Pasco tax collector’s office receives ‘Heart of Pasco’ award

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano and the Land O’ Lakes Tax Collector’s Office recently accepted the Heart of Pasco Award for the office’s exemplary customer service and outstanding community outreach efforts. Sandy Graves, the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce’s chairwoman for community affairs, bestowed the award to Fasano, during a Jan. 10 ceremony outside the tax collector’s office in … [Read more...]

Use precautions to prevent crimes

If you want to avoid becoming a victim of crime — you can never be too careful. At least that’s how Bryan Roquemore, a retired criminal justice professor, sees it. Roquemore now leads the Crime Prevention Task Force of Florida, a community service organization developed by former law enforcement officers. The group seeks to expand public awareness on criminal threats in today’s society … [Read more...]

Flapjack Run offers exercise, flapjacks

Hot pancakes topped with syrup will be the sweet treat awaiting patrons for the Flapjack 5K and 1 Mile Run. The event, celebrating its 25th year this year, offers free admission to spectators and patrons. Connerton Plaza at 21100 Fountain Garden Way in Land O’ Lakes, is the venue for the event, which will be on Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 5K run is set to begin at 8 a.m. The … [Read more...]

Emerging commercial markets in Pasco County

It doesn’t take a master’s degree in economics to see that Pasco County’s commercial real estate market is going strong. Take a drive down the State Road 54/State Road 56 corridor, and you’ll see new developments popping up, and for sale property signs planted everywhere. As spaces along that corridor become too expensive or less available, more activity is expected along U.S. 41 and Wesley … [Read more...]

Turnout might break record in August primary

Midterm elections typically get a low voter turnout. But, there are signs of energized voters for the 2018 primary set for Aug. 28 and the general election on Nov. 6. New voter registrations are up somewhat, said Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. A bigger indicator of voter interest is the more than 62,000 ballots mailed to local residents and military personnel, … [Read more...]

Love of community, and chamber, inspires honorary mayor

When Judi Fisher decided to run for the title of honorary mayor of Land O’ Lakes she realized she was making a sizable commitment. That’s because she knew it would require a considerable amount of time and energy to conduct and attend fundraisers to win the title. And, if she won, she knew she would be spending an entire year attending ribbon cuttings, celebrating milestones and showing her … [Read more...]

Music, food and fun mark Land O’ Lakes Music Festival

Festival-goers were dancing, relaxing and generally just enjoying a day of continuous entertainment at the third annual Land O’ Lakes Music Festival, held March 24 at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park. Some there, including April Genter, of Land O’ Lakes, were obviously having a good time — grooving to tunes performed by a band called the Actual Bank Robbers. Four-year-old Morgan Keith, of Lutz, … [Read more...]

Local park’s new name reflects its historic role

A park that has played a historic role in Land O’ Lakes now has a name to reflect that fact. Officials gathered on March 1 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the renaming of the former Land O’ Lakes Community Center. The center and adjacent park is now known as Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park. On March 1, elected officials and community leaders gathered at the park for the site’s … [Read more...]

Bexley Elementary celebrates its formal dedication

Bexley Elementary was formally dedicated last week. It was a festive event, with Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning making some remarks, the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce marking the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the Sunlake High School band performing a few numbers. There was cake, of course. And, cupcakes, too. The cafeteria was crowded with … [Read more...]

Central Pasco chamber is on the move

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is looking to expand and relocate after nearly 15 years at its current location, 2810 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The chamber’s building is on the market. As soon as a sale goes through, plans tentatively are to move to a small medical and business center, off State Road 54, adjacent to Highland Oaks Preserve, west of Livingston Road. “The (current) … [Read more...]