Remembering Pete ‘Hutch’ Brock II, a community servant

Pete Hutchinson “Hutch” Brock II, a former Dade City mayor who was active in community life — passed away on Jan. 26, at age 54. Brock served on the Dade City Commission from 2000 to 2004, then as Dade City’s mayor from 2004 to 2008, according to an obituary posted on the Hodges Family Funeral Home website. “While he was mayor, we had an unprecedented period of annexations – undeveloped … [Read more...]

Medical marijuana dispensaries allowed in Dade City

Medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries may now set up shop within certain areas of Dade City. Dade City Commissioners on Jan. 28 adopted an ordinance revising the city’s land development regulations to make the treatment facilities a permitted use in the city’s general commercial zoning district, and an allowed use in commercial and employment center planned development … [Read more...]

Dade City is adding population, new attractions

As a new decade begins, the City of Dade City plans to resolve its longstanding stormwater issues, enliven its downtown with more shops and entertainment, add new attractions and to increase residential development. The Dade City Commission also is expected to vote on the issue of allowing medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits during the first quarter of 2020. Here is a … [Read more...]

Tourism to keep booming in Pasco County, officials say

Tourism is booming in Pasco County — which reported nearly a million visitors last year. And, the best may be yet to come, according to a presentation by county tourism officials Adam Thomas and Kolby Kucyk Gayson, during a recent Dade City Commission meeting. The county now brands itself as “Florida’s Sports Coast,” with the tagline, “Let’s Play,” in its tourism pitches. Previously, it used … [Read more...]

Dade City has location for downtown splash park

The Dade City Commission has approved a land purchase that may finally bring a splash park/bike hub to the city’s downtown area. The city has targeted a 2.23-acre parcel that borders the Hardy Trail on Eighth Street. The property, at 3772 Church St., is owned by local businessman Otto Weitzenkorn. The real estate’s 2018 appraised value is $1.168 million, but city officials say the … [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...]

Dade City approves budget, with some qualms

Dade City Commissioners adopted the city’s tentative budget for next fiscal year, but not without some disagreement. A first reading ordinance of the $19,296,935 budget passed by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Nicole Deese Newlon casting the lone dissenting vote during a Sept. 10 meeting. The 2019-2020 budget is based on an approved 7.14 millage rate. Newlon took umbrage with multiple … [Read more...]

Dade City is established as butterfly sanctuary

Dade City has been inducted as a Monarch City USA – pledging to help preserve the monarch butterfly population. In March, the city joined the ranks of four other Florida municipalities in addressing the plight facing these endangered insects. The idea of seeking the designation was initiated by the Dade City Garden Club. After the scarcity of the butterfly species became a topic of … [Read more...]

Dade City extends ban on cannabis dispensaries

Dade City is again pressing pause on allowing any medical marijuana treatment centers within city limits. The Dade City Commission on March 28 voted to extend its moratorium relating to the operation of cannabis dispensing organizations and the issuance of business tax licenses for such facilities. The moratorium, temporary in nature, is in effect for the next six months, with a … [Read more...]

Dade City to draw up ordinance allowing cannabis dispensaries

Medical marijuana treatment centers soon could be allowed within some areas of Dade City. At a Jan. 8 workshop, the Dade City Commission expressed consensus to have city staffers draft an ordinance that would permit cannabis dispensaries — but restrict their location to areas outside the boundaries of the city’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) districts, generally encompassing the downtown … [Read more...]