Working around the threat of COVID-19

The spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) — and efforts to stay out of harm’s way  — have sparked creativity and ingenuity across The Laker/Lutz News region. When plans to celebrate Kynlee Kuberski’s 11th birthday at Universal Studios were canceled because of COVID-19, dozens of people came by her Connerton home, to wish her a happy birthday. They came on foot, on bikes, in cars … [Read more...]

Scout project creates fun options for dogs at park

When Sean Monahan brainstormed ideas to gain the rank of Eagle Scout, he finally settled on a way to help man’s best friend. The scout decided to incorporate new accessories for dogs at the Carolyn Meeker Dog Park in Lutz. The member of Boy Scout Troop 12 – also in Lutz - had to tackle a project that betters his community as one of his requirements to earn the rank of Eagle … [Read more...]

Bargain-hunters flock to the annual Lutz flea market

The Fabulous Flea Market, hosted by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, will offer patrons plenty of choices. The event will be held at the Old Lutz School at 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz, and is set for March 6 and March 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Classrooms will be stocked with items, including home décor, books, clothing, jewelry, linens, kitchen ware and … [Read more...]

Objections continue to proposed townhomes

Residents living near Lake Thomas continue to oppose an increase in the density of development in their Land O’ Lakes community. A proposed land use change would increase the maximum density from three dwellings per acre to six dwellings per acre, on a 42-acre site, on the west side of U.S. 41 about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff. The Pasco County Commission signaled its support for the … [Read more...]

Under Construction 02/19/2020

Furniture store in Wesley Chapel A La-Z-Boy Furniture gallery will be another outlet for those looking for the right home décor. The building is at 25960 Sierra Center Blvd., in Lutz, and is 13,650 square feet. As part of the Cypress Creek Town Center, the structure is near the intersection of State Road 56 and Interstate 75. No completion or open date has been announced … [Read more...]

Lawsuit challenges Ridge Road extension

The Sierra Club Florida Conservation has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for issuing a permit to Pasco County, to allow the construction of an extension of Ridge Road. The legal action aims to halt the project, which is a 9-mile corridor that would add an additional transportation link in the county. The extension would give another option to motorists who now … [Read more...]

U.S. 41 getting new look and feel

Portions of U.S. 41 soon will be repaved, or will have new landscaping, on the corridor, which runs through Lutz and Land O’ Lakes. In Land O’ Lakes, resurfacing will be done on U.S. 41, to give motorists a smoother ride between Ehren Cutoff and Caliente Boulevard. Repaving began last summer and includes both sides of the four-lane stretch – divided by a median. The $2.5-million … [Read more...]

Orange Blossom Garden Club has deep roots

Ever wonder how to attract butterflies to your garden, or unravel the mysteries of growing herbs? Can you tell the difference between a cattleya, oncidium or phalaenopsis? Hang out with members of the Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz for a day, and you’ll learn all those things and more. The club, whose history dates back to 1941, has 24 members who collectively know all sorts of … [Read more...]

New subdivision approved off Bell Lake Road

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning for a 27-home subdivision, at the northwest intersection of Bell Lake and Alpine roads. The site for the proposed subdivision is about 1 mile east of U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. The approval will allow houses with a minimum of 40-foot-wide lots to be built on the 9.5-acre site. The board’s vote, at its Feb. 4 meeting, was the second time … [Read more...]

Neighbors battle townhomes near Lake Thomas

Residents living near Lake Thomas are fighting a proposed townhome project, on approximately 42 acres, on the west side of U.S. 41, about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff, in Land O’ Lakes. Barbara Wilhite, an attorney representing the applicant, appeared at the Jan. 23 Pasco County Planning Commission hearing, seeking a change to the county’s land use plan to increase the potential density … [Read more...]