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Academy at the Lakes Realtor Mom





Academy at the Lakes Realtor Mom Gives Back


Land O' Lakes Residents Enjoy Jazz at the Library


4th Annual Pasco Blues & Food Festival Returns to Heritage Park February 8th


GFWC Lutz Land O' Lakes Woman's Club

12-13 "Beautiful Downtown Lutz",

the Little Song that Launched a Music Career

14-15 Mark Gold - The Visionary Who is Transforming

the Grove into Wesley Chapel's New Downtown


Local Businessman Donates 1,000 Toys to Pasco County Schools' Students


Moments to Enjoy


What Makes a Window Energy Efficient?


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Jazzercise - Dynamic vs. Static Stretching

January Lawn & Garden






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Academy at the Lakes Realtor Mom Gives Back BY SANDY PARRISH

“I’ve found my calling.

Real estate is what I should have been doing my whole life.” After 17 years working for Verizon in customer service, project management and marketing, Jennifer Merchant has found the sweet spot in her career. “All of my experience with Verizon really prepared me for real estate because my entire working life has been focused on developing relationships, getting my clients what they need and making them happy. These skills have translated seamlessly into helping my clients with buying and selling their homes. My passion is really connecting with people, networking and just helping and supporting each other,” Jennifer said. A few years ago, Jennifer, her husband and their two young daughters relocated from California to Dade City, looking for some acreage, a few horses and chickens, and most importantly, a great school for their girls. They found it all. Her daughters both attend Academy at the Lakes with Kenzie in 5th grade and Melody in 1st grade. Jennifer explained, “This school is just incredible and worth every penny,” she said. “They don’t merely focus on test scores. They also teach children extremely valuable and important ‘real life’ skills such as the inclusion of others, friendship, how to be compassionate and support others and work as a team.” “Actually, Academy at the Lakes is where my love of networking began. Last year, I had more free time to volunteer but I’ve become so busy with real estate that I’ve had to cut back some, so I started looking for another creative way to support the school that I love and came up with this idea. I’m now making a $500 donation to Academy at the Lakes each time an enrolled family buys or sells a home with me or refers someone that buys or sells a home with me. These donations go directly to the Academy’s Annual Fund which is used to support and enhance trips, science related events, educational virtual reality (VR) technology and other school development and initiatives,” Jennifer said. “Because moving and buying a home are one of life’s biggest stressors, I love to help people navigate that process to make it as easy as possible. I really focus on being very realistic with my clients so they can maximize their situation and avoid having a bad experience,” she explained. “I see very unfortunate cases where a seller has been told an overinflated value for their home just to get a sales contract signed by an agent. Eventually the seller realizes that is unrealistic and is so disappointed in the entire process. I make sure to be very objective and honest so they understand the value of their home and one they may be considering.” “With all the current online competition such as Zillow and Redfin, as licensed real estate agents, we have to be different and create a supportive

and memorable experience for our clients. I tailor my efforts to the needs of each buyer and seller because I understand the appeal of living in a rural area and having more space and freedom because that is what I love, but I can also relate to wanting to be close to everything,” Jennifer continued. “It really just depends on what’s most important to that individual and their family. I enjoy a professional relationship with all of my clients and many have now become lifelong friends. I make a point to always keep in touch and we even have community monthly get-togethers.” “My father was in the military so we moved a lot and I can really empathize with the impact of that on a military family. I’m currently getting a real estate designation to be able to help military families relocate,” she said. “I believe staying current is extremely important in this industry because of the constant changes, so I continue to take classes to obtain additional training and certifications to allow me to better help and serve people.” “We’re so fortunate because this area is growing so much. This afternoon, I’m hosting an open house with five different parties who are coming for a tour, and four of them are from out of state. So many people and companies are relocating to Florida, it makes for a very dynamic and exciting real estate market,” she said.

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Land O’ Lakes Residents

Enjoy Jazz at the Library

On Saturday, December 28th, the Land O’ Lakes Library hosted a live musical performance by jazz vocalist, Synia Carroll and Florida Jazz Express, treating residents to an afternoon of great jazz and big band sound. The group performed holiday favorites as well as year-round classic big band, Latin, pop, funk, standards and modern music. For more information on the performers, visit and



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GFWC LUTZ-LAND O’LAKES WOMAN’S CLUB recently conferred the honor of its “Club Woman of the Year” Award to longtime Lutz resident, Lonna Vizzari. Outgoing President Karin D’Amico presented Ms. Vizzari with a commemorative plaque and her name will be added to the club’s “Plaque of Fame” at Lutz Community Center. Lonna has tirelessly served the club in numerous capacities and as Chair of the Conservation Committee for a number of years. She has never said “no” to assisting or chairing any club event or project. For more information on this community service organization, please visit: OR its Facebook page.

