The Laker

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The Laker
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Laker (Land O'Lakes, Fla.)
Diane Kortus ( publisher )
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Land O'Lakes, FL
Community News Publications, Inc.
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v. : ill. ; 44 cm.


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United States -- Florida -- Pasco -- Land O'Lakes


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Began in 1982.
General Note:
Janet Gillis, publisher.
General Note:
"It's not Wednesday til you read The Laker."

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University of Florida
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The volunteer at Fire Station 28 in Land O Lakes, placed second in a national campaign to raise awareness of the need for volunteer firefighters. Besides volunteering at the fire station, she also is a teacher, mother and actress. Sorensens distinct daily life left an impression on Jarrell, president of Crushed Ego Studios, an Orlandobased comic development company. Jarrell was particularly moved by Sorensens background as both a female firefighter and an elementary teacher to autistic children. That sparked an idea for a web comic heroine, aptly named Firegirl. Its just an amplification and just an inspiration for what (Sorensens) already doing, but just making it kind of more of a superhero kind of thing, said Jarrell, who has worked in the comic industry for more than 20 years. Though Sorensen acknowledged shes never been a comic buff, she was intrigued by the proposition. I had never really thought about it from a comic book standpoint, but when (Jarrell) presented the take an everyday woman and turn her into a hero, I just thought that was an amazing idea, Sorensen said. For her, the project creates an opportunity to teach life lessons, in an exciting, positive manner: I feel like its another avenue for me to be an inspiration to people, and help them; its not just for entertainment. In real life, Sorensen remains a busy woman. Typically, she undergoes Wednesday night fire training sessions, and often picks up weekend shifts, as her schedule permits, at the fire station, which is located at 21709 Hale Road. Shes also a fulltime Autism Spectrum Disorder teacher at Clark Elementary in New Tampa. Sorensen balances her volunteer firefighter schedule with her primary responsibilities as a teacher and a mother to an autistic son. Plus, shes an actress on the side. She was cast in the 2015 film The Inevitable, and she has made an uncredited appearance in Netflixs Bloodline. Last year, Sorensen competed in Step Up and Stand Out, a national campaign sponsored by Kidde a leading manufacturer of residential fire safety product to increase awareness of the ongoing need for volunteer firefighters. The national contest was launched to recognize volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their community. Sorensen was one of five finalists (and the lone female) selected from video nominations for volunteers who represent the best of the fire service. She placed second in the contest, which ended in September. Though she didnt win, she said it was a gratifying experience. B INSIDE, PAGE 1B Some relief may be coming in 2018 to reduce the daily traffic jams at U.S. 41 and State Road 54. Frustrations at the intersection are common, as more than 100,000 motorists pass through the intersection every day. Pasco County and state highway officials are now looking at a plan to lessen congestion. The plan calls for lengthening turn lanes, providing more room in those lanes to improve the general flow in through lanes. Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey talked about the turn-lane project during a recent Pasco County workshop. Starkey said shed learned of the project at a committee meeting for the countys Metropolitan Planning Commission. I think thats a huge step forward on our road projects, Starkey said. The project isnt seen as a permanent solution, but as something that can be done in the near-term. It is a fix. said Margaret Smith, Pascos engineering services director, adding she doesnt know how long the fix will last. Design work is expected to take about eight to 10 months, with construction likely in 2018. The county will spend about $300,000 on design, with money saved from other road projects, Smith said. A funding source for the remainder of the project, estimated at around $1 million is being sought. The redesign would include these changes, based on an email from the Florida Department of Transportation: The right-turn lane eastbound on State Road 54 would increase from 215 feet to 1,050 feet. Eastbound dual left-turn lanes Traffic woes may lessen at 41/54Pasco County is the nudist capital of Florida. The state of Florida is the nudist capital of North America. But, the clothing-optional lifestyle is an often overlooked tourism market that contributes $7.4 billion to the states economy annually, according to a report from the American Association of Nudist Recreation. The association wants to put the spotlight on missed economic opportunities across the state, and in Pasco. How about nudist days at Pascos beach parks? Should there be nudist beaches at Sand Island and Anclote Island, or at an undeveloped lake at SunWest Park? Starkey Wilderness might yield opportunities for nude recreation activities, too. Those were some of the ideas included in the AANR report, which was compiled by John Heather, a consultant for the organization and an instructor of international tourism & hospitality management at Saint Leo University. Heather was guest speaker at the Feb. 14 general meeting of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Pasco could be a role model on how to build on the existing economic base of nudist recreation, Heather said. We dont have the beaches of Clearwater or the vibrant culture of downtown St. Petersburg, Heather said. But, we are so fortunate to be on major (highway) arteries. A lot of these resorts are in rural areas. They are something to make your place unique. Pascos history with the nudist lifestyle began decades ago, with resorts, social clubs and residential communities. Lake Como Resort, for instance, celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2016. Other locations for vacations and permanent residency are Caliente Resort & Spa FILE Nudist tourism needs more exposure COURTESY OF STEPHANIE SORENSEN


