Zephyrhills presents draft budget, appropriations requests

The City of Zephyrhills has unveiled its proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20 — totaling more than $67 million. The $67,043,615 draft budget is based on a tentative tax rate of 6.35 mills previously approved by the Zephyrhills City Council. The draft budget was shared during an Aug. 12 council meeting. Based on the 6.35 millage rate, the total budget for the new fiscal year will be … [Read more...]

Skills training program led to White House trip

Patrick Pinnone was wrapping up a five-year stint in the U.S. Marines when he heard about a training program offered by Home Builders Institute (HBI) — an educational arm of American Home Builders. It was exactly what he was looking for, as he prepared to make the transition to civilian life. But, there was a problem. The program wasn’t being offered at Camp Lejeune, the Marine base … [Read more...]

New River Branch Library to close for remodeling

The New River Branch Library will be closing Oct. 1 to prepare for an extensive makeover, according to a Pasco County news release. The renovation is being paid for funding provided through a general obligation bond approved by voters in November 2018 to upgrade Pasco County’s seven branch libraries. Voters also approved general obligation bonds to pay for improvements to the county’s … [Read more...]

Frolicking in the Florida snow?

Children, and adults alike, will have a new recreational option when a new winter park opens for business in Northeast Pasco. The Pasco County Commission on Aug. 6 approved the addition of a snow park, which will be situated next to Tree Hoppers Aerial Adventure Park, on the north side of St. Joe Road, about 800 feet east of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, in Dade City. The conditional use, … [Read more...]

Getting up-close and personal with reptiles

A love of dinosaurs at age 5 led Bruce Shwedick into a lifetime of work with reptiles. The Plant City man, who operates Reptiles Discovery, recently brought his traveling reptile show to the Hugh Embry Branch Library in Dade City. Shwedick’s show features  gentle, captive-born reptiles, which he presents in a safe, non-threatening manner to people at his shows. He focuses on educating … [Read more...]

Creating a permanent place of honor

If all goes according to organizers’ desires, Pasco County will join the state’s 66 other counties and will establish a permanent memorial for law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Those behind the effort hope the memorial will be ready for use next year, during the Pasco County ceremony held annually to honor members of the law enforcement community who began their shift, … [Read more...]

Police officers help kids start school year in style

Eleven-year-old Jayden Boykin made his way from one aisle to the next, as he went shopping for school clothes with his new buddy – Officer Troy Fulford of the Dade City Police Department. The police officer and fifth-grader were on a mission, to make sure Jayden will look fashionable for his first day back at Rodney B. Cox Elementary School. The pair was among those taking part in the … [Read more...]

Public input propels playground project forward

The initiative to renovate the playground at John S. Burks Memorial Park in Dade City is pressing forward after the public had the opportunity to offer its input. A session was held on July 10 at the Hugh Embry Branch Library, in Dade City, to solicit public input. Ideas presented – especially by youths – possibly will be implemented into the project, said Angela Fagan, of the Pasco … [Read more...]

Dade City sets tentative millage rate

Dade City residents will not see an increase in their property tax rate for the coming year. Dade City Commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 on July 23 to set the tentative millage rate at 7.14 mills — the same rate as last year. Under state law, once a tentative millage rate has been set, the city cannot raise it before the start of the fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The commission does, … [Read more...]

A winter play park in Florida?

A new winter play park may be coming to East Pasco. The attraction would have a snow hill where people could go snow-tubing, an area where they could play in the snow, and other features. The winter park would be situated next to the Tree Hoppers Aerial Adventure Park, off St. Joe Road, east of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, in Dade City. The Pasco County Planning Commission and the county’s … [Read more...]