Lutz News-Lutz/Odessa-November 4, 2015

download Lutz News-Lutz/Odessa-November 4, 2015

of 24

  • date post

  • Category


  • view

  • download


Embed Size (px)


Wiregrass Sports Park on new path?; Opening day a hit; It’s a small world, after all for Lutz couple

Transcript of Lutz News-Lutz/Odessa-November 4, 2015



    Lutz NEWSFree

    Your Home SoldGUARANTEED

    or I will buy it myself.*

    Ernest C. Van Glahn P.A.,REALTOR MRP

    EXIT PRIME REALTY20625 Amberfield Dr.

    Land O Lakes, FL 34638(727) 267-2347 cell

    Call me today for your FREE, NO OBLIGATION

    market analysis.*Some conditions apply

    N O V E M B E R 4 , 2 0 1 5




    Winner 2012, 2013, 2014

    A/C LICENSE #CAC1816647

    PLUMBING LIC. #CFC1428982

    ELECTRICAL LIC. #EC0001103

    Air Conditioning Plumbing Electrical

    Auto Accident?Slip and Fall?


    No Fees Or CostsUnless You Win

    Walk-Ins Welcome

    Call Attorney



    18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL

    (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry)

    I Will AggressivelyFight To Protect

    Your Legal Rights




    The LAKERFreeMake a date to do something special

    for yourself ... and your family.and your fam

    O C T O B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 5

    By B.C.

    When the final tourism numbers are in,Pasco Countys tourism manager believesthe county will be issuing a report on arecord year for the county.

    Im actually probably going to have arecord year, once I see Septembers num-bers. The average daily room rate is up about10 percent across the board, said Ed Caum,tourism manager for Pasco County. Its pret-ty exciting.

    And, the prospects are bright for evenmore visitors in the coming year.

    The county has several new attractions

    FILE PHOTOTree Hoppers is an aerial adventure park inDade City, giving people of all ability levels

    B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOEd Caum, tourism manager for PascoCounty, believes the county is heading

    Pascos tourism figures are rising


    The full version of The Laker is now available online. Visit and click E-Editions in the top left corner.

    By Kathy

    The future of the Wiregrass Sports Park isin play, again.

    A new call for proposals will be issuedwithin the next month seeking developerswho want to partner with Pasco County inbuilding and operating a field house for in-door sports such as basketball, wrestling

    and volleyball.The project also envisions the potential

    for four or five outdoor ball fields. And, even-tually there could be tourist attractions suchas an indoor zipline, indoor skydiving, and adriving range.

    But, even as the county puts the projectout for bid, negotiations are under way on anew proposal from the Porter family, whohave played a considerable role in influenc-

    ing the development of the area.The family previously owned the land

    now occupied by The Shops at Wiregrass,Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Pasco-Hernando State Colleges Porter Campus atWiregrass Ranch, as well as residential subdi-visions and public schools.

    The Porters donated more than 200

    Wiregrass Sports Park on new path?

    See PARK, page15A

    By B.C.

    Richard and Juanita Wirth, of Lutz, havebeen traveling to Germany for years, to joinin Oktoberfest festivities.

    This year, though, when they stopped inTutzing, Germany, they were surprised tofind a butcher shop called Lutz, Metzgerie.

    We stopped and shared that we lived inLutz, Florida, Juanita Wirth said. They weredelighted to find the name had made it all ofthe way to Florida, she said.

    The shop is a popular place to eat lunch,and thats where the Wirths grabbed a biteon their final day there.

    They thought it was fun to find a placeso far away, which shares the same name asthe place that they call home.

    Its a small world, after all for Lutz couple

    Openingday a hitShoppers flock toTampa Premium Outlets

    By Kathy

    Margie Hamman was one of the earliestbirds to land at the Tampa Premium Outlets.

    Almost too early.Her 5:30 a.m. arrival at the fog-shrouded

    parking lot, off State Road 56, surprised oneparking lot attendant who said she shouldcome back later.

    As she began driving off, a man in a suitand tie flagged her down and ushered herback to the parking lot, she said.

    She was rewarded for early arrival whenshe came away with a bag full of covetedhandbags and the bragging right of beingthe first customer inside the Coach storewhen the mall opened at 10 a.m.

    She got a steal for her 10 designer purs-es, and then she moved on over to Gap.

    Ill be making a lot of trips to my car,said Hamman, who drove from Homosassato her daughters home in Odessa the nightbefore. Im doing my Christmas shopping.

