Baking Irish soda bread for St. Paddy’s Day

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is a tradition around the world. It’s a day when the Irish and the “Irish-at-heart” celebrate Irish culture with parades, dancing and special foods, as well as green everywhere — including turning rivers green and drinking green beer. So, why all of the green? In the beginning, green wasn’t the color associated with St. Patrick, it was blue. … [Read more...]

Pasco administrator set to retire in 2017

Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker expects to be very busy over the next year and a half. She’ll be crossing off a to-do list, one by one, before leaving in 2017 to go on a lengthy road trip with her husband. The couple will hit the road with their recreational vehicle and their motorcycles, on a tour of as many baseball parks and national parks as they can squeeze into a … [Read more...]

Pasco opens new Utilities Administration Building

Pasco County is on the move. With the slice of ceremonial scissors, county officials cut the ribbon on the new 50,000-square-foot Utilities Administration Building, located at 19420 Central Boulevard, off U.S. 41. On June 19, more than 200 employees in the utilities department will move from New Port Richey to Land O’ Lakes. And, the facility is scheduled to open to the public on June 23. … [Read more...]

Charter advisory panel all white, mostly male

A 15-member charter advisory panel that will decide the future of Pasco County's governing structure is in place. And Pasco commissioners approved a contract to pay a private Tallahassee consultant $60,000 to guide its efforts during the coming months. But the panel's all white, and nearly all-male make-up came under fire at the commissioners regular meeting in Dade City on March 10.  Each … [Read more...]

Election Day is here! And so is everything you need to know

Today is Election Day where Florida will elect a governor, an attorney general, a chief financial officer and an agriculture commissioner among others. Locally, however, voters will have to decide on representatives in Tallahassee, as well as who will represent their interests on the county commission. In last week's print edition of The Laker/Lutz News, we offered an election primer, which you … [Read more...]

Let them go?

It pretty much started when John Gallagher was caught in heavy traffic on Interstate 75. The morning rush is exactly that, the morning rush. But Gallagher, then the Pasco County administrator, realized that these were primarily people who lived in his county, but were heading south to work jobs in Hillsborough and even Pinellas counties. From that time forward, Pasco County made it a … [Read more...]

County searches for next administrator

The Pasco County Commission expects to select a new county administrator by the end of May to replace the retiring John Gallagher. The details haven’t been worked out completely, but commissioners indicated at their April 10 meeting they’d like to narrow the field of candidates to eight before selecting finalists to interview. Bob Murray & Associates, of Tallahassee, is conducting the … [Read more...]

First retailer announced for potential outlet mall in Wesley Chapel

Plans are apparently moving forward on an outlet mall development in Wesley Chapel, according to a recent announcement posted on Simon Property Group Inc.’s website. Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th plans to open a new location at Tampa Premium Outlets in Wesley Chapel, in 2014, according to the posting. The announcement signals the first retailer to announce plans to locate at the potential … [Read more...]