Zephyrhills bans fracking

The City of Zephyrhills has banned fracking, a controversial practice of extracting oil or natural gas. The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously to prohibit the use of land for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the city’s limits. In taking the action, the city is following the lead of other Florida municipalities. The council’s vote received an ovation from … [Read more...]

Wildlife corridors map a pathway through Pasco

A network of conservation corridors to provide safer pathways for wildlife in Pasco County finally is more than just lines on a map. Still, it took a few tweaks at a June 21 public hearing before Pasco County commissioners could approve an ordinance stuck in planning limbo for years. In the end, the corridors made some happy, others less so. “This ordinance is scientific, viably provable … [Read more...]

Speakers present their wish list to lawmakers

Speaker after speaker stepped up to the podium to present their request to Pasco County’s state lawmakers. They wanted funding to help a nonprofit. They wanted lawmakers to put in a good word with state highway officials. Or, they wanted their backing for a special cause. About 100 people gathered on Sept. 29 in the gymnasium of Sunlake High School in Land O’ Lakes for a public forum, … [Read more...]