Pasco County approves 2018 budget

Pasco County commissioners approved a $1.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1. The budget is slightly less than the 2017 budget, but still has new expenditures for parks, boat ramps and the proposed Ridge Road extension. County commissioners had a final public hearing, and vote, on the new budget on Sept. 26 in New Port Richey. There will be no change in the … [Read more...]

Inland Homes Joins The Connerton Family

Young families are discovering the master-planned community of Connerton in Land O’ Lakes. Since the beginning of the year, more than 175 homes have been sold, with many buyers choosing homes between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet. “This is a perfect size for the first-time homebuyer looking for an affordable home in an established community with excellent schools and resort-style amenities,” said … [Read more...]

Not All Communities are Created Equal

It’s been such an exciting year at Connerton that visitors and residents continue to be amazed by “The Community of More.” The year began with Connerton being named the 2017 Showcase Community for the Parade of Homes sponsored by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. The month-long Parade brought hundreds of people to the Land O’ Lakes community for the first time in April, and many became new … [Read more...]

Business community weathers Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left residents and business owners in northern Hillsborough, east Pasco and central Pasco assessing damage, cleaning up the mess, and, calculating their losses and counting their blessings. For business owners, the focus was on reopening and getting Pasco County’s commercial back in motion. The effort goes on. Zephyrhills’ chamber gave shelter With shelters filled to … [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...]

Festivities planned to celebrate the nation’s independence

Independence Day — a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America — gives people a chance to celebrate the Fourth of July. There are many events planned across the Tampa Bay region, and here are a few of the choices. Connerton’s annual Nation Celebration, in Land O’ Lakes, will take place July 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a neighborhood … [Read more...]

Connerton hosts ‘stud’ parties

Connerton is hosting three events to give people a chance to write a few words of encouragement and inspiration for retired U.S. Army Sgt. David Roca and his family, who will be receiving a mortgage-free home from Connerton, Lennar and Operation Finally Home. Roca sustained several traumatic brain injuries in combat during his deployment to Iraq. One of those injuries occurred when an … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes festival offers music, car show, food

Things didn’t go exactly as planned. The permanent stage event organizers had hoped to use remains under construction. There were also some pre-event traffic snarls. And, electrical problems threw off the schedule, precluding Stonegrey, the first musical act, from being able to perform. Those at the festival had the chance to hear performances by The Higgins Brothers, Shalyah Fearing, … [Read more...]

Army vet gets big surprise: A mortgage-free home

An unseasonably chilly and windy March morning wasn’t going to disrupt one family’s warm welcome to Land O’ Lakes. Retired U.S. Army Sgt. David Roca and his three children were on their way to receiving a new home in Connerton, the 4,800-acre mixed-use, master-planned community in central Pasco County. Yet, they had no idea. The Roca family, who currently live in Orlando, assumed they … [Read more...]

2016 marked by rapid growth, touching moments

The national election captured headlines and attention, but 2016 was an eventful year in many other ways, as well, across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. The big story is the region’s growth. New houses are popping up all over the place, with developments such as Long Lake Ranch, Estancia at Wiregrass Ranch, Connerton, Bexley and Asturia, just some of the residential communities … [Read more...]