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LAKERLUTZNEWS.COMThe LAKER WESLEY CHAPEL/NEW TAMPA EDITION The LAKERFreeFEBRUARY 28, 2018 L L O O C C A A L L W W I I L L D D L L I I F F E E D D D D D L L L L L I I I I W W W W W L L L L L A A A A A C C C C C O O O O O L L L L L L O O A C A A C A L W I L D E E E E E F F F F F I I I I L L L L L D D D D D L I F E ANIE BURLINGAM FA STEF g our ima ve to share y d lo we’ d or wild c an interesting bir ve captured a photog ou’ If ywildlife ph o our Share y AFF PHOTO M E/ST etin g u r cono u took w hat kind c om. t g raph, s ider with e g reature raph of o tos if we need to. ou, h with y touc et in so we can g ormation, tact inf our conlude y Also inc the picture ou took and where y of animal it is, lude what kind Please be sure to inc w s. c ew ne please email it to us at our photograph, lishing y pub d like us to consider ou’ If ys. our reader g y ws@lakerlutzne Auto Accident? Slip and Fall? FREE CONSULTATIONNo Fees Or Costs Unless You Win Walk-Ins 18920 N. 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Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comTampa Bay’s housing market is looking strong for 2018, but changes are expected, as the market evolves, according to experts featured at the 2018 Economic Forecast meeting presented by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. Buck Horne, vice president for equity research, housing and real estate for Raymond James, presented an analysis featuring three key findings during the Feb. 6 meeting at Tampa. The first involves a deluge of new apartments expected soon. “We see what we’re calling a wall of new supply in multifamily rental apartments, which is going to be delivering into the front half of 2018, and it could spill into the back half of ‘18, as well,” said Horne, who specializes in the housing and real estate sectors. “In the latter half of last year, we were doing our data digging and what we found were just surprising levels — how widespread pervasive construction delays started to mount. “Labor shortages, permitting issues, entitlement delays — all of it really started to mount. And, we saw an incredible backing up of supply in multifamily that was supposed to deliver last year, which is now scheduled to deliver this year,” he said. The scheduled new supply in 2018 could be as much as 50 percent higher than either 2017 or 2016, according to figures on one of Horne’s charts. “We think it’s going to start to affect multifamily rental markets, mainly in the big urban core coastal cities — that’s where it’s going to be most acutely felt. But, it’s in a lot of places. It’s not just New York and San Francisco and L.A., although those are the worst. “But, you’re going to see it in Charlotte. You’ll see it in Nashville. You’ll see it in Tampa, in the second and third quarters, as well,” he said. There has also been a shift within the composition of household formation, which has started to tilt to the single-family side, said Horne, who has been a regular guest on CNBC, offering insight into the housing sector, and has also been widely quoted in major media outlets, such as Bloomberg and By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comOpponents of the Ridge Road extension are digging in for a battle with Pasco, and if need be, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, over a road that would cut through a portion of the Serenova Preserve. About 75 people showed up in hiking clothes on Feb. 16, to walk trails at the Serenova Tract, at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park. It was a Facebook-promoted rally to bring attention to natural habitats that they fear will be lost if Ridge Road is built. “Our concern is fragmentation of habitat and how much the county will pay for the road. It’s a Pandora’s box,” said Josh McCart, a member of the Sierra Club. He also helped organize the rally, sponsored by Save the Serenova Coalition. More than 30 area groups belong to the coalition, including the Sierra Club. Coalition member Dan Callaghan was heartened by the turnout. He hopes it will be an inspiration to others to get involved. As he watches development gobble up large tracts of land in Pasco, Callaghan worries that conservation lands, and wildlife habitats, will be lost. “That’s the direction we’re heading in, if we don’t stop this. Serenova is a test,” he said. “If we don’t stop it here, Pasco is gone.” The fight over this road began nearly 20 years ago. Pasco County officials hope for a resolution, and a work permit from the Army Corps, by the end of this year. The proposed project is for an 8-mile extension of Ridge Road, which now See PROTECT, page19A FRED B ELLETBy Madonna Jervis WiseSpecial to The Laker/Lutz NewsZephyrhills Main Street is rallying merchants, community activists and citizens for its 108th Founder’s Day celebration on March 10. Gail Hamilton, of Zephyrhills Community Development, and Anna K. Stutzriem, Main Street coordinator for Main Street Zephyrhills, are in the midst of planning festivities for the daylong event. Stutzriem hopes this year’s event will help restore the glory of the community’s time-honored Founder’s Day event. The goal is to provide hands-on opportunities, so visitors can see how the city got to where it is today. This year’s theme is “Moonshine, Turpentine & Timber.”Plans include a morning race to kick off festivities. People of all ages are encouraged to take part. They can choose from a onemile run/walk; a 5K race or a 10K race.An old-fashioned Florida parade is planned as well, with Greg First serving as the master of ceremonies. The parade will take place on Fifth Avenue at 10 a.m. A number of awards will be given for categories, including best costumes, best walking/marching unit, best of theme, and more. Warren Earle, who was named citizen of the year by The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, will be the grand marshal for the parade. The 90-year-old volunteer is known for bringing fresh doughnuts and a bouquet of flowers on Monday morning for the workers at City Hall, when he arrives to make preparations for City Council meetings. He’s been volunteering in Zephyrhills for 15 years, and has worked tirelessly in supporting the Zephyrhills Little League, the Zephyrhills High School band, the Zephyrhills Color Guard, the Zephyrhills ROTC, the Zephyrhills Fire Rescue Cadets, the Elks Lodge Project, and the renovation of the historic Howard B. Jeffries House. Following the parade, there will be a ‘Community Picnic Table,’ similar to the oldtime “Dinner on the Ground,” available from the south side of Eighth Street, extending along Fifth Avenue. The elongated table will be adorned in a classic red gingham cloth where folks can converse, savor the local food from area restaurants and vendors, and enjoy entertainment provided by local dance studios on the nearby Eiland Band Stage. New this year, vendors will be placed near the median along Fifth Avenue. To facilitate safety and comfort for the anticipated crowds, a police officer will be stationed onSee FOUNDER’S, page19A The Wall Street Journal. “Last year was the first in 10 that we saw multifamily renter households actually decline, rather than growing. We saw accelerations in new single-family household formation,” Horne said.DEARTH OF HOMES FOR SALEAs the spring selling season begins, there’s a historically tight inventory, Horne said. Listed inventory for sale, as measured as a percentage of total housing stock, is at its lowest recorded level in more than 30 years, according to Raymond James data. Horne also observed: “We’ve got reliable data going back to the late 1980s, and we haven’t seen anything like this. Anything that’s even affordable and that’s in reasonably good condition gets snapped up very quickly.” When it comes to housing starts, Horne Buck Horne’s key points: A supply surge in multifamily could disrupt rent pricing.  Apartment occupancy has been falling noticeably on a year-to-year basis.  Investors should shift their focus more significantly in favor of single-family homes.  Inflation-adjusted median household income in the United States hit a new record high of $59,039 in 2016, breaking a previous high mark set in 1999.  The cost to build a like-kind single family home has increased 36 percent over the past 5.5 years.  Luxury markets continue to grow. New home sales priced above $750,000 was the strongest growth category in 2017, increasing 32 percent, year on year.  Listed housing inventory for sale, both new and resale, as measured as a percentage of total housing stock, is at the lowest recorded levels in 30 years.B .C. MANIONBuck Horne, vice president „ equity research, housing and real estate, for Raymond James & Associates, provided a look at key trends in the housing market.Zephyrhills prepares for its 108th Founder’s DayTampa Bay housing market has solid outlook for 2018Rallying to protect the environment Plann i ng to attend the parade?Be sure to arrive well before 10 a.m. to find parking. Bring a folding chair and place it along Fifth Avenue, or nearby. After enjoying festivities downtown, you can go to the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, at 39450 South Avenue, around 4 p.m., to see a Skydive exhibition, enjoy music and watch fireworks to cap off the day. Want to run or walk? People of all ages are encouraged to take part in the one-mile run/walk, 5K or 10K. Those interested can sign up at See HOUSING, page19A Dan Rametta is an opponent of the Ridge Road extension through the Serenova Preserve. He has worked against the project for 20 years.