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“Beautiful Downtown Lutz”,

the Little Song that Launched a Music Career

Once upon a time back in the 70’s,

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John Ritter lived in Lutz off State Road 54 and was working on his masters at University of South Florida. This was back in the day when Lutz boasted only a flashing street light and a few churches, or so the famous song goes. The song was written in the early 80’s when Ritter worked as a writer for WRBQ’s Q-105, creating themes and jingles for the extremely successful morning show, the Q-Morning Zoo, created by DJ’s Scott Shannon and Cleveland Wheeler. Ritter sang many of the show’s theme songs and jingles including the Q-Zoo’s opening song. John said, “We had this idea to create a new show character, Bud Kutz from Lutz, and soon enough we needed a theme song to go with him. One night I was up late drinking what I thought was decaf coffee, only to find out later from my wife that we did not have any decaf in the house. I was wired and stayed up all night.” By dawn, “Beautiful Downtown Lutz” and John “Lutz” Ritter were born. “That little song became a big hit in Florida and it really changed the trajectory of my life. Its success gave me the confidence to really go after a career as a songwriter and performer. I was approached by someone in Lake Tahoe to come out there as a performer, so I moved and spent 11 years there as a successful Nevada entertainer,” John explained. After over a decade, he decided to stop entertaining and moved back to Florida with his wife, Bobbie and their two children, Lindsey and Johnny. He built a 24-track recording facility and created the positive country music show Rise Up. The success of that show led John to partner with Ken Cooper in 1995 to form “Cooper & Ritter,” which ran as a very successful morning show on the legendary Q105 for six years. Rise Up eventually moved to Tampa’s award winning country station, WQYK, 99.5 where it was renamed Rise Up Country and was distributed nationally. The radio program can now be heard on over 180 radio stations across America. John said, “The show’s mission is to tell people not to give up, that God loves them and there is hope.” John likes to say it’s where we get our weekly dose of inspiration and a message of hope. John wants to see families stay together, and as a proud dad, one of the most important messages he hopes to convey is to love your children. In addition to hosting the Rise Up Country show and running his production studio, John continues to pursue his songwriting career and has several songs to his name, including many theme songs for the Q-Morning Zoo radio show, “Beautiful Downtown Lutz,” and the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Fight Song, “Hey, Hey, Hey, We’re the Buccaneers.” John and his wife Bobbie now split their time between St. Petersburg and Nashville, where each month he spends time there writing songs with artists and other song writers. He has songs recorded by both Craig Morgan and Susie Luchsinger, Reba McEntire’s sister, and is currently working with Tenille Arts, Tracey Lawrence, Jeff Bates and Aaron Tippin, just to name a few. “These days, I have less years ahead of me than I do behind me, so I try to use them wisely and do the things that I love. I still love working in radio and writing music today,” he said. For more information about John and Rise Up Country, please visit John Ritter Beautiful Downtown Lutz Songwriter

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forget about really connecting,” Mark Gold, of MGold Properties said. “I’m going to build the Downtown of Wesley Chapel at the Grove. It will become a central place for families to enjoy a unique, very relaxed form of entertainment that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors.” “Let’s make the dream come true.” Gold believes that restaurants, services and family entertainment for children and their families will draw people together. “Our 685,000 square-foot shopping center hosts national tenants Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Ross, along with many more who are completing over 15% - 25% above the national average in sales. The Grove has 300 acres and with authorization to build 1.3 million square feet.” The former office park buildings at The Grove have become The Village, a 40,000 square-foot complex that Gold said he specifically designed for fun. Restaurants, music and entertainment will inhabit the downstairs space and upstairs will deliver more service oriented retail such as yoga, Pilates, martial arts and professional offices. Gold noted, “The interest has been tremendous. In only two months, I’ve leased every single space in The Village, so we are fully leased already.” Micro-brewery Double Branch Artisanal Ales, Cuban Restaurant, Best New York Pizza, Bistro Café, F 45 Fitness, Brooklyn Water Bagels, King of The Coop Chicken Restaurant, Treble Makers, a dueling piano bar, and The Kilted Axe,

