Business Digest 08/07/2019

Zephyrhills Chamber award nominees The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will host its Membership Appreciation & Community Awards celebration on Aug. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s the list of the 2019 Awards in Excellence Nominees: Small Business: Bob’s Tire and Auto; Commando’s Pizza; Palm Tree Acres MHC; PuroClean of Zephyrhills; Sittin Pretty Pet Parlor; SONG Printing; … [Read more...]

Growth puts squeeze on schools

As Pasco County Schools heads into another school year, crowded conditions are expected on several campuses within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. District officials are projecting that Wesley Chapel’s Wiregrass Ranch High School will operate at 141 percent of its capacity, with an estimated 2,310 students in a school designed for 1,633. Connerton Elementary School, in Land O’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

Project needs outpace funding in Pasco County Schools

As Pasco County Schools heads into a new school year, the district faces a perennial issue: There’s not enough money to cover district construction and maintenance needs. “Our current debt is about $525 million,” Chris Williams, director of planning told Pasco County School Board members during a workshop last week. Pasco’s rapid growth continues to create demand for new or expanded schools, … [Read more...]

Summer heat poses health risks; take steps to stay safe

Heat advisories, warnings and watches have been issued in recent weeks across the country, putting millions of Americans at risk. At least six deaths were attributed to the massive heatwave, and events, such as the New York City Marathon, were cancelled, according to CBS News. And, it comes as no surprise that Florida’s notorious heat and humidity also can create potentially dangerous … [Read more...]

Business Digest 07/31/2019

Women-n-Charge meets Aug. 2 Women-n-Charge, a networking group for women, will meet Aug. 2 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The meeting’s theme will be “Summer of Networking, One to One Table Style.” Members will spend 2 minutes each sharing information and answering questions about their business to other women at … [Read more...]

A winter play park in Florida?

A new winter play park may be coming to East Pasco. The attraction would have a snow hill where people could go snow-tubing, an area where they could play in the snow, and other features. The winter park would be situated next to the Tree Hoppers Aerial Adventure Park, off St. Joe Road, east of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, in Dade City. The Pasco County Planning Commission and the county’s … [Read more...]

Pasco embarks on new type of high school

The Pasco County school district is planning a new magnet high school that doesn’t fit the traditional mold. It will combine a rigorous curriculum along with technical skills training — and will seek community partnerships to give students real-world experiences, said Ray Gadd, deputy superintendent for Pasco County Schools. Coming up with a name for the school is a little bit tricky, Gadd … [Read more...]

Request raises questions about sites for schools, parks

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a change that would make it easier for landowners along State Road 52, near Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, to pursue development. However, planning commissioners also are recommending that any development done in the area be accompanied by a map that identifies where future sites would be located for schools and parks. The … [Read more...]

The Edison Suncoast is going up in Pasco

TPA Group, of Atlanta, has announced the details for The Edison Suncoast, a project under construction in the Northpointe Village development, off State Road 54, in Lutz. The development consists of two three-story office buildings totaling 155,000 square feet. Completion of the first 77,500-square-foot building is expected in the first quarter of 2020, and the schedule for the second … [Read more...]

Business Digest 07/24/2019

Sunlight Realty moves, offers space Sunlight Realty has moved into Zephyrhills Executive Offices, at 5344 Ninth St., in Zephyrhills, and is leasing out 15 offices, according to a news release from Sam Turgeon, who owns the office complex, along with his wife, Winifred. They envision the office spaces available for lease being used by small businesses and start-ups. For more information, contact … [Read more...]