Zephyrhills prepares for its 108th Founder’s Day

Zephyrhills' Main Street is rallying merchants, community activists and citizens for its 108th Founder’s Day celebration on March 10. Gail Hamilton, of Zephyrhills Community Development, and Anna K. Stutzriem, Main Street coordinator for Main Street Zephyrhills, are in the midst of planning festivities for the daylong event. Stutzriem hopes this year’s event will help restore the glory of … [Read more...]

If you enjoy eating and reading, this club is for you

They came in carrying plates, casserole dishes and plastic containers holding an assortment of food — inspired by books they had read. One brought in a chocolate cake, inspired by “The Help.” Another brought a platter of corn dogs and a bottle of lemonade — an homage to “State Fair.” A third had a plate of chocolate chip cookies, a tip of the hat to “Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills sets tax rate, presents draft budget

For the third straight year, the property tax rate will stay the same in Zephyrhills. The Zephyrhills City Council voted to set the tentative millage rate at 6.35 mills. Under state law, once a tentative millage rate has been set, the city cannot raise it before the start of the fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The council does, however, have the option to reduce the rate before … [Read more...]

Water and sewer rates expected to rise in Zephyrhills

Zephyrhills residents could see an increase on their utility bills, beginning next year. City staff is recommending a 4-percent increase in water rates and an 8-percent increase in sewer rates for all customers each year for a five-year period, beginning Jan. 1. The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously for City Attorney Matthew Maggard to draft an ordinance regarding the proposed rate … [Read more...]

Explore your inner artist on Tuesday afternoons

If you enjoy the act of creation, the Art in the Afternoon program at Zephyrhills Public Library may help you fulfill that urge. The program welcomes art enthusiasts of all levels. It’s a great way for artists to share their knowledge and mingle with other creative spirits. Budding artists can learn techniques from those with more experience. Artists should bring their own supplies … [Read more...]

Firm selected to manage planned Zephyrhills tennis center

The Zephyrhills City Council has selected a firm to run the city’s proposed tennis complex, the latest step in guiding the ambitious project forward. During a May 22 meeting, council members unanimously agreed to enter negotiations with Pennsylvania-based firm Tennis P.R.O. LLC, to operate and manage the proposed tennis facility. Construction could begin by year’s end. The council … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills’ police unveil city’s crime statistics

A report generated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation finds overall crime and arrests decreased in Zephyrhills last year, but violent crime and domestic offenses went up. Zephyrhills police Capt. Derek Brewer presented the city’s 2016 uniform crime statistics, during a March 27 city council meeting. The figures were generated through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), which … [Read more...]

Former police station to become temporary city hall

As construction on the new City Hall complex ramps up, Zephyrhills city staff will shuffle operations to a familiar building. Beginning this summer, most city departments will relocate temporarily into the former Zephyrhills police station, at 5344 Ninth St. City council members approved a 12-month lease agreement between the city and Dannie Jordan, of RTD Construction. It calls for the … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills plans to buy property next to City Hall

The conceptual plan of a new City Hall complex in Zephyrhills has taken another step forward. The city council unanimously authorized city manager Steve Spina and city attorney Matt Maggard to negotiate the purchase of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter building, at 5325 Eighth St. The .16-acre property, appraised at $71,200, sits on two lots measuring 50-by-140 feet. The … [Read more...]

Check out information, and fun, at local libraries

A new year always offers a fresh chance to become more disciplined, learn new things, explore new hobbies and have more fun. All that, and more, awaits visitors to local libraries. Besides a vast collection of books, CDs, DVDs and digital offerings, libraries host scores of events every month. So, depending on your interests or your needs, you can often find just what you’re seeking … [Read more...]