Wildlife corridors map a pathway through Pasco

A network of conservation corridors to provide safer pathways for wildlife in Pasco County finally is more than just lines on a map. Still, it took a few tweaks at a June 21 public hearing before Pasco County commissioners could approve an ordinance stuck in planning limbo for years. In the end, the corridors made some happy, others less so. “This ordinance is scientific, viably provable … [Read more...]

Pasco County on a path to create wildlife corridors

A network of wildlife corridors is closer to reality as landowners concede most of their objections have been resolved. The ordinance comes nearly 16 years after a lawsuit settlement mandated that Pasco County create the corridors, also known as “critical linkages.” The linkages function as protected pathways for wildlife as diverse as bears, panthers, salamanders and frogs. At the first … [Read more...]

Pasco County moves toward wildlife corridors

A proposed ordinance to create wildlife corridors in Pasco County is expected to be considered soon by the Pasco County Commission. With some tweaking, county planners hope to bring a revised ordinance to commissioners in the next weeks. Commissioners reviewed the ordinance proposal at a workshop on Feb. 16 in Dade City. Six months earlier, they postponed public hearings on the ordinance to … [Read more...]

Wildlife corridors on hold, again

A plan to establish and protect wildlife corridors met another delay in its 15-year journey from a lawsuit settlement to approval from the Pasco County Commission. During a workshop on Sept. 15, Pasco County commissioners opted to forego upcoming public hearings in October and November. The hearings were for a proposed ordinance to establish criteria and regulations for seven proposed wildlife … [Read more...]

Wildlife corridors are on agenda

A mandated but long-delayed ordinance to create wildlife corridors is again winding its way through public meetings, hearings and possible adoption by the Pasco County Commission. Two public meetings were held in New Port Richey and Land O’ Lakes in May. There will be a final meeting June 4 at 6 p.m., at the Dade City Courthouse. The next steps will include two public hearings, and by … [Read more...]