Mother of twins dies after casino boat fire; donations sought

A GoFundMe account has been set up to aid the children of Carrie Dempsey. The 42-year-old woman, who lived in Lutz, died Jan. 14, hours after a fire engulfed a casino shuttle boat ferrying about 50 passengers to a casino ship in the Gulf of Mexico. She was the sole fatality among about 15 passengers who needed medical attention, according to news reports. Dempsey leaves behind … [Read more...]

Meadow Pointe residents rally against 7-Eleven

A proposal to build a 7-Eleven at the intersection of Mansfield Boulevard and County Line Road is on hold while developers decide their next step. Pasco County commissioners on Jan. 9, and members of the county’s Development Review Committee, on Jan. 11, both voted to continue public hearings on the matter until “a time uncertain.” Area residents of Meadow Pointe II hope the project won’t … [Read more...]

New connection being eyed between Mansfield and Kinnan

Pasco County officials aren’t taking a position as yet on tearing away barricades, and connecting Kinnan Street and Mansfield Boulevard. Hillsborough County officials, however, are budgeting $250,000 to get the job done. Hillsborough’s budget decision won’t influence Pasco’s decision, according to Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. Pasco wants to know the results of a study that it … [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...]

Outlining a road map to tackle Pasco traffic problems

Pasco County’s residential and commercial growth is causing more traffic headaches on the area’s roads. At an Aug. 21 session, residents had a chance to learn about what’s planned to tackle the area’s congestion during The Pasco County Transportation Summit. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore hosted the event at the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes gets a bus circulator route

Local buses will begin making stops along the first circulator route to serve Land O’ Lakes. For the first week, from May 22 to May 27, rides will be free. A ribbon cutting ceremony at the Land O’ Lakes Community Park at 5104 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., will take place May 18 at 9 a.m. Ceremonies will be in the pavilion by the southwest corner of the parking lot. Buses will run hourly, but … [Read more...]

‘Welcome to Lutz’ sign goes missing

Jay Muffly, who serves on the Lutz Civic Association, is trying to unravel a mystery, and he’s hoping someone from the public can help. He’s trying to figure out what happened to the “Welcome to Lutz” sign that, until recently, greeted motorists as they entered the community near County Line Road. “My daughter says she thinks it was there, Saturday (on April 22). She thinks. She’s not … [Read more...]

Seeking connections between counties

Pasco County planners hope a study will point the way to consensus on whether to open more north/south roads that link Pasco and Hillsborough counties. More than 100 people attended a public meeting on the topic on April 18 at Pasco-Hernando State College, off Mansfield Boulevard. The boulevard dead-ends at the county line, just before reaching Kinnan Street, a two-lane, divided roadway in … [Read more...]

A church finds its permanent dwelling place

North Pointe Church, which has seen much change since forming more than a dozen years ago, finally is getting a permanent home. The church, which most recently has been meeting at Sunlake High School, plans a soft opening for its new location in early May. It plans a free community getting-to-know-you barbecue on May 20, followed by its official grand opening services on May 21. The church … [Read more...]

CubeSmart to open self-storage facility in Lutz

Construction workers are in the early stages of building CubeSmart, a self-storage facility located on an outparcel outside of the Walmart Super Center in Lutz. The storage facility is among new retail additions popping up on the open landscape along the apex, where North Dale Mabry Highway and U.S. 41 merge. CubeSmart representatives couldn’t be reached for comment. The economic downturn … [Read more...]