Swearing-in ceremony draws a big crowd

Dade City has a new police chief, but he has a familiar face. James Walters — who has been the acting chief for more than six months — became the department’s official leader at the Aug. 28 Dade City Commission meeting. Walters is replacing former chief Ray Velboom, who retired after a decade of service. The occasion drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 community and business … [Read more...]

Market Place at Hibiscus Park prepares for new season

The Market Place at Hibiscus Place in Dade City will be marking its fifth season, with its first event this year set for Sept. 1. The market is held on the first Saturday of each month, September through May, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free, and both people and pets are welcome. Shoppers will have plenty of choices, said Lucy Avila, event coordinator. “We have a variety of … [Read more...]

All aboard for a bus tour of Pasco development

A bus tour through Pasco County connected the dots, and highlighted both new development, and notable educational institutions, such as Saint Leo University. The Central Pasco Association of REALTORS sponsored the tour to offer professionals in real estate and area residents an up-close look at what’s happening in Pasco. The bus tour on June 7 was the first, but CPAR officers say they plan for … [Read more...]

Housing demand on rise in Florida, Pasco

Construction sites along Pasco County’s major corridors are part of everyday landscape. Bulldozers clear land and work crews move in with hammer and nails. Pasco is awash in new single-family homes under construction, and to a lesser degree, apartment complexes. But, market trends show that the supply of new homes is lagging behind demand. That’s a change from the housing bubble that … [Read more...]

These gardeners are breaking new ground, in more ways than one

Community gardens are not a new concept, but the Watson Park Community Garden in Dade City has a new twist. This garden is the first of its kind in Florida, and the people behind it hope it will become a model for others to follow. At a ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 26, children from Cox Elementary School were among the first to get their hands dirty in the … [Read more...]

Celebrating a day to honor trees

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, but tree planting festivals are as old as civilization. The tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life. The idea for Arbor Day in the United States originated in Nebraska City, … [Read more...]

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dade City held festivities over the weekend to commemorate the birthday and honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The city had a parade, followed by a unity prayer on the steps of Historic Pasco County Courthouse. That evening there was a banquet, with proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund. Other festivities planned included an MLK Commemorative … [Read more...]

Community gardening coming to Dade City

Two new community gardens will be coming soon to Dade City. The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Pasco County Extension Office will be establishing community gardens with the help of the City of Dade City, the Pasco County Commission and private donors. Members of the community will be able to grow their own produce in free garden plots, according to … [Read more...]

Dade City Youth Council wins statewide photo contest

Reyes Figueroa loves Dade City. And, he appreciates the east Pasco community’s acceptance in celebrating diverse cultures — particularly his Hispanic heritage. Last month, the 17-year-old Pasco High School junior and Dade City Youth Council delegate won first place in the Florida League of Cities’ (FLC) Youth Council Photography Contest. The winning photo, “Cinco De Mayo Parade,” was … [Read more...]

Partnerships may yield ‘community farm’ at Moore-Mickens

Efforts have begun to lay the groundwork for a “community farm” on the property now under the supervision of the nonprofit Moore-Mickens Education Center and Vocational Center Inc. Whitney C. Elmore, director of the Pasco County Extension Office, said she has been talking to the Moore-Mickens nonprofit about the possibility of establishing the farm, which would involve the help of several other … [Read more...]