Cypress Creek plaza still expanding

The pace of development at Cypress Creek Town Center is picking up, with new shops and restaurants under construction at two sites within the town center. Most of the action is taking place along Sierra Center Boulevard, a main artery that cuts through the town center, which is located at State Road 56 and Grand Cypress Drive. Two new shopping strips, each fronting Sierra Center Boulevard, will … [Read more...]

Ft. King ranch land too costly for conservation program

A volunteer advisory committee had recommended that 17 parcels of the former Ft. King Ranch be added to a list of conservation lands worthy of purchase by Pasco County. But, the Pasco County Commission balked at the potentially pricey cost of buying nearly 3,600 acres, and voted against the committee’s wishes. The property, owned by the limited liability partnership of Secret Promise, is … [Read more...]

Redevelopment project teed up for a vote

Residents of Quail Hollow subdivision packed the boardroom at the Historic Pasco County Courthouse seeking to persuade county commissioners not to allow a developer to swap a golf course for houses. “It betrays the existing residents who have expectations of a golf course remaining. It (houses) would change the character and sense of place of our neighborhood,” said Edward Glime, who lives in … [Read more...]

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...]

Reclaimed water gets go-ahead

Pasco County commissioners have approved a $13 million reclaimed water project, with a 25-year lease agreement. Construction costs for the project will be shared with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, which is providing about $7 million, including an estimated $5 million for construction. The goals for the project are to provide the county with up to 5 million gallons of … [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...]

Flood warning for Hillsborough River, Cypress Creek

Heavy rains have brought flooding to parts of eastern and central Pasco County, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the Hillsborough River and Cypress Creek. Those two waterways at Hillsborough River State Park and Worthington Gardens are expected to rise above flood stage by the weekend, officials said. Up to 5 inches of rain is expected to fall in a short … [Read more...]