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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit for the roadwork on Feb. 2. The extension is considered an important project by residents, commercial interests and government officials, because it provides an important link for motorists traveling east and west across Pasco County. Im excited, said Pasco CountyCommission Chairman Mike Moore. It will bring traffic reliefand economic development all along the corridor. An official groundbreaking is in the planning stages but Moore said Cone & Graham Inc., would begin work as soon as possible. We dont want to hold them up, he added. A previous groundbreaking had been targeted for late January, but it took longer than expected for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review additional information that had been requested. The road project will provide a fourlane extension of State Road 56 from Meadow Pointe Boulevard in Wiregrass Ranch to U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. Initial plans called for a two-lane extension. However, nearly two years ago residents lobbied hard during a town hall meeting in Zephyrhills for an expanded project. Area residents and Zephyrhills officials see the road as a major factor in easing traffic bottlenecks and supporting greater economic development. Money became an issue. But, Pasco County qualified in 2016 for a state loan of nearly $23 million to finance the project. A loan repayment schedule allows the county to collect funds from developers and landowners along the corridor through mobility surcharge fees, or special assessments, if needed. Property owners and developers along the route provided rights of way to Pasco County. About half of the 6.7-mile extension runs through Two Rivers Ranch. Cone & Graham is expected to cover any shortfall in expenses, with the county and the city of Zephyrhills as fall back in the event the contractor is fired or a new contractor hired. In that scenario, estimates peg the countys responsibility at about $1.5 million with Zephyrhills contributing 10 percent, or $150,000 to that amount.Construction to extend State Road 56 FILE Heroes for Hire playing the right tunesBeing a boy band with a first release on iTunes is heady stuff. But, Heroes for Hire is getting used to the attention, playing their brand of edgy, alternative rock at venues such as Skippers Smokehouse, New World Brewery and Buckets. Louis Mittens, 15; Ben Hense, 13; Ryan Romero, 15; Corey Fox, 15; and, Josh Morin, 14, came together as a band at Jim Chambers Music Box. Chambers is the maestro who orchestrates and fine tunes young musicians at his school of rock in Carrollwood. He puts bands together with that right mix of personal chemistry and musical chops. In six weeks, theyre expected to play a show, Chambers said. Heroes for Hire started playing gigs more than a year ago. On Feb. 4, the band had a release party for its first iTunes song, The Wanted One, at The Orpheum in Ybor City. Romero is the groups songwriter. He also came up with the bands name which salutes the military. You think of soldiers. Theyre always heroes, said Romero. He started writing songs in seventh grade. I like emotional topics that have a moral meaning, that are inspirational. Some band members knew one another before coming to the box, but mostly theyve become fast friends because of the music. They attend Blake High School, Buchanan Middle School and Gaither High School, and live in Carrollwood and Lutz. Foxs mother started him on bass guitar when he was age 10. I was super into it, he said, adding that a long career in music would be a dream. Chambers knows how those dreams can sometimes happen. He is a former music executive who earned Grammy awards with Maroon 5 and Loudon Wainwright III. Chambers got his start in the mailroom at Sky Records, which was co-owned by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. Ray got him a job promotion after a chatty encounter one day at work. In a podcast interview with Cigar City Radio First, Chambers recalled Ray asking afterward, Whos that kid in the mailroom who wont shut up? Put him on the phones. From there, marketing and promotion became his way up the music industry ladder. In nearly three decades, Chambers built a long resume. His jobs included merchandise representative for Sony Records in Miami and national sales representative for a division of Sire Records in New York. Along the way, he watched Maroon 5 break into the outer stratosphere of the music world. The economic crash in 2009 cost him his job. He flirted with moving to Belize, but ended up back home in Carrollwood, with his parents. He taught drum lessons for awhile. Then, he ran a home-based music academy, until the homeowners association objected. In July 2015, he opened Jim Chambers Music Box in a small shopping plaza, at 4312 Gunn Highway. Creative Loafing magazine recognized his school as Best of the Bay band incubator. His band protgs include the all-girl band, Extra Celestial, and Inkblot. Musical influences on Heroes for Hire are the Foo Fighters, Jack White and Jimi Hendrix. Morin admires instrumental rock guitarist Joe Satriana. He lets the guitar be his melody, he said. Rehearsals at Chambers studio are freewheeling, get-it-on rock shows. But, live performances are the best. This is a way of getting feedback, said Hense, who plays the drums. It also builds a fan base that gets to know their music. Mittens thinks hes found his niche. Pretty much all I want to do is play guitar, in and out of school, he said. COURTESY OF MARLENE FOX PHOTOGRAPHY


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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. ADVERTISING ERRORS: Publisher is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the space cost for the first insertion, or for the validity of cl aims made by advertisers. MEMBER: Central Pasco Chamber, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber, Greater Zephyrhills Chamber, Greater Dade City Chamber, Florida Press Ass ociation, Free Community Papers of Florida, Southeast Advertising Publishers Association, Association of Free Community Newspapers, Independent Free Newspapers of America.Advertising and editorial content 2015 by Manatee Media Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden without prior writt en permission from the publisher. The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSONSenior Account Managertwilliamson@lakerlutznews.comCAROLYN BENNETTCustomer Servicecbennett@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. 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Earth movers are moving earth. Grimy guys with signs are redirecting traffic. New construction is erupting like mushrooms after a summer thunderstorm. Entire parts of the county are hardhat zones, and it’s all pretty much good, this investment in things that bring new jobs and opportunity. Amid the flying dust, the big machines belching smoke and the sense of anticipation that attends it all, humans are naturally grateful for what is reliable and unchanging. It’s why we celebrate efforts to preserve vast swatches of virgin land and lovely old buildings. It’s also among the reasons to cheer the return this week of the Pasco County Fair. The county fair is our annual Brigadoon, a touchstone that remains virtually the same one year to the next, despite all the change that swirls around it. And, we not only count on its constancy, we are reassured by it. There may be a connected city — whatever that is — surrounding jaw-dropping manmade lagoons back up the road. Traffic engineers might be spellbound by the prospect of a “divergent diamond” interchange at State Road 56 and Interstate 75. Riders can access Wi-Fi on all county buses now. In short, we’re so cutting edge you could lose a finger. But, just beyond the ticket-takers at the county fair, it might as well be … well, frankly, you can pick your year. Because, with the exception of a detail here or there, it never changes. Pasco’s fair week — always the third week in February, always