Pasco’s tourism boosts county’s economy

An analysis by Downs & St. Germain Research Inc., consultants to Pasco County, reveals that 965,000 tourists visited Pasco County during 2018, with a $615 million impact on the county’s economy. Downs & St. Germain Research conducted the county’s first-ever visitor tracking study. They completed face-to-face, phone and online surveys with Pasco County visitors. As a result, the … [Read more...]

Pasco lifts ban on dock roofs on freshwater lakes

Debate goes on over allowing dock roofs in coastal communities A longstanding quest to permit roofs on docks on Pasco County’s inland lakes succeeded last week, when the Pasco County Commission voted unanimously to lift the ban. It remains, uncertain though, whether that same privilege will be extended to owners of waterfront property in coastal communities. The issue will be coming back for … [Read more...]

Commissioner suggests making use of ‘on hold’ time

When callers to Pasco County are placed “on hold” they hear music playing, but Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey would like to change that. “I would much rather hear us talk about our story, when I’m on hold,” Starkey said. “We could talk about our satisfaction survey, or we’re opening up a new park, or things to do this weekend,” she suggested. Her colleague, Commissioner … [Read more...]

Pasco poised to lift ban on dock roofs on lakes

The Pasco County Commission appears ready to allow boat docks on private lakes to have roofs over them. Commissioners had a public hearing on March 12 regarding a proposal to amend the county’s land development code that currently prohibits the roofs. No one from the public spoke for or against the proposed change during the public hearing. The change would apply only to inland water … [Read more...]

Pasco readies for big building program

Voter approval of four general obligation bond issues in November has set the stage for a major building program in Pasco County. The bond revenues will go to expand the Pasco County Detention Center; to update and expand fire rescue facilities; to upgrade libraries; and, to spruce up and improve park and recreational facilities. Pasco County staff members briefed commissioners on the timing … [Read more...]

Pasco property tax rate expected to stay the same in 2020

Pasco County’s tax rate is expected to stay the same in 2020, as new development continues to expand the county’s tax base. That assessment came during a Pasco County Commission workshop to discuss the preliminary estimates for the 2020 budget. The county is projecting a 9.5 percent increase in assessed values, said Robert Goehig, budget director in the county’s Office of Management and … [Read more...]

Pasco supports legalizing hemp as a crop

The Pasco County Commission has unanimously approved a resolution backing the legal cultivation of hemp in Florida. The issue came up for discussion at the board’s Jan. 8 meeting, but was delayed for two weeks to give Commission Chairman Ron Oakley the chance to learn more about the issue. When Commissioner Jack Mariano brought up the issue again, commissioners quickly approved it. Board … [Read more...]

Commissioners spar over choosing rec center design firm

The Pasco County Commission has selected Wannemacher Jensen Architects Inc., and Harvard Jolly Inc.,  as the top-ranked firms for design services for an indoor recreation center at the Wesley Chapel District Park. It also authorized county staff to negotiate with Wannemacher Jensen, and if an agreement can’t be reach, to conduct negotiations with Harvard Jolly. Commissioners approved the … [Read more...]

Plantation Palms drainage project approved

Plantation Palms and Pasco County have agreed to a deal that will result in a $2.99 million drainage project — which will be paid for by residents in the Central Pasco community through the creation of a Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU). As part of the deal, the county will stabilize the north ditch, with a project that’s approximately 1,700 feet long. Plans have been prepared by the … [Read more...]

Pasco commissioners seek way to stop panhandlers

They already have an ordinance on the books that addresses panhandlers, and another one that addresses trespassing. But, the Pasco County Commission still hasn’t found an effective way to put a stop to panhandling. “We have a panhandling ordinance in place. We write a lot of tickets to all of the people that are doing the panhandling. One gentleman has 240 tickets,” Commissioner Jack Mariano … [Read more...]