Business Digest 09/11/2019

East Pasco Networking
Bill Cronin, president/CEO of the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., will be the featured speaker at the East Pasco Networking Group breakfast on Sept. 24. The group meets from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at IHOP, 13100 U.S. 301 in Dade City. For more information, call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491 or Vicky Jones at (813) 431-1149.

Tampa ranks high for driving
The personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive in, and Tampa ranked fourth best on the list of the 100 largest cities. WalletHub used 30 metrics to compare the cities, including average gas prices, annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter, auto repair shops per capita and other factors. Orlando ranked as the second best, and Detroit, Michigan, ranked last among the 100 cities compared in the report.

County administrator to speak
Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles will talk about “The State of East Pasco” during The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Sept. 17. Networking starts at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast will be at Scotland Yards Golf Club, 9424 U.S. 301 in Dade City. Reservations are required. Contact Jo Uber at or online at, to reserve your seat.

Credit Union helps Thomas Promise
The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation granted The Thomas Promise Foundation $10,000 to help the organization fulfill its mission of providing meals to food-insecure children. This is the third time in a row that the credit union provided a $10,000 grant. This latest grant donation will provide more than 20,000 meals.

Membership breakfast
Andrew Fossa, director of emergency management for Pasco County, will be the featured speaker at the Wake Up Greater Pasco Membership Breakfast. Fossa plays a pivotal role in directing resources and protecting citizens in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. The event is set for Sept. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, at 3535 Trophy Blvd., in Trinity. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

Land O’ Lakes Brochure Exchange
The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce is presenting a business card and brochure exchange on Sept. 12 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Pizza Villa, 21501 Village Lakes Shopping Plaza in Land O’ Lakes. Come for networking and lunch, with a special pricing lunch menu.

Chamber board members sought
The North Tampa Bay Chamber has four positions open on its board of directors for the 2020 fiscal year. The nominator and the nominee both must be members in good standing. Board members serve three-year terms. The chamber is seeking representatives from specific sectors of the membership: Financial/insurance; restaurant/hospitality; and sports/recreation.
For more information, reach out to the chamber office at .

‘Catch the Buzz’ spelling bee
The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce Chamber Ambassadors is presenting the 17th annual “Catch the Buzz” Spelling Bee on Sept. 12 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Event Center (formerly known as the Verizon Event Center), 8718 Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey. Proceeds from the event will benefit Take Stock in Children, and the Florida Department of Education will match the donation. For more information, email .

Using the Internet for business
The Pasco Hernando chapter of SCORE is presenting a free business seminar, “How to use the Internet in your business,” on Sept. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills.

Pasco government actions
The Pasco County Planning Commission:

  • Approved a special exception request by Chancey Road Christian Church Inc., for a recreational vehicle site to accommodate five RVs that will be used by visiting clergy and staff, in conjunction with church operations. The 4.48-acre site is on the north side of Chancey Road, about 200 feet west of Lanier Road.

The Pasco County Commission:

  • Approved a rezoning request by JLP Property Investments to allow 22 single-family detached dwellings within the Boyette Oaks Phase II Master Planned Unit Development (MPUD), on a 24.08-acre site that is about 1,600 feet west of the Boyette Road and Wells Road intersection, about 1,800 feet east of Interstate 75 and approximately 5,500 feet north of State Road 54. The MPUD was originally approved in two phases. Phase one has been completed and phase two had expired.
  • Approved a rezoning request by Joshua LLC, to allow an office and warehouse for an irrigation contractor on a .576-acre lot, on the south side of Warder Road, approximately 450 feet wet of Emmaus Cemetery Road. The applicant agreed to deed restrictions, limiting the use to the office and warehouse.
  • Approved a bid by Right Way Elevator Maintenance Inc., for $102,600 for an elevator project at the Pasco County Historic Courthouse in Dade City.
  • Approved an agreement between the county and The Groves Community Development District for the county to exercise traffic control jurisdiction. The traffic control will be provided by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and, if deemed necessary by the county or Sheriff’s Office, The Groves CDD will pay for traffic control costs.

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