Zephyrhills presents draft budget, appropriations requests

The City of Zephyrhills has unveiled its proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20 — totaling more than $67 million. The $67,043,615 draft budget is based on a tentative tax rate of 6.35 mills previously approved by the Zephyrhills City Council. The draft budget was shared during an Aug. 12 council meeting. Based on the 6.35 millage rate, the total budget for the new fiscal year will be … [Read more...]

Construction nearing on Zephyrhills tennis center

After more than two years of planning and design, a multi-million dollar tennis center in Zephyrhills will soon break ground and become a reality. Construction is expected to begin in August on the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center, Zephyrhills deputy city manager Billy Poe said during a special June 17 council meeting on the issue. With the project’s final engineered site plan set … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills plans for future industrial hub

The City of Zephyrhills is developing a master plan aimed at increasing high-wage industrial jobs and boosting the region’s economy. Called the Zephyrhills Industrial Corridor Plan, it focuses on a large grouping of industrial properties and adjacent areas within the Chancey Road corridor, near the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The proposed master plan industrial project is long-range … [Read more...]

New Zephyrhills police chief has a familiar face

Derek Brewer’s official promotion to Zephyrhills Police Chief was just weeks ago — yet he’s no stranger to the uniform, or to the community he’s tasked to serve. The 45-year-old Brewer was appointed the city’s permanent, full-time police chief on Sept. 25. He was sworn-in two weeks later, on Oct. 9. Brewer, however, already had months of familiarity with the position. He served as interim … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills appoints police chief

Following a four-month nationwide search for its next police chief, the city of Zephyrhills has opted to hire from within, appointing interim chief Derek Brewer the city’s permanent, full-time police chief. At its Sept. 25 meeting, the Zephyrhills City Council voted 4-1 in favor of Brewer, a 15-year veteran of the Zephyrhills Police Department who’s served as the interim chief since May … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills opts to build new City Hall

The city of Zephyrhills is getting a brand-new City Hall after all. Following several weeks of dialogue, the Zephyrhills City Council unanimously approved a motion to build a new structure at the existing City Hall site, at 5335 Eighth St. The new facility is expected be about 5,000-square-feet larger than the current 11,000-square-foot building, It likely will have a modernized brick and … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills considers two City Hall options

The Zephyrhills City Council is continuing to consider its options regarding a new City Hall. Under one option, a new building would be erected at the existing City Hall site, 5335 Eighth St. Under the other, the SunTrust Bank building at at 5435 Gall Blvd., would be purchased and renovated. Todd Vande Berg, city planning director, detailed the pros and cons of each option in a PowerPoint … [Read more...]

Façade grants available in Zephyrhills

Some commercial buildings in Zephyrhills are about to become more attractive. The Zephyrhills City Council, on March 28, approved the Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency’s Matching Façade Rehabilitation Grant Program. The $10,000 grant aims to encourage the restoration and preservation of commercial buildings within the CRA district — a 520-acre defined district that essentially … [Read more...]

Pigz in Z’Hills finds new home

After months of discussions and planning, the popular Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival will have a permanent home. The Zephyrhills City Council voted on March 14 to contribute $30,000 to build a new 14-acre event venue for use by nonprofit organizations at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 5040 Airport Road in Zephyrhills. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce helped raise an … [Read more...]

Drumm outlines conditions to resign as city manager

One of Charlie Proctor's first duties as president of the Zephyrhills City Council is a somber one, by his own admission. Wednesday, Proctor and the rest of the council will consider a resignation proposal from City Manager Jim Drumm, leaving a vacancy in the city's top manager's job for the second time in three years. In an April 17 letter to Mayor Gene Whitfield and the rest of the … [Read more...]