Under Construction 02/22/2020

First stand-alone Aussie Grill coming to Lutz Bloomin’ Brands is building an Aussie Grill restaurant at the Cypress Creek Town Center, off State Road 56, in Lutz. The restaurant chain also is planning a Carabba’s Italian Grill and a Bonefish Grill at the town center. The 2,925-square-foot Aussie Grill also is expected to have a 305-square-foot patio. Aussie Grill will open in … [Read more...]

County marks Ridge Road extension milestone

It was a historic day in Pasco County, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the upcoming construction of the Ridge Road extension. The new stretch of road will give motorists another east-west option through Pasco County, and will provide an additional evacuation route in the event of a disaster. The groundbreaking, held Jan. 13, followed a permit issued in December by the … [Read more...]

Pasco adopts new standards for mini-warehouses

After months of research and outreach, Pasco County has developed new regulations relating to the placement and design of mini-warehouse and self-storage units. The Pasco County Commission adopted the ordinance regulating these types of facilities in December. In crafting its regulations, county planners considered standards in Dade City, St. Petersburg and Miami, as well as in Portland, … [Read more...]

Construction crews busy on area road projects

Anyone who drives around Pasco County on a regular basis knows there aren’t many east-west roads that cut through the county’s vast expanse, and that it isn’t   a bit unusual to have to wait in traffic. There are a number of projects, however, that are in the works, on the drawing board, or have been recently completed that are aimed at making life easier for Pasco motorists. Of course, as … [Read more...]

Pasco announces bus Route 41 service changes

Pasco County Public Transportation has changed services on Route 41 in Land O’ Lakes. The changes, which took effect on Jan. 6, are based on ridership, according to a news release. Here are the changes, in a nutshell: An hourly service is being added to the Central Boulevard/Pasco Utilities complex. Service is ending along Collier Parkway and along the State Road 54 corridor to … [Read more...]

Ridge Road extension gets green light

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted Pasco County’s permit request to allow the extension of Ridge Road. The approval marked a major milestone in a process that’s been two decades in the making. As it stands now, motorists use State Road 52 or State Road 54, if they want to head east or west in Pasco County. The extension of Ridge Road will give them a third option. “It’s a … [Read more...]

Growth and change are hallmarks at area schools

As 2019 becomes 2020, area schools continue to respond to growth, while also changing academic options available on some campuses. Recently, Superintendent Kurt Browning announced an initiative that will create significant change in West Pasco-area schools to bolster academic performance, but he also outlined some coming projects within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, as … [Read more...]

Artists of All Kinds Live In Avalon Park Wesley Chapel

Avalon Park Wesley Chapel is a community of over 1,500 residents that has attracted people from around the world, many with unique artistic gifts who enjoy sharing their talents with their neighbors. Richard Terrill is such a resident. He is an accomplished contemporary painter, whose work was exhibited and sold in the museum shop at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, … [Read more...]

Professional Tile Cleaning Removes 96.5% of Allergens

Stanley Steemer is best known for cleaning carpets, but a growing segment of its business is cleaning tile and grout. “Many new homes have tile everywhere except the bedrooms, and tile is a popular upgrade for families remodeling their homes,” said CJ White, co-owner of the Stanley Steemer Carpet franchise on State Road 54 in Lutz. “People love the easy care and beauty of tile, but they forget … [Read more...]

Under Construction 12/18/2019

New performing arts center Pasco-Hernando State College is constructing an Instructional Performing Arts Center at 8657 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel. The 37,000-square-foot structure will include a theater, dressing rooms, a storage area, a catering kitchen, a lobby, classrooms and office space. It is on the same campus as Cypress Creek High School, and Cypress Creek Middle School, which also … [Read more...]