nestled between the Florida State Fair and the Plant City Strawberry Festival — is a comforting little slice of yesteryear, where the familiar abounds: Pig race, poultry preens, cities, towns and communities boast, young pageant princesses seek their first crowns, and performers with unusual talents bring fresh meaning to the term “side show.” Where, besides a county fair, after all, are you likely to run across the self-proclaimed “only traveling ‘Lumber Jill’ show in North America?” Or, a psychologist who promises to “explore the hilarious side of hypnosis” in a “wacky show that rivals reality television”? This year’s opening day event is history, of course, but as a past participant, I would By Tom be remiss if I did not throw some love in the direction of the goofy opening-day “Celebrity Milk-Off.” Nevermind that the annual descent into bovine mayhem is that variety of celebrity events in which, as humorist Dave Barry observed, all the celebrities require name tags. In truth, almost nobody comes to see Pasco hotshots ineptly yanking on poor heifers’ delicate faucets. They come, instead, to see which cow will relieve herself smack dab in the middle of a squeeze duel. In this way, the milk-off is a lot like the Daytona 500.What else? With the possible exception of a rickety rollercoaster, the county fair’s midway offers all the rough-and-tumble kinetic experiences sufficient to eliminate weak-stomached NASA astronaut applicants.Speaking of stomachs, fairs are pretty much the originators of food trucks, although you aren’t likely to be able to find a barbecue sundae, corndogs or fried, well, everything at the Taste of New Tampa or those downtown Tampa food-onwheels roundups Mayor Bob Buckhorn fancies. And, a bellyful of friedeverything is exactly what is needed when you board a ride in which you will spend substantial moments suspended upside down. Then again, you don’t have to eat fair fare. Up at the Madill Building, they’re grilling juicy hamburgers that will transport you to 1957. And, at the next window, you’ll find strawberry shortcake that’ll save you the trip to Plant City. There’s also this to like: At 30-odd windswept acres atop a hill overlooking State Road 52, the Pasco County fairgrounds is contained. Compare that to the Florida State Fair, which sprawls across a daunting 330 acres. The county fair is relentlessly doable, then, and that, also, is to its credit. Its midway, resembling a droopy barbell, is as organized as such things can be: big-kid rides in a big grassy plaza on the north end, little-kid rides on the south, and connecting them an avenue of games of — *coughcough* — skill. Just the way it’s always been. And, that’s just the way county fair-goers like it. Familiar. Comfortable. Traditional. Something reliable to hang onto in this time of hurry-up upheaval. This is the week to lose yourself in yesteryear. Our changing world will be waiting when you get back. Tom Jackson, a resident of New Tampa, is interested in your ideas. To reach him, email FILEMckenna, left, and Brianna Childs, of Dade City, wait in the stall area at the 2016 Pasco County Fair, until they are called for their part in the Possom Trot club 4-H events. Escape life’s upheaval at the county fair


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Orders can either be picked up March 4 at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O Lakes, or the scouts will deliver the mulch anywhere on your property (within delivery area). For information or to place an order, call Rich Thibeau at (813) 267-6261, or email OF HOPEThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host guest speaker Det. Sgt. Roberts of the Zephyrhills Police Department Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m. In honor of Black History Month, Roberts will share his thoughts on those who had significant roles in shaping the African-American experience. For information, call (813) 780-0064.LIFE 101The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host Nyaras Ark: Life 101 Feb. 23 at 1 p.m., for anyone interested in free data on life insurance. For information, call (352) 567-3576.FASHION SHOWThe GFWC Lutz-Land O Lakes Womans Club will host its annual Flea Fashion Show featuring Fashions from Rosies Closet Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., at the Lutz Community Center, 101 First Ave., N.W. There also will be an auction to buy the fashions. A tapas and salad luncheon, with beverage and dessert, will be served for $7. All proceeds will benefit Very Special Arts, which provides special-needs schoolchildren with art supplies and projects. For information, call (813) 528-1179.PRETEEN MOVIEThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host a preteen movie and snacks Feb. 23 at 4 p.m., for grades four to seven. For information and movie title, call (813) 788-6375.SAFETY SUMMITPasco-Hernando State College will host a Safety and Security Summit Feb. 23 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Saint Leo University, in the Student Council Center. The two-day events theme is Cyber Threats, Human Trafficking and Guns. There will be 200 seats available. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For information, visit DRIVER CLASSESThe AARP Smart Driver class will be offered at these locations: Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St. Call Bev Cogdill at (813) 907-3908. Feb. 27 at Bayfront Health Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road. Call Jack Martin at (352) 588-2802. Feb. 28 at New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills. Call Bev Cogdill at (813) 907-3908. The cost is $15 for non-members and $20 for AARP members. Preregistration is required. QUILT SHOWSt. Lawrence Catholic Church, 5221 N. Himes Ave., in Tampa, will host Applique in Tampa Bay IV: Spring Fling Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The quilt show will include a quilt auction, gift baskets, a caf and more, and is sponsored by The Feather Princesses. Admission is $8. 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For information, call AJ Jones at (727) 372-1854. Information also can be found at PILLOWSThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a no-sew pillow class Feb. 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 9 to 15. A proper dress code and signed liability waiver are required. For information and to register, call (813) 929-1214.CRAB & SHRIMP FESTThe SunWest Park Crab and Shrimp Festival will be Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway in Hudson. There will be live bands and entertainment, an appearance by NASCARs Cody Lane, bounce houses and face painting, a beer and wine area, carnival rides and crab races. Proceeds will benefit The Student Survival Organization. Admission is free. Parking is $5. For information, call (727) 674-1464.SUPERHERO SHOWThe Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will present Squadron Spectacular Feb. 26 at 2 p.m., for kids ages 8 to 12. The interactive show will feature brothers Matthew (a musician) and Jamie (a graphic novelist) Jones who will introduce a new superhero. Admission is $7 for members, $8 for general admission, and $28 for a family four-pack. Children ages 4 and younger are free, but must have a seat reserved. For information and tickets, call (813) 922-8167, or visit AWARDS PARTYTampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in Tampa, will host its annual Academy Awards Party Feb. 26 starting at 7 p.m., with a redcarpet reception and VIP watch party for the live telecast. There will be games, prizes, free popcorn and soda, hair and makeup touchups, and a cash bar. Guests are encouraged to wear a movie-themed costume or a Hollywood-inspired outfit. General admission tickets are $20, or $15 for theater members. For information, visit DAY BENEFITOasis Pregnancy Care Centers will host Oasis Day at Hungry Harrys BBQ, 3116 Land O Lakes Blvd., in Land O Lakes, Feb. 