48 Beautiful Acre Lots at Lake Hanna Preserve

Lutz is one of the most desirable communities in Hillsborough County, with its beautiful pastoral lands, many spring-fed lakes, outstanding schools and close proximity to downtown Tampa, the University of South Florida, and Wesley Chapel’s shopping and dining destinations. It is also one of the most protected, low-growth areas of Tampa Bay, limiting lot sizes to a minimum of 1 acre to retain … [Read more...]

Sunsets restaurant to replace Hot Rod’s BBQ

A down-home, comfort-style restaurant – named Sunsets – is expected to open in May on the former site of Hot Rod’s Country BBQ. The popular dining spot in Lutz, locally famous for selling what it claimed to be ‘swamp bat,’ closed in 2013. Since then, rumors and speculation have swirled around just what would replace Hot Rod’s. A wrecking crew took down the old restaurant in March, … [Read more...]

New restaurant to take Hot Rods’ spot

A lawsuit shuttered Hot Rods Country BBQ in 2013. Two weeks ago, the quirky Lutz restaurant, locally famous for ‘swamp bat’ and hot sauces, met the wrecking ball. County records show the property changed hands in December 2015 when Sunset Livingston LLC bought Hot Rods from Champor Corp Inc., for $525,000. Winter Park-based Alton Lightsey is listed as the registered agent for Sunset … [Read more...]

Serving up fried chicken, nostalgia

They come to the Old Lutz School, on U.S. 41, bearing casserole dishes and memories to share. These are men and women who have deep roots in Lutz and Land O’ Lakes. Their families helped settle the area, and every year they come to celebrate the connections they feel to the community and each other. The size of the annual gathering has diminished over time, as people have died or can no … [Read more...]

MPO keeps elevated road on county transportation plan

A group that spent months successfully fighting a privately built elevated toll road through the heart of Pasco County got a bit of a setback last week. But its members seem to be OK with it … for now. Pasco County’s 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan is on its way to both federal and state authorities, highlighting the county’s plan for roads, transit and sidewalks over the next 25 years. … [Read more...]

MPO keeps elevated toll road on long-range county plan

Pasco County's 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan is on its way to both federal and state authorities, highlighting the county's plan for roads, transit and sidewalks over the next 25 years. And one transportation feature that made the cut? Elevation roads along the State Road 54/56 corridor. A group of residents successfully fought a proposed private elevated toll road that would've stretched … [Read more...]

Looking for $2 gas? It might be coming soon

Savings at the gas pump are averaging $10 for every fill-up, yet it doesn't look like gas prices are going to start heading back up anytime soon. In fact, prices crept closer to $2 a gallon this past week, as domestic oil supply is at a three-decade high, and forecast to keep growing. At the same time, the price of oil fell to its lowest level in five years. "Oil prices are plunging because … [Read more...]

Hess Express getting ready to leave retail market

Hess Express service stations throughout the region and the rest of the country are changing hands as the petroleum company buys out property owners to sell to a one-time competitor. The New Jersey company announced last month that it struck a deal with Marathon Petroleum Corp. for $2.6 billion that would include more than 1,300 locations along the east coast of the United States, including … [Read more...]