In Print: It’s a week filled with art, roads and the Guv’na

Trevor Nichols is heading to Washington, D.C. And it’s thanks to Coach Keppel.

That’s Land O’ Lakes High School cross-country coach Kris Keppel, of course, who served as the inspiration for a pencil drawing Nichols made that earned him accolades from U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ Congressional Art Competition.

“I really wanted to give my coach something as a gift, something he could have to remind him of me,” Nichols told reporter B.C. Manion.

Keppel is battling pancreatic cancer, which has inspired not just the athletes on his team, but the entire school as well.

Read what Coach Keppel had to say about the drawing, and check it out for yourself in this week’s print edition of The Laker/Lutz News. Or you can read it online by clicking here.

Anyone who has ever had to pull out onto Land O’ Lakes Boulevard knows that it’s not for the timid. And that’s why some residents in the community of Silver Lakes off Fletch and Barcellona roads are not too keen about a 100-home project proposed for Curve Lake that could make it even harder for people to get in and out of the neighborhood.

More agricultural land in northern Land O’ Lakes could be history if Pasco County approves the rezoning of more than 68 acres just off Fletch Road south of Caliente Boulevard. Southern Crafted Homes wants to build 100 homes there off Curve Lake. (Staff photo by Michael Hinman)

More agricultural land in northern Land O’ Lakes could be history if Pasco County approves the rezoning of more than 68 acres just off Fletch Road south of Caliente Boulevard. Southern Crafted Homes wants to build 100 homes there off Curve Lake. (Staff photo by Michael Hinman)

“The thing is truly the safety issue of getting in and getting out,” Silver Lakes homeowner Bobbi Smith told reporter Michael Hinman. “There’s no way you can have all those homes, and have just one road to get out.”

A recent Pasco County Development Review Committee meeting addressed some of the traffic issues, and liked the idea of eventually connecting the community with Caliente Boulevard in one direction, or Ehren Cutoff in the other. But there’s a big obstacle in the way of that, and you can read about it in this week’s The Laker, or read the e-edition right here.

Finally, it’s election time again, and some Lutz “politicians” are looking for voters willing to buy their candidate into victory. A debate among the Lutz Guv’na candidates May 10 looks to raise more than $10,000 for local charities.

“It’s a silly, community spirit, wonderful thing for Lutz,” current Guv’na Suzin Carr told reporter Michael Murillo. “It’s supposed to be tacky. It’s supposed to be off-the-cuff crazy.”

Who’s running? Find out in this week’s Lutz News, or read it online by clicking here.

All of these stories and more can be found in this week’s The Laker/Lutz News, available in newsstands throughout east and central Pasco County as well as northern Hillsborough County. Find out what has your community talking this week by getting your local news straight from the only source you need.

If The Laker/Lutz News is not coming to your door, call us to see where you can get your copy at (813) 909-2800, or read our free e-edition by clicking here.

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