Two Good Soles drive smashes record

Pasco County government and its constitutional offices collected more than 3,000 pairs of shoes for local students — smashing a previous record for the annual Two Good Soles Shoes and Socks Drive. The drive, now in its fourth year, yielded 3,057 pairs of shoes and 13,285 pairs of socks. The items will be donated to students in Pasco County Schools. Last year, donations totaled 2,264 … [Read more...]

Political season is beginning to heat up

It’s not 2020 yet, but the political season is underway, and candidates are beginning to make their intentions known. This Political Agenda column is The Laker/Lutz News’ way to keep our readers informed of candidates who have filed, political party meetings, political forums and endorsements. This column also includes information that’s pertinent for upcoming elections, such as deadlines … [Read more...]

Planning Commission supports requested changes

The Pasco County Planning Commission has given its stamp of approval for a number of requests that would affect property use in the central and eastern portions of Pasco County. The Planning Commission makes the final decision on special exception requests, but its decisions can be appealed to the Pasco County Commission. The County Commission has authority over other land use and zoning … [Read more...]

New apartment project approved on State Road 54

The Pasco County Commission has approved a project with 280 apartments and 49,500 square feet of commercial, on the north side of State Road 54, between Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Collier Parkway. Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the rezoning request, with Commissioner Mike Moore objecting vociferously. Attorney Clarke Hobby represented the A.G. Spanos Companies and the Aiken Trust on … [Read more...]

When rural tranquility and Olympic dreams clash

Dania Vizzi wants to use a private skeet shooting range, off Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, to perfect her skeet shooting skills so she can make the U.S. team for the 2020 Olympics. But, her neighbors say her Olympic quest is causing harm to their agricultural and horse-breeding pursuits, as well as disrupting their rural tranquility and peace of mind. Those were among the issues aired out at … [Read more...]

Planning Commission supports requested changes

The Pasco County Planning Commission has given its stamp of approval for a number of requests that would affect property use in the central and eastern portions of Pasco County. The Planning Commission makes the final decision on special exception requests, but its decisions can be appealed to the Pasco County Commission. The County Commission has authority over other land use and zoning … [Read more...]

Changes could lead to ‘employment village’

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning on 130 acres on the southwest corner of State Road 52, about 70 feet west of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, to allow 1 million square feet of light industrial and 200,000 square feet of support commercial. Commissioners approved the request as part of their consent agenda, which means it was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission and … [Read more...]

Five-acre lots approved on Northeast Pasco tract

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning to allow homes to be built on 5-acre lots on a 211-acre tract at the northwest corner of Trilby Road and Dowling Lake Road. The previous zoning required a minimum residential lot size of 10 acres. No one spoke against the request during the commission’s Oct. 7 public hearing, where the request was approved unanimously. The Pasco County … [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...]

Pasco opens first incubator kitchen

An incubator kitchen has opened in Dade City, to promote economic development through food businesses. The new facility is a collaborative effort between University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)-Pasco County extension, the Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc.’s SMARTstart incubator program and Pasco County. The kitchen was officially unveiled on Sept. … [Read more...]