School district expands mental health services

The Pasco County school district has been ramping up training and tapping into outside sources, in its quest to build a better mental health support network for students. Statistics from across the school district underscore a compelling need for increased services. District figures show that more than 1,200 suicide assessments were done last year of students in elementary, middle and high … [Read more...]

Area responds to Hurricane Dorian victims

As the death toll grows and residents of the Bahamas continue to grapple with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian — local groups are stepping up to find ways to help those who are suffering. Dorian made landfall on Sept. 1 as a Category 5 Hurricane, flattening homes and causing massive flooding, according to national news reports. The official death toll stood at 50, with an … [Read more...]

Business Digest 09/18/2019

Bubba’s breaks ground Bubba’s 33, 26340 Silver Maple Parkway in Wesley Chapel, had a ceremonial groundbreaking for its first restaurant in Florida. A December opening is expected. Shown here from left: Adam Thomas, marketing director for Experience Florida’s Sports Coast; Crista Demers-Dean, Bubba’s 33 marketing director; Jeff Dean, Bubba’s 33 managing partner; Mike Moore, vice chairman of the … [Read more...]

Pasco to open K-8 school in fall 2021

The groundbreaking last week for Starkey Ranch K-8 School was celebrated in grand fashion —  at a gathering that included a high school jazz band and color guard, preschoolers, a private developer partner, elected leaders and government officials. The school is the second phase of a partnership between Pasco County Schools, Pasco County government and Wheelock Communities, the private … [Read more...]

Central Pasco project calls for 280 Class A apartments

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a project that includes 280 apartments and 49,500 square feet of commercial, on the north side of State Road 54, between Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Collier Parkway. The site, approximately 25.4 acres, is about 2 miles west of the interchange of State Road 56 and Interstate 75. The request received a recommendation for approval … [Read more...]

Residents battle 5-acre lots in their neighborhood

The Pasco Planning Commission is recommending approval of a rezoning that will allow homes to be built on 5-acre lots, instead of 10-acre lots, on a 211-acre site, on the northwest corner of Trilby Road and Dowling Lake Road. The applicant for the rezoning change, Massey Partners Limited, was represented by attorney Clarke Hobby. Planning commissioners are recommending approval despite … [Read more...]

New regional headquarters coming to Pasco County

Phillips & Jordan Inc., a heavy civil and right of way infrastructure contractor, plans to locate a regional headquarters just east of the State Road 52 and Interstate 75 interchange. The national company has purchased 5 acres and is investing more than $15 million in a 47,432-square-foot facility, according to a news release from the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc. The national … [Read more...]

Business Digest 09/11/2019

East Pasco Networking Bill Cronin, president/CEO of the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., will be the featured speaker at the East Pasco Networking Group breakfast on Sept. 24. The group meets from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at IHOP, 13100 U.S. 301 in Dade City. For more information, call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491 or Vicky Jones at (813) 431-1149. Tampa ranks high for driving The … [Read more...]

New $4 million pharmaceutical project in Pasco

Fleda Pharmaceuticals has announced a two-phase $4 million project to build a manufacturing facility in Odessa, according to the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc. The company expects to open its doors on Byrd Legg Drive this winter. Fleda purchased an existing office building and a 9,600-square-foot warehouse to initiate the first phase of its plans, the Pasco EDC news release … [Read more...]

Bible tracker helps reveal family stories

Andy Smith has been quietly going about the work of helping to reconnect people with their old family Bibles, for more than a decade. The Laker/Lutz News first profiled Smith and his unusual hobby three years ago, which led to feature stories about him broadcast on two local television stations. The coverage resulted in people coming forward to ask the northern Hillsborough County man to … [Read more...]