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...]

Pasco County considers mobility fee rate update

The Pasco County Commission is considering changes to its mobility fee rate structure, which could lead to higher rates in a couple of categories by virtue of removing discounts they now receive. The update also calls for lowering fees in seven land-use categories, and changing the fee charged for residential development in rural areas on lots of 5 acres or more. Mobility fees are based on the … [Read more...]

New forensics research center expected to boost local economy

Officials are expected to gather together this week to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics in Land O’ Lakes. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is predicting that beyond its other benefits, the new forensics center also will be an economic driver — having wide-ranging impacts on the county as whole, and Land O’ Lakes, in … [Read more...]

Pasco tax revenues are up this year

Rising property values in Pasco County could provide about $11 million in increased revenues. That’s a bigger windfall than the $10.5 million initially projected. That extra cash – about $650,000 - would play a key role in helping to close a $3.3 million gap in funding requests for 2019 from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Pasco County expected to receive final revenue data by July 1 … [Read more...]

Controversy continues over solar in Pasco

The Pasco County Commission has adopted an ordinance that will guide future decisions on where and how solar farms are permitted. But, the controversy over a proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County continues. Commissioners approved the ordinance relating to placement of solar farms at their June 5 meeting in Dade City. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore, who supported the … [Read more...]

Business park spurs talks on widening Old Pasco Road

There is no disagreement that Old Pasco Road should be widened to four lanes. But, the timing and funding for such a project got mixed reactions from Pasco County commissioners who approved a new business park on the mostly two-lane roadway. Approximately 90 acres on Old Pasco will be the site for the county-initiated project, known as Overpass Business Park. Commissioners did include … [Read more...]

Cost rules out U.S. 41 underpass

Even dropping the cost from more than half a billion to $250 million, an underpass at U.S. 41 and State Road 54 would be too pricey. Members of the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization have opted not to add the underpass - also called a tunnel - to a list of recommended road designs to ease traffic congestion at U.S. 41 and State Road 54. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said … [Read more...]

Calls being made to widen Old Pasco Road

Some Pasco County commissioners are now calling for the widening of Old Pasco Road before a proposed business park is built on the road. “I don’t want to see anything built until the road is widened,” Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said during the board’s May 8 meeting. “We need to make sure the entire road is widened. It will be a nightmare for a lot of residents who live across from … [Read more...]

Homeless shelter to help families find housing

A “one-stop navigation center” for the homeless population in Pasco County will provide temporary shelter for families, instead of the initial plan to help single adult men and women. If opened, the center would be Pasco’s first homeless shelter. An estimated $100,000 annual cost for around-the-clock security at the facility and neighborhood opposition to the original plan prompted the shift … [Read more...]