Zephyrhills voters head to the polls

Voters in Zephyrhills will decide the outcome of two city council seats in an election set for April 10. In District 3, Devin J. Alexander, Cory P. Sommers and Jodi Wilkeson are competing for the seat vacated by Kenneth Compton, who chose not to seek re-election. In District 4, incumbent Charles E. Proctor will face challenger William D. Seville. Voters can pick up carry-out absentee … [Read more...]

Gearing up for a Thanksgiving tradition

What began 22 years ago, as a way to provide a Thanksgiving meal to international students at Saint Leo University, evolved over time into a joint effort by the Benedictine Sisters of Florida and Saint Anthony Parish to feed the hunger “of anyone alone or in need” on Thanksgiving. “Our outreach is to migrants, the homeless, those who are alone, and those seeking fellowship on this day of thanks … [Read more...]

It’s official: Lake Jovita leaves St. Leo

Years of conflict between some homeowners in the Lake Jovita subdivision of eastern Pasco County and the Town of St. Leo ended Monday with the stroke of the governor's pen. Rick Scott signed into law H.B. 1401, which officially de-annexes a portion of Lake Jovita from one of the county's oldest municipalities. The signing took place with no fanfare, and was in fact one of 55 bills that … [Read more...]

Lake Jovita de-annexation passes House, Senate

The fate of Lake Jovita and St. Leo is now on its way to Gov. Rick Scott's desk. The Florida Senate today passed H.B. 1401 by a 40-0 vote, after it was withdrawn from the Rules Committee there. That votes comes just days after the Florida House approved it 118-1, with only state Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, voting against it. H.B. 1401 was filed by state Rep. Amanda Murphy, D-New Port … [Read more...]

All on-the-job training for Zephyrhills’ newest councilman

Zephyrhills doesn’t waste time when it comes to elections. Last Monday, less than a week after the election, Alan Knight was installed as the new city councilman following his victory over one-time council president Jodi Wilkeson. And there isn’t even time for Knight to catch his breath. Moments after the swearing in, Knight was asked to consider two board appointments, donating vehicles … [Read more...]

St. Leo secession may save Lake Jovita residents $600 annually

As voters look to insert yet another Lake Jovita resident onto the St. Leo town commission, analysis of a bill in Tallahassee that would effectively break away the community completely from the town says homeowners leaving the jurisdiction could see an annual tax savings of $600. The report was prepared just after H.B. 1401 — which would shrink St. Leo's boundaries — passed the state House's … [Read more...]

Voters head to polls in Dade City, St. Leo, Zephyrhills

After weeks of campaigning, and in most cases raising thousands of dollars, it's time for voters in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills to head to the polls and make their choices in three hotly contested races. Angelica Herrera is challenging longtime commissioner Scott Black in Dade City; it's Raphael Davis vs. Commissioner Donna DeWitt in St. Leo, and Alan Knight is going to head-to-head with … [Read more...]

Mail-in votes racking up for municipal elections

In less than 24 hours, polls will open in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills to decide three local government races. And it's not clear if any last-minute campaigning by any of the candidates may matter. Mail-in ballots already represent an average 7 percent turnout in all three municipalities. St. Leo is leading all the cities and towns in Pasco County with a 17 percent turnout by mail so far … [Read more...]

Experience vs. New Blood

Three elections, six candidates, and three incumbents — all with more than a half-century of government experience. Voters head to the polls April 8 in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills, where they will decide, among other things, whether they want to keep longevity in their city government, or find a fresh perspective. Each of these municipalities faced controversy in recent months. Dade … [Read more...]

St. Leo election is all about one thing: Lake Jovita

A bill sits in a committee in Tallahassee that would remove part of the Lake Jovita community from St. Leo. Yet, that hasn’t stopped Raphael Davis from challenging longtime commissioner Donna DeWitt for her seat in the St. Leo government. While Davis talks almost exclusively about the plight of Lake Jovita residents in the town, he has nothing to say about the de-annexation itself, saying … [Read more...]