Honoring the anniversary of September 11

Flag-wavers held their flags high, as drivers passing by on U.S. 41 honked their horns in support. The red, white and blue draped with stars has always symbolized America, but on this particular Tuesday, it held a much more significant meaning. It was 17 years to the day of the 9/11 attacks. Local members of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, and other members of the community, stood … [Read more...]

Lutz musician keeps busy with multiple instruments, bands

Fred Chandler relishes a good musical challenge. It is why he’s seemingly always working on the craft — whether it be playing in solo and band shows, tinkering with a new instrument, or laying down new tracks in a recording studio. Sometimes, when he wakes up, he has locked, bloody fingers and a hoarse voice — following a busy week of performances. His creativity, however, is never … [Read more...]

Local companies pitch in to help Boy Scouts in Lutz

It was just 9 a.m., but the humidity was already oppressive, as Jake Smith and Ralph Rodriguez began unloading their truck filled with supplies. The constant pulling and shifting, however, was not just the sound of a typical construction job, it was also the sound of a generous act. On the morning of Sept. 7, the men were among a number of workers giving back to an organization that … [Read more...]

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...]

Storeright Self Storage to open in Lutz

Construction workers are clearing land and building mini-warehouses for a new Storeright Self Storage facility in Lutz. The project, at Crystal Grove Boulevard and U.S. 41, comes nearly 18 years after the Hillsborough County Commission approved a plan to allow about 75,000 square feet of offices, restaurants, drugstores and child care centers. Big box retail was banned. However, in October … [Read more...]

MOD Pizza sets up shop off State Road 56

MOD Pizza is expected to open soon in a mini-retail center along restaurant row, in front of Tampa Premium Outlets, off State Road 56 in Lutz. The pizza chain’s sign is in place outside, as workers complete the interior build-out for the restaurant. The Pasco County Commission on Aug. 7 approved an application from Cypress Creek NVH LLC for an alcohol license that would allow sale of beer … [Read more...]

Upscale townhomes proposed in Lutz

A project to build upscale townhomes, off Willow Bend Parkway, won the approval of the Pasco County Planning Commission. The favorable vote for the project is a recommendation. The Pasco County Commission has the final say. Two residents spoke against the project, largely based on concerns about traffic. There also was concern due to speculation that the developer wanted to build an … [Read more...]

Former radio programmer launches new musical venture

In his former days as a music radio program director, Rick Schmidt helped launched the careers of such hit bands as Sister Hazel, Creed, and Shinedown. His next venture: A music school in Lutz. Schmidt is the new franchise owner of Bach to Rock, which offers a progressive music education for all ages. The school, slated to open in October, will be located in the Van Dyke Commons shopping … [Read more...]

Summer volunteer job helps teen chase bigger dreams

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much remotely related between a teenager’s ambition to work in forensic nursing and her volunteer role in the Mom/Baby Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North. But, Sherika Edwards has a plan, and her volunteer stint at the hospital in Lutz figures into it. The 17-year-old, from Lutz, said she’s always been interested in criminal justice and that other … [Read more...]