Pasco Sports Fair offers opportunities for all

In Zephyrhills, It was a sports enthusiasts dream — for children and adults alike. There were scaled down or mini versions of tennis, basketball, football, soccer, floor hockey, golf, virtual skydiving, even a fitness obstacle course — all offered for free, all day long. About 1,500 people passed through the first annual Pasco Sports Fair, held Feb. 16 at Skydive City in … [Read more...]

New year in sports offers plenty to enjoy, experience

As we embark on a new year, the sports world within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area promises to deliver plenty to watch and experience. Here is a sampling of what’s ahead in 2020: Sports and recreation in East Pasco The year 2020 may become widely known as ‘the year’ of new sports and recreational facilities in East Pasco. Three significant sporting venues are expected to open: The Sarah … [Read more...]

Tourism to keep booming in Pasco County, officials say

Tourism is booming in Pasco County — which reported nearly a million visitors last year. And, the best may be yet to come, according to a presentation by county tourism officials Adam Thomas and Kolby Kucyk Gayson, during a recent Dade City Commission meeting. The county now brands itself as “Florida’s Sports Coast,” with the tagline, “Let’s Play,” in its tourism pitches. Previously, it used … [Read more...]

86-year-old woman scratches skydiving off her bucket list

Gerry Austin is a spry woman. And, she’s a busy one, too. She is a regular church-goer. She volunteers at Pregnancy Care Center in Zephyrhills. She belongs to a group that sews items for the homeless. And, she crochets hats for village children in Papua, New Guinea. But, all that seems rather low-key compared to what she did recently. The 86-year-old just skydived for the first … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills presents draft budget, appropriations requests

The City of Zephyrhills has unveiled its proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20 — totaling more than $67 million. The $67,043,615 draft budget is based on a tentative tax rate of 6.35 mills previously approved by the Zephyrhills City Council. The draft budget was shared during an Aug. 12 council meeting. Based on the 6.35 millage rate, the total budget for the new fiscal year will be … [Read more...]

Region offers plenty of ‘Independence’ celebrations

Residents within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area will have plenty of options for celebrating the nation’s independence this year. Some festivities are being held before the Fourth of July, some are scheduled on the holiday itself, and there are a couple being held at the end of the holiday weekend. Whether you enjoy watching a parade, like to run, enjoy listening to live music or get a … [Read more...]

New Year in sports offers plenty to watch, experience

As we embark on a new year, the sports world within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area promises to deliver plenty to watch, experience, and perhaps appreciate. Here’s a closer look at some of the happenings in 2019: One major development will be the progression of new sports facilities throughout East Pasco County  —  whether it’s the end-of-year completion of the Wiregrass Ranch Sports … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills prepares for its 108th Founder’s Day

Zephyrhills' Main Street is rallying merchants, community activists and citizens for its 108th Founder’s Day celebration on March 10. Gail Hamilton, of Zephyrhills Community Development, and Anna K. Stutzriem, Main Street coordinator for Main Street Zephyrhills, are in the midst of planning festivities for the daylong event. Stutzriem hopes this year’s event will help restore the glory of … [Read more...]

It’s time for Fourth of July fun

People who enjoy celebrating Independence Day will find plenty of choices both locally and across the Tampa Bay region this Fourth of July weekend. As usual, the community of Lutz will have a slate of activities geared at giving families a taste of old-fashioned Fourth of July fun. The day kicks off with a 5-k for runners, and a 1-mile family fun run and walk for those who are geared to life … [Read more...]

BizWalks survey highlights Zephryhills’ market power

As community leaders talked recently with business owners about their job needs, it became clear that many were looking to hire military veterans. But they didn’t know how to get the word out. That disconnect became the first challenge identified in the inaugural BizWalks 2014-15 report, a survey sponsored by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and the Pasco Economic Development … [Read more...]