Tennis center secures management

Plans to serve up more tennis opportunities for Zephryhills residents — while also creating a regional asset — have moved yet another step forward. The Zephyrhills City Council on Oct. 9 unanimously approved a 20-year contract with Tennis P.R.O. Florida, LLC, to operate and mange the proposed Zephyrhills Tennis Center. Tennis P.R.O. is owned by Pascal Collard, who was the director of … [Read more...]

The Shops at Wiregrass sold to QIC

The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel is among 10 regional malls that will be sold by Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., for a total of about $3.2 billion, according to an announcement by Forest City. The buyer is Australia-based QIC, an investment partner of Forest City. QIC currently owns about 49 percent of the Wiregrass mall, with Forest City holding 51 percent ownership, according to Greg … [Read more...]

Local 9/11 service honors and celebrates first responders

As the nation paused to remember the lives lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 15 years ago this year, Atonement Lutheran Church in Wesley Chapel had a special service to celebrate and honor the community’s first responders. The church, at 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, held a 10 a.m. service to celebrate and honor the community’s local police officers, fire and rescue first … [Read more...]

Bayonet Point’s medical program hits milestone

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has graduated its first physician from its internal medicine education program. Dr. Katie Groff, an Ohio native, was officially recognized at Bayonet Point’s first commencement ceremony for its Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program in Internal Medicine on June 22. In 2013, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) approved Bayonet Point to start … [Read more...]

Solemn service marks 9/11

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day people remember for the ordinary details of life — and then the shattering horror of two hijacked planes flying into the World Trade Center in New York. Hijacked planes also struck the Pentagon building, and crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Those acts of terror cost 2,606 people their lives in the Twin Towers. Another 246 died in the four planes, … [Read more...]

In Print: A hospital for Connerton, and a chat with St. Nick

An area has come into its own when it has added a hospital. And Connerton has taken a huge step in that direction. Pasco County's Development Review Committee has given an initial approval on the second phase of Connerton's overall project — and that includes early plans for a 150-bed hospital. "What we're doing right now is securing approval of the entitlement limits so that can decide … [Read more...]

The Laker staff shares holiday memories

Anyone picking up the print edition of The Laker/Lutz News this week will find a little something special from many of the people who help put the newspaper together each and every week. Everyone here in our Land O' Lakes office was given an opportunity to share a favorite holiday memory, whether it be something recent, or even something from their childhood or past. Nine of our crew here … [Read more...]

Governor remembers 9/11 with proclamation

It's been 13 years since America woke up to the largest terrorist attack ever on its soil. The World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., were targeted that day, as well as a third landmark thwarted by the passengers of one plane that eventually crashed in Pennsylvania. As the nation remembers the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Gov. Rick Scott has issued a … [Read more...]

Arthur Kirk Jr. retiring from Saint Leo

Saint Leo University is bracing to lose a longtime leader as president Arthur Kirk Jr. says he will retire after the 2014-15 academic year. "While presidents often get credit for success, I am most proud of those at Saint Leo who embraced our mission, practiced our values, and pursued our vision, never fearing change, and working tirelessly to create a successful and sustainable university for … [Read more...]

County tourist leaders want to double Savage Race sponsorship dollars

The Pasco County Tourist Development Council may feel a little generous next week, especially if the group follows a recommendation to give an event company double the sponsorship money it would've normally received from the county. The intended recipient is Mad Cap Events LLC, an Orlando-based company that is planning to bring the Savage Race back to Little Everglades Park in Dade City for two … [Read more...]