Savor a slice of ‘Old Florida’ beauty

Residents who live on the eastern side of Pasco County don’t have to travel far to get an idea of what “Old Florida” was like. They can find evidence of that loveliness all around the locale’s corners and bends. Perhaps that’s why those with deep ties to this part of the county fight so fiercely to protect their piece of paradise, and why the area attracts newcomers who want to put their … [Read more...]

Funding moves Morningside extension forward

A $5 million allocation from the state is bringing the extension of Morningside Drive — to connect U.S. 301 to Fort King Road in Dade City — a step closer to becoming reality. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ approval of the allocation in this year’s budget came as reassuring news to Dade City and Pasco County. Officials believe the extension will yield numerous benefits. “We’re anticipating it … [Read more...]

Eiland Boulevard undergoing improvements

Eiland Boulevard is undergoing repaving between its intersections with Handcart Road and Fort King Road in Zephyrhills. The project, which began the week of May 13, is a result of studies showing the road’s need for resurfacing because of crevices. “We evaluated the condition of the pavement,” stated Ainsley Caldwell, chief project manager of Pasco County. “We did some ratings on [a] number … [Read more...]

Upgrades on tap for AdventHealth Dade City hospital

With construction ramping up at AdventHealth Dade City, patients and staffers will soon have access to some of the new amenities and upgrades as part of $22 million in capital improvements headed to the health care facility. An update on the various upgrades was shared in a presentation by Dr. Rodrigo Torres, chief medical officer for AdventHealth Dade City, at The Greater Dade City Chamber of … [Read more...]

Workshop focuses on East Pasco

Pasco County Commissioners met in a workshop session with local municipal leaders on the afternoon of April 2 to discuss a number of projects that are planned or under discussion in East Pasco County. Projects that were discussed included: A roundabout at the intersection of State Road 52, College Avenue and Pompanic Street An extension of Morningside Drive in Dade City A drainage … [Read more...]

AdventHealth Dade City is getting a major makeover

A hospital that has served Dade City for decades is undergoing a substantial renovation — which will give it a new look and allow it to expand the services that the health care facility offers. The project carries a $22.2 million price tag, including $20 million provided by AdventHealth Dade City’s parent company and $2.2 million raised locally, according to Jason Newmyer, administrator/vice … [Read more...]

Pace of Pasco’s road construction picking up in 2019

It’s no secret that dealing with traffic congestion is a way of life for Pasco County residents. Whether they’re commuting to work, taking the kids to school, going grocery shopping, heading to a doctor’s appointment or taking care of myriad daily needs, there’s good chance motorists will get stuck in traffic and have to wait for traffic lights to cycle at intersections. Getting anywhere … [Read more...]

Despite neighbors’ concerns, commissioners OK subdivision

The Pasco County Commission has approved a 145-home subdivision on the west side of Fort King Road, south of State Road 52 and north of Roberts Road, despite opposition by neighbors. Attorney Barbara Wilhite, representing the applicant, Dade City Fifty LLC, noted that the county’s future land use designation allows a potential of 284 units on the 50-acre property. Wilhite also noted that … [Read more...]

Land acquisition begins for road project

The Pasco County Commission has given the go-ahead for land acquisition in preparation for a project to extend Clinton Avenue and realign State Road 52. Planning for the major project began nearly 14 years ago, with a route study. Since then, there have been additional studies and public meetings, but no construction schedule. But, it wasn’t until July 10 that commissioners approved the … [Read more...]

Pasco projects win big in 2019 state budget

Gov. Rick Scott signed off on an $88.7 billion state budget for fiscal year 2019, and had a light touch with his veto pen. He cut about $64 million in contrast to the $410 million that was axed from the previous year’s $82.4 billion budget. Pasco County got most of the items on its wish list, including $15 million for the Overpass Road interchange at Interstate 75, and $4.3 million for … [Read more...]