Collaboration creates connectivity

The opening of the State Road 56 Extension between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills has a personal benefit for Alora Butler, a student at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. She said the new road segment will cut her 30-minute commute to school in half. It also reduces the time that the Zephyrhills resident spends on the road, to get to leisure activities or do … [Read more...]

State Road 56 Extension gives drivers another option

Motorists heading through the county to or from East Pasco now have a new way to do it. The State Road 56 Extension, which links Meadow Pointe Boulevard in Wesley Chapel to U.S. 301 in Greater Zephyrhills, opened on July 10. Dignitaries and members of the media gathered for a preview of the road the day before it opened to the public. Pasco County Commission Chairman Ron Oakley noted … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills tennis center breaks ground

A groundbreaking ceremony officially marked the beginning of construction on the long-awaited Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center in Zephyrhills. After more than two years of planning and design, the tennis center is slated to be ready for play sometime in spring 2020. The facility will feature 11 outdoor tennis courts (eight clay surface, two hard surface, exhibition court), built … [Read more...]

Region offers plenty of ‘Independence’ celebrations

Residents within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area will have plenty of options for celebrating the nation’s independence this year. Some festivities are being held before the Fourth of July, some are scheduled on the holiday itself, and there are a couple being held at the end of the holiday weekend. Whether you enjoy watching a parade, like to run, enjoy listening to live music or get a … [Read more...]

Pasco County Farm Bureau advocates for agriculture

Protecting the lush farmland in and near towns, such as Dade City and Zephyrhills, has been the focal point, for decades, of the Pasco County Farm Bureau. The grassroots organization supports the needs of farmers and their produce. The agency is just one within 60 statewide counties that fall under the Florida Farm Bureau – an organization that began more than 75 years ago. Allen … [Read more...]

Construction nearing on Zephyrhills tennis center

After more than two years of planning and design, a multi-million dollar tennis center in Zephyrhills will soon break ground and become a reality. Construction is expected to begin in August on the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center, Zephyrhills deputy city manager Billy Poe said during a special June 17 council meeting on the issue. With the project’s final engineered site plan set … [Read more...]

Construction crews busy on roadwork in Pasco County

When it comes to construction activity on Pasco County roads, State Road 52 is a hotspot. At least that was the message that David Gwynn, secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District Seven, delivered during the North Tampa Bay Chamber’s breakfast meeting. Gwynn briefed the audience on the state transportation department’s current and upcoming projects in Pasco, during … [Read more...]

This place offers a whole lot more than bowling

For those passing by, Pin Chasers in Zephyrhills may look like a typical bowling alley. But, for those within the center, at  6816 Gall Blvd., it’s a social hotspot. Throughout its 60-year history, Pin Chasers — owned by the Perrone family — has been a gathering place for generations of people. The 32-lane bowling center provides ample opportunities for bowlers to test their mettle … [Read more...]

Eiland Boulevard undergoing improvements

Eiland Boulevard is undergoing repaving between its intersections with Handcart Road and Fort King Road in Zephyrhills. The project, which began the week of May 13, is a result of studies showing the road’s need for resurfacing because of crevices. “We evaluated the condition of the pavement,” stated Ainsley Caldwell, chief project manager of Pasco County. “We did some ratings on [a] number … [Read more...]

Iconic Zephyrhills business lost to fire

A sadness looms over 5707 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Caution tape, and charred debris litter the empty, dirt parking lot. A pungent smell of burnt wood lingers in the air. Such is the aftermath of a May 2 two-alarm fire that destroyed the Crystal Bar and Package store, a Zephyrhills landmark, which has operated at the location since 1954. Zephyrhills Fire Rescue received a call … [Read more...]