Approval recommended for TECO solar farm

Opponents are disappointed A proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County cleared the first hurdle needed for approval — despite impassioned pleas and even tears from area residents who oppose it. The Pasco County Planning Commission recently voted 6-3 to recommend approval of the project to the Pasco County Commission, which has the final say. Tampa Electric Company, or TECO, needs a … [Read more...]

Smithsonian’s sports exhibit stops at local museum

Jim “Mudcat” Grant is a Lacoochee native son who blazed a trail as the first African-American to pitch a 20-game winning season in the American League. His 1965 win/loss record for the Minnesota Twins was 21-7. Grant, now age 82, lives in California. He won two World Series games, also in 1965, pitching for the Twins against the Los Angeles Dodgers. During one of those wins, he … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills voters head to the polls

Voters in Zephyrhills will decide the outcome of two city council seats in an election set for April 10. In District 3, Devin J. Alexander, Cory P. Sommers and Jodi Wilkeson are competing for the seat vacated by Kenneth Compton, who chose not to seek re-election. In District 4, incumbent Charles E. Proctor will face challenger William D. Seville. Voters can pick up carry-out absentee … [Read more...]

County commissioners plan future road projects

Pasco County commissioners favor a pair of road projects for segments of Curley Road and Prospect Road that are aimed at handling more traffic in a rapidly developing area of the county. The roadwork is part of a network of projects, by the county and the Florida Department of Transportation, to improve connectivity with State Road 52, Clinton Avenue, Curley and Prospect roads. In the … [Read more...]

An ‘unsung hero’ seeks to help others to grow tasty food

When a crowd gathered in January to celebrate the dedication of the Watson Park Community Garden in Dade City, there was a man standing quietly in the background — as the festivities progressed. That man, Brightman Logan, played a vital role in providing the support to help make the garden happen, Whitney C. Elmore, who leads the Pasco County Extension Office, told the crowd — characterizing … [Read more...]

Proposed solar farm sparks controversy

An open house to preview a proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County drew an impassioned crowd of residents who mostly panned the project. Tampa Electric, known as TECO, is seeking a special exception permit to build the solar farm on about 350 acres, off Blanton Road in Dade City. The first public hearing for the project will be with the Pasco County Planning Commission at a future … [Read more...]

Pasco ‘super park’ land near Dade City

Pasco County recently purchased 155 acres for a proposed “super park” at The Villages of Pasadena, off Prospect Road and Highland Boulevard, near Dade City. The acreage is conservation land that is the second purchase of a three-phase acquisition process. When complete, the county will have nearly 320 acres for the super park. Because the 155 acres will remain natural and be used for passive … [Read more...]

State Road 56 extension moving forward

Construction on the State Road 56 extension is on track for its scheduled completion in late 2019, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials. The approximately 6-mile extension will give motorists a new four-lane route between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. Work began in February 2017. City planners in Zephyrhills are looking ahead to the project’s completion, and its … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills prepares for its 108th Founder’s Day

Zephyrhills' Main Street is rallying merchants, community activists and citizens for its 108th Founder’s Day celebration on March 10. Gail Hamilton, of Zephyrhills Community Development, and Anna K. Stutzriem, Main Street coordinator for Main Street Zephyrhills, are in the midst of planning festivities for the daylong event. Stutzriem hopes this year’s event will help restore the glory of … [Read more...]

Reenactment offers living history lesson

The grounds of the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City stepped back in time over the weekend for Civil War Reenactments and a Living History Encampment. Skirmishes emerged from the village and battles took place on the afternoons of Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. Spectators enjoyed the demonstration, as re-enactors advanced on the battlefield during the skirmishes. Some in attendance … [Read more...]