Dade City’s downtown soon to receive flood relief

The completion of a project now underway in downtown Dade City aims to address flooding problems that have plagued the area for years. The public works project, which began in August, involves the installation of new stormwater piping.  Joseph DeBono, Dade City’s public works director, is overseeing the project. The work is being done to address major flooding that hinder parts of … [Read more...]

Rattlesnake Festival offers new features, special guests

It’s that time of year again, when the Rattlesnake Festival offers two full days of fun at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, following a special concert by the world-famous Bellamy Brothers to kick off this year’s event. The Bellamy Brothers will perform on the evening of Oct. 18, with separate tickets sold for that event. The traditional festival activities will be offered on Oct. 19 and Oct. … [Read more...]

Amping up entertainment in Downtown Dade City

It was an eventful day for Melanie Armstrong, as she stood at the site where she’ll soon be operating Savory Roots — Catering and Events. The shop will soon be part of a coming downtown Dade City attraction that will be known as – The Block. Located in the heart of downtown Dade City, the premise at 14313 Seventh St. is expected to become a hub for retail and social … [Read more...]

Two families celebrate new Habitat homes

It’s not every day that a new homeowner moves into a new Habitat for Humanity home, and it’s even less common for two housewarmings to take place on the same day. But that’s exactly what happened on Oct. 2, as Debra Brown turned the key to walk the hallways of her new home. Charles and Megan Free with their children, who live next door, did the same thing. They were celebrating along … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes route to lose bus stop, weekend service

Bus Route 41, in Land O’ Lakes, no longer will be making a stop on Collier Parkway — and also will discontinue operating on Saturdays. Those changes were approved by the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board on Sept. 12. The changes were prompted by a recommendation from Pasco County Public Transportation based on its research and public feedback. “We received … [Read more...]

East Pasco to receive new, upgraded veterans clinic

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in the midst of building a new outpatient clinic in Zephyrhills. As a branch of Tampa’s James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, the facility will be an upgraded replacement to the current Zephyrhills Community Based Outpatient Clinic. It will serve former members of the military. “I’d say accessibility is probably our biggest reason for building a new … [Read more...]

Pasco opens first incubator kitchen

An incubator kitchen has opened in Dade City, to promote economic development through food businesses. The new facility is a collaborative effort between University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)-Pasco County extension, the Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc.’s SMARTstart incubator program and Pasco County. The kitchen was officially unveiled on Sept. … [Read more...]

Under Construction 10/02/19

AutoZone shop Motorists will have another convenient spot to pick up automobile parts and accessories with the soon-to-come AutoZone shop. The 6,815-square-foot facility will be located at 12090 State Road 54 in Odessa. Construction began in September. The store is expected to open in November.             Checkers restaurant A Checkers … [Read more...]

Dade City to hold first monarch festival

Dade City is getting ready for its first Monarch Butterfly Festival. The Oct. 12 event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will celebrate Dade City’s induction as a  Monarch City USA. The designation refers to the city’s efforts in maintaining the survival of monarch butterflies. Vendors will offer food and items for sale, including pottery, birdbaths, metal art and jewelry, to name just a few of … [Read more...]

Scarecrow fest to enliven Dade City

Just in time for fall, patrons will have a chance to enjoy the Scarecrow Festival. The Dade City event function set for Oct. 12, will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A host of vendors will offer food and crafts, and there will be entertainment, too. Mr. Tommy will make his return with live musical performances, and a sing-along for kids and adults. Patrons can design their own scarecrows … [Read more...]