [Read more...]