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Twenty percent of sales (eat in or takeout) will be donated to Oasis. For information, call (813) 949-2025.REPUBLICAN CLUBThe Republican Club of Central Pasco will host guest speaker Susan MacManus Feb. 27 at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O Lakes Blvd., in Land O Lakes. MacManus is Floridas most-quoted political scientist. The social begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m. For information, call (813) 996-3011.INTRO TO BLACK HISTORYThe New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will present An Intro to Unknown African-American History Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m., for adults. The program will explore aspects of African-American history that are often overlooked. For information or to register, call (813) 273-3652.CARROLLWOOD BOOK CLUBThe CCC (Carrollwood Cultural Center) Book Club will meet Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., to discuss Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote, at the center, at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa. For information, visit, or email the clubs organizer, David Brayshaw, at BROTHERS BIG SISTERSBig Brothers Big Sisters will offer an orientation/training Feb. 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer and mentor. For information, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at (813) 997-6881 or A SPINNING TOPThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer Woodworking 101 Feb. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for ages 16 and older. Participants can make a spinning top. A proper dress code and signed liability waiver are required. For information and to register, call (813) 929-1214.DONATE TO FLEA MARKETThe GFWC Lutz-Land O Lakes Womans Club will host its annual flea market on March 3 and March 4, and is accepting donations between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., at the Old Lutz School, 18819 0U.S. 41. Donations must be clean and in working order. Large format TVs, appliances and sleeper sofas cannot be accepted. For information, call Patricia Serio at (813) 9484752. JOIN ZEPHYR SOUNDZephyr Sound, an informal ladies barbershop chorus, is looking for members. Practices are every Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Avenue. Women of all ages can join. For information, or to book a performance, call Peggy Shear at (813) 9919326. Those interested also can come to a rehearsal.JOIN FRIENDSHIP SINGERSThe Friendship Singers, a group of volunteers that performs in local nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior centers in Pasco and Hillsborough counties, are looking for members. 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The evening will include a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., dinner, dancing, a live auction, a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, and a Most Creative Green Outfit Contest and prizes. The cost is $50 per person. For information or to RSVP call (352) 588-8443, or email Park-wide saleGrand Horizons in Zephyrhills will host a park-wide and clubhouse rummage sale Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There also will be lunch and a bake sale. Grand Horizons is located behind Lowes and Walmart. Guests should take Green Slope Road to the entrance. For information, email Pat Mengl at


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Williams Automotive Group is the parent company for Wesley Chapel Toyota, Wesley Chapel Honda and Tampa Honda. Lexus of Wesley Chapel will be the second to sell luxury, high-end vehicles in Pasco County. In 2015, AutoNation opened Pasco Countys first Mercedes Benz dealership at the corner of State Road 56 and Interstate 75, also in Wesley Chapel. It is within the orbit of Tampa Premium Outlets, Cypress Creek Town Center and Florida Hospital Center Ice. For Lexus fans, the nearest dealership is more than 20 miles away in Tampa. A study and review of the areas demographics found Wesley Chapel to be a perfect fit for the luxury car buyer, according to an email statement from John Williams, co-owner of Williams Automotive Group. The market for Lexus of Wesley Chapel covers not only Pasco but northern Hillsborough County, Hernando County and beyond, Williams said in the email. According to 2015 census data, the annual median income in Wesley Chapel is about $75,000. By comparison, the Pasco overall median income is about $45,000. Average household income is even higher at more than $85,000 in Wesley Chapel, and $60,000 in Pasco. With the ongoing growth in the county, Williams said the market can handle even more luxury dealerships in future. The main Lexus showroom will be a twostory building with about 58,000 square feet. There also will be a double-tunnel car wash of about 3,800 square feet, and a covered outdoor pavilion of about 1,900 square feet. The dealership will have nearly 500 parking spaces. A 10-acre adjacent site has room for more than 600 additional parking spaces, and a future collision center. Williams said construction on the collision center probably will begin in 2018. The indoor showroom will feature 12 Lexus vehicles while another 10 vehicles can be displayed outdoors. There will be 30 service bays, including eight detail bays, with room for expansion. 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For a volunteer application, visit CESSATIONThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will offer the I-Quit smoking cessation class Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. Participants can learn strategies for quitting all forms of tobacco and Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Free patches, gum and lozenges also will be available, while supplies last. For information, call (813) 780-0064.HOSPICE WORKSHOPGulfside Hospice will offer a Forget Me Not workshop Feb. 28 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Gulfside Bereavement & Community Outreach Center, 6224 Lafayette St., in New Port Richey. The workshop will allow participants to use their green thumb to plant seeds of hope and honor a loved one by creating a memorial flower pot. Admission is free, but reservations must be made by Feb. 24. 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For information, call (727) 869-5498.BILIRAKIS NAMED TO HEALTH CARE PANELU.