Quality Foods Gourmet Market

Quality Foods Gourmet Market in Lutz is a deli, pizzeria, bakery and specialty foods grocer that also offers an extensive vegan and gluten-free menu. Owner Christopher Houp takes great pride on the number of foods made in-house, such as his mojo-shredded pork for his Cuban sandwich, which he serves with house-made potato chips and his own signature pickles. But, his showstopper is his NYC … [Read more...]

Phase III Underway In Asturia

Asturia — one of Pasco County’s most successful master-planned communities along the State Road 54 corridor — has expanded into its third and final major phase. “Our builders have been very successful, and the demand for more homesites has driven the opening of our Phase III,” said Creighton Call, projector director for Hines, the community’s developer. And, with Phase III comes the addition of … [Read more...]

Emerging commercial markets in Pasco County

It doesn’t take a master’s degree in economics to see that Pasco County’s commercial real estate market is going strong. Take a drive down the State Road 54/State Road 56 corridor, and you’ll see new developments popping up, and for sale property signs planted everywhere. As spaces along that corridor become too expensive or less available, more activity is expected along U.S. 41 and Wesley … [Read more...]

Annual Autumn Day event set at Old Lutz School

If you want to learn about butterfly migration, visit an old-time school or purchase some items from vendors, you’ll have your chance at Autumn Day on Oct. 20, at the Old Lutz School in Lutz. The event will be held on the historic school’s grounds, at 18819 U.S. 41, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lynn Barber of the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension will offer a class at 10 a.m., to explain … [Read more...]

Water district officials discuss proposed Pierce Lake guidelines

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is proposing new minimum levels for Pierce Lake, and held a meeting in Land O’ Lakes recently to explain the changes and accept public comment. Minimum levels are established to protect lakes and wetlands, according to district experts. The minimum level is the limit at which further water withdrawals will cause significant harm to the water … [Read more...]

Forensics research center expected to break new ground

Construction is now underway in Land O’ Lakes on a forensics and training facility that will offer a collaborative resource for universities, forensic scientists and law enforcement. Ground was broken during a Sept. 19 ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics, or F.I.R.S.T for short. The complex will be next to the Adam Kennedy … [Read more...]

Family Fun At Asturia’s Fall Festival!

Asturia, a master-planned community in Odessa, is celebrating its third Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. New residents, future residents and families from neighboring communities are all invited to this free event open to the public. Fun activities for children and adults include hayrides, crafts, face painting, carnival rides, a bounce house, local vendors and a balloon … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes High honors ‘Voice of the Gators’

For Land O’ Lakes High School, this year’s ‘Butter Bowl’ will go down as one of the most historic, as the Gators football team finally cracked an eight-game losing streak to crosstown rival Sunlake High School, with a 35-24 home victory. The most enduring moment of the evening, however, came right before kickoff. That’s when a special dedication ceremony was held to honor longtime … [Read more...]

New forensics research center expected to boost local economy

Officials are expected to gather together this week to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics in Land O’ Lakes. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is predicting that beyond its other benefits, the new forensics center also will be an economic driver — having wide-ranging impacts on the county as whole, and Land O’ Lakes, in … [Read more...]

Community mourns couple’s passing

The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club was already grieving the death of its former president, Edwina Kraemer, when the club received word that Edwina’s husband, David, had died a day later. Those who knew Edwina describe her as capable, dynamic, organized and giving. They said she was a woman who held leadership roles in the woman’s club, was passionate about raising money for Canine … [Read more...]