North Tampa Bay Chamber wins top state award

The North Tampa Bay Chamber recently was named the 2019 Chamber of the Year for the state of Florida during the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals annual conference in Daytona Beach. The chamber was honored for its accomplishments, including its acquisition of two chambers within the past five years that led to its official name change and logo, as well as its involvement in numerous … [Read more...]

Halloween tricks, treats and traditions on tap

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Halloween, you’ll find plenty of options across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, at 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., is hosting a Family Fun Festival that it’s calling “Light the Night.” The event will be from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Oct. 31. Cars will be decorated with favorite kid-friendly themes and will line … [Read more...]

Pasco’s tourism sets new record

Pasco County has posted its best year in tourism, according to county officials. “This last year has been one for the record books,” Ed Caum Tourism Manager for VisitPasco, said in a news release. “We surpassed our prediction of 10 percent growth and are up 17 percent over last years collections,” he said. Specifically, Pasco County posted $968,263 in Tourist Tax collections, in the … [Read more...]

Porter Campus hits 3,000-mark

Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch has hit another milestone. The campus hit the 3,000 mark for enrollment for the coming term. Stan Giannet, provost at Porter Campus, announced the milestone during a town hall session sponsored by the college and the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 14. The campus opened two years ago, with 1,800, exceeding its … [Read more...]

Gun issues dominate town hall session

It was billed as a town hall session on economic development, but the gun issues facing the Florida Legislature dominated much of the discussion. The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch co-hosted a town hall on Oct. 14 featuring State Sen. John Legg and State Rep. Danny Burgess. Eugene Williams, executive director for … [Read more...]

Pasco’s tourism figures are rising

When the final numbers are in, Pasco County’s tourism manager believes the county will be issuing a report on a record year for the county. “I’m actually probably going to have a record year, once I see September’s numbers. The average daily room rate is up about 10 percent across the board,” said Ed Caum, tourism manager for Pasco County. “It’s pretty exciting.” And, the prospects are … [Read more...]

Tampa Premium Outlets to have ‘Key West’ vibe

Tampa Premium Outlets will have water, water, everywhere. The mega-outlet mall will have a center court lagoon, five fountains, and buildings and interiors painted in soft pastels, to give shoppers a “Key West” experience. Special events and celebrities will punctuate an opening weekend slated for Oct. 29 through Nov. 1. General Manager Stacey Nance gave guests at the Greater Wesley … [Read more...]

Coming soon: outlet mall’s job fair

In a sign that Tampa Premium Outlets is gearing up for its October opening, planning is under way for a job fair to fill approximately 800 positions. The hiring event is scheduled for Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Embassy Suites, at 3705 Spectrum Blvd., in Tampa. The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and Career Central at Pasco-Hernando State College are event … [Read more...]

Restaurant wings into Wesley Chapel

Buffalo Wild Wings will open its doors in time for the Fourth of July celebrations. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for July 3, with the first full week of operation kicking off July 6, said Dana Balch, the restaurant’s general manager. “We are super excited,” he said. “It’s been a long time in the making.” Residents have come up to Balch and his staff for weeks when they have been … [Read more...]

Florida Medical Clinic’s expansion story continues

  Florida Medical Clinic is continuing to expand at a brisk pace, with an 85,000-square-foot facility expected to open near Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel in March 2016, and a 15,000-square-foot expansion at its facility on State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes now under way. The new projects are part of a story that dates back to 1993, when four practices in Zephyrhills decided to merge to … [Read more...]