Zephyrhills wants public input on industrial plan

The City of Zephyrhills is inviting public comment on a plan aimed at increasing high-wage industrial jobs and benefits. The proposed plan focuses on a large grouping of industrial properties and adjacent areas within the Chancey Road corridor, near the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, according to a news release from the city. The preliminary plan includes an assessment of conditions and … [Read more...]

Dade City turns 130: It’s time to celebrate

Dade City is celebrating its 130th birthday with a series of events this week that include everything from a walking tour, to enjoying a free cupcake, to a scavenger hunt — and more. The week kicked off with events on Monday and Tuesday — which was after The Laker/Lutz News went to press. But, there are other events set for the rest of the week, beginning with a Walking Wednesday tour, set … [Read more...]

This place offers a whole lot more than bowling

For those passing by, Pin Chasers in Zephyrhills may look like a typical bowling alley. But, for those within the center, at  6816 Gall Blvd., it’s a social hotspot. Throughout its 60-year history, Pin Chasers — owned by the Perrone family — has been a gathering place for generations of people. The 32-lane bowling center provides ample opportunities for bowlers to test their mettle … [Read more...]

A home welcomes Zephyrhills’ impoverished

There’s an open-door policy to whomever walks in the Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills Inc., with economic struggles weighing them down. The organization has become a fixture in Zephyrhills to combat the continuing cycle of homelessness. Established in 2008, the agency was in response to those already living on the streets, or on the verge. Roxxy Geisenheimer is the executive director … [Read more...]

School to get $33 million renovation

One of Pasco County’s oldest high schools is set to undergo a major makeover. Across the next two-plus years, Zephyrhills High School will see a number of upgrades to not only give the school a modern aesthetic, but also to enhance campus safety and the overall learning environment. The total price tag: $33 million, funded through Penny for Pasco. Details about the renovation project … [Read more...]

Broadcast club makes friends globally, via the airwaves

Their introduction to the world of amateur radio came in different ways. Don Curtis was still quite young when he started tinkering with car radios. “I was able to take stuff apart and put stuff together,” says Curtis, who went on to develop a fascination for electronics. That preoccupation led to a career in communications, and an avid interest in amateur radio, also called ham radio. That … [Read more...]

Hazel Wells’ mission: To help the less fortunate

Hazel Wells views herself as a “second mother” to disadvantaged residents living in East Pasco County. And, her years of community outreach throughout Dade City, Trilby and Lacoochee are evidence of her commitment. She attributes her charitable drive, partially, to a wish that she’d been more engaged with her own children, as they were growing up. “I realized that I wasn’t the … [Read more...]

Dade City considering retail consultant

The City of Dade City is considering the feasibility of hiring a retail consulting firm — as part of an effort to lure more commercial business and economic development within city limits. City commissioners discussed the issue at length during a May 7 workshop, where they heard proposals from three professional firms for the creation of a retail market analysis and development … [Read more...]

Eiland Boulevard undergoing improvements

Eiland Boulevard is undergoing repaving between its intersections with Handcart Road and Fort King Road in Zephyrhills. The project, which began the week of May 13, is a result of studies showing the road’s need for resurfacing because of crevices. “We evaluated the condition of the pavement,” stated Ainsley Caldwell, chief project manager of Pasco County. “We did some ratings on [a] number … [Read more...]

Iconic Zephyrhills business lost to fire

A sadness looms over 5707 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Caution tape, and charred debris litter the empty, dirt parking lot. A pungent smell of burnt wood lingers in the air. Such is the aftermath of a May 2 two-alarm fire that destroyed the Crystal Bar and Package store, a Zephyrhills landmark, which has operated at the location since 1954. Zephyrhills Fire Rescue received a call … [Read more...]