Neighborhood Notebook seeks suggestions

Give a community a piece of chalk and chalkboard, and wait — people will write what’s on their minds. That’s the idea behind the Neighborhood Notebook, a chalkboard that’s intended to invite those passing by to share their ideas about how they want their community to grow. The chalkboard is being placed at various locations in central Pasco County to seek community input. At the … [Read more...]

Japanese investment focus of roundtable

On a map of Florida, more than 18 Japanese-owned companies are pinpointed across the state. South Florida has the most, with only a handful scattered in central and northeastern cities, including the port city of Jacksonville. Noticeably blank is Florida’s central west coast, including Pasco County. “I think there has not been much of a connection,” said Japan’s Consul General Ken … [Read more...]

Cleanup set to begin on massive sinkhole

Barring unforeseen developments, cleanup is expected to begin this week on the massive sinkhole that recently swallowed two homes in the Lake Padgett community of Land O’ Lakes. As of July 20, Pasco County was entering the final stages of securing bids from contractors for debris removal at the sinkhole site, which now measures 235 feet wide and approximately 50 feet deep — believed to be the … [Read more...]

The Lutz Depot, by design

Those wishing to escape the oppressive heat during the Fourth of July festivities in Lutz may have decided to check out a train show inside the Lutz Branch Library. If I they did, they could have seen an exhibit presented by the Suncoast American Flyer Enthusiasts. And, perhaps they would have had a chance to chat with Eugene Vrooman, one of the club’s members. If they did, Vrooman … [Read more...]

Old Pasco Road extension under review

A study is underway to investigate extending Old Pasco Road/Ossie Murphy Road, by adding two new roadways north of State Road 52 to east of the Interstate 75 bridge underpass. Officials from Pasco County Engineering Services ultimately foresee an approximate 1.25 mile, four-lane divided urban (curb and gutter) section, whereby Old Pasco Road would stretch approximately 4,000 feet northward … [Read more...]

Park upgrades planned for 2018

A proposed 2018 budget, if approved, includes initial funding for a community center at Wesley Chapel District Park. The park also would get upgrades at its basketball courts and baseball fields. In addition, the budget would provide money for a future district park at the master-planned community of Connerton in Land O’ Lakes. A first public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Sept. … [Read more...]

Pasco buys new high school site

The Pasco County School Board has approved paying $5 million for a new high school site, on the north side of the State Road 56 extension, west of Morris Bridge Road. The state road extension project is underway, and when it is completed, it will provide a new link between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. Appraisers hired by the school district valued the land at $6,520,000, and the seller … [Read more...]

Computer club navigates programming basics

Roshan Kumaraswamy started programming computers in middle school — now he’s teaching the craft to others. Last month, the 16-year-old Land O’ Lakes High School senior created Coding Club, for tweens and teens aspiring to learn more about computer sciences. The club began meeting on Fridays in July, at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library. It accommodates up to 10 people, who program on … [Read more...]

Two Lutz companies win Florida business awards

Two Lutz-based companies, Dixie Belle Paint Co., and Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, are among an elite group of 50 finalists named as “Florida Companies to Watch,” according to a news release from GrowFl. “These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” Tom O’ Neal said, in the release. “They also all have critical intellectual … [Read more...]

Golf course gives way to new development

Residents came away disappointed when Pasco County commissioners approved a plan to replace Quail Hollow Golf Course with houses, offices, retail and a day care center. Nearby homeowners had argued for months that the project would devalue their property and harm the neighborhood’s residential character. They also expressed concerns about flooding and increased traffic on inadequate … [Read more...]