Medical marijuana dispensaries allowed in Dade City

Medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries may now set up shop within certain areas of Dade City. Dade City Commissioners on Jan. 28 adopted an ordinance revising the city’s land development regulations to make the treatment facilities a permitted use in the city’s general commercial zoning district, and an allowed use in commercial and employment center planned development … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills passes budget, water rate hikes

The budget for the city of Zephyrhills is now set. On Sept. 25, the Zephyrhills City Council unanimously approved a $63.3 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, for Oct. 1. A second reading of the millage and budget ordinances drew no public comment, during the regular meeting. Budget by department: City Council: $3.53 million Administration: $9.62 million Utility Billing: … [Read more...]

Former police station to become temporary city hall

As construction on the new City Hall complex ramps up, Zephyrhills city staff will shuffle operations to a familiar building. Beginning this summer, most city departments will relocate temporarily into the former Zephyrhills police station, at 5344 Ninth St. City council members approved a 12-month lease agreement between the city and Dannie Jordan, of RTD Construction. It calls for the … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills plans to buy property next to City Hall

The conceptual plan of a new City Hall complex in Zephyrhills has taken another step forward. The city council unanimously authorized city manager Steve Spina and city attorney Matt Maggard to negotiate the purchase of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter building, at 5325 Eighth St. The .16-acre property, appraised at $71,200, sits on two lots measuring 50-by-140 feet. The … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills considers two City Hall options

The Zephyrhills City Council is continuing to consider its options regarding a new City Hall. Under one option, a new building would be erected at the existing City Hall site, 5335 Eighth St. Under the other, the SunTrust Bank building at at 5435 Gall Blvd., would be purchased and renovated. Todd Vande Berg, city planning director, detailed the pros and cons of each option in a PowerPoint … [Read more...]

New city manager contract has guaranteed money

The Zephyrhills City Council is expected to officially hire Steve Spina as its interim city manager Wednesday night, bringing back the long-time city leader after a three-year absence. But while Jim Drumm had to fight for a severance package before resigning as city manager last week, Spina's $48,000 will be guaranteed — even if the city finds and hires a full-time city manager before the … [Read more...]