Turnout might break record in August primary

Midterm elections typically get a low voter turnout. But, there are signs of energized voters for the 2018 primary set for Aug. 28 and the general election on Nov. 6. New voter registrations are up somewhat, said Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. A bigger indicator of voter interest is the more than 62,000 ballots mailed to local residents and military personnel, … [Read more...]

Seeking answers in the opioid battle

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis wants all voices to be heard in the quest to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. The congressman met with the Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) on March 27 to discuss the issue and listen to reactions to proposed federal legislation related to the opioid crisis. The public meeting, held at the community center at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, … [Read more...]

Rallying to protect the environment

Opponents of the Ridge Road extension are digging in for a battle with Pasco, and if need be, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, over a road that would cut through a portion of the Serenova Preserve. About 75 people showed up in hiking clothes on Feb. 16, to walk trails at the Serenova Tract, at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park. It was a Facebook-promoted rally to bring attention … [Read more...]

Debate continues over best response to Parkland killings

Students, faculty and staff are expected to begin the long journey back toward normalcy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this week in Parkland. But, the debate over the best response to the Valentine Day’s slaying of 14 students and three teachers remains embroiled in controversy. In the aftermath of the shooting spree, conducted by a lone gunman using an AR-15 semi-automatic … [Read more...]

Funding and flexibility needed in substance abuse fight

While President Donald Trump has declared opioid abuse to be a national emergency, local experts have urged U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis to remember that other substance abuse problems also remain to be a real concern in Pasco County. Bilirakis paid a visit to the Land O’ Lakes Community Center on Aug. 22 seeking to hear from people on the front lines of tackling substance abuse problems. His … [Read more...]

Outlining a road map to tackle Pasco traffic problems

Pasco County’s residential and commercial growth is causing more traffic headaches on the area’s roads. At an Aug. 21 session, residents had a chance to learn about what’s planned to tackle the area’s congestion during The Pasco County Transportation Summit. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore hosted the event at the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter … [Read more...]

Bilirakis talks health care reform

Health care reform was the main topic during U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’s visit to Zephyrhills last week. Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s 12th congressional district, was the featured speaker during The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting on Aug. 3. He said he was “very disappointed” when the Republican party’s reform and repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stalled … [Read more...]

Pasco approves $4.6 million for Ridge Road project

The Ridge Road extension is still on the drawing board, waiting for a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. But, at their July meeting in Dade City, Pasco County commissioners took a step forward in the nearly 19-year process of qualifying for the coveted permit. They updated a contract with NV5 Inc., and approved about $4.6 million toward the final design and construction … [Read more...]

Quest continues for Ridge Road permit

Pasco County officials are hoping a letter of support from Gov. Rick Scott, and an executive order from President Donald Trump, could finally lead to a permit to build the Ridge Road extension. For 19 years, the county has pursued the permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an approximately 8-mile road extension that would cut through a portion of the Serenova Preserve. The road … [Read more...]

Local youth attends Trump’s address to Congress

Like millions of other Americans, Colin Cagle viewed President Donald Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. Unlike most, the 13-year-old Odessa resident, attended Trump’s speech in Washington D.C. He was the invited guest of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. That fact is even more impressive, considering each member of congress was allotted just one extra ticket for … [Read more...]