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The church, at 3758 Maryweather Lane in Wesley Chapel, is now having monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of the month, which begins with evening prayer at 6:30 p.m., and then is followed by a core group meeting. It currently has four core group members, but needs a dozen to create the various teams needed to launch the church, said the Rev. Adrienne Hymes, whose official title is Diocesan Missioner for Church Extension. The core group is focusing on the areas of theological and spiritual formation; discipleship, evangelism and mission. Efforts continue to recruit additional core group members. Members of that team need to be people with vision who can see things that are not yet there, Hymes said. While much work remains to be done, Hymes is encouraged by the progress so far. The Holy Spirt has really been active in this ministry, she said. It (the church planting) is moving faster than the plan on paper. The church is planning a soft launch in June, when it will transition to weekly Wednesday evening prayer meetings and core group meetings. It also will begin Sunday 9 a.m. services. The hope is for an official launch of the church in November, Hymes said. The church opened at its current location during the week of Ash Wednesday, allowing it to have its first Ash Wednesday service there. Fourteen people attended. These milestones are important, Hymes said, noting they provide encouragement to the people who are working to help establish the Episcopal Church in Wesley Chapel. Hymes said she knows there is a need for the church in the community. There are Episcopalians here. They dont want to drive. They want to go to church where they live, she said. She also knows that having a church in Wesley Chapel makes it possible for people to be more involved in their community. Discipleship is determined by distance, she said. She said shes heard from Episcopalians, Yeah, wed love Sunday service, but Id also like to be able to do Bible Study during the week. I also want to be able to learn more about the Book of Common Prayer during the week, she said. But, thats difficult to do, if your church is 20 miles away, she said. When people reach out to her to let her know that theyre interested in attending an Episcopal Church in Wesley Chapel, she makes it clear that this church is still in its formative stages. She tells people when they come: Dont have any expectations other than: Were here to be present for Gods people. Some things that need to be done before the church can have a formal launch include coming up with a name for the church, establishing child care provisions and setting up its music program, Hymes said. While the church continues to plan and work toward its future, it continues moving forward. For instance, it is hosting a six-week Lenten Series, which began on Feb. 21 and concludes on March 28. The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, which has 77 churches, has been wanting to establish a presence in Wesley Chapel for many years. If youd like to get involved or would like to know more, contact Hymes at (813) 4181281 or Church has its first home in Wesley Chapel Lenten seriesHere is the schedule for the rest of the Lenten Series being hosted by the Episcopal Church in Wesley Chapel. The sessions begin with a simple supper at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The first two sessions will be led by Brother Eric Mukasa, a former Benedictine Monk, and the last three sessions will be led by The Rev. Adrienne Hymes.Feb. 28: Christian CharityMarch 7: Ministering with MeaningMarch 14:Developing Your Spiritual ToolboxMarch 21: Practicing Theological ReflectionMarch 28:Pastoral Care for the Faith Community B.C. MANION

PAGE 3 February 28, 20183A J the Lunar landing m o times the memory o f t i m e 325 chi ps w i t h D The hearin g device s R dithL odule!Ž f the computer guida n ocess i ng p o e pr e s mo r s available today hav e n ce system o n 60 o wer an d e compute r 8 1 3 D evi THE Hear i Ju . „Dr 9 4 9 -1 331 9 c e Exper t y echnolog e c n g Reese dith L ud T SUBSCRIPTIONS: The Laker/Lutz News is a free newspaper distributed to 44,800 homes and businesses in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Mail sub scriptions are sold to cover postage cost: $40/3 months, $80/6 months, $160/12 months. DELIVERY PROBLEMS:If you do not receive your paper, or want to stop home delivery, email Or, to stop delivery, go to www.lak, select “About” tab and complete “Opt Out” form. ADDITIONAL COPIES: A listing of boxes and business locations is on our home page at EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: Suggestions for stories and news coverage are welcome. Please send ideas to, or call our newsroom at 813 -909-2800. 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The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSONSenior Account Managertwilliamson@lakerlutznews.comCHERYL MICHELAccount Managercmichel@lakerlutznews.comRACHEL THOMPSONClassified & Directory Salesrthompson@lakerlutznews.comDESIGNACCOUNTINGMATTHEW MISTRETTAArt Directormmistretta@lakerlutznews.comSTEFANIE BURLINGAMEGraphic Designersburlingame@lakerlutznews.comMARY EBERHARDmeberhard@lakerlutznews.comLOCATION: 3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 € Land O Lakes, FL 34639 MAIL: P O. Box 479 € Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX: ph: 813.909.2800 € fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT: STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: EMAIL: € sales@lakerlutznews.comPUBLISHER & OWNER: DIANE KORTUS, LUTZ, ODESSA, LAND O LAKES, WESLEY CHAPEL, NEW TAMPA, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITY Serving Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964 KATHY STEELEStaff Writer ksteele@lakerlutznews.comB.C. MANIONEditor bcmanion@lakerlutznews.comKEVIN WEISSStaff Writer kweiss@lakerlutznews.comMARY RATHMANEditorial Assistantmrathman@lakerlutznews.comEDITORIALDISTRIBUTION: Florida Circ, LLC € ANNE KIBBEAccount Managerakibbe@lakerlutznews.comCUSTOMER SERVICE CAROLYN Debate continues over best response to Parkland killingsBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comStudents, faculty and staff are expected to begin the long journey back toward normalcy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this week in Parkland. But, the debate over the best response to the Valentine Day’s slaying of 14 students and three teachers remains embroiled in controversy. In the aftermath of the shooting spree, conducted by a lone gunman using an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, thousands of angry students descended on Tallahassee demanding that lawmakers take action, to prevent a future tragedy. There was a lie-in in Washington D.C., walkouts at schools across Florida and almost nonstop coverage of the issues on cable television networks. Student survivors of the massacre have led the charge in demanding action from lawmakers. Some are demanding a ban on the sale of AR-15s, which so far does not appear to be making headway. President Donald R. Trump met with parents of school shooting victims and with student survivors for a listening session. And, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature have developed school safety proposals. The specifics are expected to be fiercely debated, but Scott and legislative leaders expect school safety legislation to be passed before the session ends, which is scheduled for March 9. At the local level, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis met in a school safety workshop session with Pasco County School Board members and school district staff. Bilirakis asked the district to weigh in on what’s needed to improve school safety and how Washington can help. “We’re going to have congressional hearings on this issue, the safe school issue. I wanted to hear from our school board,” Bilirakis said. Assistant Superintendent Betsy Kuhn said the district needs more funding to pay for additional school resource officers, to improve mental health services and to upgrade safety features on school campuses. Pasco County School Board member Allen Altman concurred that those seem to be the three things at the top of the list, based on conversations he had during visits to nine schools over the course of three days, following the killings in Parkland. School board member Alison Crumbley said there needs to be “extremely limited access” to military-style weapons. “I am very concerned that a 19-year-old can purchase military-style weaponry, and has no training for this weaponry. We require training and licensing to drive a car, but not this. I think that’s a huge problem,” she said. But, Crumbley also made it clear that she supports the 2nd Amendment: “My husband is a sportsman. He hunts. I’m not talking about those types of weapons, or guns.” She’s against the idea of arming teachers, a suggestion that has been made by some. “I don’t want that responsibility put on our teachers,” Crumbley said. Another part of the problem is distinguishing real threats from false information. Pasco County Sheriff’s Lt. Troy Ferguson told those gathered: “Since Feb. 14, tips are coming in by the hour about suspicious activities, conversations heard online. “Often, it’s been repeats of stories heard on the news that have been misconstrued as a threat in Pasco County,” he said. Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning said the district has been swamped with calls and emails since the tragedy in Parkland. Some of the emails have been about threats, others with suggestions to help solve the problem, he said. Social media exacerbates the problem of false information, Browning said. “Kids are being reckless on social media,” he said. “I don’t know how many times they have posted something stupid out on social media and then, when the sheriff’s office shows up at their door, it’s ‘Oh, I was only joking.’ Well, guess what, it is too late,” Browning said. Browning urged parents to pay attention to what their children are doing on social media. “There’s consequences. We’re talking about a second-degree felony. Kids don’t get it,” he said. In the wake of the Parkland deaths, Browning has requested and has received regular patrols from the Sheriff’s Office at all district schools. He also has directed all principals to keep all gates locked and has directed teachers to keep all classroom doors locked. Browning urges principals, students and staff to maintain a high vigilance regarding who is on their school’s campus. After listening to the suggestions, Bilirakis said additional funding for school resource officers seems like a “no-brainer.” He also pledges to work on the possibility of seeking a federal grant to improve mental health care services. To help promote healing in the aftermath of the Parkland shootings, the Pasco County Council PTA held three candlelight vigils across Pasco County. Brandon Bracciale, principal at Chasco Middle School, attended the one at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex. While the Parkland community was grieving the deaths of 17 people, Chasco Middle has been grieving the loss of Christian Robinson, a 14-year-old who has died, after a gunshot wound to the head on Valentine’s Day. He was in a car in Port Richey when he was shot. “He was a very popular student,” Bracciale said. Bracciale said the Parkland slayings have had a local impact. He said his wife, an art teacher at Sunlake High School, noticed that her students were somber in the days following the Parkland deaths. And, his middle school daughter, who attends Rushe Middle School, plans to participate in a nationwide school walkout, set for March 14. As an educator, he believes that bulletproof windows and doors would help make schools safer. He also believes that restricting access to assault weapons and improved mental health care would help. RANDY UNDERHILLAudience members bow their heads as a prayer is given for the 17 students of Parkland Florida and local student, Christian Robinson, who were killed due to gun violence.


