County continues pursuit of Ridge Road Extension

Pasco County is continuing its pursuit of a project to allow the extension of Ridge Road, and Sam Beneck, the county’s project manager, gave a briefing on the status during a Dec. 12 luncheon meeting of the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. “We are currently in the design and permitting phase,” said Beneck. “We have not started any construction activities,” he told members and guests during … [Read more...]

Quest continues for Ridge Road permit

Pasco County officials are hoping a letter of support from Gov. Rick Scott, and an executive order from President Donald Trump, could finally lead to a permit to build the Ridge Road extension. For 19 years, the county has pursued the permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an approximately 8-mile road extension that would cut through a portion of the Serenova Preserve. The road … [Read more...]

Citizens’ coalition to pursue charter commission

A group of residents critical of current efforts to determine Pasco County’s future government structure are banding together to follow their own path toward a charter-style government. On June 8, the newly formed Pasco Citizens Charter Coalition announced plans to gather 45,000 petition signatures needed to establish a charter commission. If successful, the commission would be a counterpoint … [Read more...]

Charter panel’s first meeting sparks controversy

Sparks flew at the first meeting of a charter review panel that could recommend major changes in how the county operates. The meeting was called to take care of housekeeping chores, such as by-laws and scheduling decisions, but it got underway with a jolt. Clay Colson interrupted Pasco County Chairman Ted Schrader’s introductions to declare a “point of order” and challenge the panel’s right … [Read more...]

Mulieri watched county go from carbon paper to the Internet age

Nearly 10 years after she retired from what was then Pasco-Hernando Community College, Pat Mulieri will hang it up once again Wednesday — this time as a Pasco County commissioner. So what will the 76-year-old do now? “Maybe I’ll become a belly dancer,” she said. Mulieri may be joking, but the 20-year commissioner has never been afraid to speak her mind, or go against the establishment … [Read more...]

Wells makes history with win, Moore ready for next stage

The Pasco County Commission has had its share of lopsided victories in the last 30 or so years. But there’s never been one like the District 4 race last week between current commissioner Henry Wilson Jr., and Mike Wells Jr. More than 36 percentage points separated Wells from Wilson, the largest margin of victory since 2010 when Commissioner Pat Mulieri defeated independent candidate Clay … [Read more...]