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a veteran-owned and operated indoor axe throwing range are all set to open shortly. Landscaping and walkways will bring all of the entertainment areas together into one entertainment venue. In the large grassy area facing I-75 between the Village and Outback Restaurant, a huge container park and outdoor entertainment and recreation area will be constructed over the next four to five months. “The Container Park concept is all about doing something very different and unique. It’s about recycling and reusing things. Former semi-truck trailers measuring 40-feet

use retail space. Our design has parking spaces directly in front of the storefronts Monday through Friday, then for weekends and events, that parking is closed and the area becomes a pedestrian-friendly walkable space,” Gold said. “I do the Container Park specifically to support local businesses. If you have a dream to open a small shop, you can do it here because it’s not expensive. The 40-foot retail units now rent for only $1500 a month, with most users taking 2 to 4 containers. This really encourages small, unique businesses to participate. I advertised the Container

long will be used to develop a park and retail area. Overall, retail is moving to a smaller concept on square footage – making things smaller, more efficient & more unique,” he said. Our Container Park design is the only one of its kind and will be the largest in the world,” Gold explained. “A typical container layout is designed in tight clusters with parking usually at a distance from the shops, so you have to park and walk to the shopping area, making it more of a weekend strolling type of thing than everyday

Park for just two days and I rented close to 80% of the space,” he said. The area will host 27-30 restaurants that will reside within the park. They will offer unique tastes for every palate from every cuisine including Cuban, Columbian, Italian, Asian and many more. “We have approximately 20% left to rent in the park and we are looking for unique concepts pertaining to retail, food or service. Additionally, offices are more than welcome.” “Surrounding the Container Park will be a huge outdoor entertainment area boasting a music amphitheater,

a dog park, and kids’ playground – basically everything families and kids could want. This area really needs this. We’ll have events every week such as Family Night on Wednesdays, Ladies’ Night on Mondays and live music on the weekends. We’re even going to do competitions, sort of like a TV show, and we’ll vote for the best singer, best wall mural and best comedian, with big prizes,” Gold noted. “Every few months, we’ll host a big event with a big name act. The idea is to bring every kind of entertainment to The Grove, so people won’t have to drive to Tampa to enjoy downtown style events. The idea is to bring Tampa to Wesley Chapel because this area is really missing this and we’re going to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment and tourist destination for the people in this community. I just imagine the sound of children laughing and having fun, families talking and listening to music and enjoying good food and drinks,” Gold mused. “My company is completely unique in that it is our management, our design, our landscaping and our security. Everything from start to finish is our brand. Each property is my baby. Everything stays in place after the property is completed so that the feel and the quality remains exactly the same. My people stay to run the show and this is why all of my properties are always leased at 90% or higher. There are no vacancy issues. It’s really all about the personal touch that we deliver.” “Wesley Chapel is a very unique community. The people here are super - like a big family - everybody hugs everybody. I love it here and I plan to move my life and my business to this area very soon. I’ve bought a lot of land in this area and I’m going to buy more. My goal is always to build in the fun with things like zip lines, outdoor chess games, trampolines, and skating rinks and much more. I have 1.3 million square-feet of available space to build out at The Grove,” Gold said. “When I’m done, it’s just going to be…WOW!”



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Dynamic vs. Static Stretching By Deb Goldman, Jazzercise Tampa - Lutz Fitness Center

As 2020 starts, most people think about fitness or weight loss resolutions. You may be ready to recommit to whatever you were doing before you became too busy with the holidays, or you might be starting a new exercise program. In either case, it is very important to always warm up your muscles to prevent injuries. There are two different forms of stretching and each one is appropriate for different times during your workout.

Dynamic Stretching

Think of dynamic stretching as your warm up. You are warming up the body, getting the muscles, ligaments and soft tissues ready to work out and also mobilizing your joints. We are preparing the body for a wide range of motion. With dynamic stretching, you want to keep moving throughout the stretch and not hold one position for too long. This form of stretch promotes fluid movement during athletic performance, decreases soreness and minimizes injury. It also improves speed, agility and acceleration. Examples of dynamic stretching include walking while pulling your knees up high, slowly swinging your leg forward and back, or doing slow lunges while twisting the upper body. Your goal is to do some of the movements slowly that you will later do faster or with bursts of speed during your workout.

