Government responds to COVID-19

A $2 trillion relief package — the largest in U.S. history — has been passed in an attempt to stabilize the economy, in the wake of an economic and medical crisis posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The package includes help for individuals, unemployment benefits, loans for small businesses, help for large industries and other types of assistance. The stimulus includes a $1,200 … [Read more...]

Coronavirus cancels many sports events

As fears regarding coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) continue to ramp up, so do cancellations on the sports landscape — nationally, regionally and locally. The unexpected cancellations began on March 10 when The Ivy League, a Division I collegiate athletic conference comprised of private schools in the Northeast, announced the cancellation of its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, … [Read more...]

Pasco announces bus Route 41 service changes

Pasco County Public Transportation has changed services on Route 41 in Land O’ Lakes. The changes, which took effect on Jan. 6, are based on ridership, according to a news release. Here are the changes, in a nutshell: An hourly service is being added to the Central Boulevard/Pasco Utilities complex. Service is ending along Collier Parkway and along the State Road 54 corridor to … [Read more...]

New year in sports offers plenty to enjoy, experience

As we embark on a new year, the sports world within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area promises to deliver plenty to watch and experience. Here is a sampling of what’s ahead in 2020: Sports and recreation in East Pasco The year 2020 may become widely known as ‘the year’ of new sports and recreational facilities in East Pasco. Three significant sporting venues are expected to open: The Sarah … [Read more...]

Partying in pjs at the rec center

The Polar Express Pajama Party aims to make the season merrier for children — through a free daytime event that includes games, crafts and refreshments. Children, ages 10 and younger, are encouraged to wear their pjs to the Dec. 14 party, set for 10 a.m. to noon, at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. And, despite its reference to the Polar Express, … [Read more...]

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...]