Del Webb moves into Bexley

Pulte Group broke ground on an 850-home, age-restricted Del Webb Bexley community in Land O’ Lakes on Jan. 31. The age 55 and older community is the first “active-adult” project built by Pulte in the Tampa Bay area since 1960, according to a press release from Pulte Group. “We feel the Tampa area is underserved for baby boomers looking to live in a place that is designed specifically for … [Read more...]

Doggy dining now legal in Pasco County

Pasco County now has an ordinance to permit doggy dining in outdoor areas of restaurants. The Pasco County Commission adopted the new measure unanimously at its Nov. 28 meeting in New Port Richey. A $50 permit fee was later approved on Dec. 12 in Dade City. The commission’s action, however, is news to many area restaurants that already have been allowing patrons to enjoy a meal on their … [Read more...]

Labor shortage delays debris removal

Those piles of Hurricane Irma debris could be sitting near homes for as long as a couple of months, Pasco County officials have said. That’s because there’s a shortage of work crews. Officials hope that residents will be patient, as the county struggles to pull together enough work crews. Pasco County Utilities, Solid Waste and Resources Recovery Department set the start of debris … [Read more...]

Pasco County approves 2018 budget

Pasco County commissioners approved a $1.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1. The budget is slightly less than the 2017 budget, but still has new expenditures for parks, boat ramps and the proposed Ridge Road extension. County commissioners had a final public hearing, and vote, on the new budget on Sept. 26 in New Port Richey. There will be no change in the … [Read more...]

Pasco County boosts its stormwater fee

Pasco County residents will be paying a higher stormwater fee, following a Sept. 19 vote by Pasco County commissioners to increase the rate. Beginning in 2018, the annual fee will increase from $57 to $95 — a 67 percent increase. A previous increase approved two years ago added $10 to the fee, raising the rate from $47 to $57. Commissioners were divided over raising the fee during two … [Read more...]

Local bidders could have an advantage in Pasco

Pasco County commissioners might soon give local vendors an advantage over their competitors when bidding on county government contracts. Commissioners directed legal staff to amend the county’s purchasing ordinance to create a local preference system for contract bids, during an Aug. 22 workshop in Dade City. For instance, a local company that offers the second lowest bid could become … [Read more...]

Bank loan approved to build Wiregrass sports complex

A loan of slightly more than $20 million from Bank United will finance the construction of the proposed Wesley Chapel Sports Park, at Wiregrass Ranch. RADD Sports will operate and manage the complex. Pasco County will own the indoor sports facility, collect rent, and also share in the anticipated profits. In addition to the 98,000- square-foot indoor facility, seven outdoor sports … [Read more...]

Tourist tax increase to help finance Wiregrass sports complex

Pasco County commissioners approved a 2 percent increase in the tourism tax and cleared the way to finance construction of the Wiregrass Sports Complex of Pasco County. The added revenues will be used as collateral to secure a construction loan of up to $15 million for a 98,000-square-foot multi-purpose indoor sports venue. The tax increase is on top of an existing 2 percent tax collected on … [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...]

Higher school impact fees expected in 2018

The Pasco County School Board didn’t get the school impact rate increases initially recommended by a consultant hired by the school district, and the building community didn’t get the rate it was pushing — but Pasco County Commissioners have agreed to support higher impact fees for school construction. During a July 11 public hearing, commissioners committed to a proposed ordinance that calls … [Read more...]