Under Construction 10/16/2019

Tidal Wave car wash Tidal Wave Auto Spa will offer motorists a new car wash, at 3893 Atmore Grove Drive, off North Dale Mabry Highway, in Lutz. It will feature a drive-through lane, free vacuuming service, two payment kiosks, and monthly membership plans. The project is set to be completed and opened later this year.       UF/IFAS Pasco Extension The University of … [Read more...]

Dade City Christmas parade seeks applicants

Dade City’s 2019 Christmas Parade is just around the corner, and those who want to be a part of it are invited to apply. The parade will be in downtown Dade City on Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., where spectators can enjoy decorated floats, bands or walking units. “It’s very much a community event run by wonderful volunteers,” said John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City … [Read more...]

Leveraging the power to do good

The tables aren’t exactly round. Instead, they’re set up in the shape of a giant square, and those seated around it are taking turns — talking about organizations they represent. They share what they do day-to-day. They announce upcoming events. They identify current needs. Some folks in the room are familiar with others. The rest are total strangers. But all have come to Bridgeway … [Read more...]

Dade City’s downtown soon to receive flood relief

The completion of a project now underway in downtown Dade City aims to address flooding problems that have plagued the area for years. The public works project, which began in August, involves the installation of new stormwater piping.  Joseph DeBono, Dade City’s public works director, is overseeing the project. The work is being done to address major flooding that hinder parts of … [Read more...]

Amping up entertainment in Downtown Dade City

It was an eventful day for Melanie Armstrong, as she stood at the site where she’ll soon be operating Savory Roots — Catering and Events. The shop will soon be part of a coming downtown Dade City attraction that will be known as – The Block. Located in the heart of downtown Dade City, the premise at 14313 Seventh St. is expected to become a hub for retail and social … [Read more...]

Two families celebrate new Habitat homes

It’s not every day that a new homeowner moves into a new Habitat for Humanity home, and it’s even less common for two housewarmings to take place on the same day. But that’s exactly what happened on Oct. 2, as Debra Brown turned the key to walk the hallways of her new home. Charles and Megan Free with their children, who live next door, did the same thing. They were celebrating along … [Read more...]

Cannabis dispensaries coming to Dade City?

The Dade City Commission during a workshop session directed city staff to draft an amendment to the city’s land development regulations that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries within one of the city’s zoning districts. Commissioners, at their Sept. 24 workshop, indicated that the dispensaries should be allowed in the general commercial zoning district. That zoning district generally … [Read more...]

Pasco opens first incubator kitchen

An incubator kitchen has opened in Dade City, to promote economic development through food businesses. The new facility is a collaborative effort between University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)-Pasco County extension, the Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc.’s SMARTstart incubator program and Pasco County. The kitchen was officially unveiled on Sept. … [Read more...]

Savor a slice of ‘Old Florida’ beauty

Residents who live on the eastern side of Pasco County don’t have to travel far to get an idea of what “Old Florida” was like. They can find evidence of that loveliness all around the locale’s corners and bends. Perhaps that’s why those with deep ties to this part of the county fight so fiercely to protect their piece of paradise, and why the area attracts newcomers who want to put their … [Read more...]

Dade City to hold first monarch festival

Dade City is getting ready for its first Monarch Butterfly Festival. The Oct. 12 event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will celebrate Dade City’s induction as a  Monarch City USA. The designation refers to the city’s efforts in maintaining the survival of monarch butterflies. Vendors will offer food and items for sale, including pottery, birdbaths, metal art and jewelry, to name just a few of … [Read more...]