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...]

Dade City is established as butterfly sanctuary

Dade City has been inducted as a Monarch City USA – pledging to help preserve the monarch butterfly population. In March, the city joined the ranks of four other Florida municipalities in addressing the plight facing these endangered insects. The idea of seeking the designation was initiated by the Dade City Garden Club. After the scarcity of the butterfly species became a topic of … [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...]

Workshop focuses on East Pasco

Pasco County Commissioners met in a workshop session with local municipal leaders on the afternoon of April 2 to discuss a number of projects that are planned or under discussion in East Pasco County. Projects that were discussed included: A roundabout at the intersection of State Road 52, College Avenue and Pompanic Street An extension of Morningside Drive in Dade City A drainage … [Read more...]

Dade City extends ban on cannabis dispensaries

Dade City is again pressing pause on allowing any medical marijuana treatment centers within city limits. The Dade City Commission on March 28 voted to extend its moratorium relating to the operation of cannabis dispensing organizations and the issuance of business tax licenses for such facilities. The moratorium, temporary in nature, is in effect for the next six months, with a … [Read more...]

Dade City outlines priority projects

Municipal business in Dade City is proceeding as usual, even as it continues its search for its next city manager. Dade City finance director Leslie Porter, who’s serving the role of interim city manager, outlined several priority projects for the near term, ranging from personnel issues to facility upgrades to transportation updates, during a Feb. 26 regular commission meeting. Porter … [Read more...]