East Pasco municipalities declare local states of emergency

Responding to concerns about coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) , the City of Zephyrhills passed a resolution declaring a local state of emergency — taking steps to implement protocols suggested by state and federal agencies. The measure allows Zephyrhills flexibility to act quickly, if needed. However, its primary purpose is to allow the city to seek future reimbursement for costs … [Read more...]

Fire department merger talks continue

The Zephyrhills Fire Department soon could consolidate into Pasco County Fire Rescue, but myriad issues are still being negotiated. The Zephyrhills City Council held a March 2 workshop to review a county-drafted interlocal agreement that would provide fire suppression/first responder services for the municipality. Under the agreement, Pasco Fire Rescue would operate the city’s two fire … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills is gearing up for big changes in 2020

As a new decade approaches, the City of Zephyrhills plans to open a much-anticipated tennis facility, plans to extend its airport runway, will be engaged in infrastructure improvements and could possibly end a 60-year tradition of operating its own fire department. Here’s a closer look for what’s on the horizon for 2020 and beyond: Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center The $4.9 … [Read more...]

Economic summit to focus on industrial hub

Local business and government leaders in Zephyrhills will join together for an event that will spotlight the city’s industrial corridor and ongoing efforts to cultivate high-wage manufacturing jobs. The third annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit is scheduled for Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Zephyrhills City Hall, 5335 Eighth St., in Zephyrhills. The summit primarily will focus on the … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills presents draft budget, appropriations requests

The City of Zephyrhills has unveiled its proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20 — totaling more than $67 million. The $67,043,615 draft budget is based on a tentative tax rate of 6.35 mills previously approved by the Zephyrhills City Council. The draft budget was shared during an Aug. 12 council meeting. Based on the 6.35 millage rate, the total budget for the new fiscal year will be … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills tennis center breaks ground

A groundbreaking ceremony officially marked the beginning of construction on the long-awaited Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center in Zephyrhills. After more than two years of planning and design, the tennis center is slated to be ready for play sometime in spring 2020. The facility will feature 11 outdoor tennis courts (eight clay surface, two hard surface, exhibition court), built … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills considers fire department merger

After nearly 60 years of operation and tradition, the Zephyrhills Fire Department may soon be absorbed by Pasco County Fire Rescue. As funding and staffing issues mount within the city’s fire department, the Zephyrhills City Council on July 1 unanimously directed city staff to begin formal negotiations to consolidate the local agency with Pasco County Fire Rescue. If the merger occurs, … [Read more...]

Construction nearing on Zephyrhills tennis center

After more than two years of planning and design, a multi-million dollar tennis center in Zephyrhills will soon break ground and become a reality. Construction is expected to begin in August on the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center, Zephyrhills deputy city manager Billy Poe said during a special June 17 council meeting on the issue. With the project’s final engineered site plan set … [Read more...]

Dade City to finalize city manager contract

The City of Dade City is nearing a contract agreement with its newly named city manager and current finance director Leslie Porter. Details of the latest drafted employment contract were shared and amended during an April 23 regular city commission meeting. The latest draft calls for a base salary of $98,906.00 payable in monthly installments in the same manner as other city employees … [Read more...]

Dade City selects new city manager

Dade City has selected someone with a familiar face to be its next city manager. City Commissioners on April 3 voted to extend an offer and enter contract negotiations with Leslie Porter to become Dade City’s next city manager. Porter, the city’s finance director, has been acting as the interim city manager since February. She’s also been handling her responsibilities as finance … [Read more...]