4A February 28, 2018 Your Community Calendar  Submit 2 weeks in advance to:  All listings free of charge Whats Happening What  s Happening VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDGulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes is looking for volunteers for all its locations. Volunteers must be age 15 and older. Teens and high school students can earn community service hours. Volunteers receive discounts at the thrift shops. Other opportunities at Gulfside also are available. For information, call (800) 561-4883. To apply online, visit CLASSThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer an introductory Pinterest class March 1 at 11 a.m. Participants must have an active Pinterest account and be able to log in. Topics will include how to “pin” or collect items, how to create boards, and how to follow people, businesses and other media outlets. For information, call (352) 567-3576.ARMCHAIR TRAVELThe Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host “Armchair Travel” March 1 from 10 a.m. to noon, for adults age 55 and older. The presentation will be about Ireland and Scotland. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call (813) 929-1214.PURIM CARNIVALHillel Academy, 2020 W. Fletcher Ave., in Tampa, will host a Purim Carnival March 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Activities will include inflatable bounce houses, carnival-style games, food and beverages, and cotton candy. A wristband for unlimited access to activities is $17. Individual activity tickets also will be available. Participants can tour the school, too. For information, call (813) 963-2242.FLEA MARKETThe GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club will host its annual Old Lutz School Flea Market March 2 and March 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the school, 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz. For information, call Rosie Heim at (813) 598-6945.THEATRE PERFORMANCESaint Leo University’s theater program will present “Return to the Forbidden Planet” March 2, March 3 and March 4 at 7:30 p.m., and March 3 at 2 p.m., in the school’s Black Box Theatre, in Benedictine Hall. The musical is loosely based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and the 1956 science fiction film “Forbidden Planet.” Admission is free; donations will be accepted at the door. Seating is limited. Email, to reserve a seat. PIZZA & PJ SHABBATCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host a Pizza & PJ Shabbat March 2 at 6 p.m., for young families. There will be a pizza dinner followed by a childfriendly musical service. Pajamas are not required, but guests should dress comfortably. There also will be ice cream for dessert. The cost is $5 per person, or $25 family maximum. Children age 3 and younger are free. The program is recommended for age 15 months through second grade. To RSVP, email HELPThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will offer one-on-one tech help March 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., by appointment. For information, call (813) 780-0064.FRUIT TREE SEMINARThe UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Office will offer a free seminar on backyard fruit trees March 3 at 9 a.m., at the Dade City Extension Office, 36702 State Road 52. Topics will include how to select, plant and care for fruit trees. Registration is required at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will host “Carrollwoodstock” March 3 from noon to 5 p.m. Local bands will perform. Admission is free. For information, call (813) 922-8167.FUNDRAISERThe Crescent Community Clinic will host a fundraiser, “The Nearly Real Housewives of Hernando County-Part Two,” March 3 at 7 p.m., and March 4 at 2 p.m., at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward Noll Drive in Spring Hill. The clinic promotes health literacy and aids in the well-being of the under-served, the indigent and the uninsured. Tickets are $25, with all proceeds benefiting the clinic. For information, call (352) 650-9006, or email MARKET PLACEThe Market Place at Hibiscus Park in Dade City will take place March 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a variety of handmade items, as well as garden accessories, and music. The featured vendor will be Kristin Smith with LulaRoe Clothing. Guests can enter to win a gift basket from Kumquat Growers or Dogs’ Day in Dade City. The raffle will benefit the Dade City Youth Council. For information, contact Lucy Avila at (352) 424-4972 or Wesley Chapel Rotary Noon Club will host DuckFest March 4 at 1 p.m., at FOP Lodge 29, 21735 YMCA Camp Road in Land O’ Lakes. This family friendly festival will feature food and drink, live music, a classic car show, bounce houses and games, and a (rubber) duck race at 3:30 p.m. Participants can adopt a duck for a chance to win prizes. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay and the Pasco Sheriff’s K-9 Association. For information, call (813) 927-2730. VINTAGE MARKET & ARTISAN DAYThe Shabby Chic Vintage Market & Artisan Day will take place March 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Westfield Citrus Park Mall. There will be artisans, live music, original art, painted furniture, antique vendors, shabby style and cottage glam. For information, email IN THE PARKThe 14th annual Picnic in the Park will take place March 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Plant Park, Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., in Tampa. Entry to the museum will be $1 from noon to 5 p.m. There also will be a walking tour of art at 12:15 p.m., paper crafts, live theater, live music, and free games and activities in the park. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Guests also can pack a picnic. For information, visit A WOODEN MAZEThe Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host Woodworking 101: Toy Makers-Part One on March 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants can make a toy car maze, and must be able to attend both sessions of this two-part class. Registration, proper dress code and signed liability waiver are required. For information, call (813) 929-1214.GLASS BOTTLE PAINTINGThe Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a glass bottle painting class March 7 from 10 a.m. to noon, for age 16 and older. Participants can paint a flattened, glass bottle. Registration, waiver and safety forms are required. For information, call (813) 929-1214.HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONThe Zephyrhills Historical Association will meet March 6 at 5:30 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call (813) 780-0064.MYSTERY BOOK GROUPThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a mystery book discussion March 6 at 2 p.m., to talk about“A Man with One of Those Faces,” by Caimh McDonnell. New members can attend. For information, call (352) 567-3576.PHOTOGRAPHY CLUBThe Land O’ Lakes Photography Club will meet March 6 at 7 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park (formerly Land O’ Lakes Community Center), 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The topic will be “Black and White Photography.” All level of photographers can attend. For information, call (813) 8381473.CONTAINER GARDENINGThe UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Office will offer a free seminar on container gardening March 6 at 6:30 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. Participants can learn the “how-to” of planting flowers, foliage and herbs in containers. Registration is required at DEDICATIONThe Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Library will host a gathering March 7 at 2:30 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, in memory of Susanne Abbott. Abbott was an active member of the group, a supporter of the yearly American Doll tea party, and worked in the bookstore from 1999 to 2018. The bookstore will be dedicated in her honor. For information, call Bonnie Bailey at (813) 996-5834.ESSAY READINGEssayist Jessie van Eerden, author of “The Long Weeping,” will do a reading from the book March 7 at 7 p.m., in the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library at Saint Leo University. Admission is free. For information, call Brent Short at (352) 5888260 or Carol Ann Moon at (352) 588-8261.LUTZ GARDEN CLUBThe Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will meet March 7 at 10 a.m., at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 First Ave., N.W., across from the library. The guest speaker will be Joel Jackson, from the Native Plant Society, on “Supporting Florida’s Wildlife.” Members should bring a small rooted (labeled) cutting to trade and a canned good for the food bank. For information, email CONCERTSaint Leo University student musicians and guests will perform their annual spring concert, “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass,” March 7 at 7 p.m., at the Saint Leo Abbey Church, 3301 State Road 52 in St. Leo. The performance will feature modern bluegrass music written for choir musicians, with instrumental accompanists. Admission is free. 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NOTICE OF PREHEARING AND HEARINGThe FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION announces a prehearing conference and a hearing in the following docket to which all persons are invited. DOCKET NO. AND TITLE: Docket Number 20170266-ECPetition for determination of need for Seminole Combined Cycle Facility, by Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.; and Docket Number 20170267-ECJoint petition for determination of need for Shady Hills Combined Cycle Facility, by Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Shady Hills Energy Center, LLC.PREHEARING CONFERENCEDATE AND TIME: March 12, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. PLACE: Room 148, Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The purpose of this prehearing conference is to: (1) simplify the issues; (2) identify the positions of the parties on the issues; (3) consider the possibility of obtaining admissions of fact and of documents which will avoid unnecessary proof; (4) identify exhibits; (5) establish an order of witnesses; and (6) consider such other matters as may aid in the disposition of the action.HEARINGDATE AND TIME: March 21-22, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. PLACE: Room 148, Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The purpose of this hearing is for the Commission to consider and take final action to determine the need, pursuant to Section 403.519, Florida Statutes (F.S.), for the proposed Seminole Combined Cycle Facility, by Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc., and the Shady Hills Combined Cycle Facility, by Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc. and Shady Hills Energy Center, LLC, and to consider any motions or other matters that may be pending at the time of the hearing. The Commission may rule on any such motions from the bench or may take matters under advisement. This proceeding shall: (1) allow Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Shady Hills Energy Center, LLC to present evidence and testimony in support of their petitions for determination of need for the Seminole Combined Cycle Facility and the Shady Hills Combined Cycle Facility; (2) permit any intervenors to present testimony and exhibits concerning this matter; (3) permit members of the public who are not parties to the need determination proceeding the opportunity to present testimony concerning this matter; and (4) allow for such other purposes as the Commission may deem appropriate. Any member of the public who wishes to offer testimony should be present at the beginning of the hearing on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. By providing public testimony, a person does not become a party to the proceeding. To become an official party of record, you must file a Petition for Intervention at least twenty days before the final hearing, pursuant to the requirements contained in Rule 28-106.205, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). All witnesses shall be subject to cross examination at the conclusion of their testimony. The hearing will be governed by the provisions of Chapter 120, F.S.; Section 403.519, F.S.; and Chapters 25-22 and 28-106, F.A.C. Only issues relating to the Seminole Combined Cycle Facility and the Shady Hills Combined Cycle Facility will be heard at the March 21, 2018 hearing. Separate public hearings may be held before the Division of Administrative Hearings to consider environmental and other impacts of the proposed power plants, as required by the Power Plant Siting Act, Sections 403.501 403.518, F.S. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate at this proceeding should contact the Office of Commission Clerk no later than five days prior to the hearing at 2540 Shumard Oak Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0850 or 850-413-6770 (Florida Relay Service, 1-800-9558770 Voice or 1-800-955-8771 TDD). Assistive Listening Devices are available upon request from the Office of Commission Clerk, Gerald L. Gunter Building, Room 152. Emergency Cancellation of Customer HearingIf a named storm or other disaster requires cancellation of the hearing, Commission staff will attempt to give timely direct notice to the Parties. Notice of cancellation of the hearing will also be provided on the Commissions website ( under the Hot Topics link found on the home page. Cancellation can also be confirmed by calling the Office of the General Counsel at (850) 413-6199. For more information, you may contact: Florida Public Service Commission, Office of the Commission Clerk, 2540 Shumard Oak Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0850, (850) 413-6770. 6A 8134286412 813 428 6412 7016Land 7016 Land d d r r a a v v es Boule esBoule e dO'Lak d O Lak our y e v eser toda y as ncea e r om ior P r e cial Occasion s tore C all Q ui Sen S pe AILABLE A V ARDS C 42 6 6 41 2 p ointmen t ou y e v eser WA V W NO GIFT C 8 1 3pp a to re 2 r Upd o C 6 5 $ ti ng a t s t a r o s to p l Let 00 35 $ 00 ec ti o n!! p er f u o 5 us st y le y ti ng a t st ar ls Cur omen&chil w men, v an g e of hair care ser n g a wide r i r e f f Of 00 35 $ d r e n r o o icesf omen & chil w men, The goals for the Commission on the Status of Women are coming into focus, after nearly a year of research, discussion and goal-setting. The 15-member volunteer group has created committees on health and safety, education and economic prosperity. Issues that will be pursued in coming months include domestic violence, affordable child care, and womens entrepreneurship, financial education and literacy. Amanda Colon, chairwoman of the womans commission, gave Pasco County commissioners an update on the groups activities over the past year. Several of the groups members joined her at the Feb. 20 meeting of the Pasco County Commission in New Port Richey. I truly cannot think of a more relevant time to be talking to you about women, said Colon. As the status of women goes in Pasco, so goes Pasco. Having women in crisis negatively affects our schools, our courts and our commerce. Raising the status of women will positively affect schools, courts and the local economy, Colon said. The womens status commission began its work in May 2017. Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey and attorney Michele Hintson worked together to establish the group, which has five appointees by county commissioners. Other members are from 10 area agencies, schools and nonprofits. They are African-American Club of Pasco County Inc., Hispanic Professional Womens Association Inc., Metropolitan Ministries, Pasco Economic Development Council, Pasco-Hernando State College, Saint Leo University, Sunrise of Pasco County Inc., the United Way of Pasco County Inc., Pasco County Sheriffs Office, and Women Lawyers of Pasco Inc. I know youre off to a great start, Starkey said. In the next months, the womens commission will continue its work through goals set by each committee. The health and safety committee members plan to distribute a community survey to complete a needs assessment. The goal is to launch an action plan within six months. Committee members also gathered data from the Pasco Sheriffs Office. Calls regarding domestic abuse were lowest in February, and the highest in September, October and November. On April 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a free Womens Symposium on harassment prevention at the PascoHernando State College West Campus, at 10230 Ridge Road, in New Port Richey. Wed like to look forward to see what we can do to prevent harassment in business, and focus on our young girls going into business, but also raising up girls who have a voice and know how to use it, said Suzanne Legg, a member of the womens commission. This will be an ongoing discussion, not a one-time event, she added. Wed like to change #metoo to #notme, Legg said. The education committee members plan to focus efforts on affordable child care, as well as career guidance and training for single mothers, empty-nesters and seniors. Seniors include grandparents who often are caregivers for their grandchildren, Colon said. A third goal is to provide mentoring and education for at-risk youth. Were focusing immediately on identifying and utilizing resources we have in Pasco, Colon said. The economic prosperity committee plans to help women entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on their financial education and literacy. Women earn less, save less and live longer, but are responsible for the same living expenses as those of men, Colon said. Women often pay higher interest rates on home loans, for instance. And, many divorced women dont receive full child support payments, Colon added. One in five divorced women slide into the poverty line, she said. To register for the free womens symposium, visit commission sets goals COURTESY PASCO COUNTY


February 28, 2018 A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION IN THE LAKER/LUTZ NEWS € 813-909-2800 € LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM There’s no place like in PASCO & NORTH HILLSBOROUGH S pring is in the air, and once again Connerton is blooming with new homes, new families and plenty of fun activities for its residents. Your family can discover Connerton over the next two weekends, during the 2018 Parade of Homes presented by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. For the second year in a row, Connerton is featured as a Parade Showcase Community, and its builders are showing off with four beautifully furnished model homes. The 2018 Parade of Homes dates are March 2 to March 4, and March 9 to 11. Models are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Parade is free and open to the public. TOUR CLUB CONNERTON WINNER OF BEST NATIONAL LIFESTYLE AWARD Make Club Connerton your first stop during the Parade of Homes. This expansive, family focused activity hub is the epicenter for Connerton residents, and captures the community’s unique vibrant lifestyle. Begin your tour at the Visitor Center inside Club Connerton, and learn about Connerton’s 13-year history and New Town designation by the Florida Legislature. You’ll see an overview of the 4,800-acre masterplanned community and its many neighborhoods, parks, connecting trail system, and the adjoining Connerton Preserve sanctuary. Next, tour the 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, with fitness center, kids activity room, multipurpose area, caf and resort-style pool with outdoor kitchen and ping pong/pool tables. Common areas surrounding Club Connerton include basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, as well as an outdoor amphitheater, gardens and walkways. In January, Connerton was proud to receive the 2018 Gold Award for Best Lifestyle Program for a Community during the National Association of Home Builders National Sales and Marketing Awards gala in Orlando. Entries were submitted from around the nation, and Connerton walked away with the prestigious Gold Award, edging out communities from California, Texas and South Florida. UNIQUE FLOOR PLANS AND DECORATING IDEAS Close-by Club Connerton are the four Parade models built by Homes by WestBay, Inland Homes, Lennar and M/I Homes. A representative from Arthur Rutenberg Homes will be at the clubhouse to provide custom home plans for its 90’ homesites in the gated area of Rose Pointe. Whether you enjoy touring new homes because you’re in the market for a lifestyle change, or you’re just looking for design and decorating ideas, you’ll be delighted with the variety of floor plans and beautiful home sites available in Connerton. PARTY IN THE PARK During the Parade of Homes, walk across the street from Connerton’s model center to a quaint neighborhood park for free hot dogs and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday. This peaceful retreat is one of several neighborhood parks where Connerton residents enjoy picnicking, playing games or enjoying a quiet place to read and relax. There’s even a community dog park for residents’ furry friends. As you drive through the community, you will appreciate Connerton’s green space and conservation areas, its miles of trails and oversized sidewalks for biking and walking, and a scenic twomile trail and boardwalk that winds through natural wilderness, lakes and wetlands. ENJOY YOUR VISIT There’s no doubt that Connerton lives up to its tagline — “The Community of More…” Just ask residents, who are out and about all day long. With the community’s awardwinning activities, top-rated schools, exceptional builders, beautiful clubhouse, natural conservation areas, and miles of trails, residents of all ages and interests have many reasons for choosing Connerton. As a “New Town” designated community, its master plan has the potential for up to 5,000 homes, millions of square feet of retail and office space, a government center and more than 1,000 acres of natural protected spaces. Construction has recently begun on the community’s next phase, located at the east end of Pleasant Plains Parkway. The developer will soon break ground on 259 single-family lots, many with water or conservation views. Connerton is located in Land O’ Lakes, about six miles north of the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41. For more information, visit Don’t Let The Parade Pass You By! 21100 FOUNTAIN GARDEN WAY € LAND O LAKES, FLORIDA 34637 € 813.996.5800 e biggest showcase of new homes is happening now and this year Connerton is one of the showcase comm unities. Connerton is oering a collection of showcase homes, featuring four unique models from our reno wned builders all in one location. e Parade runs the rst two weekends of March, and Connerton will be hosting a Party in the Park on both Saturday and Sunday each weekend with hot dogs and refreshments for Parade visitors. Our exceptional builders have an array of oerings to highlight the latest building trends, interior designs and new home styles youve got to see to believe. So, dont miss your best chance to nd your next dream home at Connerton. To learn more, come out and visit us during the Parade to tour our models and view amenities youve only dreamed of, or visit us online to see why we truly are the Community of More!Visit us Today at Connerton.comTHE PARADE HAS ARRIVED AND WE ARE A SHOWCASE COMMUNITY Most Models Open Mon-Sat 10-6 and Sun 12-6 € Visitor Center Hours 10-6 Daily. e Community of


A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION IN THE LAKER/LUTZ NEWS € 813-909-2800 € LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM February 28, 2018 H ere’s a great opportunity if you’re looking to move up to a new home in one of the master-planned communities along the State Road 54 corridor in central Pasco.Ashton Woods is selling beautifully finished, inventory homes for less than $300,000 in Asturia — the prestigious Odessa community that’s known for its award-winning amenity center and miles of nature trails. While the average home price in Asturia is close to $400,000, Ashton Woods has several quick move-in homes ready for under $300,000 in its charming Grove series of alleyload homes. These spacious, two-story homes are over 2,000 square feet and feature three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and two-car garages. Five quick-sale homes are available in two floor plans — the 2,003square-foot Arlington and 2,193-square-foot Ortega — which range in price from $280,490 to $299,064. “To get into Asturia for under $300,000 in a 2,000-square-foot home is a fabulous opportunity for someone wanting a new home with top-quality construction and premier home finishes,” said John Reny, Florida president for Ashton Woods, the nation’s largest privately held homebuilder. In addition to its quick move-in homes in the Grove Series, Ashton Woods also has another 17 inventory homes that are either ready now, or will be by June. “Our goal is to always have a good supply of quick move-in homes in every price range, because so many families need to move fast,” said Reny. “Many buyers have sold their existing home sooner than expected, or they are renting and do not want to renew their lease while a new home is being built.” Ashton Woods has four distinct homes series at Asturia, and model homes for each that are open seven days a week. This includes the Ferrara model in the Classic Series, which is also featured in the upcoming Parade of Homes sponsored by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. At 2,890 square feet, the two-story Ferrara is a perfect home for a growing family, offering four to six bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage. Be sure to tour the Ferrara during the Parade of Homes, scheduled for the first two weekends in March. In addition to the Ferrara, the Athens floor plan, at 3,365-square-feet, is also ready now in the Classic Series. Families looking for traditional homes, but with less square footage, can choose from several oneand two-story options in Ashton Woods’ Heritage Series, including two quick move-in homes. For many first-time homebuyers and empty-nesters, the Grove and Evergreen series offer an ideal home solution with their unique alley-load garages that open up the front of the house to large living areas and covered porches. Ashton Woods is the only builder in Asturia to offer alleyload homes. “We call this front-porch living, because it takes advantage of Florida’s wonderful year-around weather and makes it easy to get to know your neighbors,” said Reny. Known for its commitment to personalized design, every home Ashton Woods builds comes with the same standards of top-quality construction and finishes. “With Ashton Woods, you’re partnering with more than just a homebuilder. You’re partnering with a team of expert designers and builders whose main goal is to help you create your perfect home,” said Reny. “Not only do we blaze new trails in design, we offer buyers highly personalized service every step of the way.” Ashton Woods is so well-regarded that it was named the 2017 Builder of the Year by Builder and Developer Magazine. And, for the fourth consecutive year, it has been ranked among the top three for Most New Ashton Woods Homes In Asturia For Under $300,000


