Political Agenda 03/06/2019

Sample ballots and early voting Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley has announced that Sample Ballots for the April 9 Municipal and Special Primary elections are available online at PascoVotes.com. The supervisor’s office also intended to send the vote-by-mail ballots for the more than 12,000 requested on March 5, after The Laker/Lutz News print deadline. Voter turnout will … [Read more...]

Baseball school strikes out on permit

The Pasco County Planning Commission has denied a special exception request by Ryan A. and Elizabeth J. Prior for a private baseball and softball school in Wesley Chapel. The request was to allow the private school on a 5-acre property, 320 feet south of the intersection of Hadlock Drive and Elkmont Lane. It is surrounded by several agricultural uses, which include boarding stables, several … [Read more...]

Lutz Elementary prepares to add seventh grade

Lutz Elementary launched a middle school program at the beginning of the school year and, now, it is gearing up to add seventh grade in the fall. The school, at 202 Fifth Ave., S.E., in Lutz, began by adding sixth grade in the fall of 2018, and will add seventh grade in the fall of 2019. It will add eighth grade in 2020. Each class has space for 110 students. Its inaugural sixth-grade … [Read more...]

Business Digest 03/06/2019

NetFest 2019 NetFest, a networking festival presented by the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., is set for April 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at The Epperson Lagoon by Metro Places. The event gives business and community leaders a chance to network and have fun. The cost is $40 for Pasco EDC investors and guests, and $50 for others. For more information, call (813) 926-0827, or email … [Read more...]

Earth Fare enters Pasco market

Earth Fare, a North Carolina-based grocer, opened its 51st store with special deals and fanfare at Cypress Creek Town Center last week. The 24,000-square-foot store, off State Road 56 and just west of Interstate 75, aims to promote the health and well-being of its customers by selling an assortment of healthy foods, said Frank Scorpiniti, president and CEO, in an interview with The Laker/Lutz … [Read more...]

Marilyn Wannamaker leaves a legacy of service

She was a fixture for years at Independence Day celebrations in Lutz, overseeing the annual Cake Bake Contest. She was a regular, too,  at the Christmas House at the Old Lutz School, serving up hot chocolate and doling out cookies. But, those are just a couple of the many, many ways that Marilyn Wannamaker served the community of Lutz. She was deeply involved in the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ … [Read more...]

Local performers win big at Access Broadway in Orlando

Graham Music Studios, from Dade City, recently competed at Access Broadway in Orlando, and came home the big winners. “I am absolutely thrilled. It’s sort of a David and Goliath kind of thing because the other studios are just mega-studios,” said Alison Graham, who is the director of Graham Music Studios. “They come from cities where they have multiple performing arts magnet schools, and we … [Read more...]

Business Digest 02/27/2019

AJ’s Power Source helps Pasco Kids First AJ’s Power Source, in Land O’ Lakes, presented a $777 check to Becky Bennett, director of development for Pasco Kids First. The company, established in 1987, has more than 40 employees. It promotes volunteering and giving back to the community. Pasco Kids First has been providing services to children and families in Pasco County for 30 years to address … [Read more...]

Pasco may lift exclusion on dock roofs on freshwater lakes

When Joe Steffens gazes from his backyard out onto Bell Lake, he can easily view the private  lake’s water — and his neighbor’s boat docks, complete with roofs — that he built himself. But, his dock doesn’t have a roof. And, even if he wanted to put one on, he wouldn’t be allowed to under current Pasco County regulations. Steffens, who is a marine contractor, has been pushing for a … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 02/20/2019

House District 38 Two Republicans and a Democrat are vying in a special election to fill the vacant seat in Florida State House District 38. Danny Burgess had been re-elected to the post, but vacated it after Gov. Ron DeSantis offered him the position of executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  The Republican candidates that have qualified for the race are Randy … [Read more...]