New townhomes popping up in Lutz

Construction is underway on Sylvan Crossing Townhomes, a CalAtlantic Homes project that is expected to open in December. The gated community will feature three different floor plans, according to CalAtlantic’s website. Each plan has three bedrooms, and all come with either a one-car or two-car garage. Sylvan Crossing also will have an amenity center, with a community pool for its … [Read more...]

The Lutz Depot, by design

Those wishing to escape the oppressive heat during the Fourth of July festivities in Lutz may have decided to check out a train show inside the Lutz Branch Library. If I they did, they could have seen an exhibit presented by the Suncoast American Flyer Enthusiasts. And, perhaps they would have had a chance to chat with Eugene Vrooman, one of the club’s members. If they did, Vrooman … [Read more...]

Woman’s club offers giant flea market

Donations are still rolling in for one of the Tampa Bay area’s most popular flea markets. The annual GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club flea market is scheduled for March 3 and March 4 at the Historic Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz. Events hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., on both days. Club members have been gathering and sorting thousands of donated goods since Feb. … [Read more...]

New arts and crafts show venue is a hit

With a new venue in place, the 37th annual GFWC Lutz Arts & Crafts Show promised to be “bigger and better than ever.” It delivered. The show — held for the first time at Keystone Preparatory High School in Odessa — drew rave reviews from attendees and vendors alike. On Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, thousands of visitors swung by the 60-acre site, at 18105 Gunn Highway. Once there, … [Read more...]

Lutz Arts & Crafts show set for December

With a new venue in place, the 37th annual GFWC Lutz Arts & Crafts Show promises to be “bigger and better than ever.” The show — one of the most popular events in Hillsborough County — will be on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at Keystone Prep High School, 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. After last year’s show was cancelled due to a sinkhole at Lake Park, the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club … [Read more...]

Lake Park reopens; sinkhole remains

A popular 589-acre park in Lutz has reopened, despite the existence of a sinkhole that opened about a year ago and remains unfilled. Lake Park, at 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, officially reopened on Oct. 8. The park, which annually draws about 300,000 users, was closed on Dec. 2 because of a sinkhole that spans 6-feet wide and 90-feet deep. The sinkhole, which formed along a park … [Read more...]

Hillsborough County seeks input for parks and recreation

At locations around Hillsborough County, officials from the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation department are meeting with residents to discuss future recreational plans for the county. On June 27, the public input session was held at the Northdale Community Center. That was one of seven meetings in June to gather suggestions as the county creates its comprehensive plan for its parks … [Read more...]

No progress yet on reopening Lake Park

A park in Lutz that draws an estimated 300,000 users each year will not be reopening anytime soon. Lake Park, at 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, has been closed since Dec. 2 due to a sinkhole that spans 6 feet across and is about 90 feet deep. No progress has been made in repairing the sinkhole because Hillsborough County has not yet negotiated a new lease with the City of St. Petersburg, … [Read more...]

Arts and crafts festival finds new home

The GFWC Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival has a new home. After months of searching, the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club found an ideal fit for the festival at Keystone Prep High School, 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. The festival is slated for the first weekend in December. According to woman’s club president Cathy Mathes, the two-day festival will be at Keystone Prep for “the … [Read more...]

Woman’s Club scrambles for donations

The sinkhole that developed at Lake Park in October hasn’t done anyone any favors, especially the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club. The nearly 6-foot-wide, 100-foot-deep sinkhole forced the closure of the park in early December, forcing the cancellation of what would have been the 36th Annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival. The event, which has attracted nearly 30,000 people in recent … [Read more...]