Cleanup set to begin on massive sinkhole

Barring unforeseen developments, cleanup is expected to begin this week on the massive sinkhole that recently swallowed two homes in the Lake Padgett community of Land O’ Lakes. As of July 20, Pasco County was entering the final stages of securing bids from contractors for debris removal at the sinkhole site, which now measures 235 feet wide and approximately 50 feet deep — believed to be the … [Read more...]

Park upgrades planned for 2018

A proposed 2018 budget, if approved, includes initial funding for a community center at Wesley Chapel District Park. The park also would get upgrades at its basketball courts and baseball fields. In addition, the budget would provide money for a future district park at the master-planned community of Connerton in Land O’ Lakes. A first public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Sept. … [Read more...]

Massive sinkhole swallows two homes

Recovery efforts expected to take months Efforts are beginning in a recovery process to address impacts from a massive sinkhole that swallowed two homes in the Lake Padgett community of Land O’ Lakes. Kevin Guthrie, Pasco County’s assistant county administrator for public safety, said authorities received a 911 call at 7:21 a.m., on July 14, reporting a depression forming under a … [Read more...]

Pasco approves $4.6 million for Ridge Road project

The Ridge Road extension is still on the drawing board, waiting for a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. But, at their July meeting in Dade City, Pasco County commissioners took a step forward in the nearly 19-year process of qualifying for the coveted permit. They updated a contract with NV5 Inc., and approved about $4.6 million toward the final design and construction … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes community stage is ready for action

After years of persistence, Land O’ Lakes finally has a place where residents can gather to hear concerts, watch plays or gather for other community events. Construction of the Land O’ Lakes Community Stage is completed and the venue is now ready for groups to use it, said Sandy Graves, one of the prime movers behind getting the project done. Graves has been talking for decades about the … [Read more...]

Lutz celebrates July Fourth in grand fashion

People who like to run, enjoy mingling with friends or are attracted to an old-fashioned, small-town parade found all that and more at the Independence Day celebration on the Fourth of July in Lutz. The community, just north of Tampa, is known for its traditional Independence Day celebrations, and once again, it delivered. Carmen Rairigh, of Lutz, was there with a group of about 40 … [Read more...]

Collaboration is key word at Bexley Elementary

When visitors step into the REC center at Bexley Elementary School, they won’t be surrounded by game tables or basketball hoops. Instead, they’ll be in the new elementary school’s media center. The REC center gets its name from three words — Research, Enrich and Collaborate. Those words emphasize the kind of learning experience planned for children attending the school, which is set to open … [Read more...]

New opportunities await at Cypress Creek Middle High

Much of the furniture and equipment has yet to be installed at Cypress Creek Middle High School, but even without it, it’s easy to see that the school is designed to offer students a multitude of opportunities when it opens in August. Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles and members of her administrative team recently led Pasco County School Board members and Superintendent Kurt Browning on a … [Read more...]

Festivities planned to celebrate the nation’s independence

Independence Day — a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America — gives people a chance to celebrate the Fourth of July. There are many events planned across the Tampa Bay region, and here are a few of the choices. Connerton’s annual Nation Celebration, in Land O’ Lakes, will take place July 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a neighborhood … [Read more...]

American Legion Post 108 marks 80th anniversary

The group wants a home of its own When American Legion Post 108 formed 80 years ago, it had its preliminary meeting in an old house on Denny Johnson’s old grove, on Lake Fern Road, according to club records. About 10 veterans gathered for that initial 1937 meeting. Next, they met in an old store building on U.S. 41, then known as Route 41, near the Superette. After that, the group met … [Read more...]