Dade City is adding population, new attractions

As a new decade begins, the City of Dade City plans to resolve its longstanding stormwater issues, enliven its downtown with more shops and entertainment, add new attractions and to increase residential development. The Dade City Commission also is expected to vote on the issue of allowing medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits during the first quarter of 2020. Here is a … [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...]

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...]

Scream-A-Geddon brings horrors to Dade City

Scream-A-Geddon puts a scare into any outsider who dares to enter. Scattered across acres upon acres in the middle of the woods off Saint Joe Road in Dade City, the independent horror park gives its visitors an interactive experience through six distinct attractions. At one end of the park, in an attraction called “Deadwoods,” visitors navigate through dark, winding trails, where they … [Read more...]

Hotels go up as tourism grows in Pasco

Pasco County’s hotel market is thriving. Five hotels are either under construction, closing in on a groundbreaking or will open within months. A new Hilton Garden Inn is the most recent to complete permitting, with a construction start now in the offing. The 125-room, six-story hotel is rising off of State Road 56, at Maple Silver Parkway. Another 110-room Hilton Garden Inn at … [Read more...]

Pasco looks to TIA for tourism boost

Traffic is increasing at Tampa International Airport, and that has piqued the interest of Pasco County officials. More than 18 million passengers passed through Tampa International Airport in 2015, nearly 7 percent more than the year before. Of those travelers, about 8 percent, or 1.6 million, were from Pasco County. Pasco County commissioners are interested in finding out how to tap … [Read more...]