County commissioners plan future road projects

Pasco County commissioners favor a pair of road projects for segments of Curley Road and Prospect Road that are aimed at handling more traffic in a rapidly developing area of the county. The roadwork is part of a network of projects, by the county and the Florida Department of Transportation, to improve connectivity with State Road 52, Clinton Avenue, Curley and Prospect roads. In the … [Read more...]

Pasco projects win big in 2019 state budget

Gov. Rick Scott signed off on an $88.7 billion state budget for fiscal year 2019, and had a light touch with his veto pen. He cut about $64 million in contrast to the $410 million that was axed from the previous year’s $82.4 billion budget. Pasco County got most of the items on its wish list, including $15 million for the Overpass Road interchange at Interstate 75, and $4.3 million for … [Read more...]

Residents get preview of Curley Road project

New development is changing the landscape in northeast Pasco County. And, road projects – both state and local – are seeking to address road widenings and intersection improvements to handle a growing volume of vehicles along State Road 52, and its offshoots. Residents had a chance on Dec. 6 to review proposals for road work on Curley Road, including its intersections with State Road 52, … [Read more...]

Roads, beautification among legislative priorities

Funds for the Interstate 75/Overpass Road project and the Land O’ Lakes Boulevard Beautification Plan are among priority requests for the 2018 legislative session. Pasco County commissioners agreed to a wish list for the upcoming session at their Aug. 29 meeting in Dade City. The $15 million sought for I-75 and a new interchange at Overpass Road made it into the state’s 2017 budget. But, … [Read more...]

Pasco County projects axed by Gov. Scott

Gov. Rick Scott signed an $83 billion budget for 2018 and used his veto pen to slash nearly $22 million earmarked for Pasco County projects. In total Scott struck out nearly $410 million from local projects across Florida. Pasco lost about $15 million for a new interchange to connect Overpass Road with Interstate 75, and $4.3 million for the Thomas Varnadoe Forensic Center for Education … [Read more...]

Welcome 700 Dade City Families!

With this edition of The Laker, we’re proud to welcome 700 Dade City families to weekly home delivery of our newspaper. If you live in the downtown area, or in subdivisions south of town along Fort King Road and Clinton Avenue, you most likely found today’s paper in your driveway, and can look forward to receiving it every Wednesday. In addition to this new home delivery, we’ll continue to … [Read more...]

Upscale RV park rolling into Dade City

Recreational vehicles and RV parks dot the landscape of rural thoroughfares surrounding Dade City. But, just north of the historic downtown district, a very uncommon RV park is being planned. This project, an upscale RV gated community with amenities more often found in pricey single-family home subdivisions, is moving toward development. Hill Country Estates is at 17151 U.S. 301, atop one … [Read more...]

Scenic vistas are in U.S. 301 vision plan

Between Zephyrhills and Dade City, a ribbon of asphalt connects two cities with distinct characteristics. At either end, U.S. 301 is a gateway into two versions of small town America. Between those places, motorists are treated to scenic vistas, rolling hills and wooded valleys. “Anyone who drives it understands the uniqueness,” said James Edwards, director of Pasco County’s Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Dade City gets its first Publix grocery

The grand opening of the first Publix in Dade City will be the launching pad for more retail coming soon to The Shoppes At Dade City. The approximately 45,600-square-foot grocery store opened its doors on Oct. 22 as the anchor for the shopping plaza at U.S. 301 and Clinton Avenue. More shops are on the way. Lee Nails and China King are in the permitting process, said Tracy Worrell, … [Read more...]

Priority highway projects focus on growth spots

Growth is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to building, widening and re-aligning highways that crisscross Pasco County’s landscape. Most highways in the county move north and south. It is the east to west connections that are often missing or out-of-date. The recently approved 2015 Priority List of Highway Projects tapped into that scenario. The Florida Department of … [Read more...]