Project prompts school board to hire land use attorney

Project Arthur, a major development that’s been submitted to Pasco County for its review, has prompted Pasco County Schools to approve the use of a land use attorney on an as-needed basis. In seeking the approval, district documents describe Project Arthur as “a new and unique development, which is proposing to use charter schools as a way to mitigate for future student impacts.” Having that … [Read more...]

School impact fees set to increase beginning in January

The Pasco County Commission has unanimously adopted higher school impact fees for new residential construction. The increases will be phased in over three years, beginning Jan. 1, and will be charged against all new residential construction, except for new age 55-plus communities. Pasco County school district officials have calculated that the higher fees will generate more than $220.4 … [Read more...]

Panhandling off-limits in Pasco

Pasco County commissioners have approved a ban aimed at preventing street-corner panhandling in the county. That action came despite pleas from those who had been selling newspapers in the county on Sundays. By adopting a total ban, the county would cost workers’ wages and jobs, opponents said. “I’m begging you, please understand you are affecting so many people,” said Renee Contreras, … [Read more...]

Views exchanged on ending Pasco blight

A proposed ordinance to tackle blight and enforce minimum standards for maintaining commercial buildings drew mostly favorable reviews at a town hall meeting. But, some remain skeptical about what they see as more government bureaucracy. Pasco County Commissioners are expected to vote on the proposal on Oct. 20, following a public hearing. The issue has sparked considerable … [Read more...]

Browning parts from Scott, stands by Common Core Standards

Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning is standing by the Common Core State Standards, despite a recent decision by Gov. Rick Scott to put the kibosh on the state’s participation in a consortia developing assessments for those standards. Scott sent a letter to federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Sept. 23 telling him that he would ask the State Board of Education to end Florida’s … [Read more...]