Local governments share forum

Pasco County has shared interests with city governments, but it’s a rare occasion for county and city officials to meet in a joint public forum. But, that’s exactly what happened on June 26 when staff members and elected officials from Pasco County, the town of St. Leo, San Antonio, Zephyrhills and Dade City sat down at Saint Leo University to discuss topics of mutual interest, and such … [Read more...]

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...]

Design is final for new Zephyrhills City Hall

When it comes to a new City Hall, the Zephyrhills City Council agreed that “bigger is better.” Council members unanimously approved the design for the new City Hall complex on Jan. 23. The design calls for a two-story building of 19,615 square feet. The $6.2 million price tag is about $300,000 greater than the alternative option, which called for a structure of 18,170. Alan Knight, the … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills’ website getting upgrade

The Zephyrhills City Council has approved a considerable upgrade to the city’s website. Council members unanimously approved a $22,848 contract with CivicPlus — a government website design company— to revamp the city’s website. Ongoing maintenance costs for the new website will be $10,000 per year. The contract also includes a 3 percent maximum increase to the annual maintenance cost over … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills’ finances solid, audit shows

An independent audit shows that Zephyrhills is in healthy financial shape. The Zephyrhills City Council on Sept. 12 received and approved the audit of the city’s 2014-2015 financial statements, performed by Baggett, Reuitmann & Associates, and John E. Henson CPA. The city’s assets exceeded its total liabilities by about $79.3 million, and the city’s total net position increased by 3.44 … [Read more...]

Residents share ideas for improving Zephyr Park

Refurbished tennis courts, state-of-the art playground equipment and an increased presence of law enforcement officers are just a few examples of the many requests local residents have for the redevelopment of Zephyr Park. Dozens of people gathered to offer their ideas for improvements at Zephyr Park, during a May 12 open house at the Alice Hall Community Center. The Zephyrhills Community … [Read more...]

Cleaning up Zephyrhills’ neighborhoods

When Gail Hamilton was hired to lead the Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency about a year ago, she noticed an unsettling trend while patrolling the older, traditional city neighborhoods. Scattered across several homeowners’ lawns were old appliances, rolled-up carpets, debris and fallen trees. “I think nobody had done anything in a long time,” Hamilton said, regarding the condition of … [Read more...]

Jeffries House undergoing major restoration

Renovations are underway to the Historic Jeffries House in Zephyrhills. The Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) general contractor, Restoration Concepts, recently completed the leveling of the building, at 38533 Fifth Ave. The contractor replaced and added piers under the structure, replaced the latticework and replaced rotten wood on the building’s exterior. Windows were … [Read more...]

Façade grants available in Zephyrhills

Some commercial buildings in Zephyrhills are about to become more attractive. The Zephyrhills City Council, on March 28, approved the Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency’s Matching Façade Rehabilitation Grant Program. The $10,000 grant aims to encourage the restoration and preservation of commercial buildings within the CRA district — a 520-acre defined district that essentially … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills projects on the way

The Zephyrhills CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) has several projects on tap for its 30-year master plan. Gail Hamilton, in her first year as CRA director for the city of Zephyrhills, gave an overview of what’s expected during the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting on March 3. The CRA oversees a 520-acre defined district that essentially encompasses the center … [Read more...]