Explore the ways of The West

The West isn’t nearly as far away as you think. Spend a few hours in St. Petersburg, at The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art and you’ll feel like you’ve landed in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and other western lands. You’ll see paintings, life-size sculptures, sketches, jewelry, photographs and etchings depicting Native Americans, cowboys - and cowgirls. You’ll see vast, … [Read more...]

2016 marked by rapid growth, touching moments

The national election captured headlines and attention, but 2016 was an eventful year in many other ways, as well, across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. The big story is the region’s growth. New houses are popping up all over the place, with developments such as Long Lake Ranch, Estancia at Wiregrass Ranch, Connerton, Bexley and Asturia, just some of the residential communities … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch names COO

Scott Sheridan is a familiar face at Wiregrass Ranch. As senior vice president of King Engineering Associates Inc., he has been involved from the start in the master-planned community’s development. Since 2004, he has taken on various roles with the planning, engineering and permitting of the project. Sheridan now is putting on a new hat for the Wiregrass Ranch development company Locust … [Read more...]

Raymond James closes land deal

Raymond James Financial has purchased land from the Porter family, moving a step closer to building an office complex in Wesley Chapel. The satellite campus could yield hundreds of new jobs for Pasco County. The Fortune 500 financial company, with headquarters in St. Petersburg, could build as much as 1 million square feet of offices on about 65 acres near State Road 56 at Mansfield … [Read more...]

Porters give blood, sweat, tears to Wiregrass Ranch development

Not too long ago, Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn called Pasco County a bedroom community, doing nothing more than supplement the economic engine of his county, Hillsborough. Whether Buckhorn’s observation of Pasco is accurate or not now is not what J.D. Porter is focused on. Instead, he wants to make sure that’s not the Pasco County of tomorrow. “Bedroom communities are not the future,” Porter … [Read more...]

Raymond James in Pasco: Don’t hold your breath

Just months after T. Rowe Price decided not to open offices in Pasco County, it looks like Raymond James Financial will take a step back from its expansion north. Paul Reilly, Raymond James' chief executive, told reporters during a recent symposium that while the St. Petersburg-based financial company is delaying plans up to five years, Raymond James is still coming to Pasco. "Our plan … [Read more...]

Commissioners might tackle redevelopment without PEDC

The Pasco Economic Development Council might have plans on how the county can spend new revenue from the Penny for Pasco tax. But the group itself might have to take a back seat in how that money is used. “We’ve been entrusted by the public to spend $5 million a year over the next 10 years, and the Pasco Economic Development Council has asked to participate in that spend with us,” county … [Read more...]