Traffic signals on tap in Zephyrhills

Pasco County officials are lauding a new traffic signal in Zephyrhills — for making a busy intersection a little less dangerous. The fully operable traffic light at Eiland Boulevard and Handcart Road was installed in time for the 7 a.m., start of the school year on Aug. 13. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said the project has been “a main priority” for … [Read more...]

New traffic signals aim to improve safety

A new traffic signal has been installed and is now operating at Eiland Boulevard and Handcart Road, and another traffic signal installation is underway at Eiland Boulevard and Geiger Road. A ribbon cutting for the traffic signal at Eiland and Handcart is scheduled for Aug. 23 at 9 a.m. The installation of that light was completed in time for the 7 a.m. start of the school year on Aug. 13. “It’s … [Read more...]

Roads ‘finally coming’ to east Pasco

Ongoing road construction translates to “good things” for Pasco County — that was the message that Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley brought to The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast meeting. Oakley was the chamber’s featured guest speaker on Sept. 19 at Bayfront Health. Speaking to a crowd that numbered in the dozens, Oakley provided updates on several priority … [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...]

Despite holiday, gas prices continue to fall

The demand for gasoline was the biggest in years for travelers trying to take the road to their Christmas destinations. Yet, where the classic system of supply and demand would've typically meant higher gas prices — they were, instead, lower. In fact, motorists saw the cheapest gasoline for Christmas since 2008, where Florida drivers saw an average price of $2.43. That broke lows set in 2009, … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas, Florida: $2 gas is coming

Georgia and Tennessee have gas stations where prices have fallen below $2 a gallon. And it looks like Florida might not be far behind. Stations in the Jacksonville area reported prices of $2.10 over the weekend, according to AAA. And if prices keep falling at the current rate of 2 cents a day, that area will be at $2 a gallon by the end of the week. "Gasoline prices are plunging with little … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving traveling like it’s 2009

It's just five years ago, but 2009 is not too hard to remember. The Black Eyed Peas had a hit in "Boom Boom Pow." At movie theaters, "Avatar" was breaking every record imaginable. And at the gas pump, drivers were paying less than $2.70 at the pump. Hit songs and blockbuster movies from five years ago will likely stay there, but cheap gas? It's back, as the national average for a galling of … [Read more...]

Like falling fuel prices? Thank shale

Oil production in the United States is at its highest level since the release of the first "Back to the Future" movie in 1985, and a lot of that has to do with the new shale boom. Crude oil settled at $82.75 on Friday after dropping below $80 for the first time in two years just the day before, as gas prices continue to drop both locally and nationwide. "Motorists are paying $5 to $15 less … [Read more...]

Refinery problems freeze gas prices

The dream of gas under $3 may have to wait a little longer, at least in Florida. Refinery outages in both Canada and Texas put a halt to the summer-long decline in gas prices, and even went as far as pushing prices up in some places, like Pensacola. "Refinery maintenance, especially in the Gulf, is causing the tightening of supplies in some areas," said AAA spokesman Josh Carrasco, in a … [Read more...]

Another steep drop sends gas prices closer to $3

It's good news for travelers this week as the price of gas fell another 6 cents per gallon this past week, hitting its lowest point since February, and making that elusive sub-$3 mark look even more realistic. Part of that continued decrease in price could come from what refineries have to do every year: switch from summer blend to winter blend fuel. "Winter blend gas is cheaper to produce, … [Read more...]