Static Stretching

Static stretching is used more to cool down. In this type of stretching, you will move the muscle to the end of its range of motion and hold it, without pain for 20 to 45 seconds. At the end of your workout when your body is already warm, you want to stretch the muscles causing a little bit of stress. If you do static stretching at the beginning of a workout, you limit the muscle’s effectiveness to do gross amounts of force when you need it at the peak of your workout. Static stretching may limit your body’s ability to react quickly when you need to jump for short sprints and for quick reaction time. If you use static stretching at the start of your workout, you may negatively impact your performance. But using static stretching as a maintenance stretching program will also help reduce your risk of injury. Examples of static stretching would be to extend your leg, flex your foot and hold to stretch your hamstrings. You could bring your foot up behind you and hold it with your hand to stretch the quadriceps. For the upper body, extend your arm across your body and place your other hand on the outside of your arm to hold the stretch. Our muscles need to be both strong and flexible, so you need both types of stretching in order to optimize your body for whatever type of workout you are doing. Know when and how to stretch and make it a part of your daily routine. Happy Exercising! Lutz Jazzercise offers dynamic and static stretching in every class. New students can get started for free. Class times and formats are available at jazzercise-tampa-lutz-fitness-center. Look for our special offer in this issue, or call 813-743-9493.

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2/1 Run for Love - Sweetheart 5K & Cupid’s 1 Mile Walk

1/26 2020 Radiant Light Up the Night 5K Run Pasco Hernando State College Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch 2727 Mansfield Blvd - Wesley Chapel - 8am Join the Pasco Sheriff’s Office for the Radiant (LUTN) 5K run and 1 mile walk to bring awareness to the prevalence of human trafficking and to educate the public of the warning signs of trafficked victims. All the money raised will benefit agencies that work to fight human trafficking and help victims. This event will begin at 8:00 AM with a 5k & 1 mile run/walk race at the Pasco-Hernando State College. Runners will receive a t-shirt and medal. Awards ceremony to follow race. Can’t make race day? Virtual run / walk options now available also. PSO invites you to celebrate the run and join us the week after for the Light Up The Night Concert event on February 1st at The Shops at Wiregrass 6-8pm. This event is very family-friendly and will include live music, a Kids Zone, horse mounted police officers, food vendors, a helicopter landing, and a candlelight ceremony to conclude the event. Race registration ends January 25th at midnight. Check website for updates, registration deadlines, prices and information: http:// ............................................................................................

Connerton Community Clubhouse - 21100 Fountain Garden Rd, Land O’ Lakes - 8am The Run for Love will be held in the historic Connerton Community to raise funds for the Faces of Courage Foundation, a locally based and nationally recognized non-profit organization hosting free weekend camps for families impacted by Cancer and Blood Illnesses. The Run for Love will consist of a 5K, officially chip timed as well as a fun 1-mile walk starring the event’s mascot: CUPID! There will be food, beverages, and special guests to enjoy along with vendors, raffles, prizes, and a special photo-op with Cupid! Come out and see Raymond Ray, the Tampa Bay Rays mascot. Don’t miss the bounce houses and rock painting activities. Leashed pets may participate and this event is family-friendly. For more information including race times and registration, please contact or visit ............................................................................................

2/1 2nd Annual Coyote Classic Car Show

10am – 2pm Streetside Classics - 4610 Pet Lane Suite 105, Lutz Cypress Creek Middle High School PTSA will host the Second Annual Coyote Classic Car Show at Streetside Classics located in Lutz. Last year we had over 400 families attend along with 71 car entries at our event and we expect an even bigger turn out this year! We will have many exhibits, food trucks, Live Music from Soulyard Band, silent auctions, and of course plenty of classic cars planned for this fun-filled family day. This year we are raising funds for our 2020 Class. For further information, please visit

1/26 Chic Decor & Artisan Markets

10am – 4pm The Grove at Wesley Chapel Visit the kick off their 2020 market season with the Winter Wesley Chapel Chic Decor & Artisan Market. Formally the Shabby Chic Vintage Markets & Artisan Days and 2019 Best of the Bay runner-up Best Local Makers Market! We are excited to launch our 2020 markets with a new and improved shopping experience, brand, and purpose. We’ve upcycled our upcycle market, and you’re not going to want to miss our launch in Wesley Chapel. Shop your way through hundreds of unique artisans local to Pasco County. Choose from multiple popular local decor styles such as farmhouse, rustic, vintage, shabby chic, and industrial, to style up your home. Or find something for yourself from one of the

2/8 4th Annual Pasco Blues & Food Festival 12pm – 7pm Heritage Park - 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd Land O’ Lakes Join us at the 4th Annual Pasco Blues Festival! Enjoy live entertainment from local artists, great food from around the bay, and family fun for all ages. Local Blues musicians will be on stage all day, so bring your lawn chairs or enjoy our seating while it lasts. This is a great chance to meet your neighbors, get involved in the community, and enjoy the fun. Tickets $10.


