Opponents cite access concerns in Wesley Chapel rezoning

Questions are being raised about the safety of entering Wesley Chapel Boulevard from Hay Road, in a rezoning case seeking to allow 35 single-family attached townhomes on Hay Road. The applicant, Lawrence P. Martinez, represented by Attorney Barbara Wilhite, is seeking to change the zoning on about 6 acres from agricultural use to medium density, multiple family. The Pasco County Planning … [Read more...]

Expert: Vaccination prevents measles

Measles is back in the news again — in a big way. From Jan. 1 to May 3, there were 764 individual cases reported in 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And, as of May 9, Florida had two reported cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. It’s important to stay aware, said Suzanne Chandler, system director of Infection Prevention and Control for Baycare … [Read more...]

Changes coming to Sunlake and State Road 54

The Pasco County Commission has approved an amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan, at the southwest corner of Sunlake Boulevard and State Road 54. Commissioners are scheduled to consider a specific zoning request for the land at a May 21 public hearing. The 72.6-acre parcel, which is part of the Long Lake Ranch development, previously was designated for retail, office and residential … [Read more...]

Town of St. Leo opposes increased density near its border

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of changes that would allow increased development on the edge of the Town of St. Leo, despite objections from Town leadership. Planning commissioners unanimously recommended that a change to the county’s comprehensive land use plan be approved, as well as a change to zoning on 175 acres at the southwest corner of State Road 52 and … [Read more...]

Local teen’s giving receives national acclaim

Thirteen-year-old Selena Schulz’s love for animals inspired her to become an accomplished author and widely known advocate – all within the span of five years. And, her efforts in helping sheltered animals have led to recognition by Prudential Financial. She received a bronze medallion on May 14, as a Florida finalist in the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Schulz attends … [Read more...]

Pasco terminates agreement with USF regarding ‘body farm’

The Pasco County Commission has voted to terminate an agreement with the University of South Florida involving 6 acres of land, north of Central Boulevard in Land O’ Lakes. Commissioners ended the arrangement with USF — effective May 7, 2022 —  as part of their consent agenda on May 7. Items on the consent agenda are voted on in a single block without discussion, unless someone pulls the … [Read more...]

Eiland Boulevard undergoing improvements

Eiland Boulevard is undergoing repaving between its intersections with Handcart Road and Fort King Road in Zephyrhills. The project, which began the week of May 13, is a result of studies showing the road’s need for resurfacing because of crevices. “We evaluated the condition of the pavement,” stated Ainsley Caldwell, chief project manager of Pasco County. “We did some ratings on [a] number … [Read more...]

Pasco has no plans to allow employees to carry firearms

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a measure passed by the Florida Legislature that clears the way for classroom teachers to serve as armed school guardians, but Pasco County Schools has no intention of pursuing that option, according to a district news release. The new law implements legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety … [Read more...]

Help is available for domestic abuse survivors, experts say

There are resources available to help survivors of domestic abuse, according to a panel of speakers who talked on the theme of “Safety and Access” on May 6 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library. The panel discussion was organized by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women, and supported by the Pasco County Commission. It was the third in a series of three seminars aimed at … [Read more...]

Merged chambers to become Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce

Members of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce came together last week to mark a historical milestone. They are merging effective July 1, and a special gathering was held to announce the new chamber’s name. The new chamber is expected to have more than 1,000 members and will cover an area from Wesley Chapel to the Gulf of Mexico, from county line … [Read more...]