Region offers Easter festivities

Easter events are scheduled across the region this week, offering ways for families to have affordable fun, and opportunities for spiritual reflection and celebration. There are also a number of Passover events scheduled, which are included in an accompanying story. Many churches offer Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday services, which is March 29 this year, as well as Good Friday … [Read more...]

Egg hunts and services planned to celebrate Easter

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Easter season, you’ll find plenty of options across the region. There are fun events, such as Easter crafts and egg hunts, solemn Good Friday events and Easter service celebrations. Here are few highlights from around the area covered by The Laker/Lutz News. They are presented here, in chronological order. The Pioneer Florida Museum & … [Read more...]

Roadwork underway at U.S. 41 and Leonard Road

A history of crashes, including two fatalities in 2016, is prompting changes to a median on U.S. 41, at Leonard Road. The Florida Department of Transportation will close the existing full median opening and replace it with a directional median opening. The median modification project is scheduled for completion by the end of April, according to FDOT representatives. Motorists heading … [Read more...]

Priorities set for sidewalk and road projects

Board members of the Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization have adopted a priority list for road projects that is largely unchanged from last year. But, there is one exception: The list now includes a plan to widen U.S. 301 to a four-lane divided highway from the Hillsborough County line to State Road 56. The five-year work program runs through fiscal year 2020-2021. While there’s … [Read more...]

Rezoning approved for 320 new homes

Homes by WestBay plans to build up to 320 single-family homes on a large swath of wooded land off Henley Road in Lutz. The Pasco County Commission approved a rezoning for the project on Aug. 9 The 175-acre site is east of Long Lake Ranch, a master-planned community off State Road 54. The newly approved residential project includes extending a one-lane, dead-end stretch of Leonard Road, at … [Read more...]

Crusading for sidewalk safety

Leonard Road is drawing a lot of attention, but not the kind that most residents want. Developers have ambitious plans for large tracts of wooded land along the curvy two-lane road that winds from U.S. 41, almost to State Road 54. More than 300 single-family homes, an assisted living facility, medical office and retail are on the drawing board. Though Leonard dead-ends just shy of State Road … [Read more...]

Ideas clash for solving traffic woes

A proposal for a flyover at State Road 54 and U.S. 41 got a big thumb’s down at a recent transportation task force meeting aimed at finding solutions for reducing congestion on one of Pasco County’s busiest east/west corridors. In fact, the idea of a flyover anywhere along State Road 54 and State Road 56 between U.S. 19 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard met stiff resistance. About 50 people, … [Read more...]