Setting the stage for community gatherings

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Aug. 16 for a stage to be built at the Land O’ Lakes Community Park, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. “It’s been a long wait, but we’re very excited,” said Sandy Graves, of the Heritage Park Foundation, who has played a leading role in helping to bring the vision to life. “It was (state Rep.) Richard Corcoran, working with the governor, to get our cultural … [Read more...]

Area events honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives on each year as communities nationwide celebrate the birth of the civil rights leader with parades, community service days and reflections on his message of non-violence. The official holiday honoring King will be Jan. 18. In Pasco County, celebrations will be take place throughout the week, including a first-time parade in Lacoochee on the … [Read more...]

Park expansion signifies big day for Land O’ Lakes

Passersby on U.S. 41 likely didn’t notice the event taking place under a covered pavilion at the Land O’ Lakes Community Park on Aug. 14. After all, there were no marching bands or fireworks. But the ribbon cutting for the Land O’ Lakes Community Park project marked a big day in the community’s history. The $2.3 million park improvement project includes the installation of a Bermuda … [Read more...]

Did President Calvin Coolidge have lunch in Dade City?

That’s a local legend, but the facts dispute that claim Not a single historic marker — among more than 50 posted across Pasco County — refers to it, but there’s a longstanding legend that President Calvin Coolidge had lunch at the Gray Moss Inn in Dade City, during his visit to Florida to dedicate Bok Tower Gardens in Polk County. Numerous sources document Dade City’s 126-year … [Read more...]

Florida could decide 2016 presidential election

Predictions as to which Republican candidate will come away with the prize of the national party’s presidential nomination is an impossible task this early in the race. But there is no doubt that Florida will be a pivotal state in a hard-fought 2016 election, according to Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist. “There’s not another state in the country that will be … [Read more...]

Carville’s remarks at Saint Leo are provocative, snappy

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is almost certain to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, according to political strategist James Carville. Her chances of winning are “no worse than 50-50,” said Carville who was keynote speaker on the opening day of the sixth annual International Business Conference at Saint Leo University. This year’s conference theme was “Best Practices … [Read more...]

Clinton finds serious Florida challenge from Jeb

If the 2016 presidential election were held today, Floridians would be ready to give the Sunshine State’s 29 electoral votes to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. That is, unless Jeb Bush decides to run. A new survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute said that if both Clinton and the former governor end up representing their respective parties in the presidential race, … [Read more...]

Democrat first to try eliminating nuclear cost recovery this session

A Tallahassee lawmaker is taking on one major campaign issue from the state's mid-term elections right away, proposing a bill that would eliminate the ability of utility companies like Duke Energy Corp. to collect money for its failed nuclear plant projects. State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, filed H.B. 4001 last Friday. If passed, it would repeal the nuclear cost recovery … [Read more...]

Littlefield not ready to retire from public service just yet

Ken Littlefield learned a lot from his brother, Carl, and even followed him into public service. The two owned Littlefield’s Furniture in Dade City. However, the 1990 census created a new legislative district, and Carl won the seat, becoming a popular lawmaker representing parts of Pasco and Hillsborough counties. In 1999, however, Carl earned a cabinet appointment by Gov. Jeb Bush, … [Read more...]

Mayor to Bush 41: Come skydive here … for free

Don't tell President George H.W. Bush that he's 90 years old, or that he struggles to get around on his own. The father of both the 43rd U.S. president and Florida's 43rd governor — who served in the Oval Office himself — likes to celebrate birthday milestones by skydiving, like he did this past week in Maine. Zephyrhills mayor Gene Whitfield was one of many who cheered the president from a … [Read more...]