Transit survey offers Pasco residents a say

Judy Geiger would like to see Trilby Road widened, to improve its safety. The Dade City resident explained the need: “We have a number of bicyclists. The roads are not wide enough to accommodate them and the cars. If you get behind a set of (bicyclists), you’re stuck. It’s not safe.” She was among those attending a recent workshop held by the Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization … [Read more...]

Easter events offer religious observances and family fun

Whether they want to celebrate their faith, take the kids for an egg hunt, or just enjoy some fellowship with church friends — there are plenty of seasonal options throughout The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Check out the listings below. LUTZ What: While We Wait Where: Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54, Lutz When: April 19 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free Details: The musical and … [Read more...]

Pasco County Commission denies solar farm appeals

The Pasco County Commission has denied two appeals seeking to block the construction of a solar farm on pastureland, outside Dade City. Gordon and Kathleen Comer, and Sandra Noble, who live near the proposed solar farm site both challenged the Planning Commission’s approval of a special exception permit for the project. Attorney Gordon Schiff represented the Comers and attorney Rena Frazier … [Read more...]

Solar farm appeal is rescheduled

A hearing on appeals to a proposed solar farm project has been rescheduled because of a glitch in advertising the original hearing date. The Pasco County Commission, with the approval of all parties involved in the matter, agreed to continue the appeal until Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m. The original appeal had been set for Aug. 7. The appeal will be heard in the commissioners’ meeting room in … [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...]

Controversy continues over solar in Pasco

The Pasco County Commission has adopted an ordinance that will guide future decisions on where and how solar farms are permitted. But, the controversy over a proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County continues. Commissioners approved the ordinance relating to placement of solar farms at their June 5 meeting in Dade City. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore, who supported the … [Read more...]

Solar farm approval recommended

Despite opposition from area residents, a proposed solar farm of Blanton Road in northeast Pasco County is a step closer to approval. Pasco County’s Development Review Committee has recommended approval of an amended ordinance that opens the way for the project’s development. Committee members agreed with the county’s planning department that the solar farm, located on agricultural land, … [Read more...]

Approval recommended for TECO solar farm

Opponents are disappointed A proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County cleared the first hurdle needed for approval — despite impassioned pleas and even tears from area residents who oppose it. The Pasco County Planning Commission recently voted 6-3 to recommend approval of the project to the Pasco County Commission, which has the final say. Tampa Electric Company, or TECO, needs a … [Read more...]

Proposed solar farm sparks controversy

An open house to preview a proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County drew an impassioned crowd of residents who mostly panned the project. Tampa Electric, known as TECO, is seeking a special exception permit to build the solar farm on about 350 acres, off Blanton Road in Dade City. The first public hearing for the project will be with the Pasco County Planning Commission at a future … [Read more...]

Stepping away, after a decade of progress

When Katherine Johnson came to Pasco County a decade ago, the educational institution she was leading was known by a different name. It had fewer campuses, fewer students and a smaller endowment fund, too. When Johnson came on board, the college was known as Pasco-Hernando Community College and had three campuses. In 2010, the college added its Spring Hill campus, and in 2014, it … [Read more...]