110-foot observation tower in Dade City gains approval

The Pasco County Commission has cleared the way for a 110-foot observation tower to be erected on a property off St. Joe Road in Dade City. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a conditional use request, submitted by Terry D. and Mary McKnight. The application received a recommendation for approval by the Pasco County Commission, on a 3-2 vote, and a recommendation for denial by the county … [Read more...]

Scream-A-Geddon brings horrors to Dade City

Scream-A-Geddon puts a scare into any outsider who dares to enter. Scattered across acres upon acres in the middle of the woods off Saint Joe Road in Dade City, the independent horror park gives its visitors an interactive experience through six distinct attractions. At one end of the park, in an attraction called “Deadwoods,” visitors navigate through dark, winding trails, where they … [Read more...]

Dade City Scarecrow Festival aims to be fun

The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City is gearing up for its annual Scarecrow Festival, set for Oct. 13. An array of live performances will be given throughout the day, including the East Pasco Gymnastics Team and songs by Mr. Tommy. Food concession stands will be available, as well as vendors offering items such as jewelry, beauty products, clothing and crafts. Professional … [Read more...]

Pasco Picnic set to ‘talk old times’

The annual Old Timers Picnic will be held on Oct. 13, inside the Clayton Building at Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. Traditionally, the event has been hosted by the Burkett family. But, this year’s picnic will be headed by Sam Sessa, along with a committee. Anyone who has lived in Pasco County for 20 years or longer is invited to attend, and those joining in the festivities are welcome … [Read more...]

Sister Helen turns 105

Sister Helen Lange, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida in Saint Leo, celebrated her 105th birthday on Sept. 28. There were 75 guests at the party, including three relatives, according to Cheryl Chadick, development assistant for the Benedictine Sisters of Florida. The relatives who came to the party were Sister Helen’s cousin, Joan Schmidt, from Brandon; and, her niece, Monica … [Read more...]

Hearing on Ballantrae rezoning delayed until Oct. 9

The Pasco County Commission has continued a request to rezone the Ballantrae Professional Center until Oct. 9, to provide additional time for county staff to research the issue. The request has raised issues relating to the center’s current uses, the proposed zoning and who has authority to request the proposed zoning. The center, on the south side of State Road 54 at the intersection of … [Read more...]

Dade City forum inspires wordsmiths

Marjorie Nanian sits at the end of a long table, offering her experience and advice to others in the room during a recent meeting of the East Pasco Writers Forum. As she speaks, the others listen intently. The forum, part of the Florida Writers Association, meets at the Country Aire Manor clubhouse in Dade City, on the second Thursday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon. The writers forum … [Read more...]

Class provides advice on healthy cooking

Shari Bresin understands the challenge of finding the time to prepare healthy foods, while having a busy schedule. Bresin, the Family and Consumer Science agent for the Pasco County Extension Office, said she can relate to that challenge. “I know what it’s like to be on the go,” Bresin said. A class she’s now teaching at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, aims to help … [Read more...]

Planning Commission recommends approval of controversial tower

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a 110-foot observation tower on the south side of St. Joe Road in Dade City. The approval came despite objections from two planning commissioners, as well as county planners, and an area resident and the owner of some adjacent property. The request now goes to the Pasco County Commission, which has the final authority. Terry … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 09/12/2018

Political season is heating up in Pasco County Wesley Chapel Republican Club The Wesley Chapel Republican Club will meet Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m., at Lexus of Wesley Chapel, 5350 Eagleston Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Guest speaker will be Florida State Rep. Danny Burgess, who also is the newly appointed manager for future operations for the Pasco Sheriff's Office. Admission is free, and all are … [Read more...]