This summer camp offers insights into solving crimes

As many high school teenagers spend their summer break relaxing and having fun, a small group of students used their free time another way — dusting fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter patterns and studying forensic clues. These campers were learning how to solve crimes as part of Saint Leo University’s inaugural Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Summer Camp. The camp gave high school … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 07/18/2018

Sample ballots available Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley has announced that sample ballots for the Aug. 26 Primary Election are available online at PascoVotes.com, and will be mailed to Pasco County voters on Aug. 6. To view sample ballots online, voters need to know their voting precinct and party of registration. Club meetings Republican Club of Central Pasco Mike … [Read more...]

Rosebud Continuum approved as a private school

Field trips to Rosebud Continuum are a regular, bi-weekly event for students at Academy at the Lakes during the school year. Students learn about gardening and sustainable practices for an environmentally friendly world. Now, Rosebud’s staff members are preparing for a future that will expand its outreach to more schools. The Pasco County Planning Commission on July 11 approved a … [Read more...]

Pine View achieves IB designation

Pine View Middle School has become the first public school in Pasco County to be authorized as an IB Middle Years Programme World School. Principal Jennifer Warren and members of the school’s staff recently attended the Pasco County School Board’s meeting, where they were congratulated for their accomplishment. The school received a letter dated May 30 from Siva Kumari, director general of … [Read more...]

Nursing homes and hospitals face new fees

Hurricane Irma largely spared Tampa Bay, and Pasco County, from its destructive path in 2017. But, Irma also cast light on a weakness in hurricane preparedness for one of the most vulnerable populations – people living in licensed health care facilities. The Pasco County Commission on July 10 approved an ordinance that makes provisions for coordinating evacuation plans between licensed … [Read more...]

A trip to Ireland helps to inspire a 17-year-old in Land O’ Lakes

Amanda Finn would be the first to admit she’s more than a wee bit shy. But, the young woman from Land O’ Lakes said that a trip to Ireland last summer has helped to build her confidence, and now, the teenager is off on her second trip to the Emerald Isle. She won scholarships both last year and this year for the summer leadership camp in Galway through her participation in the Florida Junior … [Read more...]

Appeal scheduled for solar farm project

A decision on a controversial solar farm in northeast Pasco County is headed to an appeal at a public hearing on Aug. 7 in Dade City before the Pasco County Commission. Two appeals were filed in May on the decision by the Pasco County Planning Commission to approve an exceptional use permit for the project. One appeal is from Sandra Noble and the other from Tampa attorney Gordon Schiff … [Read more...]

School district acquires new school site in Northwood

Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc., has conveyed a site for a future elementary school in the Northwood residential development. Northwood is a master-planned community in southern Pasco County, on the north side of County Line Road, east of Interstate 75 and west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The community is nearing build-out. Taylor Morrison agreed to provide approximately 15 acres, more … [Read more...]

No increase planned for Pasco’s property tax rate

The millage rate charged to property owners won’t increase for fiscal year 2019. The Pasco County Commission voted on July 10 to tentatively set the rate for the 2019 draft budget. Commissioners agreed to maintain current rates, which are at 7.6076 for the county’s operations, and 1.8036 for fire services. Commissioners cannot increase the rates prior to adopting a final budget, but are … [Read more...]

Pasco County streamlines development review process

The Pasco County Planning Commission got a makeover but several of its newly appointed members will have familiar faces. The Pasco County Commission on July 10 approved an ordinance that revamps an existing two-step process for previewing land use and zoning applications. Commissioners disbanded a long-standing advisory board, known as the Development Review Committee, or DRC. That committee … [Read more...]