Funding and flexibility needed in substance abuse fight

While President Donald Trump has declared opioid abuse to be a national emergency, local experts have urged U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis to remember that other substance abuse problems also remain to be a real concern in Pasco County. Bilirakis paid a visit to the Land O’ Lakes Community Center on Aug. 22 seeking to hear from people on the front lines of tackling substance abuse problems. His … [Read more...]

Outlining a road map to tackle Pasco traffic problems

Pasco County’s residential and commercial growth is causing more traffic headaches on the area’s roads. At an Aug. 21 session, residents had a chance to learn about what’s planned to tackle the area’s congestion during The Pasco County Transportation Summit. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore hosted the event at the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter … [Read more...]

Education is key issue at town hall

Education was a recurring theme during a recent town hall meeting that featured U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, State Rep. Danny Burgess, and State Sens. Wilton Simpson and Tom Lee. About 100 residents gathered inside the Pasco Middle School Auditorium on Aug. 22 to voice their thoughts and concerns with their local representatives, via a question-and-answer-style town meeting that lasted more than … [Read more...]

Transportation summit takes big picture view

The daily grind of transportation snarls, and the glacial flow of vehicles at rush hours never seems to have any quick fixes. But, a transportation summit at Pasco-Hernando State College will give residents a chance to get a big picture view of projects – current and future – that could ease the traffic burdens. The summit will bring federal, state and local officials together to discuss … [Read more...]

CSX studying fix for malfunctioning crossing arms

CSX Corporation is looking into how to repair the malfunctioning railroad crossing arms on State Road 54, at U.S. 41, said Kris Carson, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District 7 office. Once a repair plan is developed, “the state will participate in funding the repair,” Carson said. It is not known yet what will be required to fix the problem, how much it will … [Read more...]

Commissioners make connections at White House

Pasco County commissioners Kathryn Starkey and Jack Mariano attended a special White House conference to promote communications between the state’s county commissions and federal agencies. The Florida County Commissioners’ White House Conference met on July 27, and included about 120 county commissioners and staff from all over the state. It was the second in what is planned as a series of … [Read more...]

Bilirakis talks health care reform

Health care reform was the main topic during U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’s visit to Zephyrhills last week. Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s 12th congressional district, was the featured speaker during The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting on Aug. 3. He said he was “very disappointed” when the Republican party’s reform and repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stalled … [Read more...]

$2 million grant goes to Zephyrhills airport

Funding continues to fly into the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The office of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s 12th congressional district, announced last month that the airport had received a $2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Funds will go toward pavement repairs and new LED lighting at Taxiway B, which hasn’t seen upgrades in about 20 … [Read more...]

Japanese investment focus of roundtable

On a map of Florida, more than 18 Japanese-owned companies are pinpointed across the state. South Florida has the most, with only a handful scattered in central and northeastern cities, including the port city of Jacksonville. Noticeably blank is Florida’s central west coast, including Pasco County. “I think there has not been much of a connection,” said Japan’s Consul General Ken … [Read more...]

Pasco approves $4.6 million for Ridge Road project

The Ridge Road extension is still on the drawing board, waiting for a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. But, at their July meeting in Dade City, Pasco County commissioners took a step forward in the nearly 19-year process of qualifying for the coveted permit. They updated a contract with NV5 Inc., and approved about $4.6 million toward the final design and construction … [Read more...]