Dade City attracts thousands to 22nd Kumquat Festival

Thousands streamed to the 22nd annual Kumquat Festival in historic downtown Dade City on Jan. 26 In an open letter, John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, recapped the event, and offered a heartfelt expression of gratitude for the army of volunteers who helped to pull it off. “Over 400 vendors and sponsors sold and promoted their wares and services,” … [Read more...]

This crowd was bullish on East Pasco’s prospects

Speakers at the recent “Discover Dade City” symposium cast a spotlight on East Pasco’s development opportunities. The event, held in the conference center at the East Pasco campus of Pasco-Hernando State College, focused on ongoing projects, as well as those on the drawing board and future prospects. The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Greater Tampa … [Read more...]

Kumquat Festival offers a slice of Old Florida charm

The Kumquat Festival, which pays homage to a tiny orange fruit with a tangy flavor, carried on in its usual fashion — despite this year’s challenges to the kumquat crop. Citrus greening, insects and Florida’s recent hard freezes dealt a blow to the kumquat crop — knocking out sales of fresh kumquats this year. But, there were kumquats to sample, and plenty of kumquats served up in jams, … [Read more...]

It’s Kumquat Festival time

A day set aside for tiny orange fruits and fun It’s that time of year when the tiny tart orange fruit reigns supreme in Dade City — the town on the eastern edge of Pasco County, with quaint shops lining its downtown streets and a historic courthouse in its center square. About 35,000 people are expected at the festival this year, said John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade … [Read more...]

Business community weathers Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left residents and business owners in northern Hillsborough, east Pasco and central Pasco assessing damage, cleaning up the mess, and, calculating their losses and counting their blessings. For business owners, the focus was on reopening and getting Pasco County’s commercial back in motion. The effort goes on. Zephyrhills’ chamber gave shelter With shelters filled to … [Read more...]

Downtown Dade City to get flood relief

Puddle jumping in downtown Dade City is often a rainy day sport especially along Seventh Street, the spine of downtown’s business district. Sidewalks can quickly overflow, forcing pedestrians to hunt for spots less than ankle deep to cross from one side of the street to the other. Other downtown streets, including Meridian, Pasco and Live Oak avenues, also see the waters rise. But, $1.4 … [Read more...]

Kumquat Festival traditions continue

Many came wearing sweaters, or jackets, or long-sleeved shirts — but they came just the same to enjoy the Kumquat Festival in Dade City. “Tens of thousands of people came from all over the Tampa Bay region — residents, winter visitors and tourists joined in the fun,” according to an email from John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the … [Read more...]

Kumquat Festival likely to attract thousands

In the beginning, there was the kumquat. It’s a tiny fruit, with a slightly sweet and tangy, tangy taste. And, it’s the centerpiece of an annual tradition that often introduces visitors to Dade City’s Old-Florida charm. The festival that pays homage to the diminutive orange fruit began two decades ago, when Phyllis Smith, Roxanne Barthle and Carlene Ellberg were looking for a way to … [Read more...]

Downtown Dade City adds to its ‘eclectic mix’

New storefronts in downtown Dade City are creating a buzz. One of the newest additions is Flint Creek Outfitters, which opened nearly three weeks ago at 14129 Seventh St., at the intersection with Pasco Avenue. The prime retail spot had been vacant more than two years following the closing of Remember When Antiques Mall. A grand opening is planned for January. Business owners Gordon … [Read more...]

Pasco officials push for trail loop

A decision is months away. But much is at stake for whichever county secures the favor of the Florida Department of Transportation in choosing a 20-mile route for the Coast to Coast (C2C) Connector Trail. State highway officials anticipate completing a feasibility study in June 2016 on a northern route through Hernando and Sumter County or a southern route through Pasco and Sumter … [Read more...]