M any people take for granted the water in their home both working water used for taking showers and washing clothes, and drinking water for making coffee and ice cubes. Its not until their showerheads become corroded with mineral build up, or their ice cubes look cloudy, do many families consider a water treatment and purification system for their home. Unfortunately, by the time they do, the damage often has already been done to home appliances, faucets and grout which have become pitted, scratched, stained and may even require replacement. The good news is that all of these symptoms of poor water quality can be resolved with a quality home water system that pays for itself in just a few years. Refined water also extends the life of a hot water heater because less sediment is deposited in the tank. Like many of her customers, Dana Spears, owner of Cornerstone Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical in Land O Lakes, also waited too long before installing a water treatment and purification system in her home. A wife and mother of five children, Dana and her husband, James, built a new home four years ago. We didn't think to put in a water system them, and that was a huge mistake because today my beautiful, expensive kitchen and bathroom faucets are pitted and scratched, my grout is cracking and there is so much corrosion in my dishwasher that we need to replace it, said Dana. Cornerstones Plumbing Department has always offered water treatment, but Dana found a real need to expand this area for her customers. Not only did my family home need a water system, but many of our customers were also inquiring about what system was best for their home, said Dana. Dana and her team researched dozens of manufacturers and systems, and selected Westinghouse because of its effectiveness, efficiency and 10-year guarantee. Westinghouse also offered Cornerstone exclusivity, which means we are the only plumbing company in the area that can sell their exceptional water systems, said Dana. The Westinghouse Progressive Revolution Series works 24 hours a day delivering clean, soft working water to the entire house. Its refined water makes clothes and linens softer and brighter, and kitchen and bathroom faucets and showerheads become free of water spots, soap scum and scaling that restricts water flow. For drinking water, the Westinghouse system delivers fresh, purified water on demand from a special faucet installed at the kitchen sink. Its technology removes nearly all of the contaminants in city water, and leaves nothing but pure, clean, fresh tasting water. If youre buying bottled water, you can stop. And if youre relying on faucet or refrigerator filters, this gives your family a much higher level of purity, said Dana. Essentially, you get unlimited bottled water just think how much money you will save because you will no longer need to buy bottled water! As sediment builds up, it doesnt take long for water coming from a faucet that is not treated first by a purification system to taste like minerals and even look a bit cloudy. Many families spend $20 or more on bottled water for their family a week, Dana explains. Cornerstone also installs water treatment and purification systems for homes on well water. Well water is tested for iron, bacteria and other elements, and the system custom designed to meets the specific needs of a familys well. The Westinghouse system can be installed same day or next in most homes with city water, especially in newer homes that are pre-plumbed for a water treatment system. Homes on a well may take up to two weeks for the testing and installation to be completed Cornerstones licensed plumbers are trained by Westinghouse and are certified to install its systems. Every installation is different, and all are integrated with the homes water system. All work is guaranteed and under warranty for a full year. Cornerstone was founded in 2006 as an air conditioning service company. In 2012, it expanded into plumbing services, and two years later added electrical services. Its phones are answered 24/7, and technicians are available around the clock, including weekends and holidays. Call (813) 949-4445 anytime, day or night. For more information, visit their website at Cornerstone brings you safe, crystal clear water for your familyPlus, refined water that prevents scaling and doubles the life of appliances Why Refined Water?Pure, clean, fresh tasting water. 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J ust in time for the 2018 Parade of Homes, ICI Homes has two beautifully furnished models and four move-in-ready homes for tour in Bexley and Asturia, two of Pasco Countys most prestigious communities along the in-demand State Road 54 corridor in Land O Lakes and Odessa. ICI Homes has been building in Bexley since the community opened in the fall of 2016. It addition to its beautifully decorated, two-story Brooke Parade model that features five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, the one-story Pamela is also available to tour as a move-in-ready home with four bedrooms and three baths. Over in Asturia, ICI Homes has a brand new Parade model, the Serena, which just opened to January to rave reviews from prospective homebuyers and Realtors. Between our public grand opening, and an exceptionally well-attended Realtor event a few days before, we couldnt be more pleased with the large number of people who came out for the Serenas opening weekend, said Ron Ferguson, division manager of ICI Homes West Florida Division. People love the Serenas grand foyer that pulls you through the house with its 12-foot ceilings and open floor plan that sweeps you from the front of the house to the back, said Ferguson. The Serena feels so much larger than a 2,200-square-foot house. Its large kitchen and great room gracefully flow into a covered lanai that stretches along the back of the home. This home never feels crowded, whether youre relaxing with family or entertaining friends. EASILY CUSTOMIZED HOMES Many families are looking for premium construction and high-end finishes in a smaller home, Ferguson adds, which is why the Serena works so well as a starter home for young professionals, for families with school-aged children and emptynesters looking to downsize. People want well-designed homes with quality construction and workmanship that can be easily customized, built on conservation home sites in a community that provides an active lifestyle and great location. ICI Homes is that kind of builder, and Asturia and Bexley are those kind of communities, said Ferguson. ICI offers two home series in Asturia, built on 55-foot and 65-foot lots in the communitys heavily wooded second phase that opened in late 2017. These home sites are some of the most beautiful conservation and water lots in all of Pasco County, said Ferguson. In addition to the Serena model, ICI Homes has three move-in ready homes in Asturia. A Serena and a two-story Santa Maria floor plans will be completed in the next few weeks, and in April, a one-story, 2,500square-foot Costa Mesa will be ready. Homes range from 1,789 to 3,196 square feet, and base prices go from $288,900 to $419,900. At Bexley, the 3,089-square-foot Pamela is also ready now for quick move in. This four-bedroom, threebath home, three-car garage is $549,030. It features a 12-foot-high foyer that offers the unique option of walking into a flex space/study, the kitchen and gathering area, or straight into the private owners suite. A gourmet kitchen is just steps away from the large gathering and dining rooms, both of which open to a large covered lanai. ABOUT ICI HOMES ICI Homes sets itself apart from other builders with its unusual ability to make custom changes without sacrificing affordability. We believe in a hands-on approach with all of our new homebuyers, offering custom changes by experienced design professionals that help make decisions for the homebuyer easier and affordable, said Ferguson. ICI is one of Floridas most premier builders, and for many years has been ranked in the Top 100 Builders in the nation by Builder Magazine. It offers a wide variety of architectural styles and floor plans to match its buyers' lifestyles and price ranges. From spacious, affordable homes to one-of-a-kind mansions, each home reflects the benchmark quality and affordable customization for which the company is known. Established in 1980 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, ICI Homes is the recipient of several prestigious awards for design and innovation, and has long enjoyed local, regional and national professional recognition. The Asturia sales center for ICI Homes is at 15134 Aviles Parkway in Odessa, (813) 359-0264. At Bexley, the sales center is at 16754 Courtyard Loop in Land O Lakes, (813) 530-9069. ICI Homes Ready For The Parade at Asturia and Bexley S H ICI HOMES H OWCASE HO M d s u s t i t i s v i e m o m C o C o v i si MES u m o m H o d r a a P a d s u s u P H MES o s! e s m f o e d e g n g i n u r d u t d u ri n d e Sere ena 3153Satill laLoop SantaMaria 3161SatillaLo oop 4 Bed / Sere $403,27 0 3 Bath / 2 Car / ena 3153 Satill 0 2,217 sq. ft. la Loop tisiv call (813) 252-1108 or FOR MORE INFORMATIONbalconies, and tons of windows. such as summer kitchen patios, open that include Florida-lifestyle features ICI Homes at Asturia is offering openfrom the high $200sNEW CUSTOM HOMES$452,5504 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 3 Car / 2,933 sq. ft. Santa Maria 3161 Satilla Loop ss Ridge e st Construction of Tampa, LLC 2660 Cypre 4 Bed / Costa M e Blvd, Suite 104, Wesle y Prices and offerings ar $446,06 0 3 Bath / 3 Car / e sa 15404 Av y Cha p el, FL 33544 / CGC #15 2 e subject to change. 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f reserved. rights All LLC. Company, Home restrictions apply. Contact a sales consultant for details. CGC1519936. 2018 Pulte prior registration is required or if void by law. Additional terms, conditions and where state any in offer valid a constitute not shall listed are approximate and may vary in actual construction. This material ut notice. Community Association fees required. Square footage and dimensions witho change to home prices shown are estimated base prices, do not include lot premiums, upgrades and options, and are subject Community | | 8 | Detai l s f or C onsu l tant a S a l es S pea k to N o community in Tampa Bay has generated as much excitement as Epperson and its Crystal Lagoon in Wesley Chapel. Pulte Homes has been building homes at Epperson since the community opened last April. And in just eight months, its sales team has sold 40 homes, and recently began selling homes in its second phase of 207 home sites. The energy at Epperson is contagious. Not only here at Pulte, but in the entire community, said Alexandria Fowlow, a Pulte sales associate at Epperson. Of course, people are excited about the Crystal Lagoon. But, its more than that. People want to live in a new town where theyll have everything they want a beautiful place to live, play and even work, said Fowlow. The 7.5-acre Crystal Lagoon is now filled with turquoise water reminiscent of the Caribbean, and that is driving even more people to Pultes sales center at Epperson. When Pulte kicked off sales of its second phase in January, Fowlow and her sales colleague, Mark Hofferberth, sold 14 homes during the first week. Now that people can see the lagoon, the demand has been incredible, said Fowlow. Plus, our homes are among the closest in distance to the Lagoon, so that is another big draw. Pultes homes are an easy walk or bike ride to the Crystal Lagoon, with most homes being just a half-mile away from the communitys massive amenity center. The lagoon is a 7.5acre environmentally sustainable pool with its own private sand beaches, tidal pool, swim-up bar, and kayak launch. Surrounding the lagoon will be lush tropical landscaping, restaurants, an event pavilion, cabanas and water sport rentals. In addition to the lagoon, Epperson also offers residents the fastest Internet and Wi-Fi speeds in the nation because it is part of Wesley Chapels Connected City Corridor. This means that every Pulte home in Epperson is offering residents 1 gigabit of Internet speed. Being part of the Connected City is important to buyers of all ages, because everyone wants the fastest online connectivity and wants to live in a community that offers the latest technology, said Fowlow. After deciding Epperson would be a great place to live, many future residents select Pulte as their builder because of its wide variety of floor plans, the ability to personalize and customize their home, and because of Pulte Homes affordability and exceptional value. Pulte homebuyers have 11 floor plans to choose from, and each offers five or six different elevations. Our communities do not have a cookie-cutter look our homes have great curb appeal, and every home can be customized inside and out, said Fowlow. Epperson Pulte models are between 1,500 to 3,200 square feet, with base prices ranging from $240,000 to $328,000. Every Pulte home is energy-efficient and comes with an exclusive 10-year limited warranty. Home sites are available on 40foot, 50-foot and 60-foot lots, and most back up to water or conservation. Plus, every backyard offers privacy, and many are oversized, said Fowlow. Currently buyers receive a $10,000 flex cash incentive, if they use Pultes preferred lender, which they can apply toward closing costs and design center options. Pultes Sales Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Please stop by to visit Alex and Mark at 7905 Olive Brook Drive, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33545. They can also be reached at (877) 251-3076, or by emailing or PulteGroup has been providing the American Dream of homeownership to families for more than 60 years. What started as a single home built and sold by the entrepreneurial spirit of an 18-year-old Bill Pulte, has grown into the industrys sole multibrand homebuilding company with the ability to serve customers in all phases of life. Today, PulteGroup operates in approximately 50 markets throughout the country. Crystal Lagoon Excitement At Pulte Homes


