East Pasco to receive new, upgraded veterans clinic

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in the midst of building a new outpatient clinic in Zephyrhills. As a branch of Tampa’s James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, the facility will be an upgraded replacement to the current Zephyrhills Community Based Outpatient Clinic. It will serve former members of the military. “I’d say accessibility is probably our biggest reason for building a new … [Read more...]

Cannabis dispensaries coming to Dade City?

The Dade City Commission during a workshop session directed city staff to draft an amendment to the city’s land development regulations that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries within one of the city’s zoning districts. Commissioners, at their Sept. 24 workshop, indicated that the dispensaries should be allowed in the general commercial zoning district. That zoning district generally … [Read more...]

Pasco opens first incubator kitchen

An incubator kitchen has opened in Dade City, to promote economic development through food businesses. The new facility is a collaborative effort between University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)-Pasco County extension, the Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc.’s SMARTstart incubator program and Pasco County. The kitchen was officially unveiled on Sept. … [Read more...]

Pasco County’s budget tops $1.4 billion

The Pasco County Commission has adopted a proposed budget topping $1.4 billion for fiscal year 2020. The property tax rate did not change, but revenues collected by the county will go up because of an expanded county tax base due to new construction and property value increases. Also, property owners will pay additional taxes to generate revenues needed to pay for four bond issues voters … [Read more...]

Volunteer sought for Pasco Planning Commission

Pasco County is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Pasco County Planning Commission. Ideal candidates will represent diverse knowledge and expertise in the areas of engineering, planning, real estate, surveying, property management, architecture, construction and/or other related fields, according to a county news release. The deadline for application is Oct. 11. Planning Commission … [Read more...]

Advocates address legislators to reduce veteran homelessness

Local agency officials recently addressed an array of issues facing homeless veterans, before members of the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, at a session in New Port Richey. U.S. Rep. Mike Levin, chairman of the subcommittee, and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, ranking member of the committee, listened to suggestions on reducing veteran homelessness … [Read more...]

Ridge Road permit coming soon, administrator says

A permit to clear the way for the construction of the Ridge Road Extension is expected to be granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within the next four weeks to six weeks, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles said. That would signal the end of a two-decade effort to secure the federal permit needed to create a new 7.6-mile east-west connection from Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey to … [Read more...]

Digital billboard lights up Land O’ Lakes

The digital age of outdoor advertising is coming to central Pasco. Motorists may be familiar with a two-sided “Tri-Vision” billboard on U.S. 41, north of State Road 54. The Champion Outdoor billboard flips through a trio of advertisements on each side, as slats rotate and marketing messages change. But, the area’s first digital billboard is being installed on the west side of the apex where … [Read more...]

Dade City water and sewer bills going up

Dade City residents can expect an increase in their water and sewer rates, effective on Nov. 1. Dade City’s city commissioners approved a 2 percent water rate increase and a 6.5 percent sewer rate increase at their Oct. 10 meeting. The vote was 4-1, with Nicole Deese Newlon voting against the increases. Water customers on average use about 6,000 gallons a month, which means the increase … [Read more...]

Pasco’s early law enforcement days were notorious

Pasco County’s early law enforcement days inspired quite a few dramatic stories. An illegal killing captured headlines during Henry C. Griffin’s tenure as sheriff. During his second term, a mob killed two black men who were being held inside the county’s first jail located near downtown Dade City. Will Wright and Sam Williams had been charged in the murders of Dan Childers and J.B. … [Read more...]