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...]

Zephyrhills steps back to the 1920s

This year’s Founder’s Day weekend in Zephyrhills will give event-goers a taste of what life was like during the 1920s. The event kicks off with a public dance, on the evening of March 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those attending are invited to wear period clothing and to enjoy recreating popular dance moves of the era, including the “Charleston,” “Black Bottom” and “Shimmy.” The free … [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...]

Dade City has location for downtown splash park

The Dade City Commission has approved a land purchase that may finally bring a splash park/bike hub to the city’s downtown area. The city has targeted a 2.23-acre parcel that borders the Hardy Trail on Eighth Street. The property, at 3772 Church St., is owned by local businessman Otto Weitzenkorn. The real estate’s 2018 appraised value is $1.168 million, but city officials say the … [Read more...]

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...]