Swamp Fest returns with new rides, family fun

The idea of bringing a community together to have fun, while raising money, is nothing new. Swamp Fest, an annual event, has been doing that for 11 years, in Land O’ Lakes. Festivities begin with a preview evening on Oct. 31. The festival runs through Nov. 3. The event raises money for area schools, nonprofits and community, as well as benefiting businesses. It is hosted by the Land … [Read more...]

Long-term planning efforts continue for Pasco’s roads

Pasco County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will adopt a new plan, in December, pushing forward its long-term agenda for the county’s road system. Its 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan gives an overview of what roadway modifications could be made within a 20-year span. Wally Blain of Tindale Oliver and Kasey Cursey of AECOM, consultants who work alongside the county’s MPO, … [Read more...]

Raising money to preserve the Old Lutz School

On the surface, it will appear like any typical fall festival. Vendors will line up, selling a wide array of items — and visitors to the Autumn Day at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz, will be able to stock up on all sorts of stuff. There will be handmade soaps and scrubs. Salsas, jams and jellies. Wreaths. Terra cotta pots. Toys. Plants. Wooden signs and more. The event will be … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes route to lose bus stop, weekend service

Bus Route 41, in Land O’ Lakes, no longer will be making a stop on Collier Parkway — and also will discontinue operating on Saturdays. Those changes were approved by the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board on Sept. 12. The changes were prompted by a recommendation from Pasco County Public Transportation based on its research and public feedback. “We received … [Read more...]

Ridge Road permit coming soon, administrator says

A permit to clear the way for the construction of the Ridge Road Extension is expected to be granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within the next four weeks to six weeks, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles said. That would signal the end of a two-decade effort to secure the federal permit needed to create a new 7.6-mile east-west connection from Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey to … [Read more...]

Ridge Road Extension granted modifications, added funds

The Pasco County Commission has approved a revision to the Ridge Road Extension project – to provide additional funding and services connected to the project. The board approved a change order on Aug. 6 to pay for post-design assistance from the project engineer, and to analyze possible impacts to gopher tortoises. The county also is allocating an additional $1.4 million toward the first … [Read more...]

Motorists soon to have smoother ride on Willow Bend Parkway

Willow Bend Parkway in Lutz is set to undergo repaving starting the week of Sept. 9. Pasco County chose the modification as its program maintenance project, which will stretch from the road’s intersections with U.S. 41, also known as Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, to Collier Parkway. Willow Bend Parkway’s eastbound and westbound lanes will be milled and resurfaced. The road also will be … [Read more...]

County continues tackling traffic issues

Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said there’s no specific solution in sight yet for congestion motorists face daily at U.S. 41 and State Road 54. But, the commissioner outlined a number of other projects underway that should improve mobility on the county’s roads. Moore’s comments came during a sold-out luncheon meeting of The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 13, at the SpringHill … [Read more...]

Improvements expected at U.S. 41-Sunset Lane intersection

Traffic heading west on Sunset Lane in Lutz often stacks up, as motorists who want to turn left onto U.S. 41 wait for their chance to do so. Sometimes they’ll be stuck there for several light cycles, and the traffic behind them backs up on Sunset Lane. Hillsborough County and the Florida Department of Transportation have come up with some proposed improvements, and the county held an … [Read more...]

Boy Scouts build a new pathway at Lutz Nature Park

It was the break of dawn, and while many were spending their Saturday sleeping in — members from Boy Scout Troop 12 were hard at work at Lutz Nature Park. Equipped with rakes and shovels, the youths were building a new sidewalk, under the direction of Luke Romesburg, a 15-year-old leading the effort in his pursuit for the rank of Eagle Scout. The Lutz Nature Park recently had constructed … [Read more...]