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) has been appointed to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, a key congressional panel with jurisdiction over the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, as well as medical research and public health issues. In the 114th Congress, Bilirakis helped author major legislation on the Health Subcommittee, such as the 21st Century Cures Act, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, and bills to boost research for rare disease, neurological, and congenital heart defect patients. The panel additionally has jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid reform, andFood and Drug Administration policy. KIDS DENTAL HEALTH MONTHThe Florida Department of Health and the American Dental Association partner every February to raise awareness about the importance of childrens oral health. Dental health is an important part of overall health. 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Pasco County commissioners voted unanimously on Feb. 7 to approve the framework to establish the Connected City, as a state-approved 10-year pilot program to foster a technology-based city of the future. At its 50-year build out, the Connected City is expected to have more than 96,000 residents within multiple neighborhoods; 37,000 homes and apartments; as many as 7.2 million square feet of employment facilities; and, a role-model reputation for technology innovation. But, for now, all eyes are on Epperson and the Crystal Lagoon in northeastern Pasco, at Curley and Overpass roads. The mammoth swimming pool, with clear blue, see-through waters, is a global phenomenon, with locations in Chile and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Pascos Crystal Lagoon will be the first in the nation. Its like swimming in a bottle of Zephyrhills water, said Greg Singleton, president of Metro Development Group. Its so incredibly clear. It took more than two years of planning, workshops and negotiations to reach the groundbreaking at Epperson on Feb. 2, followed by the Connected City vote nearly a week later. It was worth the time. I say congratulations to everybody, said Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore. I think well see great things for our neighborhoods. All eyes are going to be upon us now. People will be coming to Pasco County, to follow suit. State lawmakers carved out about 7,800 acres in northeastern Pasco, in 2015, for a special development district. The boundaries are Interstate 75, State Road 52, and Curley and Overpass roads. State law, and now county approval, set in motion a 10-year pilot program to encourage mixed-use development projects and masterplanned communities built from the ground up with cutting edge technology. At the end of the day, I feel its the right thing for the county, said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Wells. It comes down to job creation for me. Still, the excitement level created by Connected City isnt shared by everyone. Resident Jennifer McCarthy has been a frequent critic of Connected City at prior meetings. She and her husband, Chris McCarthy, attended the final hearing on Feb. 2, but neither spoke during public comment. They both remain worried about property rights of residents who have lived in the area for decades. Increased traffic is another issue, especially on Kenton Road where they live. They also arent convinced that the area can become another technology-heavy Silicon Valley. This isnt California, said Jennifer McCarthy. Resident Nancy Hazelwood worries about preserving the rural character of the area. She objected when county commissioners voted to carve out a portion of the Villages of Pasadena Hills, and to add it into Connected City boundaries. County commissioners said that made sense because the state-drawn boundaries overlapped into one of the Villages neighborhoods. It was the third time, Hazelwood said, that the county gave up rural land to accommodate urban development. You keep taking things from what we were given at one time, she said. Change is coming. Metro Development Group anticipates completion of the lagoon in 2017, with the opening of model homes in late 2017 or early 2018. Metro Development Group is working in a public-private partnership with Pasco County on the initial development within Connected City. The development company controls about 35 percent of the targeted area. A second community known as Mirada is planned by Metro Development Group, along with a second Crystal Lagoon of more than 10 acres. In return for meeting more than 50 development criteria, the county is offering mobility fee credits and a faster-than-usual review process to Connected City projects. Technology is the premier feature in what is expected to entice high-paying jobs to Pasco. The vision is for the entire area to become a northern gateway into the Tampa Bay region, with links to commerce and education centers to the south, including the researchoriented University of South Florida. I am doing everything I can to hook them up with tech companies, said Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. COURTESY OF COLE MEDIA PRODUCTIONS


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Pasco County high school students have created art from trash, and the recycled artwork will be on display in the lobby of the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive in New Port Richey, through Feb. 24. Creations are judged in 15 categories, including Best Use of Aluminum, Best Use of Plastic, Most Innovative and Best Environmental Concept. The contest and exhibit help raise awareness of the arts and encourage the practice of recycling. For information, visit SCHOOL CAR SHOWThe second annual Wesley Chapel High Car Show will be Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel, with imports, domestics, trucks and student cars.There also will be food trucks, a disc jockey and kid’s activities. The show will feature three classes, and handmade trophies will be awarded. All proceeds will go to the high school’s auto academy. The show entry fee is $20. Spectator admission is free. 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A TLC reality television show, Buy Naked, features local real estate agent, Jackie Youngblood, as she finds and sells homes in Pasco for her nudist clients. A Bare Dare 5K is an annual event at Caliente and is probably the largest naked runners race in North America. Pasco Countys website has an online link, Naked People Vacation Here, at They recognize that it is very important to our tourism tax here, said Heather. But, much more could be done to promote nudist tourism, he added. Six new hotels are under construction or newly opened in Pasco, but Heather said they often focus on the business traveler. More resorts and tourist hotels are needed, he said. Statewide, cruise lines are adding more clothing-optional vacations. Currently, the only officially sanctioned nudist beach is in Miami, on the northern end of Haulover Beach. But, nudists are quietly accepted at a few other locations including Playlinda, at the federally owned Cape Canaveral National Seashore. The AANR report highlighted Haulovers economic benefits to Miami. About $988,000 in parking fees from nude beach visitors were collected at the north parking lot in 2015-2016. The annual expenditures from nudist tourism is pegged at about $1 billion. The nude beach is packed with people, Heather said. Still, there is acknowledgement that nude beaches would be a challenge. It