Pasco wants you, to fight illegal dumping

Pasco County is turning to a state law against littering — coupled with the help of its citizens — to get tougher on illegal dumping. The targets of the get tough campaign are illegal dumping by individuals and blighted commercial properties. Pasco County citizens will be enlisted in a social media blitz, dubbed #PascoProud, aimed at catching illegal dumpers in the act, and prosecuting … [Read more...]

Housing demand on rise in Florida, Pasco

Construction sites along Pasco County’s major corridors are part of everyday landscape. Bulldozers clear land and work crews move in with hammer and nails. Pasco is awash in new single-family homes under construction, and to a lesser degree, apartment complexes. But, market trends show that the supply of new homes is lagging behind demand. That’s a change from the housing bubble that … [Read more...]

Del Webb moves into Bexley

Pulte Group broke ground on an 850-home, age-restricted Del Webb Bexley community in Land O’ Lakes on Jan. 31. The age 55 and older community is the first “active-adult” project built by Pulte in the Tampa Bay area since 1960, according to a press release from Pulte Group. “We feel the Tampa area is underserved for baby boomers looking to live in a place that is designed specifically for … [Read more...]

New fees needed to help protect patients during hurricanes?

Pasco County commissioners are discussing the possibility of imposing new fees to help protect patients in licensed health care facilities when hurricanes threaten or hit. Although Hurricane Irma was a less destructive storm than many feared as it blew through the Tampa Bay region, it revealed potential problems in protecting, evacuating and sheltering patients in licensed health care … [Read more...]

Business Digest 02/14/2018

New Identities Hair Studio opens New Identities Hair Studio had a ribbon cutting and open house on Feb. 7 for its third salon location, at 19038 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in New Tampa. Other locations are in Tampa Palms at 15307 Amberly Drive and 10639 Big Bend Road in Riverview. For information, call the studio at (813) 579-1575, or visit NewIdentitiesSalon.com. Membership lunch The … [Read more...]

Sinkhole response: Fence and landscaping?

Pasco County likely will opt to close off a sinkhole that swallowed two houses in Lake Padgett Estates with a fence and landscaping, to mimic, as much as possible, the appearance of a retention pond. Consultants say that other options, including rebuilding Ocean Pines Drive, would risk additional environmental damage. Consultants also recommend against building cul-de-sacs near the sinkhole, … [Read more...]

Bond issue for jail and fire rescue expansions?

Pasco County commissioners are considering a possible referendum to see voter approval for a 30-year bond issue that would pay for a jail expansion, four new fire stations, and the expansion of five existing fire stations. The $185 million bond issue, earmarked for public safety, would be placed before voters on the November ballot. County commissioners got preliminary data on the bond at a … [Read more...]

North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce makes debut

A new chamber came into view last summer with the merger of The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Now a new name is representing the combined chambers, which will now be known as the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, according to an email sent to chamber members from Zack Kalarickal, the chamber’s board chairman. The name brings … [Read more...]

Business Digest 02/07/2018

Connerton wins gold Connerton, Pasco County’s largest master-planned, mixed-use community, won the 2018 Gold Award for Best Lifestyle Program for a Community at the National Association of Home Builders’ National Sales and Marketing awards gala, according to a news release from Connerton. The gala was held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando on Jan. 10. More than 1,000 real estate … [Read more...]

Pasco joins lawsuit seeking opioid settlement

Pasco County has joined the national trend for municipalities to fight back against distributors and manufacturers of opioid medications. County commissioners voted to become one of several plaintiffs in litigation that seeks to replicate the kind of payouts attorneys won in the late 1990s against the tobacco industry. Pensacola-based Levin Papantonio will represent Pasco County. The law … [Read more...]