Celebrating the kumquat’s place in history

Every year, for one day, a small, oval-shaped fruit called the kumquat takes center stage during a festival that was established by The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce in 1998. The annual event celebrates everything that makes the Dade City area unique. Casper Joseph Nathe came to what is now known as St. Joseph and planted an acre of the fruit trees in 1912. The Nathe family … [Read more...]

Economic summit to focus on industrial hub

Local business and government leaders in Zephyrhills will join together for an event that will spotlight the city’s industrial corridor and ongoing efforts to cultivate high-wage manufacturing jobs. The third annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit is scheduled for Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Zephyrhills City Hall, 5335 Eighth St., in Zephyrhills. The summit primarily will focus on the … [Read more...]

Dade City sets tentative millage rate

Dade City residents will not see an increase in their property tax rate for the coming year. Dade City Commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 on July 23 to set the tentative millage rate at 7.14 mills — the same rate as last year. Under state law, once a tentative millage rate has been set, the city cannot raise it before the start of the fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The commission does, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills wants public input on industrial plan

The City of Zephyrhills is inviting public comment on a plan aimed at increasing high-wage industrial jobs and benefits. The proposed plan focuses on a large grouping of industrial properties and adjacent areas within the Chancey Road corridor, near the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, according to a news release from the city. The preliminary plan includes an assessment of conditions and … [Read more...]

Dade City turns 130: It’s time to celebrate

Dade City is celebrating its 130th birthday with a series of events this week that include everything from a walking tour, to enjoying a free cupcake, to a scavenger hunt — and more. The week kicked off with events on Monday and Tuesday — which was after The Laker/Lutz News went to press. But, there are other events set for the rest of the week, beginning with a Walking Wednesday tour, set … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills opens doors to new City Hall

The brand-new Zephyrhills City Hall has been in operation since October — but local residents and dignitaries got an up-close view of the digs during a Nov. 27 open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. At 19,000 square feet, the $6.2 million building represents a major upgrade to the former City Hall facility, which was 11,000 square feet and was built in the 1950s. The two-story building, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills prepares for its 108th Founder’s Day

Zephyrhills' Main Street is rallying merchants, community activists and citizens for its 108th Founder’s Day celebration on March 10. Gail Hamilton, of Zephyrhills Community Development, and Anna K. Stutzriem, Main Street coordinator for Main Street Zephyrhills, are in the midst of planning festivities for the daylong event. Stutzriem hopes this year’s event will help restore the glory of … [Read more...]

If you enjoy eating and reading, this club is for you

They came in carrying plates, casserole dishes and plastic containers holding an assortment of food — inspired by books they had read. One brought in a chocolate cake, inspired by “The Help.” Another brought a platter of corn dogs and a bottle of lemonade — an homage to “State Fair.” A third had a plate of chocolate chip cookies, a tip of the hat to “Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills sets tax rate, presents draft budget

For the third straight year, the property tax rate will stay the same in Zephyrhills. The Zephyrhills City Council voted to set the tentative millage rate at 6.35 mills. Under state law, once a tentative millage rate has been set, the city cannot raise it before the start of the fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The council does, however, have the option to reduce the rate before … [Read more...]

Water and sewer rates expected to rise in Zephyrhills

Zephyrhills residents could see an increase on their utility bills, beginning next year. City staff is recommending a 4-percent increase in water rates and an 8-percent increase in sewer rates for all customers each year for a five-year period, beginning Jan. 1. The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously for City Attorney Matthew Maggard to draft an ordinance regarding the proposed rate … [Read more...]