Townhomes approved off Willow Bend Parkway

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning to allow a townhome development on the north side of Willow Bend Parkway, about a half-mile east of Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, in Lutz. The rezoning allows up to 70 units. Technically, the new zoning classification would allow apartments, said Denise B. Hernandez, zoning administrator/special projects manager for Pasco County. However, … [Read more...]

Proposed rezoning for Ballantrae office park raises questions

The Pasco County Commission has continued a request to rezone the Ballantrae Professional Center until Sept. 17, to sort out issues relating to the center’s current uses, the proposed zoning and who has authority to request the proposed zoning. The center, on the south side of State Road 54 at the intersection of Hunting Bow Circle, in Lutz, is currently zoned as a PO-1 Professional Office … [Read more...]

Business Digest 09/05/2018

East Pasco Networking Group The next East Pasco Networking Group (EPNG) meeting is set for Sept. 11 at 7:30 a.m., at IHOP, at 13100 U.S. 301 in Dade City. Dr. Randall Stovall, provost dean emeritus and president of The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491 or moc.l1537722268iamg@1537722268znels1537722268lin1537722268, or call Vicky Jones at … [Read more...]

Community mourns couple’s passing

The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club was already grieving the death of its former president, Edwina Kraemer, when the club received word that Edwina’s husband, David, had died a day later. Those who knew Edwina describe her as capable, dynamic, organized and giving. They said she was a woman who held leadership roles in the woman’s club, was passionate about raising money for Canine … [Read more...]

Educator’s vision helps expand children’s horizons

Regla Sanchez has always been a fan of the performing arts. And, on one occasion, while attending a show with her daughters, she thought to herself: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone in the theater could bring a less advantaged child to a future show? The typical audience at a performing arts center is made up of people who have grown up going to the theater, Sanchez … [Read more...]

The Laker/Lutz News announces staff changes

Staff writer Kathy Steele has retired from her post at The Laker/Lutz News, stepping away from the county government, development, business and transportation beats. Those responsibilities will be assumed by B.C. Manion, editor of the newspaper. At the same time, Brian Fernandes, a graduate of the University of South Florida’s journalism program, has joined the staff, and will be … [Read more...]

Enjoying nature’s grand displays

Any time that Lillian Cucuzza and her husband, Dave, want to take in a nature show, they just look out their back window, step out into their backyard or walk around the cul-de-sac to a pond near their yard. The Land O’ Lakes nature lovers enjoy a visual feast every day. They see hummingbirds, Carolina wrens, cardinals, red-shouldered hawks and all of the birds of prey. There are … [Read more...]

Business Digest 08/29/2018

Best/work retirement places Ready to retire? Do go to Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Stay away from Newark, New Jersey. According to a survey from WalletHub, Florida cities are good retirement choices in 2018. Orlando ranked No. 1 on a survey of the best and worst places in the country to retire. Tampa came in third, with Fort Lauderdale claiming fifth and Miami … [Read more...]

Hillsborough County files ‘opioid’ lawsuit

Hillsborough County has filed a lawsuit in the 13th judicial circuit court in Hillsborough County against 14 manufacturers and distributors alleging they have played a role in the opioid epidemic in the county. The county has hired a national team of lawyers to represent them in the lawsuit, with attorney Mike Moore as the lead litigant. Moore, a former Mississippi attorney general, is now … [Read more...]

Annual school photos capture moment in time

Those annual photos that parents, grandparents and friends take on the First Day of School are a fun way to mark the beginning of a new year of learning. They also offer a way to record changes in height, hair styles and fashions, over time. Taking a First Day of School photo is a tradition for many families and, as the years roll by, they become miniature time capsules — offering a visual … [Read more...]