Dade City Mayor provides ‘state of the city’ talk at chamber breakfast

Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez is bullish on the future of the community she governs. During a recent Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, Hernandez told the audience about newly proposed planned residential developments, to projects aimed at improving the city’s infrastructure and recreational projects, “I am enthusiastic about Dade City,” Hernandez said, addressing the … [Read more...]

Downtown Dade City to get flood relief

Puddle jumping in downtown Dade City is often a rainy day sport especially along Seventh Street, the spine of downtown’s business district. Sidewalks can quickly overflow, forcing pedestrians to hunt for spots less than ankle deep to cross from one side of the street to the other. Other downtown streets, including Meridian, Pasco and Live Oak avenues, also see the waters rise. But, $1.4 … [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...]

There’s no shortage of holiday cheer here

The Thanksgiving turkey and all of the fixins’ — and all of the leftovers — are gone. Lucky for you, you’ve got a whole month of holiday happenings available for your enjoyment. Here’s a look at just some of the free and low-cost options being offered in the The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, with a few other regional events tossed in that we thought would give you some holiday … [Read more...]

Downtown Dade City adds to its ‘eclectic mix’

New storefronts in downtown Dade City are creating a buzz. One of the newest additions is Flint Creek Outfitters, which opened nearly three weeks ago at 14129 Seventh St., at the intersection with Pasco Avenue. The prime retail spot had been vacant more than two years following the closing of Remember When Antiques Mall. A grand opening is planned for January. Business owners Gordon … [Read more...]

Priority highway projects focus on growth spots

Growth is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to building, widening and re-aligning highways that crisscross Pasco County’s landscape. Most highways in the county move north and south. It is the east to west connections that are often missing or out-of-date. The recently approved 2015 Priority List of Highway Projects tapped into that scenario. The Florida Department of … [Read more...]

School supply drives aim to help kids, teachers

Chambers of commerce, businesses, civic organizations, churches and community groups are busy collecting items that students will need once school begins. Some efforts are broad outreach programs, and others involve individual churches. Some seek to help teachers fill their supply cupboards so they won’t have to dig into their own wallets to pay for supplies their students … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills is crowing about clean neighborhoods

Rocky Rooster isn’t out to ruffle anyone’s feathers. He just wants to crow about strutting through clean neighborhoods in Zephyrhills. On July 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rocky Rooster will be the mascot and booster of neighborhood pride at the first city-sponsored neighborhood cleanup day. “We’re really trying to get the word out,” said Gail Hamilton, director of the city’s Community … [Read more...]

Vandalism blocks opening of new Zephyrhills restaurant

A successful restaurant near the Florida State Fairgrounds wants to expand into Zephyrhills, but nearly $40,000 in much-needed repair work on the new location could kill the deal. The Zephyrhills City Council, meeting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, could approve a measure that would give Michael and Laura Andrews a chance to open a Smokehouse B-B-Q & Grill at 5740 Seventh St. The … [Read more...]

Black takes commanding fundraising lead in Dade City race

It's just one week before voters decide whether to give Scott Black yet another term on the Dade City Commission, or turn his seat over to newcomer Angelica Herrera. But if dollars were votes, Black may have this one in the bag. In what was a very busy fundraising week for both candidates, Black out-raised Herrera $3,900 to $2,300. That now gives Black $7,825 through March 21, with … [Read more...]