Take a walk on the wild side during American Wetlands month

Nature-lovers can explore four of Hillsborough County’s most scenic wetlands areas during free tours being offered as part of American Wetlands Month. The guided tours are being offered by the wetlands division of the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, and the Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department of Hillsborough County. Guides will give … [Read more...]

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...]

Escape life’s upheaval at familiar county fair

You don’t need a consumer confidence report to know that the economy is on a rebound trajectory. Instead, just open your eyes to what’s going on in Pasco County, where change, once more, is afoot. You can scarcely swing a surveyor’s plumb bob without whacking evidence of our resurgence. Earth movers are moving earth. Grimy guys with signs are redirecting traffic. New construction is erupting … [Read more...]

Resolve to have fun in 2017

Maybe 2017 is the year that you’re going to have more fun. But, perhaps you want to improve planning your activities, and to get a better handle on your spending, too. The Laker/Lutz News is here to help. Whether you’re new to area, or have lived here for decades, this guide is intended to help you plan fun activities for you and your family, without breaking the bank. January Raising … [Read more...]

Flute gathering celebrates Native American heritage

Dock Green Silverhawk once invited a few friends to his Plant City home for a backyard barbecue, and an afternoon of honoring a Native American tradition – a flute circle. The annual music party soon outgrew Silverhawk’s backyard, and found a new home at Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City. On Oct. 15 and Oct. 16, the 13th Annual Silverhawk Native American Flute Gathering opened with … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Express wins a crucial vote

A hard-fought, often passionate battle over Tampa Bay’s transportation future ended with a vote in favor of building the Tampa Bay Express. The project calls for 90 miles of new toll lanes on Interstate 275 from St. Petersburg to Wesley Chapel, along Interstate 4 to Plant City, and south on Interstate 75 to Manatee County. The project is seen by many in Pasco County as key to propelling … [Read more...]

On The Cheap Fun on Father’s Day

Mother's Day is such a special event, we almost forget about that other day the following month. But Father's Day is just as important, and a great holiday for people who like to do things on the cheap. After all, who was better at pinching pennies when you were growing up than dear old dad? So, if you can celebrate Father's Day and save some money at the same, you'll earn his admiration and … [Read more...]

Hillsborough faces huge traffic challenges

  Go Hillsborough is an initiative aimed at engaging the public to find solutions for deteriorating infrastructure and traffic-clogged roads. The effort is a collaboration involving the Hillsborough County Commission, the mayors of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City, and the chairman of the board for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit system. Organizers have been making the … [Read more...]

Save some cash at the county fair

Ladies and gentlemen, it's fair season. That means good rides, good entertainment and good food — or bad food, if you're a fitness expert. If they can deep-fry it, you can probably buy it at a fair. The Florida State Fair in Tampa is underway and the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City kicks off at the end of the month. But if you don't catch the one in the middle, you're really … [Read more...]

Centennial Bank parent acquires Florida Traditions

Home BancShares Inc., the parent company of Centennial Bank, has finalized its acquisition of Florida Traditions Bank, and its branches located in eastern Pasco and Hillsborough counties, among other places. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but previous published reports put the sale at $43 million in stock. The combined Centennial Bank will now boast $7 billion in total assets, and $5.5 … [Read more...]