Deadly COVID-19 virus poses challenges on all fronts

Florida has joined the ranks of states across the nation that have issued Stay-at-Home orders in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a 30-day Stay-At-Home executive order effective April 3. His action came just days before U.S. Surgeon Gen. Dr. Jerome Adams warned the nation that “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week … [Read more...]

Residents urged to be counted in 2020 Census

Residents of Hillsborough and Pasco counties are being urged by government officials to respond to the 2020 Census. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore is urging citizens to take part in the nation’s official count. April 1 is officially Census Day, meaning the number of people staying in your household must be counted to assure that communities receive their fair share of federal … [Read more...]

Pasco County Backs Downtown Avalon Park

The Avalon Park Group has overwhelming support and backing from the Pasco County Commission to create a brand new town center for the Wesley Chapel community. Downtown Avalon Park Wesley Chapel is being planned as a mixed-use development on 215 acres located north of State Road 54, about three miles east of I-75. The plan includes four freestanding office buildings that will have a mix of … [Read more...]

Pasco wants crash debris off the street

When tow-truck crews clean up after a crash, it should be a thorough job. At least that’s how the Pasco County Commission sees it. The county board soon will be considering a provision that will require the people who remove damaged or wrecked vehicles from roadways to be sure to clear the roadway of glass and injurious debris. “This is sort of a local version of a state law that is … [Read more...]

East Pasco land donated for fire station

The Pasco County Commission passed a resolution at its March 10 meeting recognizing Schikedanz Bros.-Hammock Pines Ltd., for its donation of 3.8 acres for a fire station to improve fire rescue services in East Pasco County. Scott Cassin, fire chief for Pasco County Fire Rescue, expressed appreciation for the gift. The site is just east of Fox Ridge Boulevard, on the south side of State Road … [Read more...]

Pasco eyeing big changes to apartment mobility fees

The Pasco County Commission has signaled it wants to end mobility fee incentives that it provides for new market-rate apartment construction within the county. At the same time, commissioners are looking to waive mobility fees for builders of affordable housing — homes or apartments. Commissioners also are eyeing a mobility fee waiver aimed to spur new construction in an area along U.S. 19, … [Read more...]

Objections continue to proposed townhomes

Residents living near Lake Thomas continue to oppose an increase in the density of development in their Land O’ Lakes community. A proposed land use change would increase the maximum density from three dwellings per acre to six dwellings per acre, on a 42-acre site, on the west side of U.S. 41 about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff. The Pasco County Commission signaled its support for the … [Read more...]

‘Downtown’ coming to Wesley Chapel

Pasco County and Avalon Park Group/sitEX have reached an agreement on a package of incentives aimed at encouraging the development of a new downtown in Wesley Chapel. The plan calls for a new mixed-use, urban-scale development on 215 acres, off State Road 54, in a community now being called Avalon Park Wesley Chapel. Avalon Park Group/sitEX proposes to spend more than $800 million to … [Read more...]

New subdivision approved off Bell Lake Road

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning for a 27-home subdivision, at the northwest intersection of Bell Lake and Alpine roads. The site for the proposed subdivision is about 1 mile east of U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. The approval will allow houses with a minimum of 40-foot-wide lots to be built on the 9.5-acre site. The board’s vote, at its Feb. 4 meeting, was the second time … [Read more...]

Starkey Gap project poses safety issues

The ‘soft opening’ of the Starkey Gap Trail has generated some concerns about safety. The new segment of trail creates a connection between Pasco and Pinellas counties, and is an important link in the Coast to Coast Connector Trail, running from Saint Petersburg to Titusville. The estimated $2.6 million Starkey Gap Trail project starts south of Trinity Boulevard, in Pinellas County, … [Read more...]