Two Good Soles drive smashes record

Pasco County government and its constitutional offices collected more than 3,000 pairs of shoes for local students — smashing a previous record for the annual Two Good Soles Shoes and Socks Drive. The drive, now in its fourth year, yielded 3,057 pairs of shoes and 13,285 pairs of socks. The items will be donated to students in Pasco County Schools. Last year, donations totaled 2,264 … [Read more...]

Additional money sought for new library project

Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey is pushing Pasco County to increase funding for a new library, which is part of a collaborative project between the county and Pasco County Schools. The project is to be built in the Starkey Ranch development, located on the ranch formerly owned by Starkey’s family. The project includes a kindergarten through eighth grade school expected to open in … [Read more...]

Proposed homeless shelter for families stirs passions

Efforts to aid Pasco County’s homeless population are shifting from a homeless shelter for single adults to a shelter for families only. The goal is to place homeless families in permanent housing as soon as possible. That is a significant change from the initial focus one year ago on a “navigation center” with wraparound services for single men and women. The effort now has a new name, too. … [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...]

Residents discuss potential funding options

Pasco County commissioners want to know if residents enjoy their parks and libraries enough to pay higher taxes for “quality of life” services. Three community forums, in Hudson, Dade City and Land O’ Lakes, were held to get public input on the matter. Residents also have an opportunity to complete a 45-question survey on how to pay for parks and libraries. A series of survey questions, for … [Read more...]

New center could help Pasco’s homeless

Pasco County wants to open the county’s first homeless shelter as part of a comprehensive plan to help an estimated 3,300 homeless people. There are about 100 camps across Pasco County where people live, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The chosen location for what is proposed as a “one-stop navigation center” is in two county-owned buildings in west Pasco, formerly leased to … [Read more...]

Extension Office could get makeover

The Pasco County Fair Association is seeking a state grant to help pay for a $1.1 million upgrade of the Pasco County Extension Office. The Extension Office — which is supported by state and county funding — now leases space from the fair association. But, the facility needs improvements and more space to expand its services. The state grant could address both needs. The Pasco County … [Read more...]

Public meeting set to discuss Extension Office location

Community members will have another chance to share their views on the future location of the Pasco County Extension Office. Extension now operates out of space owned by the Pasco County Fair Association, under an annual $17,000 lease, which is currently on a month-to-month basis. But, the office is too small and outdated to meet Extension’s needs. The county wants to improve … [Read more...]

Pasco to help homeless ‘navigate’ to better lives

Pasco County is exploring a new program to address the needs of the homeless population. It would provide a one-stop location to provide shelter, and an array of services and resources for homeless individuals. County officials are proposing to remodel two vacant buildings at 8239 Youth Lane in Port Richey, formerly the home of a Boys & Girls Club. Described as a “navigation center,” the … [Read more...]

Pasco testing idea of cat license fees

A catfight nearly broke out as Pasco County commissioners couldn’t quite agree on whether to mandate $5 license fees for man’s best feline friend. The fees are among a package of changes proposed for the county’s Animal Services, which is searching for ways to boost its budgetary bottom line. In a compromise, county commissioners agreed to approve the entire package included in an amended … [Read more...]