could be a political back and forth, Heather said. But, the payoff could be significant, he said. Pasco County set a record last year by earning nearly $1 million from tourist tax revenues. Overall, tourism has grown in Florida from about $87 billion in 2011 to about $109 billion in 2016. Your return on investment is just too great, he said.would increase from 350 feet to 750 feet. An additional 125 feet would be added to the outside left-turn lane for a total length of 875 feet. Westbound on State Road 54, the rightturn lane at U.S. 41 would increase from 360 feet to 500 feet. The southbound dual left-turn lanes on State Road 54 already are at the maximum length. Southbound on U.S. 41, the dual leftturn lane would increase from 430 feet to 475 feet. The southbound right-turn lane would increase from 320 feet to 475 feet. No change is planned for the northbound U.S. 41 leftand right-turn lanes because they are at maximum length. A permanent and more intense design change for the intersection remains uncertain. Work will begin anew in March on the Vision 54/56 corridor study, which is looking at a range of road projects from U.S. 19 to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. A first phase of the study was completed in 2016. This second phase will place emphasis on ideas to improve the intersections of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 in east Pasco, and State Road 54 and Little Road in west Pasco. Meanwhile, the state transportation department put an earlier proposal on hold to build a $180 million flyover elevating State Road 54 over U.S. 41, and including toll lanes. 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SPECIAL OLYMPICS SET FOR FEB. 24More than 700 athletes are expected to compete in the East Pasco Special Olympics Feb. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel. Events include track & field, bocce, cycling, soccer and tennis. Admission and parking are free. For information, contact Bridget White at (813) 794-8729 or LEAGUE CELEBRATES 66TH YEAR Dade City Little League will celebrate its 66th anniversary March 4 at Burk’s Park, 13220 Gene Nelson Blvd., in Dade City. The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by Opening Day ceremonies at 9 a.m. Throughout the day, there will be a Challengers game, along with tball, baseball and softball games. For information, email John Moors at MEN’S SOFTBALL REGISTRATIONRegistration is now open for Idlewild Baptist Church’s Men’s Softball league. Cost is $45 per player. Games are played every Monday evening from March 6 through April 24. Playoffs are May 1 and May 8. For information, email MCLAUGHLIN 5KBishop McLaughlin Catholic High School will host a Category 5K/Fun Run & Family Event Feb. 25 at the school’s athletic fields, 13651 Hays Road in Spring Hill. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $10 for children ages 6 to 12, $20 for students, and $30 for adults. Other family events include a corn hole tournament and putt-putt golf. Online registration and payment are available at For information, call (727) 857-2600. ALZHEIMER’S PASCO CHALLENGEThe Alzheimer’s Family Organization will host its Pasco Challenge March 11 at the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., in New Port Richey. The 17th annual event includes a 5K, 10K and half-marathon foot race, as well as a noncompetitive one-mile Fun Run and bike tour. Funds raised will benefit individuals with Alzheimer’s disease in Pasco County and Central Florida, and their families. For information or to register, call (727) 8488888, or visit DERBY RECRUITING OPENOn the first two Mondays of each month, Revolution Roller Derby will have open recruitment from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at SpinNations, 8345 Congress St., in New Port Richey. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to join; no experience is necessary. The nonprofit, flat-track roller derby league features a women’s team, The Rolling Valkyries; and a coed team, Mom & Pop’s Militia. For information, visit, or email FRIENDS 5K SET APRIL 9Girls Scout Troop 497 will host the third annual Furry Friends 5K on April 22. The run starts at 8 a.m., in front of the Wilderness Lake Preserve Lodge, 21329 Wilderness Lake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. To run the race, participants must bring one donation item per person. Food and supplies will be donated to both the Pasco County Animal Shelter and P.U.R.R (Pets Unconditionally Rescued and Rehomed). Animals will be available for adoption at the end of the race. Furry Friends 5K T-shirts can be pre-ordered through March 25. For information, visit Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports 16A February 22, 2017By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comThey were just one win shy from reaching the Class 7A state tournament. Yet, as the performance in their first-ever region final would indicate, Sunlake’s varsity girls basketball team still has some work to get there. The Seahawks (17-9) — the last girls hoops squad standing in Pasco County — suffered a devastating 66-24 loss to Orlando Edgewater (16-14) on Feb. 17 at Wiregrass Ranch High School. A sizable Seahawks crowd — loud and proud in pre-game warmups — was quickly silenced as Edgewater roared to a blazing 24-0 start, less than 7 minutes through the opening quarter. The Eagles attacked Sunlake’s 2-3 zone, mostly by hitting 3s, drawing fouls and getting second-chance opportunities. Edgewater’s well-rounded athleticism and on-ball traps, too, proved a problem for the Seahawks throughout the contest. The first Sunlake points finally came with 51 seconds left in the first quarter — a three-point play by 5-foot-10 junior guard Elizabeth Moran, who led the team with eight points. It was far from enough, though. By halftime, Edgewater’s lead grew to 5316. A running clock ensued in the second half. For the game, Edgewater made 18 threepointers, and out-rebounded the Seahawks 27-12. Edgewater, which has won four state championships since 2007, is now playing in the state tournament for the sixth time in 10 years. Despite the lopsided defeat, Seahawks coach Reesa Hendrix Pledge remained upbeat. “Sometimes you’re just not ready,” Hendrix Pledge said, honestly. “But, we’ll be ready next year. We’ll be back.” There’s a solid chance of that, considering Sunlake has just one senior— guard Cheyenne Yucatonis — graduating from a team that returns five juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen. “They’re babies,” Hendrix Pledge said. “There’s two of them that started last year, and the rest of them are just now playing.” The 2016-2017 season, she noted, was more about “coming together as a team.” “The greatest thing,” Hendrix Pledge said, “is they love each other more, and they fight for each other.” Sunlake’s final basket of the season, fittingly, was scored by Yucatonis. The senior was subsequently pulled out of the game as a show of gratitude for her contributions to the program. “She’s meant everything,” Hendrix Pledge said. “She’s worked hard, she’s been the first one to practice, she’s been the one that helps clean up, she’s (taught) them what it takes to work year-round and to get better. “That’s what we needed this year — that leadership — and she showed it.” Prior