2/9 Market & Mini’s with the Fur Babies

10am – 2pm EvoLove Event Center - 4575 Pet Lane, Lutz Join us for this outdoor market for a fun day of pets, pictures, vendors & charity! Natalie Landrum Photography will be taking pictures for the cutest Valentine’s Day memories. Vendors include food trucks, artists, makers, charities, groomers, pet sitters, trainers, rescues & groups. All proceeds will go to charity. For more information, please call (813) 703-2110. ............................................................................................

2/15 Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival 2020

12pm – 6pm Carrollwood Cultural Center 4537 Lowell Rd, Tampa The Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival is back for its 5th year! The Themed Food Truck/Trailer/Tent event covers every bit of Chocolate... as vendors must stick to a Chocolate Theme. Both Sweet and Savory is represented. The Festival also boasts Live Entertainment, both audio & visual. For more information please call (813) 562-9599 or visit ............................................................................................

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5pm – 9pm Tampa Premium Outlets - 2300 Grand Cypress Dr Lutz Free First Friday Music Series is bringing Wesley Chapel together. Get ready to dance! Bands, DJ, food trucks, activities, local businesses and vendors. Featured music is Rock n’ Roll and Top 40 mixes. Kid-friendly.

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6:30pm - 7:30pm AdventHealth Wellness Center Conference Room 2700 Healing Way, Wesley Chapel Do you want to lower your risk of heart disease? Then do what’s best for your heart and take action before it’s too late! Join AdventHealth Wesley Chapel to learn how to keep your heart beating strong and reduce your risks of developing heart disease. Learn about the current statistics of heart disease as well as the signs and symptoms and ways to combat this issue. Space is limited, so to reserve your ticket for this free event, please register at

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What Makes a Window Energy Efficient? To

control heating and cooling costs, energy efficient windows and doors are more important than ever to homeowners. Joseph of Morgan Exteriors explained, “They can dramatically improve your utility bills. Simonton, one of our top window manufacturers, is continuously looking for ways to make their windows and doors as thermally efficient as possible. From the materials they use, the glass packages they offer and their dedication as an ENERGY STAR partner, they’ve really got you covered when it comes to energy efficiency.” Joe continued, “Here are a few of the key components and features Simonton offers to deliver top window and door performance.”

Premium Vinyl Windows and Doors

The premium vinyl used in Simonton windows and doors is an excellent insulator and offers low conductivity. Its thermal properties are far superior to aluminum, steel and stainless steel. This means there is very low temperature transfer into or out of your home, helping to keep you comfortable all year long.

Low E Glass Coating

Simonton windows and doors are available with ProSolar® Low E glass. A transparent metallic oxide coating is applied to the glass surface that allows short-wave energy to pass through but reflects long-wave infrared energy for greater thermal efficiency. This helps heat to not be transferred through the window and door.

ProSolar® Shade

For advanced Low E protection, Simonton offers ProSolar® Shade. This spectrally selective glass blocks damaging UV rays while

allowing desirable light into the home, providing the ultimate in solar heat control, visibility and energy savings.

I.G. Unit Filled with Argon Gas

The space inside an insulating glass unit— between the glass panes—may be filled with Argon gas, an odorless, non-toxic gas that is six times denser than air. With the added density of the gas, temperature transfer through the insulating glass unit is greatly reduced. In some areas of the country, they offer Krypton gas as an option. Krypton gas is even denser than Argon gas which further maximizes energy efficiency and reduced temperature transfer, which can translate into lower utility bills.

Spacer Systems

Simonton windows and doors feature unique spacer systems within the insulating glass unit. The spacers are made of highly thermally prohibitive materials and are placed between the glass panes to help seal the entire unit, creating a space for inert gases and further reducing temperature transfer.

