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...]

Pasco seeking diversified growth, speaker says

When Bill Cronin took the helm of the Pasco Economic Development Council, he didn’t view himself as being on a rescue operation. “I’m here because we’ve got a good product and a winning team,” said Cronin, who joined the Pasco EDC in January. “This is a community that actually ‘gets’ economic development, so much so that they voted with their wallets to actually fund that, to get some jobs … [Read more...]

Downtown Dade City adds to its ‘eclectic mix’

New storefronts in downtown Dade City are creating a buzz. One of the newest additions is Flint Creek Outfitters, which opened nearly three weeks ago at 14129 Seventh St., at the intersection with Pasco Avenue. The prime retail spot had been vacant more than two years following the closing of Remember When Antiques Mall. A grand opening is planned for January. Business owners Gordon … [Read more...]

There’s plenty of cheer to spread around this season

If you’re looking for a way to get into a festive mood, you won’t have to look very far. There are loads of celebrations planned throughout The Laker/Lutz News’ coverage area. A familiar community landmark will be decked out again for the holidays for the 19th annual Christmas at the Old Lutz School. Rooms are dressed up with holiday décor and community groups provide … [Read more...]

Cigar lounge opens in Dade City

Rolando’s Cigar Lounge is a place where people pause and enjoy leisure time with friends. A glass of wine or beer, and if desired, a hand-rolled cigar, awaits. In the evening, a disc jockey plays music for listening and dancing, from salsa to jazz. There are friendly games of pool or billiards, too. And, on football nights, a flat screen television is on view. On some occasions, … [Read more...]

Antiques store is repository of memories

Johnny Herrmann’s business card boasts that his antiques business, in San Antonio, is “not your grandma’s antiques store.” But, there’s no doubt that the shop where his business operates is steeped in his family’s history. The store is in the 1946 Herrmann Building, at 11853 S. Curley St. The building is one of a collection of structures on Curley Street, south of State Road 52, … [Read more...]

Dade City chamber hosts business expo

Businesses have the chance to shine in the spotlight at the 2015 Annual Community & Business Expo, hosted by the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. The annual event will be held Nov. 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Dan Cannon Auditorium at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, at 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. More than 60 businesses to date have signed up to take part in the expo, which … [Read more...]

Holiday happenings abound: Prepare to have fun

Whether it’s a stroll along Christmas Card Lane in Lutz, tree lighting festivities in Zephyrhills, synchronized tree lights and music at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, or a magical Christmas parade in Dade City — there are plenty of holiday events in coming weeks to put on your calendars. Several events are planned in anticipation of the holidays in Lutz. Shoppers looking for a … [Read more...]

Ornaments reveal history, raise money

When the Dade City Garden Club began selling an annual holiday ornament to raise money for the club, the decoration was simple: a two-dimensional square. That didn’t matter. The ornament’s theme — the Historic Pasco County Courthouse — touched a chord among area residents and quickly sold out, recalled Pat Carver, who was involved in getting the ornament sales off the ground. When … [Read more...]

CSX jumps into Kumquat Festival as sponsor

Just weeks after angering local officials by twice blocking intersections for long periods of time, CSX Transportation is spending some money to help support Dade City's annual Kumquat Festival. "CSX Transportation is committed to working beyond our rails with the communities we serve," said Bob O'Malley, resident vice president for CSX, in a release. "Our support of the Greater Dade City … [Read more...]