Places you can turn to for help in Pasco, Hillsborough counties

Pick up paper unemployment forms Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties are handing out paper unemployment forms at specific libraries. Hillsborough County The location near The Laker/Lutz News coverage area is at Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. The library’s drive-thru will be open seven days a week, from 9:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Once completed, residents also can drop off the … [Read more...]

Under Construction 02/05/2020

Bonefish Grill emerging in Lutz A Bonefish Grill restaurant is one of three Bloomin’ Brands restaurants being built in Lutz. At 2526 Sierra Center Blvd., the eatery will be in the same vicinity of an Aussie Grill and Carrabba’s Italian Grill, at Cypress Creek Town Center. At roughly 6,000 square feet, the building’s inside will be feature custom booths, and both a lounge and bar situated at the … [Read more...]

Navigating the choppy waters of divorce

It’s that time of year, when bakeries, florists and jewelers are busy — in the approach to Valentine’s Day. It can be a time of love, affection and euphoria — but also can be a painful trigger for those struggling through the turmoil of divorce. For one Wesley Chapel woman, it’s a time when existing or new clients may feel a particular need to turn to her for support. Hayley Lisa … [Read more...]

Pasco announces bus Route 41 service changes

Pasco County Public Transportation has changed services on Route 41 in Land O’ Lakes. The changes, which took effect on Jan. 6, are based on ridership, according to a news release. Here are the changes, in a nutshell: An hourly service is being added to the Central Boulevard/Pasco Utilities complex. Service is ending along Collier Parkway and along the State Road 54 corridor to … [Read more...]

2045 roadway plan officially pushes forward

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board has approved the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan that includes numerous projects that are expected to be pursued within a 20-year time frame. “The goal is to develop [a] cost-affordable plan that covers a minimum of 20 years through the planning process,” Wally Blain, of Tindale Oliver, told the MPO board during a Dec. 11 … [Read more...]

Plantation Palms celebrates North Canal project completion

Plantation Palms had a ribbon cutting last week to celebrate the completion of a project to address an erosion problem in the community. The $2.99 million project — approximately 1,700 feet long — involved stabilizing the community’s North Canal. The work included installing Gabion baskets along the ditch sides, and a rip-rap lining the bottom, according to a Pasco County document. The … [Read more...]

Partying in pjs at the rec center

The Polar Express Pajama Party aims to make the season merrier for children — through a free daytime event that includes games, crafts and refreshments. Children, ages 10 and younger, are encouraged to wear their pjs to the Dec. 14 party, set for 10 a.m. to noon, at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. And, despite its reference to the Polar Express, … [Read more...]

Library helps people who want jobs, or to volunteer

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library recently was a hub — for those seeking opportunities for paying jobs, or to volunteer. In fact, the library has a series of events this month, which is set aside as Career Development Month, focused on helping people find work. On Nov. 7, a  CareerSource Pasco-Hernando bus was parked outside the library, located at 2818 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. … [Read more...]

New apartment project approved on State Road 54

The Pasco County Commission has approved a project with 280 apartments and 49,500 square feet of commercial, on the north side of State Road 54, between Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Collier Parkway. Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the rezoning request, with Commissioner Mike Moore objecting vociferously. Attorney Clarke Hobby represented the A.G. Spanos Companies and the Aiken Trust on … [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...]