The Lutz Depot, by design

Those wishing to escape the oppressive heat during the Fourth of July festivities in Lutz may have decided to check out a train show inside the Lutz Branch Library. If I they did, they could have seen an exhibit presented by the Suncoast American Flyer Enthusiasts. And, perhaps they would have had a chance to chat with Eugene Vrooman, one of the club’s members. If they did, Vrooman … [Read more...]

Tracing the development of early Lutz

Once one of the most active stops for wood-burning locomotives, Lutz was settled with just a handful of homesteaders. There was a store and a couple of houses there in 1907, and once the Tampa Northern Railroad was extended from Brooksville to Tampa that same year, the Concord Stagecoach Line went out of business. But, that news didn’t discourage two brothers from West Virginia — William … [Read more...]

A focus on Florida at the 2016 RNC in Cleveland

By now, the Republican National Convention is “old news” — but to the 99 Florida delegates and their alternates—it will never be forgotten. To them, the convention was serious business, but a lot of fun, too. Here is a brief snapshot of their four days together. Leaving Tampa: Goals On the plane headed up to Cleveland, I asked some of the Tampa area delegates what they hoped would happen at … [Read more...]