BayCare’s plans for new Pasco hospital are uncertain

The Florida Legislature’s decision to drop the requirement for a Certificate of Need review for new hospitals is causing BayCare Health System to reconsider its plans for a hospital in Pasco County. The hospital chain had received a preliminary OK on its Certificate of Need request for a 60-bed hospital on a 111-acre site at the northeast quadrant of Interstate 75 and Overpass Road. It was … [Read more...]

Pasco projects in new state budget

Florida’s $91.5 billion budget, approved by the Florida Legislature, includes funding for just two of the projects that Pasco County requested. Legislators approved $1 million for the Land O’ Lakes U.S. 41 beautification project, and $1 million to improve the waterfront at Miller’s Bayou. Dade City received $5 million for the extension of Morningside Drive. While legislators approved the … [Read more...]

State grant supports Pasco business park

Pasco County has announced the receipt of a $3 million state grant to support the development of the Overpass Business Park. The business park is intended to promote economic development in Pasco County. The county received a grant for $3,088,580 from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, according to a news release from the county. The grant will support the creation of the Overpass … [Read more...]

DeSantis wants Burgess to lead state’s veterans affairs

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has announced his recommendation of state Rep. Danny Burgess to serve as the state’s next executive director of Florida's Department of Veterans Affairs. If his appointment is confirmed, Burgess will have to resign from his District 38 seat in the Florida House of Representatives. “It’s bittersweet,” Burgess said, noting the appointment “is completely unexpected … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 10/10/2018

Wesley Chapel Republicans The Wesley Chapel Republican Club will meet Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m., at Lexus of Wesley Chapel, 5350 Eagleston Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Numerous candidates will be featured. Admission is free, all are welcome, and coffee and homemade desserts will be served. For more information, contact Peter Cracchiolo at (813) 360-9813 or at *protected email*.   Candidate forums There … [Read more...]

Pasco schools adopt tentative budget

The Pasco County School Board has adopted a tentative budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, with a final public hearing set for Sept. 18. The proposed general fund budget for 2018-2019 is $630,860,337. That’s a $15.2 million increase over last year’s general fund, which represents roughly a 2.47 percent increase. The capital projects funds in the budget for 2018-2019 total $244,516,610, … [Read more...]

Students ring in the 2018-2019 school year

As a new academic year begins, students heading to Florida public schools will be welcomed to campuses that are now protected by armed security. The Florida Legislature mandated the armed guards at public school campuses across the state in response to the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 students and staff members dead, and 17 others … [Read more...]

Pay raises elusive in Pasco schools

Pasco County school officials are still searching for ways to provide some sort of raise for district employees — although the prospect did not appear promising at a board meeting last week. At the board’s July 24 meeting, numerous teachers and other support personnel took turns urging the Pasco School Board to make employee pay a budget priority. The current budget proposal does not include … [Read more...]

Pasco school district adopts new mental health plan

The Pasco County School Board has approved a plan that allocates additional funding provided by the Florida Legislature to address youth mental health needs. The Legislature’s decision to provide more money to address mental health issues came in response to the Valentine’s Day shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The Pasco school district was allocated … [Read more...]

In Print: (Police) lights, (body) cameras, action!

Don't ask Pasco County sheriff Chris Nocco to wait in doing something he believes in, even if it's unclear how taking action would be received by the public. That's why Nocco isn't waiting for court challenges or even the Florida Legislature before ordering more than 400 body cameras that will be equipped to deputies out on patrol. And while the $400,000 annual cost will be eaten by federal … [Read more...]