February 28, 2018 A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION IN THE LAKER/LUTZ NEWS € 813-909-2800 € LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM O nce again, Asturia’s builders are participating in the Parade of Homes sponsored by the Tampa Bay Builders Association, which this year is the first two weekends in March. ICI Homes has entered its brandnew Serena model, which opened in January to rave reviews. At 2,216 square feet, this one-story home features a large gathering room, spacious gourmet kitchen, and open dining area. An oversized owner's suite has a master bath that leads into a large, double-entry walk-in closet. Base price is $331,900. Ashton Woods’s Parade model is the Ferrara, a 2,890-square-foot, two-story home perfect for a growing family with four to six bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage. Base price is $366,990. And, while it does not have a Parade model, Asturia’s third builder, David Weekly Homes, will have its decorated Mendocino model open daily. Base price is $369,990. JUST 550 HOMES Asturia stands out among other new home developments along State Road 54 because of its uniquely smaller size. While nearby master-planned communities have between 3,000 to more than 5,000 homes planned over several years of construction, Asturia is building just 550 homes over the next few years. “Asturia feels more like a neighborhood than a sprawling community, said Lane Gardner, managing director for Hines, Asturia’s developer. “Our nature trails, pocket parks, first-class amenities, and community events encourage residents to get to know their neighbors. Families choose Asturia because we are a friendly, walkable community that promotes a healthy, active lifestyle,” he adds. Because Asturia’s builders offer a variety of home sizes and prices, it is ideal for families looking to buy their first home, and for growing families with school-aged children needing larger homes. The community also attracts seasonal residents and empty-nesters who want all the latest technological upgrades in a smaller home. Asturias’s Phase Two, which opened in December, offers 157 large home sites, most with conservation and water views, and all providing privacy and peaceful, quiet surroundings. A boardwalk connects to Asturia’s multi-use pathway that meanders for miles through the community’s residential neighborhoods, parks, playgrounds and Amenity Center. AWARD WINNING AMENITY CENTER Asturia’s distinctive, 5,800-squarefoot Amenity Center and Clubhouse earned the prestigious Silver Aurora Award at the 2017 Southeast Building Conference, for the Best Recreational Facility. This contemporary-design Amenity Center includes a fully equipped, modern clubhouse; covered outdoor dining areas; a luxurious, beach-entry, resort-style swimming pool; and an expansive event lawn for spontaneous outdoor games, such as Gaga Ball, volleyball and soccer. For kids, there is a Kompan dome, swings, slide and spinners in the playground area that are designed to promote imaginative play and build strong bodies. Asturia has wide, meadow-like spaces, peaceful ponds, thick stands of cypress and hardwood trees, and large tracts of scenic wetlands. It is an exceptionally kid-friendly and family oriented community surrounded by miles of trails interspersed with playgrounds, dog parks and pocket parks. ABOUT HINES Hines, which is based in Jacksonville, professionally manages the design and development of Asturia’s master plan, including overseeing residential neighborhoods, community amenities, parks and primary infrastructure. It also is responsible for community branding, marketing, and the sale of multifamily and commercial parcels. It’s this commitment to the integration of natural resources, high-quality design standards and thoughtful master planning that has earned Asturia several prestigious regional design and planning awards.Make Asturia your new home by visiting its models, registering at, or by calling (813) 227-4148. Tour Asturia’s Model Homes During the Parade of Homes


A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION IN THE LAKER/LUTZ NEWS € 813-909-2800 € LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM February 28, 2018 I t’s been just over a year since Bexley debuted in Land O’ Lakes, and already this master-planned community has distinguished itself as one of Tampa Bay’s top selling properties with over 250 new homes sold. “Bexley is the result of years of planning and research, and it’s rewarding to see so many families choosing to make their home here,” said Pam Parisi, vice president of marketing for Newland Communities, the developer behind Bexley. “It’s become a vibrant community for people at all stages of life, especially those who are looking for an active lifestyle and greater connections with each other and the outdoors. It’s just a wonderful community to live in, whether you're a family with kids, just starting out, or looking to downsize," Parisi adds. Bexley is located in central Pasco County, north of State Road 54 and just east of the Suncoast Parkway. Its prime location provides direct access to the Suncoast Parkway and is convenient to many areas of Tampa Bay. The community consists of 1,825 acres of pastoral ranch lands, mature woodlands and cypress wetlands, with Newland dedicating 1,200 acres to remain in its pristine natural state.Residents access this preserved wilderness using the community’s 13 miles of planned hiking and biking trails, which may one day link to the 42-mile Suncoast Trail. Fit Stations, designed by outdoorliving pioneer AvidTrails™, are located throughout Bexley’s trail system to keep workouts interesting and fresh. There are also open spaces for sports fields, a BMX pump park bicycle course, children’s playgrounds and two dog parks. BEXLEY CLUB The pulse of the community is Bexley Club, an award winning, lakefront amenity center that features two resort-style pools, a cardio-focused fitness center, screened-in game room, outdoor fire pit, and an event lawn for community festivals and gatherings. Inside the clubhouse is the popular Twisted Sprocket Caf, where guests enjoy great food and scenic lakefront views. The restaurant is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and happy hour, and offers a unique breakfast menu, gourmet lunches, desserts, smoothies, wine, craft beer and coffee drinks. “The amenities at Bexley truly set our community apart,” said Parisi. “With its resort-style pools and calming lakefront views, The Bexley Club is a perfect place to relax by the water, unwind by the fireplace, or meet friends for coffee or lunch at the Twisted Sprocket Cafe. There's truly nothing like this in the area.” RESIDENT FOR A DAY Bexley invites local residents to sign up for its free Resident for a Day program. Registration is online at, and guests pick up their pass at the Bexley Club, which includes a $20 voucher to The Twisted Sprocket Caf (one voucher per family). “Our Resident For a Day program lets potential homebuyers experience for themselves everything that Bexley has to offer. They can enjoy the amenities, talk with other residents and really be able to envision what living in Bexley would be like,” said Parisi. NATIONAL AWARDS In January, Bexley received a Best in American Living Award from the National Association of Home Builders, winning the highest honor of a Platinum Award in the category for Best Single-Family Community having more than 100 homes. Last summer, the Southeast Building Conference recognized Bexley with its highest honor, a Grand Aurora, for best recreational facility, and the coveted top master-planned community in the Southeast. Homes in Bexley begin in the mid $200,000 and include singlefamily, townhome, courtyards and villas. Its builders have nine homes in the 2018 Parade of Homes sponsored by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. Parade models were entered by CalAtlantic Homes, Cardel Homes, David Weekley Homes, Homes by Westbay, ICI Homes and Lennar Homes. The Parade of Homes is the first two weekends in March: March 2-4 and 9-11. For more information, go to SCHOOLS AND MORE Bexley Elementary School opened its doors in August to accommodate families moving to Bexley. Located within the community, the new elementary school features a state-of-the-art media and computer center. For upper grades, top-rated schools assigned to Bexley are Charles S. Rushe Middle School and Sunlake High School. Several commercial businesses are underway at Bexley, and a freestanding emergency room by Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel recently opened. Under construction is a 110-room Springhill Suites by Marriott and a Race Trac gas station. A seven-acre shopping center is also planned. Bexley is the fourth masterplanned community for Newland in the Tampa Bay area, joining FishHawk Ranch, MiraBay and Waterset in south Hillsborough County. For information, visit Over 250 Homes Sold In Bexley In Its First YearSix homes, fabulous amenities and new elementary school


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NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHGulfside Hospice & Palliative Care has launched a new, redesigned website. The new site is mobile friendly, easy to navigate and a resource for those looking for local hospice and non-hospice palliative care.New features include a Frequently Asked Questions video library, virtual tours of the Gulfside Centers for Hospice Care, a Griefwords Library with articles about coping with loss, streamlined online donation process and event registrations, and more. Users also can submit online referrals for hospice and palliative care, download a digital version of the companys brochure and download volunteer applications. Gulfside can still be found at the same website: HEALTH SERVICESThe Pasco County Vet Center and the Mobile Vet Center offers counseling for readjusting to civilian life, military sexual trauma, bereavement, post-traumatic stress disorder, and marriage and family. Also available are resources for benefits information and suicide prevention referrals. All services are confidential and free for veterans and family members. The center is at 5139 Deer Park Drive in New Port Richey, and is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. For information or to tour the facility, call (727) 372-1854.BATTERY GIVEAWAYSertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida will have a hearing aid battery giveaway March 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, at 6333 River Road in New Port Richey. The foundation will offer free batteries in the most common sizes of 10, 13, 312 and 675, while supplies last.BREAST-FEEDING CLASSSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a breast-feeding class March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon, in Garden Classroom A. Topics will include latching and positioning, the benefits of skin-to-skin contact, newborn hunger signs, tips for returning to work, breast-feeding lifestyles, and when to call a health care provider or lactation consultant for help. The cost is $25, and covers the expectant mom and a support person. For information and to register, call (813) 443-2046.PREGNANCY CLASSESThe Maternity Suites at Oak Hill Hospital, 11307 Cortez Blvd., in Brooksville, will host these free upcoming classes: Healthy Pregnancy Class, March 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Super Sibling Class, March 3 at 10 a.m. Childbirth Preparation Refresher Class, March 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children Preparation Program, March 5 and March 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For information and to register, call (844) 769-2229, or visit CHI FOR HEALTHThe Land O Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer Bonnies Tai Chi Class March 5 at 6 p.m., for all levels. Participants can learn to have greater flexibility, core stability, improved balance, less fatigue, and reduce stress to deal with issues such as fibromyalgia, Parkinsons disease, arthritis, joint replacement, lowering blood pressure, depression, anxiety, breathing and more. A signed liability waiver is required. For information, call (813) 929-1214.EARS, NOSE, THROATOak Hill Hospital will present a seminar on Important Health Concerns with Your Ears, Nose and Throat March 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane in Spring Hill. A hot meal will be served. Reservations are required. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. For information and to RSVP, call (352) 597-6333.YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEFThe Land O Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer Yoga for Stress Relief March 6 at 6 p.m. Participants can learn to increase overall well-being by reducing stress and tension, and by increasing flexibility, strength and enhancing breathing ability. Wear comfortable exercise clothing and bring a large beach towel or yoga mat. A completion of all forms and liability waivers is required. For information, call (813) 929-1214.COMMUNITY EVENTSThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer these community events: Tour of Obstetrics, March 6 at 5 p.m. Breast-feeding Course, March 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Chatterboxes, March 8 at 3 p.m. Saturday Super Prep Childbirth Class, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lymphedema Support Group, March 15 at 3 p.m. Huntingtons Disease Support Group, March 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Newborn Care Class, March 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Compassionate Friends Support Group, March 21 from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Infant CPR, March 28 at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. For information, call (727) 834-5630, or visit IMAGERYSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer Imagine Wellness with Guided Imagery March 7 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Garden Classroom B. Participants can learn how to use interactive guided imagery to create positive affirmations, to influence recovery and good health. To register, call (813) 443-2046.NAMI SUPPORT GROUPSThe Pasco County Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers two types of monthly support group meetings. The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group, for those living with mental illness, is a structured, closed group for individuals age 18 and older, interested in the recovery process, sharing coping skills, and being with others who understand the daily challenges. This group meets the second and fourth Friday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. The NAMI Family Support Group, for family, friends and caregivers of those with mental illness, meets the first and third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., also at Atonement Lutheran Church in Wesley Chapel. For information, call (727) 992-9653, or visit DOCTOROak Hill Hospital has welcomed Dr. Jon Chadwick, board-eligible otolaryngology, to its medical staff. Chadwick completed his residency and internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and received his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine. For information, call (352) 688-0800, or visit 10% OFF $5.00 OFFFREELay Away & Gift Certificates Available ALL JEWELRYREPAIRSNot valid with any other offers. With coupon. Expires 3/31/18WATCH BATTERYLimit 1 per customer. Including installation. Not valid with any other offers. With coupon. Expires 3/31/18JEWELRYCLEANINGWhile You WaitNot valid with any other offers. With coupon. 