to the setback to Edgewater, Sunlake won four consecutive playoff games, defeating Springstead twice, Land O’ Lakes and Brandon high schools. Elsewhere in our coverage area, the Carrollwood Day School’s varsity girls basketball team advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history. Under first-year coach Karim Nohra, the Patriots (27-2) are heading to Lakeland to play in the Class 3A state semifinal, following a 51-43 victory over Orlando Christian Prep in the region final on Feb. 14. Nohra previously guided Academy at the Lakes to the final four in five of his six years before departing to CDS in October. The Patriots enter the state tournament with youth — and lots of it. The roster of 10 players includes just two sophomores, six freshmen, an eighth grader and a seventh grader. Additionally, all five starters are freshman, including top player Tiasia McMillan, a guard who averages 15.8 points and 7.6 rebounds. SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SEND SPORTS NEWS TO KWEISS@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM CHECKTHIS OUT AREA COMMITMENTS Imani Thomas, a 6-foot power forward for Academy at the Lakes, will continue her basketball career at Hillsborough Community College. A reliable double-double threat, Thomas is the first player in the Academy’s history to log 1,000plus career points and rebounds. ranks Thomas as a three-star recruit, and the nation’s 71st-best forward for the 2017 class. “She is incredibly intelligent, a very smart player,” Academy’s coach Todd Huffman recently told The Laker/Lutz News. “She understands the game, and reads and reacts to situations with split-second adjustment.”  Brett Bitter, a wide receiver for Steinbrenner High, has committed to play collegiate football at Liberty University, an FCS school in Lynchburg, Virginia. In 2016, the 6-foot-2, 165-pound wideout led the Warriors in receiving, tallying 43 receptions for 652 yards and seven touchdowns. He also added 35 tackles and two interceptions on defense. During his prep career, Bitter compiled 94 receptions, 1,479 yards and 13 touchdowns.  Nate Springfield, a right-handed pitcher for Wiregrass Ranch High, has committed to play baseball at St. Petersburg College. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior led the Bulls in ERA (1.30), strikeouts (49) and innings pitched (49.1) in 2016. The Bulls’ 2017 season began Feb. 21.LOCAL HOOPERS TO PLAY IN ALL-STAR GAMEA pair of local basketball standouts were chosen to participate in the Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association East-West Senior All-Star Game. Wharton High School’s Dae’Son Barnes and Steinbrenner High’s Trey Williams will both represent the West squad. Barnes is a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, and Williams is a 6-foot-1 point guard. The game’s date and time is pending.SAINT LEO HOSTS FREE SPORTS CLINIC FEB. 25Saint Leo University will host a free sports clinic for elementaryand middle-school students on Feb. 25, celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The day will start with a sports clinic for school-age students on the University Soccer Field at 10 a.m. The clinic aims to expose participants to a variety of sports; introductory developmental skills will be taught by Saint Leo NCAA student-athletes. Once the clinic concludes at 11:45 a.m., participants are invited to stay for free pizza and the softball doubleheader, which begins at noon at University Softball Stadium. Tampa Bay area native and 2016 Olympic gold medalist swimmer Melanie Margalis will be in attendance at the clinic. Margalis, a 2010 graduate of Countryside High School in Pinellas County and a 2014 graduate of the University of Georgia, won a gold medal with the U.S. Women’s 4200 freestyle relay team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For information about Saint Leo’s activities for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, contact Erin Mykleby at or (352) 588-8223. To register, visit BOSTON MARATHON FUNDRAISER FEB. 23Wesley Chapel resident Trish Trout is once again competing in the Boston Marathon, as a runner for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A fundraiser is scheduled for Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m., at FITniche at The Shops at Wiregrass. The fundraiser includes a 3.1-mile run/walk. Bart Yasso, chief running officer from Runner’s World Magazine, will head up the run, and will also give a short presentation. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. For information, call FITniche at (813) 428-6945. Key returnees for Sunlake in 2017-2018 Andrea Wallace, junior center:11.9 PPG, 13.0 RPG, 2.2 blocks per game Mary Moran, junior guard:9.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 2.5 steals per game (SPG) Kasia Ramirez, junior guard: 8.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.1 SPG CJ Van Eyk, a senior right-handed pitcher at Steinbrenner High School and Florida State commit, was selected as a 2017 first-team preseason high school AllAmerican by Collegiate Baseball News. Van Eyk was one of several dozen players nationwide selected to the list. The site says players on the list “represent not only amazing athletic ability and talent in their respective positions, but they also are among the most sought after players by pro scouts and college recruiters.” It’s not the only outlet hyping Van Eyk’s abilities. He also was named to’s 2017 preseason AllAmerican team, which encompasses 30 prep players nationwide. Last year, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound ace helped spearhead Steinbrenner’s Class 8A state title, compiling a 12-1 record on the mound, with 130 strikeouts and a 0.77 ERA in 91 innings. In October, Van Eyk was one of 20 players across the country selected to the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Scouts laud Van Eyk for his low-90s fastball, along with his power curve and changeup. FILE Steinbrenners CJ Van EykPitcher named preseason All-American Sunlake falls short of state title bidKEVIN WEISSSunlake fell one win shy of reaching the Class 7A state tournament. However, they return all but one player for the 2017-2018 s eason. COURTESY OF LUTHER COLLEGE Local grad earns collegiate letter Darryus Lowe, a former Land O Lakes High School defensive lineman, earned his first collegiate letter as a member of the Division III Luther (Iowa) College football team. Lowe, a 2016 graduate of Land O Lakes, made an immediate impact as a freshman defensive tackle, tallying 20 tackles and 2.5 sacks for loss. At Land O Lakes, the 5-foot-10, 285pound Lowe was one of the more disruptive defensive players in Pasco County. As a senior in the 2015 season, Lowe racked up 67 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, four sacks and a forced fumble. COURTESY OF PREMIER JUNIOR GOLF TOUR Golfer wins junior tournament Jordan Sarhaddi, a sophomore at Sunlake High School, won the Premier Junior Golf Tours Crescent Oaks Junior Open on Feb. 12 in Tarpon Springs. In the Boys 16-19 Division, Sarhaddi finished plus-4, shooting a two-round total of 148 (79-69), five strokes lower than the second-place finisher. He made seven birdies during a final round, three-under par 69. The win earns Sarhaddi a Florida Junior Tour exemption.


