Ownership agreement reached on Hercules Park

The city of Zephyrhills and the Pasco County School Board are ready to complete a deal that will deed part of Hercules Park to the city. The Zephyrhills City Council approved an inter-local agreement with the school district on June 25. The agreement will be presented to school board members on July 24. If approved, Zephyrhills would own about 9 acres of the approximately 15-acre park, … [Read more...]

Region offers Easter festivities

Easter events are scheduled across the region this week, offering ways for families to have affordable fun, and opportunities for spiritual reflection and celebration. There are also a number of Passover events scheduled, which are included in an accompanying story. Many churches offer Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday services, which is March 29 this year, as well as Good Friday … [Read more...]

Outlining a road map to tackle Pasco traffic problems

Pasco County’s residential and commercial growth is causing more traffic headaches on the area’s roads. At an Aug. 21 session, residents had a chance to learn about what’s planned to tackle the area’s congestion during The Pasco County Transportation Summit. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore hosted the event at the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills collects feedback from residents

Hundreds of Zephyrhills residents have voiced their sentiments on key emerging issues and opportunities facing the city — both now and in the future. And, several of their thoughts and ideas — collected via a community-wide survey and a series of roundtable discussions — will be used in crafting an update to the city’s 2030 comprehensive plan. Planning director Todd Vande berg and Tammy … [Read more...]

East Pasco Rocks plays hide-and-seek

East Pasco County residents are having a rockin’ good time – with hide-and-seek painted rocks. On a recent Sunday, members of a new club, East Pasco Rocks, packed a pavilion at Zephyr Park in Zephyrhills for their first group painting party. They brought art supplies, creativity and - rocks. Afterward, children gathered up the pretty stones, hidden for a treasure hunt in the … [Read more...]

Resolve to have fun in 2017

Maybe 2017 is the year that you’re going to have more fun. But, perhaps you want to improve planning your activities, and to get a better handle on your spending, too. The Laker/Lutz News is here to help. Whether you’re new to area, or have lived here for decades, this guide is intended to help you plan fun activities for you and your family, without breaking the bank. January Raising … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills seeks feedback from residents

The City of Zephyrhills has launched a community opinion survey to identify the city’s key issues and opportunities across the next 15 years. The 20-question survey, which is open through Oct. 31, will be used to update the city’s long-range comprehensive plan, also called Zephyrhills 2030. The Zephyrhills Comprehensive Plan projects forward 15 years to envision where residents will … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills opts to build new City Hall

The city of Zephyrhills is getting a brand-new City Hall after all. Following several weeks of dialogue, the Zephyrhills City Council unanimously approved a motion to build a new structure at the existing City Hall site, at 5335 Eighth St. The new facility is expected be about 5,000-square-feet larger than the current 11,000-square-foot building, It likely will have a modernized brick and … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills considers two City Hall options

The Zephyrhills City Council is continuing to consider its options regarding a new City Hall. Under one option, a new building would be erected at the existing City Hall site, 5335 Eighth St. Under the other, the SunTrust Bank building at at 5435 Gall Blvd., would be purchased and renovated. Todd Vande Berg, city planning director, detailed the pros and cons of each option in a PowerPoint … [Read more...]

Biometric ID device now in use at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills

Patients visiting Florida Hospital Zephyrhills will now encounter a high-tech identification device at the medical center. PatientSecure, a device that images veins in the hand, is now being used to register and identify all patients. The biometric identification solution—manufactured by Imprivata, a Massachusetts-based IT Company — uses infrared light to scan a patient’s palm, and then … [Read more...]