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SPRING JOB FAIRPasco County Schools will host a Spring Instructional Job Fair March 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Dr. John Long Middle School, 2025 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Positions are available at elementary, middle and high school levels, for teachers and student services employees, including reading, math, science, school nurse, behavioral analyst, and emotional and behavioral disorders/autism spectrum disorder. Applicants can get on-the-spot interviews and attend teacher certification information sessions. For information and to preregister for a chance to win door prizes, visit Winners must attend to collect their prize. For questions, please contact Lori Perreault at (813) 794-2845 or RECEPTIONTampa Day School will host an artist reception March 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. The exhibit will showcase art by the schools students in the centers corridor gallery throughout the month of March. Admission is free. For information, call (813) 922-8167.HILLEL ACADEMY FUNDRAISERHillel Academy of Tampa, an accredited Jewish day school, will host its 45th annual Gift of Gold Gala fundraiser March 3 at 7:30 p.m., at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., in Tampa. The gala will begin with a Havdalah experience, and will include dinner, a silent auction with mobile bidding, and music and dancing by DJ Staar Entertainment. Cocktail attire and Kosher dietary laws will be observed. Tickets are $75 per person in advance, and $85 per person the week of the event. Tickets and sponsorships also are available at For information, call (813) 963-2242.GOLD LEVEL AWARDTake Stock in Children, a need-based scholarship program with the Pasco Education Foundation, was awarded the state TSIC Gold Level award, the highest achievement within the Take Stock in Children statewide organization. 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The sturdiest bridge is declared the winner. Those who want to attend may have preferred seating by contacting Dr. Tom Ricard in advance at (352) 588-8024 or OF SAINT LEO UNIVERSITYLEADERS GRADUATEMembers of Leadership Saint Leos Class of 2017 have graduated from the program, which is designed to develop and train leaders. The program is conducted by CODA Partners Inc., a professional services firm based in Gulfport and Dade City. The class included Amanda Black, Darcy Goshorn, Janis Prince, Susan Martin, Katrina Wahlstrom, Marcela Van Olphen, Mark Nash, Mary McCoy, Michael Godfrey, Misty Rhoden, Nicholle Renaud, Phillip Neely, Rena Thomas and Stephanie Stinski.GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUPStudents and staff at Gulf Middle School in New Port Richey will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Great American Cleanup. 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Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Wells Jr. said, via email, that the new route would significantly reduce evacuation times for about 180,000 people who live within that evacuation zone. The road would also provide relief to people currently using (State Road) 52 and (State Road) 54, Wells noted. The county has set aside about $40 million toward an estimated $68 million for construction of the first segment from Moon Lake to the east side of the Suncoast Parkway exchange. An additional $2.5 million is allocated for right-of-way purchases. No funds are available, as yet, for the second phase of construction, which would take the road to U.S. 41. That phase isnt expected to be built until development occurs on land along that portion of the route. The funding of Ridge Road is a sticking point for opponents, who say the county isnt being transparent on the costs. They peg total costs as high as $150 million. They also object to the monthly fee of about $28,500 paid to Washington D.C. consultants, with Dawson & Associates, to lobby for the roads work permit. The project gained new momentum in 2017, as the Trump administration issued an executive order meant to speed up permits for infrastructure projects. Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis also sent letters of support. No decision has been made, but Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles said, We still expect it later this year. Attorneys for the Sierra Club recently submitted an 80-page document contesting the project. They sell it as a done deal, said McCart. Its not a done deal. There are a lot of costs associated to this road. The (Pasco County) commissioners are not telling us the true costs. The money is what bothers New Port Richey resident Barbara Sullo, who was at the rally. The county needs to fix its flooding problems, which are especially chronic in west Pasco, she said. They say they dont have money to fix the roads, and yet, they spend millions on the Ridge Road extension, Sullo said. I dont think people realize its our money. County data, per Wells email, shows that the per capita costs for the 180,000 residents within the evacuation zone, and within 2 miles of Ridge Road, would be about $400 per person. That doesnt seem like too much to ensure the safety of our residents facing hurricane evacuations, Wells said in the email. In April, the Corps chose one of 17 proposed routes through the Serenova Preserve as the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative. Additional review is being done. The focus is on land that was set aside in a court settlement to mitigate about 200 acres of wetlands lost during construction of the Suncoast Parkway. The Army Corps has regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. Save the Serenova coalition member Dan Rametta said the settlement is being circumvented. How does a four-lane road keep it in its natural state? he said. He points to the Ridge Road connection that will link with Connerton, and also will cut through a portion of the Bexley Ranch property. Its basically a developers road, Rametta said. County officials said wetlands lost due to the road project will be mitigated through preservation of other lands. About 2.3 acres of wetlands will be impacted, but about 82 percent of wetland impacts have been reduced, they said. And, bridges already built, and parts of the proposed road, are elevated above the conservation land. You cant say we havent worked through the process to reduce the impact, Biles said. Save the Serenova coalition members said there will inevitably be environmental losses. Every time you divide a large parcel up, you diminish the land, the plants, birds, everything, said Aripeka resident Richard Stauffer. He is a member of the Florida Native Plant Society, which belongs to the coalition. There are concerns among its members about a federally protected plant the pond spice. Some plants were found in Serenova, though so far not within the proposed construction area, Stauffer said, adding that more research should be done. Sharon Holding, also is a member of the native plant society. She handed out fliers and helped with the walking tour. Certainly, it will impact people out here, she said. We need these places as reprieve from the busyness of our lives. Pasco also needs conservation land for ecotourism. Id like to see us promote that Holding said. We cant stop people from moving to Pasco. We can plan our developments a lot smarter. Rametta said the movement to block Ridge Road is getting stronger. Commissioners need to pay attention, he said. There are voters here. There are consequences.each city block of the parade. Hayrides will be available from the New Era 4-H Club of Zephyrhills, pulled by draft horses with a host narrator in vintage costume who relates accounts of Zephyrhills history, including a few morsels from the past. New Era 4-H will host a downtown petting zoo for children and families, as well. Zephyrhills Brewing Company will blend a pre-prohibition beer recipe for Founders Day. Proprietors Terry Hilferding said that she and her husband, Robert, have collected recipes throughout the years and will concoct a batch reminiscent of the 1911 timeframe. An Open House at the Howard B. Jeffries Home at 38537 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills, will include Tales on the Porch from noon until 4 p.m. The Hopkins Family Porch was recently renovated by Dwight Hopkins who donated materials and volunteered labor to replace the porch. Speakers will deliver informal anecdotes about pioneer life starting at noon, and guided tours will be available of the historic home. Arts and crafts booths, as well as food and merchandise vendors, will be stationed along Fifth Avenue. Old-fashioned kids carnival games also will be offered by Boy Scout Pack 72. And, the Womens Club of Zephyrhills will host an open house. In addition, there will be a Beard and Moustache Competition at 2 p.m. Categories include: natural beard, styled beard, longest beard and mustache. Numerous other activities are planned, including a Master Gardener Booth, where you can learn more about Florida plants and ask gardening questions. Master Gardeners Diana Williams and Jeannine Thompson will be on hand. Meanwhile, at the Zephyrhills Airport, Zephyrhills Noon Rotary, with Mike Fike coordinating, will host a Skydive Exhibition beginning at 4 p.m. T.K. Hayes, of Skydive City, will facilitate a multi-person jump to be followed by a flag ceremony. Subsequently, a concert series will culminate in fireworks at the airport at 7:45 p.m. Ryals n ShineSip a taste of the vintage recipe entitled Ryals n Shine, on March 10 at the 108th Founders Day in Zephyrhills. Robert and Terry Hilferding of Zephyrhills Brewing Company, who collect recipes and brew up signature beers that date back to colonial times, will salute the communitys past with a pre-prohibition recipe they have coined for Stanley Ryals, a Zephyrhills businessman who was recognized for citrus, ranching, building, lumbering and moonshining. said, were looking for basically good, but not great, growth. Were forecasting another year at a low double-digit growth in singlefamily housing starts and new home sales. But, youll see we are projecting that multifamily starts will begin to come down. We think thats a function of the supply issues that are coming this year, as well as possibly some demand that starts to tail off, he said. He also expects rent levels to begin to stall. Horne also expects to see growth in single-family housing, both owner-occupied and rental. There are a lot of factors at play, he said, but he noted: We are seeing evidence that the push into single-family and away from multifamily is beginning to gain some momentum, Horne said. Older millennials are beginning to make the move from apartments into single-family dwellings, he added. One of the fastest-growing housing types in America is the single-family renter household, Horne said. Weve also got for the first time, in a long time, real household income growth: 2016 household income got up to about a little over $59,000. That is driving some better demand, but its also driving higher and higher household prices, he said.CONCERNS ABOUT AFFORDABILITYThe cost to build a new single-family house just is relentlessly going higher, Horne said. The under-$200,000 single-family house is becoming an extinct species. Its harder and harder to build, unless you go way out to the periphery, to actually make that math work. To build the same house as five years ago, its 36 percent more today, he said. Most of that was labor and lot costs, but rising material costs now are compounding cost issues, he added. The point is, its not going to get any better anytime soon, Horne predicted. We know theres a tremendous amount of pent-up demand for entry level, but increasingly fewer and fewer particularly smaller builders are able to meet the cost required to build at that price point. Youre finding the larger builders, who can get the efficiencies and the scales needed to build in high volumes and production efficiencies, that can acquire the land in large enough chunks and develop it, those are the guys that are soaking up that entry land demand. The smaller guys its harder and harder to compete for that entry-level buyer, Horne said. Lesley Deutch, a principal for John Burns Real Estate Consulting, said the affordability issue is her greatest worry. While Tampa is one of the most affordable markets in the state, it is getting more expensive to buy a house, she said. In Tampa, theres a two months supply of resale housing inventory, she said. So, thats really driving people to the new home market, and we expect to drive up prices of resale homes, she said. Deutch offered a forecast for 2018 for Tampas housing market. She expects employment to be up by 2 percent, adding 26,600 jobs. She expects income to increase by 5 percent. Shes projecting total construction activity to rise by nearly 12 percent, up to 20,000 permits. Most of that growth will be in the singlefamily sector, she said. She expects the median price of new homes to increase by 4.3 percent. (Its) not a booming, doubling of growth, but a very, very strong growth market. One of the strongest, actually, in Florida, Deutch said. John Burns Real Estate Consulting is based in California. The company spends a substantial amount of time looking at demographics across the country, and doing consumer research. Its research reveals a high demand for communities that allow residents to walk to destinations, such as restaurants, grocery stores and coffee shops, Deutch said. I think that having housing thats close to something walkable people will pay a premium for it because thats what theyre looking for, she said. She also sees a shift coming for Tampas housing market. Its going to be a different world over the next 10 years, she said, as households grow substantially in the 65-plus age category (+142,000), grow modestly in the 25 to 44 age group (+14,000), as they decline in the 45 to 64 age group (-14,000). The 45 to 64 age group is typically the move-up buyer. So, where is the opportunity here? Its really a different strategy than weve been using in the past. Its a different buyer. Its a young buyer and an older buyer, Deutch said. COURTESY OF MADONNA JERVIS WISE