    She was among thousands who throngedthe walkways on Oct. 29, the opening dayfor the highly anticipated outlet mall devel-oped by Simon Property Group.

    Hamman expects to be back, again andagain.

    The Ellenton Premium Outlets (also aSimon mall) is no longer her go-to destina-tion, especially when she has a daughterliving so close to Tampa Premium Outlets.

    Like Hamman, there are others who willforego outlet malls in Ellenton and Orlandoto jingle cash registers in Pasco County in-stead.

    The outlet mall will be an economic shotin the arm, Pasco County CommissionerChairman Ted Schrader, said during the rib-bon-cutting ceremony.

    We know its going to be a very big suc-cess, building on this momentum, he said.We are so looking forward to shoppersspending so much time in Pasco, maybelooking around, staying and living here.

    About 800 people gained full and part-time jobs at the outlet mall, and local laborhired about 500 people to help build it.

    The outlet mall adds cache to the TampaBay region and will help boost tourism, saidEd Caum, Pascos tourism manager.

    Visitors to the area can be expected tospend their money in more than one coun-ty and at more than one venue, he said.

    It will have a regional influence, saidCaum. People will fly in to TampaInternational Airport. They may stay inClearwater, but eat at Ulele (in Tampa), andcome here to the mall.

    Foreign visitors, especially from Canadaand Brazil, are frequent shoppers at theOrlando Outlet Mall. And, Caum said Pascoplans to focus some of its marketing onCentral and South American countries in-cluding Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico.

    With counties sharing in the tourism

    pool, Hillsborough Countys tourism agency,Visit Tampa Bay, will include materials onthe Tampa Premium Outlets in its marketingpackages at an upcoming trade show inLondon.

    Everything thats in Pasco, were goingto be working very closely with them, saidKevin Wiatrowski, regional media relationsmanager for Visit Tampa Bay. All of our mate-rials have this built into it along with ourregular stuff. Its an impressive time to behere.

    Wesley Chapel resident Rita Faddoulcame from Lebanon more than 20 yearsago. She remembers when the communityhad one store, one light.

    Now, she says relatives coming fromEurope will enjoy something unique in herneighborhood.

    Its better than the International Mall,Faddoul said. I want to stay until midnight.

    Cool vibe and good dealsThe 441,000-square-foot mall, with its

    Key West dcor, will offer more than 100Stephen Yalof, chief executive officer ofPremium Outlets for Simon, talks about theopening of Tampa Premium Outlets, locatedon State Road 56, near Interstate 75.

    FRED BELLET/PHOTOSFountains shoot water into the air as the Market Hall food court towers over the LagoonCourt at the Tampa Premium Outlets.More coverage, page 1B.

    See OUTLETS, page15A

    B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOJuanita and Richard Wirth, at their comfortable home in Lutz, recount running across anoth-er place called Lutz during their recent visit to celebrate Oktoberfest in Germany.See LUTZ, page15A

  • Its readers like you who make these awards possible

    Its readers like you who make these awards possible

    June 26 - Small Business of the Year nominee, Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce

    July 24 - 11 statewide journalism awards from the Florida Press Association

    September 3 - Small Industry of the Year, Pasco Economic Development Council

    September 10 - Small Business of the Year nominee, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce

    September 19 - 10 advertising design awards and 5 journalism awards from Community Papers of Florida

    October 15 - Small Business of the Year nominee, Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce

    2015 Awards and Recognition

    TheLAKER / LutzNEWSCommunity News Publications

    address: 3632 Land O Lakes Blvd, Suite 102, Land O Lakes, FL 34639 phone: 813.909.2800 web:

    THANK YOU! from the staff of TheLAKER / LutzNEWSTHANK YOU!

    2A www.LakerLutzNews.comNovember 4, 2015

    By B.C.

    In a world where new cyber threats con-stantly emerge, a new agreement betweenSaint Leo University and (ISC)2 will expandopportunities at the university in the arenaof cybersecurity.

    (ISC)2 is a nonprofit organization that pri-marily focuses on education andcertification in the field of cybersecurity.

    Saint Leo University has recently joined(ISC)2 in a Global Academic Partnership.

    USF and Polk State College are other in-stitutions in the region that also joined(ISC)2s Global Academic Partnership.

    This is one of the largest and most re-spected organizations that operates in thisfield, said Dr. Vyas Krishnan, assistant profes-sor of computer science at Saint LeoUniversity.

    Its sort of a gold standard, he added,