Mayor delivers ‘State of Dade City’ address

A newly passed budget and some corresponding reorganization in city hall was a forefront topic for Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez in her annual “State of the City” address at The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce October breakfast meeting, at AdventHealth Dade City. Dade City Commissioners last month passed a $19.3 million budget by 4-1 vote. The 2019-2020 budget is based upon a 7.14 … [Read more...]

Amping up entertainment in Downtown Dade City

It was an eventful day for Melanie Armstrong, as she stood at the site where she’ll soon be operating Savory Roots — Catering and Events. The shop will soon be part of a coming downtown Dade City attraction that will be known as – The Block. Located in the heart of downtown Dade City, the premise at 14313 Seventh St. is expected to become a hub for retail and social … [Read more...]

Dade City sets workshop on medical marijuana dispensaries

The Dade City City Commission again will consider whether or not to allow medical marijuana treatment centers within city limits. This city’s six-month moratorium, or temporary ban, on such dispensaries expires Sept. 21. Commissioners will have a workshop on the matter Sept. 24 at 4 p.m., at City Hall, 38020 Meridian Ave., in Dade City. In March, city leaders voted to extend its … [Read more...]

Dade City approves budget, with some qualms

Dade City Commissioners adopted the city’s tentative budget for next fiscal year, but not without some disagreement. A first reading ordinance of the $19,296,935 budget passed by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Nicole Deese Newlon casting the lone dissenting vote during a Sept. 10 meeting. The 2019-2020 budget is based on an approved 7.14 millage rate. Newlon took umbrage with multiple … [Read more...]

Longtime Pasco High school resource officer retires

A longtime Dade City Police Department school resource officer (SRO) won’t be patrolling the halls and campus of Pasco High School anymore. Brian McDougal joined the police department in 1990, straight out of then Pasco-Hernando Community College’s law enforcement academy. The bulk of his service has been spent as a familiar face in local schools. Before his 17-year stint at Pasco … [Read more...]

Police officers help kids start school year in style

Eleven-year-old Jayden Boykin made his way from one aisle to the next, as he went shopping for school clothes with his new buddy – Officer Troy Fulford of the Dade City Police Department. The police officer and fifth-grader were on a mission, to make sure Jayden will look fashionable for his first day back at Rodney B. Cox Elementary School. The pair was among those taking part in the … [Read more...]

Dade City sets tentative millage rate

Dade City residents will not see an increase in their property tax rate for the coming year. Dade City Commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 on July 23 to set the tentative millage rate at 7.14 mills — the same rate as last year. Under state law, once a tentative millage rate has been set, the city cannot raise it before the start of the fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The commission does, … [Read more...]

Funding moves Morningside extension forward

A $5 million allocation from the state is bringing the extension of Morningside Drive — to connect U.S. 301 to Fort King Road in Dade City — a step closer to becoming reality. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ approval of the allocation in this year’s budget came as reassuring news to Dade City and Pasco County. Officials believe the extension will yield numerous benefits. “We’re anticipating it … [Read more...]

Dade City turns 130: It’s time to celebrate

Dade City is celebrating its 130th birthday with a series of events this week that include everything from a walking tour, to enjoying a free cupcake, to a scavenger hunt — and more. The week kicked off with events on Monday and Tuesday — which was after The Laker/Lutz News went to press. But, there are other events set for the rest of the week, beginning with a Walking Wednesday tour, set … [Read more...]

Dade City considering retail consultant

The City of Dade City is considering the feasibility of hiring a retail consulting firm — as part of an effort to lure more commercial business and economic development within city limits. City commissioners discussed the issue at length during a May 7 workshop, where they heard proposals from three professional firms for the creation of a retail market analysis and development … [Read more...]