Frolicking in the Florida snow?

Children, and adults alike, will have a new recreational option when a new winter park opens for business in Northeast Pasco. The Pasco County Commission on Aug. 6 approved the addition of a snow park, which will be situated next to Tree Hoppers Aerial Adventure Park, on the north side of St. Joe Road, about 800 feet east of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, in Dade City. The conditional use, … [Read more...]

Hearing officer approves Lutz charter school

A proposed charter school in Lutz has received approval, despite objections from nearby residents, homeowner associations and community organizations. Land use hearing officer James Scarola approved a special use permit for the Tampa Academy of Math and Science, a charter school for up to 870 kindergarteners through eighth-graders. In his April 6 decision, Scarola found that the request … [Read more...]

Competing interests at Sunlake and Lutz Lake Fern

James Scarola is deliberating the future of a parcel at the southwest corner of Lutz Lake Fern Road and Sunlake Boulevard. Applicants for a special use permit want to use a 7.4-acre parcel to become the new home of the Tampa Academy of Math and Science, a charter school specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ruth Gimpel, who owns a horse stable next door, wants … [Read more...]

Lutz pushes proposed urban service area south

Lutz has survived more than a century with no municipal water or sewer. And it might end up going another century without it as well. In a workshop Dec. 8, members of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission will hear something they may not like: Lutz residents are turning their backs on a proposed plan to extend the county’s urban service area up U.S. 41. Getting an urban … [Read more...]

Lutz on fast track to finally developing downtown center

Hillsborough County wants to bring parts of the Lutz community — especially land along U.S. 41 — into the 21st century with county water and sewer. But some vocal residents in the community are still giving the idea a big no. Officials want to make the Lutz Downtown Center Zoning District a reality, which would not change the development pattern or density of parcels along U.S. 41, but instead … [Read more...]