Mickens Field improvements underway in Dade City

Construction on a new concession/public restroom building at Mickens Field soon will be underway, with completion targeted for the end of October. The Dade City Commission awarded the bid and approved contract to Borregard Construction Inc., for the project, at 14318 Canal St., in Dade City. The action came during a June 23 virtual meeting by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Nicole Deese … [Read more...]

Pasco municipal elections set for June 30

Municipal elections for the cities of Dade City and San Antonio are scheduled for June 30. The local elections — which will decide various city commission seats — originally were  scheduled for April, but were delayed due to COVID-19. The Dade City voting precinct is at First Baptist Church Dade City, 37511 Church Ave., in Dade City. San Antonio’s precinct is at St. Anthony of Padua … [Read more...]

Elks Lodge opens drive-thru food pantry

What Donna Moyer misses most is the children filing into the cafeteria, laughing, playing and sitting down to enjoy lunch. “We have a big party,” said Moyer, past Exalted Ruler at the Elks Lodge 2731, in Zephyrhills. “It’s a big deal. This year with all this extra nonsense, we can’t.” COVID-19 upended the typical Feed the Kids Program, a free summer lunch and literacy program. This … [Read more...]

30 years and counting for Dade City Commissioner

Scott Black was only 25 years old when he was first elected to the Dade City Commission, in 1990. Three decades later, he remains just as passionate about the post. “I still get excited about the meetings, I still feel like I’m learning things, I still feel like I’m kind of young with it,” Black said in a recent interview with The Laker/Lutz News. The commissioner, now 55,  jokes he’s … [Read more...]

Pasco courthouse has colorful history

If you visit downtown Dade City, it’s nearly impossible not to notice the stately Historic Pasco County Courthouse. It sits in the middle of a town square, at Seventh Street and Meridian Avenue. Originally constructed in 1909, and restored in a $2.3 million renovation in 1998, the courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 20, 2006. With its Classical … [Read more...]

Pasco municipal elections set for June 30

Municipal elections for the cities of Dade City and San Antonio have been rescheduled to June 30, per an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis. The local elections were originally supposed to be held April 14, but were delayed due to COVID-19. The announcement of the rescheduled elections came in a press release from the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office. Pasco County … [Read more...]

Check out these reopened libraries

Pasco County residents once again can walk into a library and check out a book. Or, spend time on a computer doing online searches. Or, find a magazine to their liking. As of May 18, Pasco County libraries are open for business — with the exception of the Zephyrhills Branch Library, which is offering curbside service only at this time. The county’s reopened libraries do have … [Read more...]

Dade City awards contract for Hardy Trail

Dade City has pushed another step forward to make the Roy Hardy Trail more tourist-friendly. City commissioners have agreed to enter negotiations with Borregard Construction Inc., for the design-build of a visitor’s information welcome center, to be located on the south side of Church Avenue near the Hardy Trail multi-use trailhead. Preliminary plans call for a building of 1,100 square feet … [Read more...]

Small businesses reopen in Pasco

Only four people at a time can browse through Quilts on Plum Lane. But, at least that’s a new beginning for a shop that has a long tradition in downtown Dade City. Donna Lillibridge has been selling fabric, patterns and quilt kits for nearly 17 years. The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has thrown small businesses, such as this one, for a loop. “This is something I’ve … [Read more...]

Officials express guarded optimism through COVID-19

As Florida slowly lifts stay-at-home orders — caused by concerns about potential spread of  coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19)  —  local leaders and officials are taking a positive, yet guarded, outlook. They are hopeful that the regional and state economy can rebound sooner than later. Many retailers and restaurants have announced plans to reopen to modified dine-in and foot traffic, … [Read more...]