Music to fill the air in Land O’ Lakes

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its third Land O’ Lakes Music Festival. The event will be held March 24 from noon to 8 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, formerly known as the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. This year, musicians will be able to use Heritage Stage — a community stage that was completed last year, following years of … [Read more...]

Local park’s new name reflects its historic role

A park that has played a historic role in Land O’ Lakes now has a name to reflect that fact. Officials gathered on March 1 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the renaming of the former Land O’ Lakes Community Center. The center and adjacent park is now known as Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park. On March 1, elected officials and community leaders gathered at the park for the site’s … [Read more...]

Two local chambers consider joining forces

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the Trinity-Odessa Chamber of Commerce are considering a merger. An exploratory committee is beginning meetings this week, with an eye toward seeing if combining the two chambers will yield positive results for both chambers and their members, said Elayne Bassinger, president of the Central Pasco Chamber. Bassinger said the Central Pasco Chamber was … [Read more...]

Honorary mayoral candidates duke it out

The race is on to see who will be named the next Honorary Mayor of Land O’ Lakes. The annual contest, sponsored by The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, helps raise money for the chamber and some local charities. This year, the contest pits candidates Gayle Hill and Sandy Graves. Graves’ campaign has the somewhat lengthy slogan, “Making Land O’ Lakes the shining Census Designated Place … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes revives Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Land O’ Lakes used to operate independently. Then, the club merged with the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon, and now the Land O’ Lakes group has become a satellite club of the Wesley Chapel group. As the Land O’ Lakes group gains strength, it plans to become a stand-alone club again, said Terri Dusek, who chairs the committee for the current satellite group. The … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes’ honorary mayor begins his term

Tariq Zidan ponied up more than $1,000 and was named the honorary Mayor of Land O’ Lakes. He didn’t win the title through a shady deal in a smoke-filled room or making bribes to fix an election. Zidan won the honorary title fair and square. He raised the most money during the campaign which ran from early March until late June. The funds go to the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, … [Read more...]

Central Pasco Chamber celebrates four decades of service

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 40th anniversary on June 26 with its awards and installation banquet at The Event Factory, 7565 W. Hillsborough Ave. But it originally got its start as the Land O' Lakes Chamber of Commerce. It was a different name at a different time in the area's growth. "When this chamber first started, (US Highway) 41 was a one-lane roadway … [Read more...]

Pasco opens new Utilities Administration Building

Pasco County is on the move. With the slice of ceremonial scissors, county officials cut the ribbon on the new 50,000-square-foot Utilities Administration Building, located at 19420 Central Boulevard, off U.S. 41. On June 19, more than 200 employees in the utilities department will move from New Port Richey to Land O’ Lakes. And, the facility is scheduled to open to the public on June 23. … [Read more...]

Rock lives again as Stonegrey takes local stage

Guns N’ Roses. Pearl Jam. Nirvana. For music lovers in their 30s or 40s, these were bands that helped define a generation, and continue to influence rock to this day. And that’s precisely where the members of the local rock revival band Stonegrey draw their inspiration. Except there’s one thing the musicians behind Stonegrey may have forgotten to mention: Those inspirational bands had … [Read more...]

Terri Dusek Central Pasco’s new honorary mayor

The votes are in, and so is the money. Pasco County has a new mayor, and it's Terri Dusek. Dusek, a local real estate agent, ran a campaign of "Paying it Forward Through Music." She was one of several people and businesses honored at the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce annual dinner last week. Dusek also won Ambassador of the Year. The dinner included the installation of the new chamber … [Read more...]