Construction begins to link recreational trails

Pasco County’s engineering services had an event on Oct. 30 to celebrate the construction of the new Starkey Gap Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail that will link the Starkey and Suncoast Trails in Pasco County to the Pinellas Trail. Construction of the new multi-use 2.4 mile-trail is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. Once the segment is finished, it will provide connectivity to a … [Read more...]

Duke Energy is planning a project in Lutz-Land O’ Lakes

Duke Energy plans to install a new substation and transmission lines to meet the electrical demands of the growing population and businesses in Lutz and Land O’ Lakes. The energy company had a public open house at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lutz to share its plans. Those attending could drop by multiple booths, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., to learn the particular’s about the project’s … [Read more...]

Substation expansion plan sparks controversy

Some area residents are protesting a proposal by Duke Energy Florida to expand an electrical substation at Smith Road and Satin Leaf Lane in Wesley Chapel. Opponents claim the project will devalue their properties and create unsightly views. The request for a special exception permit for the New River Substation expansion has been put on hold. The Pasco County Planning Commission granted … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes students strive for ‘green’ community

For several years the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library has been plagued with massive energy consumption and a sizable electric bill. A group of high schoolers is looking to change that. The Land O’ Lakes High School Green Club, which addresses environmental issues in the community, wants to help the library achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status — the most widely … [Read more...]

Road extension expected to spur economic growth

Construction on the State Road 56 extension began in February and is expected to wrap up in late 2019. When finished, the new four-lane segment will provide a 6-mile link between Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel. The extension will be from Meadow Pointe Boulevard in Wiregrass Ranch to U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. The road project also will add a 10-foot wide multi-use trail on the south side … [Read more...]

Area spared worst of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma devastated other parts of Florida, causing less damage than feared in Tampa and surrounding communities. But area homes, businesses and other locations were not entirely spared from Irma’s wrath. Concerns continue over rising floodwaters, which already have flooded homes and roads. And, Irma’s whipping winds knocked down trees, shredded billboards, damaged fences, ripped … [Read more...]

Business community weathers Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left residents and business owners in northern Hillsborough, east Pasco and central Pasco assessing damage, cleaning up the mess, and, calculating their losses and counting their blessings. For business owners, the focus was on reopening and getting Pasco County’s commercial back in motion. The effort goes on. Zephyrhills’ chamber gave shelter With shelters filled to … [Read more...]

Traffic ‘relief’ coming to Pasco

As Pasco County’s population booms, traffic relief is on the way. That’s according to Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore, the featured speaker at The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast on May 4. The commissioner provided updates to several county road projects, including: extension of State Road 56; widening of State Road 54; and, intersection improvements … [Read more...]

Airport area projects planned

Pasco County has agreed to spend $3.5 million to install sewer pipes and two lift stations on property surrounding the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. County commissioners approved the funding as part of a cooperative agreement with the City of Zephyrhills at a Dec. 13 meeting in Dade City. The county investment complements about $4.5 million spent by the City of Zephyrhills to improve water … [Read more...]

Swiss manufacturer will relocate, bring 500 jobs to Pasco

Mettler Toledo plans to build a new, 250,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Lutz that will bring as many as 500 jobs to Pasco County. The company will hire 185 new employees and transfer another 320 jobs from operations in Ithaca, New York, and from 6005 Benjamin Road, in the Town ‘N Country area of Hillsborough County. The announcement was made at an Aug. 23 press conference at the … [Read more...]