Pasco County ‘hottest county around,’ commission chairman says

When Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore moved to the county in 2007, it was a different place. When he arrived, the State Road 54/56 corridor — with it shopping malls, restaurants, car dealerships, hotels, residential subdivisions, medical offices, state college and industrial development — looked nothing like it does today. The Shops at Wiregrass wasn’t even there yet, recalled … [Read more...]

He helped catch criminals, solve crimes for 50 years

Det. Roger Cockerill — who was instrumental in some of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office’s  largest investigations — has retired from a law enforcement career that spanned a half-century. In Pasco, his work included investigations involving illegal drug trafficking, casino style gambling, prostitution and human trafficking. But his career in law enforcement began in February 1967 at the … [Read more...]

Growth and change are hallmarks at area schools

As 2019 becomes 2020, area schools continue to respond to growth, while also changing academic options available on some campuses. Recently, Superintendent Kurt Browning announced an initiative that will create significant change in West Pasco-area schools to bolster academic performance, but he also outlined some coming projects within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, as … [Read more...]

Troop 33 honors 11 Eagle Scouts

An Eagle Court of Honor celebrated the accomplishments of 11 young men recently at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, in Land O’ Lakes. Each of these members of Troop 33 received the rank of Eagle Scout: Evan Hernandez, Gabriel Vega, Michael Thibeau, Miguel Mockabee, Phillip Morrical, Spencer Huffman, John A. Turbessi, Cesar Arthur Castillo, Ethan Fuhrmeister, Louis Mooney Jr. and Matthew … [Read more...]

Encompass Health plans move to Land O’ Lakes

Encompass Health Corporation has announced plans to bring 179 jobs to Central Pasco. The company, based in Birmingham, plans to build a 37,000-square-foot facility on about 6 acres in the Bexley Community, off State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. It plans to locate its Central Business Office there, to provide medical billing and collection services to the company’s hospitals in 25 states and … [Read more...]

New donation drive set to help foster families

George Agovino and Josh Gaulden have launched a new initiative aimed at helping foster children. The pair has established the Fostering Change Foster Closet, in what was formerly a vacant house, at 10207 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The 501 (c)(3) nonprofit is a hub for foster families to pick out free necessities that they otherwise could not afford. It also will serve … [Read more...]

Pasco spends $22 million on environmental lands

The Pasco County Commission has unanimously approved a $22 million purchase to secure ecological corridor sites and land for a future park in Central Pasco. The purchase is the largest in the history of the county’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program (ELAMP) — which began in 2005, said Keith Wiley, the county’s director of parks, recreation and natural resources. It took … [Read more...]

ICI Homes’ Most Popular Floor Plan Ready Now In Bexley

One of the most beautiful and functional move-in ready homes in Bexley, Land O’ Lakes’ top-selling community, is now available from ICI Homes. The four-bedroom, three-bath Costa Mesa is on a 70-foot corner homesite in Bexley’s most prestigious neighborhood, located close to the clubhouse and pools. The semi-custom home includes luxury finishes, an expansive lanai, mud room with built-in bench … [Read more...]

Choices abound for holiday fun

The holidays are a traditional time for friends and families to gather, and to seek out ways to enjoy the lights, sounds and treats of the season. If you’re looking to have some old-fashioned fun, to be inspired, or relax, there’s likely an option in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area to suit your fancy. Here’s a listing of some of your options. Lutz – Land O’ Lakes Traditions on the … [Read more...]

Planning Commission recommends against rezoning

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended denial of a request that would allow a small subdivision off of Bell Lake Road, in Land O’ Lakes. The rezoning application, filed by Michael David Vincent, sought to change the allowable density of development on about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The site is about 1 mile east of … [Read more...]