Local businesses getting hit with COVID-19 impacts

Drive around the region and the impacts of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) are obvious. Grocery store parking lots are full — with people lining up before the stores open to get their hands on toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and other scarce items. There’s less traffic on the road because many people are working remotely, and that number may climb if ‘stay at home’ mandates are … [Read more...]

ICI Homes Opens New Wesley Chapel Model in Persimmon Park

ICI Homes, Florida’s premier family owned builder, has been so pleased with its success in Asturia in Odessa, and Bexley in Land O’ Lakes, that it has expanded its Pasco footprint with a new community in Wesley Chapel called Persimmon Park. Located in the area’s most prestigious neighborhood — the master-planned community of Wiregrass Ranch —  Persimmon Park is Wesley Chapel’s newest new home … [Read more...]

ICI Homes Has Beautiful Inventory Homes Ready Now In Asturia and Bexley

ICI Homes, one of Florida’s most innovative builders, has beautiful inventory homes available now at Pasco’s most desired planned communities of Asturia and Bexley. In Asturia, this award winning builder has a Costa Mesa quick move-in home — the same floor plan as its newest model home in the community. This spacious, one-story plan backs up to a beautiful conservation view of woodlands and … [Read more...]

Pasco County ‘hottest county around,’ commission chairman says

When Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore moved to the county in 2007, it was a different place. When he arrived, the State Road 54/56 corridor — with it shopping malls, restaurants, car dealerships, hotels, residential subdivisions, medical offices, state college and industrial development — looked nothing like it does today. The Shops at Wiregrass wasn’t even there yet, recalled … [Read more...]

Choices abound for holiday fun

The holidays are a traditional time for friends and families to gather, and to seek out ways to enjoy the lights, sounds and treats of the season. If you’re looking to have some old-fashioned fun, to be inspired, or relax, there’s likely an option in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area to suit your fancy. Here’s a listing of some of your options. Lutz – Land O’ Lakes Traditions on the … [Read more...]

Miss Alison bids Dade City adieu

Alison Graham has been a mainstay in the Dade City musical community for more than two decades. She operates Graham Music Studios, which offers private lessons and group music lessons. The 50 girls that she coaches are broken into three age groups, and they’re widely known locally, from their appearances at The Pasco County Fair, Church Street Christmas, The Kumquat Festival, Dade City … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel color guards receive national acclaim

While the Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron is affiliated with aviation, its their performance on ground that has granted them national accolades. The squadron’s color guard team, known as The Wesley Chapel Knights, has won two consecutive national championships in 2018 and 2019. 1st Lt. Cesar Alayon is one of the commanding officers who helps oversee the local cadets. “We’re the only team in … [Read more...]

‘Wow’ Kitchen Makes New Model Top Seller For ICI Homes

In late June, ICI Homes opened its new Costa Mesa model in Asturia, and already it has become the community’s best-selling floor plan for this premium builder. “The reception to our new model has been overwhelming,” said Ron Ferguson, division manager for ICI Homes. “People absolutely love the huge kitchen and its extra-large island, which is a standard feature in this home. Plus, the model’s … [Read more...]

Chamber’s goal: Being there to meet members’ needs

When the North Tampa Bay Chamber began two decades ago, it was known as the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce. In the beginning, it had 65 members and met in a garage. Now, it has 734 members — with some based as far away as Brooksville and St. Petersburg. It attracts a wide range of political and business leaders to speak at, and attend its monthly breakfasts and luncheons. The … [Read more...]

Collaboration creates connectivity

The opening of the State Road 56 Extension between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills has a personal benefit for Alora Butler, a student at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. She said the new road segment will cut her 30-minute commute to school in half. It also reduces the time that the Zephyrhills resident spends on the road, to get to leisure activities or do … [Read more...]