State Road 56 Extension gives drivers another option

Motorists heading through the county to or from East Pasco now have a new way to do it. The State Road 56 Extension, which links Meadow Pointe Boulevard in Wesley Chapel to U.S. 301 in Greater Zephyrhills, opened on July 10. Dignitaries and members of the media gathered for a preview of the road the day before it opened to the public. Pasco County Commission Chairman Ron Oakley noted … [Read more...]

We’re going to need better thinking caps

We are mere days away from a joltingly early start to the new school year, but instead of looking ahead to new supplies that speak of fresh challenges, our gaze has been diverted to an unexpectedly worrisome past. Results of the Florida Standards Assessments rolled out last month, and, well, yikes. All of a sudden, your neighborhood A school, or your B school you were absolutely certain was … [Read more...]

Gearing up for primary elections

Even though the primary election isn’t until Aug. 30, Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley is reminding voters to be sure they are ready to vote. Florida has a closed primary system, so voters must be sure they are registered in the party in which they wish to vote, Corley said. It’s also essential to be sure you are registered and that your registration has the proper address, … [Read more...]

Resident crusades for safety wall on I-75

Construction dust, giant cranes and truck traffic are an everyday inconvenience near Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club. Road crews are busy expanding the interchange at Interstate 75 and State Road 52 from County Road 54 to Hernando County. The three-year project is slated for completion in 2017, and is meant to improve traffic flow by widening I-75 from four lanes to six lanes, with three … [Read more...]

Gun issues dominate town hall session

It was billed as a town hall session on economic development, but the gun issues facing the Florida Legislature dominated much of the discussion. The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch co-hosted a town hall on Oct. 14 featuring State Sen. John Legg and State Rep. Danny Burgess. Eugene Williams, executive director for … [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...]

Panel says no to charter in Pasco County

With a one-vote margin, opponents of a charter-style government in Pasco County killed a proposal that had the backing of the county’s legislative delegation. In an 8-7 vote, a 15-member appointed panel opted not to write a charter that could have significantly changed the way Pasco County’s government operates. The vote came after the county’s five-member legislative delegation – State Rep. … [Read more...]

Legislative delegation to weigh in on charter

Fish or cut bait? Members of the Municipal Association of Pasco County, which represents the six cities in Pasco, want a final decision on whether the county should alter its form of government. They likely will get their wish on Aug. 24 when the county’s appointed charter review panel has scheduled a vote on the matter. A previously scheduled vote on Aug. 10 was postponed until the … [Read more...]

State loan may help widen State Road 56

  The Pasco Commission agreed that a low-interest state loan to fund the widening of additional lanes on State Road 56 is worth exploring, if developers take responsibility for paying it back. Commissioners voted unanimously to direct county administrators and staff members to gather details about the loan and prepare a letter of interest to be sent to the State Infrastructure Bank. The … [Read more...]

State loan could pave way for four-lane State Road 56

The money isn’t in anyone’s bank account yet, but a state loan program might be the solution to fund the widening of State Road 56 to four lanes from Wesley Chapel to Zephyrhills, according to a press release from State Rep. Danny Burgess and State Sen. John Legg. The lawmakers, in consultation with the Florida Department of Transportation staffers, including Secretary Jim Boxold, are looking … [Read more...]