Dade City flood relief in final stages

Construction is nearing completion on a project in downtown Dade City — which aims to address flooding that plagued the area for years. The project involves installing new underground stormwater piping. The concrete pipeline has been lengthened longer than its initial 2,400-linear-foot projections, said Abu Nazmurreza, Dade City’s public works director. New curb drains also have been … [Read more...]

Dade City seeks feedback on new park

The City of Dade City is seeking community and resident input for its newest park — what’s being hyped as a downtown splash park/bike hub. Public meetings to gather input on the project’s finer details are scheduled for March 5 at 5:30 p.m., and March 12 at 1:30 p.m., while a draft conceptual presentation is scheduled for March 16 at 6 p.m. Each of those meetings will be at the Dade City … [Read more...]

Dade City announces road closures for stormwater project

The City of Dade City has announced updated road closures that will take effect after the Kumquat Festival, for when construction resumes on the city’s downtown stormwater capital improvement project. Following the Jan. 25 festival, Seventh Street will be closed between Church Avenue and Pasco Avenue, for approximately one month to complete construction of the stormwater improvements, and … [Read more...]

Mayor delivers ‘State of Dade City’ address

A newly passed budget and some corresponding reorganization in city hall was a forefront topic for Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez in her annual “State of the City” address at The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce October breakfast meeting, at AdventHealth Dade City. Dade City Commissioners last month passed a $19.3 million budget by 4-1 vote. The 2019-2020 budget is based upon a 7.14 … [Read more...]

Dade City’s downtown soon to receive flood relief

The completion of a project now underway in downtown Dade City aims to address flooding problems that have plagued the area for years. The public works project, which began in August, involves the installation of new stormwater piping.  Joseph DeBono, Dade City’s public works director, is overseeing the project. The work is being done to address major flooding that hinder parts of … [Read more...]

Easter events offer religious observances and family fun

Whether they want to celebrate their faith, take the kids for an egg hunt, or just enjoy some fellowship with church friends — there are plenty of seasonal options throughout The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Check out the listings below. LUTZ What: While We Wait Where: Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54, Lutz When: April 19 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free Details: The musical and … [Read more...]

Keeping a piece of Dade City history alive

When Jo and Bob Larkin bought the R.D. Sistrunk House at the corner of 14th Street and Church Avenue, they knew they were buying a property with a rich history — that required a lot of work. “We renovated the house completely,” said Jo Larkin, who has a title company and previously owned an antiques shop. Her husband, Bob, who is a builder, said it was the most extensive renovation project … [Read more...]

Dade City Mayor provides ‘state of the city’ talk at chamber breakfast

Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez is bullish on the future of the community she governs. During a recent Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, Hernandez told the audience about newly proposed planned residential developments, to projects aimed at improving the city’s infrastructure and recreational projects, “I am enthusiastic about Dade City,” Hernandez said, addressing the … [Read more...]

Celebrating a day to honor trees

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, but tree planting festivals are as old as civilization. The tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life. The idea for Arbor Day in the United States originated in Nebraska City, … [Read more...]

Helping Hurricane Harvey victims

Area churches, and others, are getting involved to help raise money, or collect goods, to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Bishop Gregory Parkes has asked all 81 parishes and missions in the Diocese of St. Petersburg to hold a special collection the weekend of Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, or Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, for the needs of people affected by natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey … [Read more...]