Frolicking in the Florida snow?

Children, and adults alike, will have a new recreational option when a new winter park opens for business in Northeast Pasco. The Pasco County Commission on Aug. 6 approved the addition of a snow park, which will be situated next to Tree Hoppers Aerial Adventure Park, on the north side of St. Joe Road, about 800 feet east of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, in Dade City. The conditional use, … [Read more...]

Getting up-close and personal with reptiles

A love of dinosaurs at age 5 led Bruce Shwedick into a lifetime of work with reptiles. The Plant City man, who operates Reptiles Discovery, recently brought his traveling reptile show to the Hugh Embry Branch Library in Dade City. Shwedick’s show features  gentle, captive-born reptiles, which he presents in a safe, non-threatening manner to people at his shows. He focuses on educating … [Read more...]

Creating a permanent place of honor

If all goes according to organizers’ desires, Pasco County will join the state’s 66 other counties and will establish a permanent memorial for law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Those behind the effort hope the memorial will be ready for use next year, during the Pasco County ceremony held annually to honor members of the law enforcement community who began their shift, … [Read more...]

Transit survey offers Pasco residents a say

Judy Geiger would like to see Trilby Road widened, to improve its safety. The Dade City resident explained the need: “We have a number of bicyclists. The roads are not wide enough to accommodate them and the cars. If you get behind a set of (bicyclists), you’re stuck. It’s not safe.” She was among those attending a recent workshop held by the Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization … [Read more...]

Dade City sets tentative millage rate

Dade City residents will not see an increase in their property tax rate for the coming year. Dade City Commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 on July 23 to set the tentative millage rate at 7.14 mills — the same rate as last year. Under state law, once a tentative millage rate has been set, the city cannot raise it before the start of the fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The commission does, … [Read more...]

A winter play park in Florida?

A new winter play park may be coming to East Pasco. The attraction would have a snow hill where people could go snow-tubing, an area where they could play in the snow, and other features. The winter park would be situated next to the Tree Hoppers Aerial Adventure Park, off St. Joe Road, east of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, in Dade City. The Pasco County Planning Commission and the county’s … [Read more...]

Pasco sets property tax rate for 2020 fiscal year

The Pasco County Commission has adopted a tax rate for the 2020 fiscal year. Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices that will be mailed out to property owners will reflect these rates: TRIM notice: Property tax: 7.6076 Municipal fire service unit: 1.8036 Jail (bond issue): .0277 Fire rescue (bond issue): .0222 Parks (bond issue): .0100 Library (bond issue): .0096 County … [Read more...]

Foundation helps foster kids develop ‘wings’

As its name implies, Caterpillars to Butterflies is all about transformation — but this organization isn’t about insects — it’s all about helping Pasco County foster children to develop their “wings.” After Guardian ad Litem children are placed within a foster home, Caterpillars to Butterflies, a Dade City nonprofit, sets about trying to discern the children’s desires and to help fulfill … [Read more...]

Commercial kitchen incubator to open in East Pasco

An incubator commercial kitchen is expected to begin operating in September at 15029 14th St., in Dade City. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Pasco Extension Office, which is part of the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, Pasco County and the Pasco County Economic Development Council Inc., with assistance from Welbilt. Welbilt, a … [Read more...]

Funding moves Morningside extension forward

A $5 million allocation from the state is bringing the extension of Morningside Drive — to connect U.S. 301 to Fort King Road in Dade City — a step closer to becoming reality. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ approval of the allocation in this year’s budget came as reassuring news to Dade City and Pasco County. Officials believe the extension will yield numerous benefits. “We’re anticipating it … [Read more...]