State champion gymnast has bigger dreams in sight

Zachary Myers’ gymnastics talent became apparent early on. When he was just 3, he was doing flips on the couch and performing perfect cartwheels throughout the family’s Lutz home, his parents said. He’d even tumble around the fields at Oscar Cooler Sports Complex during his Lutz Little League baseball days. “We could see the natural ability in him,” said his father, Andy Myers. “He’s just got … [Read more...]

Birchwood Preserve in Lutz Opens Phase II

It has only been a year since Pulte Homes opened Birchwood Preserve in Lutz, and there has been so much demand that the community’s second phase is opening ahead of schedule this summer. “Since we opened our sales center last May, we’ve sold close to 80 homes out of 120 available in our first phase,” said Vince Kuntz, Pulte’s sales consultant in the community. “The demand has been so good, that … [Read more...]

Mother of twins dies after casino boat fire; donations sought

A GoFundMe account has been set up to aid the children of Carrie Dempsey. The 42-year-old woman, who lived in Lutz, died Jan. 14, hours after a fire engulfed a casino shuttle boat ferrying about 50 passengers to a casino ship in the Gulf of Mexico. She was the sole fatality among about 15 passengers who needed medical attention, according to news reports. Dempsey leaves behind … [Read more...]

She can’t beat the commute

Melissa Huston used to spend 90 minutes each way, getting back and forth from work. She lives in Lutz and was commuting to a job in St. Petersburg. “It was debilitating, mentally,” Huston said. “There were days that were awful driving there.” She and her husband, Doug, have two children. Tyler attends McKitrick Elementary School and Brandon is in preschool. Besides getting stuck in … [Read more...]

Applicants reduce size of proposed Lutz school

Applicants for a charter school in Lutz have reduced the proposed enrollment for the kindergarten through eighth-grade school, but opponents say it’s still too big. Charter Schools Inc. of Boca Raton has amended its request for a private charter school at the southwest quadrant of Lutz Lake Fern Road and Sunlake Boulevard. The proposed charter school, Sunlake Academy, would be developed … [Read more...]

Opponents to charter school gearing up to do battle

About 90 concerned residents turned out to a strategy meeting on Jan. 8, as opponents gear up to battle a proposed charter school for up to 1,050 kindergarten through eighth-grade students in Lutz. Charter Schools Inc., of Boca Raton is seeking permission from Hillsborough County to allow a school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at the southwest corner of Lutz Lake Fern Road … [Read more...]

Charter school faces opposition

Opposition is heating up against a proposed charter school for up to 1,050 elementary students in Lutz. Charter Schools Inc., of Boca Raton is seeking permission from Hillsborough County to allow a school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at the southwest corner of Lutz Lake Fern Road and Sunlake Boulevard. The operator of the school would be Charter Schools Association … [Read more...]