Land O’ Lakes route to lose bus stop, weekend service

Bus Route 41, in Land O’ Lakes, no longer will be making a stop on Collier Parkway — and also will discontinue operating on Saturdays. Those changes were approved by the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board on Sept. 12. The changes were prompted by a recommendation from Pasco County Public Transportation based on its research and public feedback. “We received … [Read more...]

Area prepares for flooding, wind

With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on Florida, the state is bracing itself for impact. Gov. Ron DeSantis also declared a State of Emergency in the state’s 67 counties, and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody activated the state’s Price Gouging Hotline. Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties have declared a state of emergency. In an advisory issued at 11 a.m., Aug. 30 from the National … [Read more...]

Online registration now available for camps

Online-only registration is replacing the long lines of years past, making signups for summer camps easier and just a click away. Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (PRNR) will open online summer day camp registration on April 6 at 10 a.m. The seven-week camps for elementary and middle school children will run from June 10 to July 26. Campers can experience activities … [Read more...]

Pasco readies for big building program

Voter approval of four general obligation bond issues in November has set the stage for a major building program in Pasco County. The bond revenues will go to expand the Pasco County Detention Center; to update and expand fire rescue facilities; to upgrade libraries; and, to spruce up and improve park and recreational facilities. Pasco County staff members briefed commissioners on the timing … [Read more...]

District park to get recreational center

Back when plans were originally developed for the Wesley Chapel District Park, the intention was to build an indoor recreation center as part of the complex, said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. “Over time, with the downturn and people were saving money — cutting budget, it never happened,” Moore said. Now, plans for the indoor center are again proceeding for the district park at 7727 … [Read more...]

The Laker/Lutz News claims 18 awards in state contest

The Laker/Lutz News brought home 18 awards from the Community Papers of Florida 2018 Awards for Excellence competition. The annual statewide contest recognizes outstanding work in advertising, writing and photography. On the advertising side, The Laker/Lutz News design staff garnered 11 awards in these categories: Advertising campaign: First place, Stefanie Burlingame and Matthew … [Read more...]

Sunlake High girls swimming primed for another big splash

The Land O’ Lakes High varsity football team upending Sunlake High in the 12th annual Butter Bowl wasn’t the only long-running sports streak broken between the two rival schools. The other came in girls swimming and diving — with Sunlake finally getting the upper hand against its crosstown foe. The Seahawks girls defeated the Gators in a dual meet 108-78, on Sept. 19 at the Land O’ Lakes … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes gets a new baseball coach

Just two months after guiding Carrollwood Day School to the state final four, Ken Akins looks to achieve similar results at another local private school. Akins is the new head baseball coach at Academy at the Lakes (AATL), replacing John DiBenedetto, who left the Wildcats program after three seasons for an athletic director position at Mother of Teresa Calcutta Catholic School, a kindergarten … [Read more...]

Plans call for aquatics center in Land O’ Lakes

Conceptual drawings have been done for the Christopher N. Chiles Aquatic Center in Land O’ Lakes that could become a magnet for swimming tournaments, and would provide a wide range of services for swimmers of all ages and abilities. It would cost about $8 million for the facility, without a complete roof system, said Scott Sutek, executive director for the envisioned aquatic center. Backers … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes savors first winning season

After five seasons of varsity baseball, senior Eric Hutchison can finally say he was part of a winning team. “It’s always nice to be the first success in something. The fact that I’m a senior makes it much better,” said Hutchison, a team captain pitcher/infielder who’s played for Academy at the Lakes (AATL) since eighth grade. The Wildcats just wrapped up its first winning season in program … [Read more...]