By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comThere’s no shortage of activities — or room— at the newly minted Florida Hospital Center Ice. From learning to skate, to playing hockey and curling, there’s plenty to do at the much-ballyhooed facility, which measures 150,500 square feet. On Jan. 28, during the facility’s opening weekend, hundreds of youth and adults packed into what has been described as “the largest ice sports facility in the Southeastern United States.” Patrons came from as far away Brooksville, Valrico and Lithia to check out the complex, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., which is off Interstate 75 at the State Road 56 interchange in Wesley Chapel. Others visited from nearby Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and New Tampa. And, while two of the complex’s five rinks remain under construction, there were plenty of options to accommodate ice enthusiasts of all kinds. The Olympic rink, which measures 200 feet by 100 feet, was fully occupied with public skaters and learn-to-skate participants. Two NHL-sized rinks (200 feet by 85 feet), meanwhile, were teeming with hours of youth recreational hockey evaluations and adult pickup games. During breaks in ice action, spectators marveled at the fully stocked pro shop and other amenities at the two-story facility. Gordie Zimmermann, managing partner of Florida Hospital Center Ice, is one contented man. “We’ve exceeded our expectations from the get-go,” Zimmermann said. “Like participation for the Learn to Skate, everything’s almost double of what we thought it would be coming out of the starting block, so it’s been terrific.” That, too, applies to registration figures for the center’s adult hockey leagues. The initial eight-week “reduced” session has 25 teams signed up, consisting of beginner, intermediate and advanced leagues. “We thought we would maybe get 10 teams in the first adult (league),” Zimmermann said. He’s elated with the current registration figures. Additionally, more teams are anticipated to sign up once 12-week sessions commence. Besides recreation league offerings, the center also will be home base for several other area-based teams and organizations. The Wiregrass Ranch and Freedom high school club teams have signed up. The same goes for the University of South Florida Ice Bulls, of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The Tampa Bay Junior Hockey Club, an elite training development program, also has jumped aboard. Consequently, a bevy of regional and international tournaments and camps are in the works, Zimmermann said. One of the more intriguing on the docket is the World V-Red Prospect Advanced Camp, from July 16 through July 21. Labeled as Canada’s No. 1 hockey program, it’s the first time ever the weeklong event will be hosted in the United States.“The biggest thing that we’re doing,” Zimmermann said, “is that we’re bringing in major tournaments through the summer, and we’re going to bring in another one that’s going to be huge for the area for hockey.”The complex, too, has drawn the eyes of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who’ve signed on as program rink sponsors. No plans are in the works for the Lightning to relocate their practices from the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, however. Other visiting NHL teams, though, may practice at the Wesley Chapel complex during their road trips to Florida; multiple NHL organizations have already expressed interest in doing so, Zimmermann said. Still, there will be ample ice time for FEBRUARY 22, 2017The LAKER/ INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & MoreThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLutz NEWS B FRED BELLETDuring a water break, Mason Cessna, 9, of Valrico, gets a quick swig during the 9and 10-year-old session. Coaches were watching the individual abilities of each participant in the Squirts division. In a beginner's group session, 7-year-old Michael Caruso, left, of Wesley Chapel, finds ice skating can be a slippery experience, while he and others try skating from one side of the rink to the other.Ice arena offers plenty of room, action Kim Payne, communications director at Florida Hospital Center Ice, watches a practice session from an observation area on the second-floor. everyone — even the average skater or recreational hockey player. “We can do a lot more...and still keep our public skate and our learn-to-skate program going; we don’t have to cancel it,” Zimmermann explained. Other key features of the complex, interestingly, don’t even require ice. Rinks can be converted to accommodate large corporate events and dry floor sports, such as basketball, volleyball and box lacrosse. “We have a sub-floor that goes over the ice,” Zimmermann said, “and a sport court goes on top of one of the NHL rinks. We can put it on any one, and we can also do it on the mini-rink.” There’s also a six-lane, 90-yard running track, and a 2,600-squarefoot fitness facility. All those features, Zimmermann said, set the facility apart from other complexes. “Really, there’s nothing comparable to this south of New York all the way through the West Coast,” Zimmermann said. “It’s pretty amazing.” Shari Klutz, skating the center’s program director, agrees. “I love this facility,” said Klutz, who previously served as figure skating director at the Ashburn Ice House in Virginia. “They thought of a lot of key things, and made it unique. It has every training aspect you could need.” The ice complex has been a long time coming for the area. Previously, many Pasco and north Hillsborough residents would trek to Brandon to get their hockey and skating fix. Others may have used the Clearwater Ice Arena or the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar. Florida Hospital Center Ice was expected to open in October 2015. However, various permitting and technological setbacks stalled the $28 million capital investment project. Zimmermann pointed to a lengthy commissioning period, balancing of the building and “other things out of our control.” “I wouldn’t say they were necessarily delays,” Zimmermann said. “It’s a very complicated building.” He added: “We would have loved to be open before the (Christmas) holiday, but we’re going to be here a long time, so we wanted to do it right.” With a relative dearth of ice complexes in the Bay Area, Center Ice is forecasted as an economic driver for both Wesley Chapel and Pasco County. The county already has five hotels in development, including two directly adjacent to the complex. Officials believe the massive facility will attract 1.5 million to 2 million visitors annually, with 40 percent coming from outside Tampa Bay. Though open and operable, the entire complex is still not fully complete. Finishing touches are still being made to the fitness center and two rinks. The full-service restaurant, Top Shelf Sports Lounge, is slated to open sometime this month.Florida Hospital Center Ice has attracted a large number of skaters, taking to the ice. Gavin Conley, 5, of Lutz, seems one with the ice as he skates solo after a few pointers from ice-skating instructor, Megan Welch, of Wesley Chapel. Rob Passante, left, of Wesley Chapel, has the duty of tying ice skates for 10-year-old Tucker McKinney, of Seffner, as Tucker's brother, Luke McKinney, 4, looks on. Tucker is friends with Passante's son, Dominic.

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