Laker/Lutz News captures seven Florida Press awards

The Laker/Lutz News brought home a total of seven reporting and photography awards from the Florida Press Association 2018-2019 Weekly Newspaper Contest. Staff photographer Christine Holtzman, and freelance contributors Richard K. Riley and Fred Bellet accounted for five of those awards. Holtzman won first place feature photo for an image she captured of a young girl from Land O’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

Pasco poised to lift ban on dock roofs on lakes

The Pasco County Commission appears ready to allow boat docks on private lakes to have roofs over them. Commissioners had a public hearing on March 12 regarding a proposal to amend the county’s land development code that currently prohibits the roofs. No one from the public spoke for or against the proposed change during the public hearing. The change would apply only to inland water … [Read more...]

Pasco may lift exclusion on dock roofs on freshwater lakes

When Joe Steffens gazes from his backyard out onto Bell Lake, he can easily view the private  lake’s water — and his neighbor’s boat docks, complete with roofs — that he built himself. But, his dock doesn’t have a roof. And, even if he wanted to put one on, he wouldn’t be allowed to under current Pasco County regulations. Steffens, who is a marine contractor, has been pushing for a … [Read more...]

Lutz musician keeps busy with multiple instruments, bands

Fred Chandler relishes a good musical challenge. It is why he’s seemingly always working on the craft — whether it be playing in solo and band shows, tinkering with a new instrument, or laying down new tracks in a recording studio. Sometimes, when he wakes up, he has locked, bloody fingers and a hoarse voice — following a busy week of performances. His creativity, however, is never … [Read more...]

Hurricane Irma leaves behind stories to tell

A day after Hurricane Irma stormed through Tampa Bay, residents ventured out for ice, gas and cleaning supplies. Some had a ray of hope that somewhere they would find an open restaurant. They tooled along the busier corridors spying telltale signs of life – cars and the people in them. Bagging ice A Twice the Ice machine on Land O’ Lakes Boulevard had a steady line of residents waiting to … [Read more...]

Business community weathers Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left residents and business owners in northern Hillsborough, east Pasco and central Pasco assessing damage, cleaning up the mess, and, calculating their losses and counting their blessings. For business owners, the focus was on reopening and getting Pasco County’s commercial back in motion. The effort goes on. Zephyrhills’ chamber gave shelter With shelters filled to … [Read more...]