20A February 28, 2018 Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports G G G G G G G G G r r r r r E E E E E E e e e e e N N N N N w w w I I I s s s s s E E E E E E C C C C C C C C h h h h h h I I c c c K K K e e e N N N I I s s s A A A A A i i R R R C C h h I I l l L L L e e e D D D D F F F F F F o o o o o o R R R R R R O O O O O p p p p p T T T T T i i i i i M M M M M a a a L L L L L L T T T T T a a a S S S t t t E E E , A A A n n n D D D D D R R R a a a a I I s s E E d d d d d W W W W W W W i i T T T T T T h h h h h h N N N N N N o o o o A A A A A A n n T T T i i i i B B B B B B i i O O O t t I I c c S S E E v v v v E E r r (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), Junior College and NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) ranks. Games are primarily played at Auburndale’s Lake Myrtle Sports Park and Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes Park. Other facilities, such as Warner University in Lake Wales, Henley Field in Lakeland and Polk State College in Winter Haven, will host some games, too. For more information, visit Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comBrooke Turner had her fair share of options to play indoor volleyball coming out of Gaither High School. But, none could match what Saint Leo University offered: an intercollegiate beach volleyball program. “I wanted to come here to play both,” Turner said. “And, it’s also close to home, too.” Turner, a freshman, is one of 16 players on Saint Leo’s inaugural beach volleyball team. Like others, she is a crossover athlete who also plays for Saint Leo’s indoor team, as an outside hitter. Also like her peers, she’s trying to learn the many nuances of the beach sport — from hitting and passing, to its tempo and rapid-fire decision-making. “It’s just a lot different,” Turner said of beach volleyball, acknowledging she played some recreational matches throughout high school. “I feel like there just needs to be a little bit more hustle on the beach. It’s harder to run on the sand than on the court with shoes,” she said. Beach volleyball is also a new competitive realm for Jamee Townsend, who spent four years as a libero on Saint Leo’s indoor squad from 2013 to 2016. Now a graduate student at Saint Leo, Townsend was able to join the beach team, as NCAA bylaws allow student-athletes to play a fifth year in a different sport. “I’ve always had an interest in training for beach,” said Townsend, noting she casually played in some offseason beach tournaments, but never seriously trained for them. “It’s something I feel like I can play forever, versus indoors, which is really hard to play when you’re older. There’s not as much availability in (indoor) pickup games and stuff, so I was interested, and it just worked out that I was able to join.” For Townsend, “coming out of retirement” to play a new sport has been a challenge physically — but also an invigorating venture. “It was really hard — still is hard to keep my endurance up — but being a libero in college I wasn’t allowed to hit, so now I’m getting to attack and do a lot more components of the game than I did in indoor, so that’s exciting for me. I’m learning how to block again and doing things that I didn’t get to do in indoor,” Townsend said. Last May, the university announced the addition of beach volleyball as its 20th sport and 11th in women’s athletics, initially as a nonscholarship offering. Following that was the completion of a five-court beach volleyball complex — believed to be the largest in Division II — on a portion of the intramural field, adjacent to the Saint Leo Tennis Center. Beach practices began in January, led by assistant beach volleyball coach Erik Peterson. The Lions’ first game is March 17 — a trimatch against Florida Southern College and Stevenson (Maryland) University, in Lakeland. Slowly but surely the upstart program is coming along, the beach volleyball coach said. “Sometimes we have some great practices, and then sometimes we forget how to do everything which is exactly part of it,” Peterson said. “There’s some very different concepts and things that we’re trying to get them to comprehend and understand. It’s just a lot of the actual application takes some time and some reps.” “Out here (on the beach), we don’t have the ability to hide all the deficiencies of indoor where you’re very specialized. For them, they have to pass, they have to set, they have to attack, they have to serve, they have to block, they have to defend, so they’re literally being asked to perform all of those skillsets fairly proficiently — and a lot of it’s new,” Peterson said. Beach volleyball only calls for two players from one team to be on the court during matches. Both players must work together and become jack-of-all-trades and dominate on many fronts, including passing, setting and hitting. Indoor volleyball, however, calls for players to be much more specialized. Even with a steep learning curve, Peterson said the team has maintained a positive attitude throughout lessons and practices. “It’s very easy for indoor players to come out to the beach and get very frustrated because there are those significant speed bumps. They kind of just work through it, and they don’t let things weigh them down when they’re getting frustrated. They kind of bounce back pretty quick and always stay mentally dialed in,” Peterson said. Players also are encouraged by strides made in the last several weeks. “We’re just now getting to the point where we can be comfortable and be competitive when we play doubles. It was a lot of training and getting back to basics,” Townsend said. “I think we’ve gotten a lot better, and everyone is ready everyday,” Turner said. “Everyone enjoys coming to practice, and they’re just excited so it kind of shows, and we’ve gotten better already in a month just practicing.” Saint Leo is one of four Sunshine State Conference institutions to now offer beach volleyball, joining the University of Tampa and Florida Southern University as the three newcomers. Eckerd College has a program, too. Within Florida, a total of 10 institutions competed in beach volleyball during the 2017 season: Eckerd College, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida State, Jacksonville, Stetson, North Florida, Webber International and Warner. At the start of the 2016-17 academic year, a total of 66 NCAA member institutions had either added the sport or announced their intention to do so. The NCAA added a national collegiate championship for beach volleyball as its 90th championship in January 2015, after a target of 40 institutions had added the sport. Peterson is no stranger to the sand-based sport. He’s been deeply involved with USA Sand Volleyball since 2007 and previously served as head coach for beach volleyball at Division I programs, such as Texas Christian University and the University of Central Florida. Other stops include the University of Oklahoma and the University of South Florida, as an indoor volleyball assistant coach.With a schedule that includes fellow Sunshine State Conference foes and Division I programs, such as Florida International and Jacksonville University, Peterson said compiling a record of at least .500 in Year 1 “would be a nice measuring stick.”“I think our biggest thing is trying to just get them to really buy into the process,” Peterson said. “For this being such a new program and these being such new athletes, I think it’s really kind of hard to put a significant, quantifiable goal. It’s going to be more of just really looking at the growth, and each more individual and personal goals versus a team goal,” the coach added. Cultivating an upbeat, energetic environment for home matches is another objective in Year 1, Peterson said. It shouldn’t be too tough, as the Lions brand-new facilities — and imported bleachers — are squarely situated among other athletic complexes and provide for easy walking distance from one Saint Leo sport to the next. “It’s such a unique type of atmosphere for beach volleyball versus a lot of these other sports that are very rigid in structure,” Peterson said. “There’s communication, there’s heckling, the crowd can get involved. There are all these different exterior things that are happening — there’s music playing the whole time — so it’s just going to be a really cool atmosphere when we have the opportunity to host home matches, and get the fans and the students excited,” Peterson said. 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The 38-day tournament, which began Feb. 22 and runs through March 31, features various Division I through Division III programs, as well as teams from the NAIA 2018 Saint Leo Beach Volleyball rosterPLAYER HOMETOWN/SCHOOL Annabella Arcari, freshman Shelby Township, Michigan/Eisenhower High School Avery Bradshaw, sophomore Tampa/Steinbrenner High School Paloma Da Silva, seniorPocos De Caldas, Brazil/Park University Missouri Allie Daul, freshmanGrayslake, Illinois/Grayslake Central High School Anna Garrett, freshmanMerritt Island, Florida/Merritt Island High School Dallas Jasper, sophomoreAnnapolis, Maryland/Broadneck High School Jenya Kruglova, senior Moscow, Russia/St. Petersburg College Victoria Omoregie, freshman Tampa/Newsome High School Maddy Powell, seniorTampa/ Steinbrenner High School Ashley Quero, freshman Hialeah, Florida/Palmer Trinity School Fabiola Rosado, freshman Lakeland/McKeel Academy of Technology Britt Sederholm, seniorOgden, Utah/Saint Joseph Catholic School Jamee Townsend, grad student Plant City/Strawberry Crest High School Brooke Turner, freshman Tampa/Gaither High School Reggie Van Devender, sophomore Phoenix, Arizona/Seton Catholic Preparatory Nina Vattovaz, freshmanTrieste, Italy/Liceo Artistico-Alessandro Vittoria COURTESY OF SAINT LEO ATHLETICSErik Peterson is tasked with guiding Saint Leos beach volleyball program. The inaugural 16 players are crossing over from the universitys indoor team. COURTESY OF EMBRY-RIDDLE ATHLETICSSunlake High School product Zach Howard, now at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is one of several local baseball players competing in the Russ Matt Collegiate Baseball Invitational in Polk County. Players from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area in the RussMatt tourney: Gideon Dunn/Steinbrenner High School — Crown College in Minnesota  Zach Howard/Sunlake High School — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach  Jacob Rodriguez /Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School — Greensboro College in North Carolina  Blake Carroll/Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School — Greensboro College in North Carolina  Ruben Ramirez/Pasco High School — Wesleyan University in Iowa


INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More B RICHARD K. RILEY The grounds of the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City stepped back in time over the weekend for Civil War Reenactments and a Living History Encampment.Skirmishes emerged from the village and battles took place on the afternoons of Feb. 24 and Feb. 25.Spectators enjoyed the demonstration, as re-enactors advanced on the battlefield during the skirmishes. Some in attendance really got into the spirit by wearing periodstyle clothing to the event. The conclusion of the battle was signaled by the playing of Taps, while war casualties remained strewn about the battlefield. Reenactment offers living history lesson


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NETFEST SPONSORS WANTEDThe Pasco County Economic Council is signing up sponsors and their chili recipes for the sponsor-only Chili Cook-Off at the Pasco EDC 16th Annual Netfest on April 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Epperson, 7851 Curley Road in Wesley Chapel. Put on Western duds, or flip-flops and casual beach attire, to enjoy food, fun and Caribbean music at the Crystal Lagoon. Trophies will be handed out for the Best Chili in Pasco County and Most Unique. The chili cook-off is optional, but come support Pasco EDC and its economic mission. The cost is $50 per person; $40 for each Pasco EDC investor and guests; and, $30 for Pasco County employees. For information, call the Pasco EDC at (888) 607-2726. To register, visit SOCIALThe North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce will have its Monthly Coffee Social on March 1 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Suncoast Parkway. This is a no agenda event with time for social networking. 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