Pasco County steps closer to rental registry

Pasco County is taking aim at a problem that crops up when a Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy arrives at a scene, and isn’t able to determine who owns the property, or who is authorized to be there. The problem also occurs when the county can’t pin down a way to locate who’s responsible for code violations at a specific site. To address those issues, the Pasco County Commission is considering a … [Read more...]

County outlines Ridge Road construction timeline

Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles recently laid out the time frame for the completion of the Ridge Road extension, a project that eventually will provide a new east-west corridor between Moon Lake Road and U.S. 41. The project is broken into two phases, with a groundbreaking for the first phase held earlier this week. During the Pasco County Commission meeting last week, Biles laid … [Read more...]

Pasco’s economy is on a roll

Single-family permitting was up 21% in Pasco County in 2019, compared to the previous year — and for the first time, the county’s single-family residential average permit value topped $300,000. Those were among the statistics that County Administrator Dan Biles shared with the Pasco County Commission during its Jan. 7 meeting. “As you know, there’s typically a two-year lag between when … [Read more...]

Pasco adopts new standards for mini-warehouses

After months of research and outreach, Pasco County has developed new regulations relating to the placement and design of mini-warehouse and self-storage units. The Pasco County Commission adopted the ordinance regulating these types of facilities in December. In crafting its regulations, county planners considered standards in Dade City, St. Petersburg and Miami, as well as in Portland, … [Read more...]

Continuing to make strides against human trafficking

Pasco County has made strides in combating human trafficking, but statistics continue to paint a sobering picture about the prevalence of the problem. Some of those statistics were reported during the Pasco County Commission’s Jan. 7 meeting, where commissioners praised local efforts that are being made to battle the problem, and passed a resolution declaring January as National Slavery and … [Read more...]

Business Digest 01/15/2020

Girl Scout cookie season kicks off The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida are kicking off the Girl Scout Cookie season and, this year, there’s a new choice available for patrons. The new Girl Scout Cookie is called Lemon-Ups, and it’s a crispy lemon cookie that carries a message. This year, the official day for the beginning of cookie booth sales is Feb. 14, through the West Central Florida … [Read more...]

Pasco County is eyeing new rental registry

The Pasco County Commission is considering a new regulation that would require a registry for all vacant and rental properties in unincorporated areas of the county. The registry would be implemented and maintained by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, and would require owners to designate a property manager to be responsible for receiving legal warnings, notices and citations for vacant and … [Read more...]

Spotlight on Talent marks 37th year

While television talent competition shows, such as “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars” draw massive audiences — a local event has those national programs beat in terms of staying power. This will be the 37th year that Spotlight on Talent has invited young people with assorted talents to show off their skills at a regional competition. Besides communities … [Read more...]

Business Digest 01/08/2020

Greater Pasco Chamber luncheon The Greater Pasco Chamber membership luncheon is set for Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at SpringHill Suites Tampa North-Land O’ Lakes, 16615 Crosspointe Run, Land O’ Lakes. For more information, call (727) 842-7651. Greater Pasco Chamber breakfast The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce general membership breakfast meeting is set for Jan. 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 … [Read more...]

Pasco County ‘hottest county around,’ commission chairman says

When Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore moved to the county in 2007, it was a different place. When he arrived, the State Road 54/56 corridor — with it shopping malls, restaurants, car dealerships, hotels, residential subdivisions, medical offices, state college and industrial development — looked nothing like it does today. The Shops at Wiregrass wasn’t even there yet, recalled … [Read more...]