Laminated Glass for Windows and Doors

Simonton’s impact-resistant laminated glass consists of a durable interlayer sealed between two layers of glass. This advanced laminated glass package offers several benefits: it acts as a barrier against energy loss, reduces noise transmission, helps block damaging UV rays and deters forced entry.


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To explore options for making your home energy efficient and reducing utility bills, contact Morgan Exteriors at (855) 997-0293 or visit Morgan Exteriors, Inc. is located at 15915 N. Florida Avenue in Lutz.

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JANUARY Plantings & Lawn Maintenance Plan to beautify your landscape with these tips for what to plant in JANUARY and lawn maintenance measures! Excerpts are taken from courtesy of University of Florida IFAS Extension.

What to Plant

Annuals/Bedding plants: Plants that can be added to the garden during the coolest months include dianthus, pansy, petunia, viola, and snapdragon. Bulbs: Crinum, agapanthus, and gloriosa lily bulbs can be planted now. Provide a layer of mulch to protect from cold temperatures. Camellias: Select and plant camellias this month. Visit local nurseries now for the best selection of colors and forms. Vegetables: Irish potatoes can be planted now. Start with healthy seed pieces purchased from a local nursery or online seed catalog. Continue planting cool-season crops, including broccoli, kale, carrots, and lettuce.

What to Do

Deciduous fruit: Plant deciduous fruit trees now to give their roots time to develop before the warm, dry spring months. Prune and fertilize existing trees. Cold protection: Be ready to cover tender plants to minimize damage and be sure covers extend all the way to the ground. Frost or freezes are likely this month and next. Arbor Day: Celebrate Florida Arbor Day (the third Friday of January) by planting a tree in your yard or community. Crapemyrtle: Remove seed pods, crossing branches, and small twiggy growth to improve the appearance and form of the plant, if desired. Hard pruning is not required.



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Did You Know That Tampa Bay’s Water is Rated the 6th Hardest Water in the Nation?


ost of us fill a glass of water from the tap without giving it much thought…but maybe we should. In this area, homeowners face many challenges with hard water and well water issues. Conditioning your water can solve the issues created by these two common culprits that cause everything from iron stains on fixtures and appliances, a rotten-egg odor, rashes, dry skin, discoloration of hair and nails, to dirty-looking residues on laundry. Residents have become accustomed to water treatment as a way of life, but many are unaware that there are now greener, less toxic ways to clean up the water in your home and even in your swimming pool.

GREEN Non-electric Water Softeners

This water treatment system uses minimal amounts of water and salt during regeneration, replacing the harsh and harmful minerals in your water with softer, silkier ions.

GREEN-ER Hydrogen Peroxide Well Water Treatment System

Far less toxic than chlorine, Hydrogen Peroxide works as a powerful oxidizing agent - even more powerful than aeration, chlorine or potassium permanganate. Peroxide decomposes into oxygen and water, leaving no trace of chemical residues. For problem well water containing iron, iron bacteria, manganese or hydrogen sulfide gas, this is a great choice and works safely with your septic system.

GREEN-EST Ozone Generated Well Water Treatment System

A fully automatic ozone based system is a reliable and effortless way to treat the water in your home. It harnesses the natural power of ozone to provide clear, fresh drinking water without using harsh, toxic and expensive chemicals. This provides a green solution for the control of hydrogen sulfide, iron staining and Sulphur reducing bacteria in your water.

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A GREEN Pool is Actually a Good Thing

It’s now possible to sanitize and de-chlorinate your swimming pool using an all-natural, low maintenance and Offering water softeners, hydrogen peroxide and ozone chemical free system. This set up easily attaches to your existing generated well water treatment systems, pool sanitizing pool system and uses safe NSF certified materials to effectively systems, iron filters, chemical pumps and drinking water sanitize the pool water, killing 99.999% of bacteria, viruses, systems, Land O’ Lakes Water Treatment has been fungi, algae, mold, and mildew. This method also maintains serving residents in Pasco & Hillsborough Counties since PH-levels and requires no refilling, ongoing maintenance, or 1980. They specialize in same day or next day service independent power. because they focus on a 15-20 mile radius from their Looking to ‘green’ up your family’s water? Get a free water shop in Land O’ Lakes. Call for a free water test or more test from the experts at Land O’ Lakes Water Treatment and find information (813) 996-4479. Land O’ Lakes MAGAZINE | VOLUME II • ISSUE I | TO ADVERTISE CALL 813.501.4894out what’s going on in your water.

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