Seeking to remove hidden dangers

Darrell Thompson is a citizen advocate on a mission to make Pasco County a safer place to live. His quest started nearly a year ago when a motorist ran a stop sign and nearly hit him in his Union Park neighborhood. “You get a wake-up call when a car goes through a stop sign, and you have to jump out of the way,” Thompson said. But, he didn’t immediately blame the motorist. The problem … [Read more...]

Shaping a vision for transportation in Pasco

The next phase in a transportation vision for Tampa Bay took a local turn into Pasco County. More than 30 residents from Pasco and Hernando counties met on Aug. 3 as a “working group” tasked with recommending future transportation decisions. The Florida Department of Transportation hosted the event at the Myrtle Lake Baptist Church in Land O’ Lakes. The Community Working Group session … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Notebook seeks suggestions

Give a community a piece of chalk and chalkboard, and wait — people will write what’s on their minds. That’s the idea behind the Neighborhood Notebook, a chalkboard that’s intended to invite those passing by to share their ideas about how they want their community to grow. The chalkboard is being placed at various locations in central Pasco County to seek community input. At the … [Read more...]

Pasco looks to lift residential parking rule

The Pasco County Commission is looking to get rid of a parking restriction that has posed a problem in neighborhoods. Under its current rules, people parking on the street in residential communities need to have a permit, or they can be cited. The rule likely isn’t common knowledge to many residents, and appears to be headed toward its demise. Commissioners have asked the county’s … [Read more...]

Age 55-and-older community gets private road

Developers and residents often clash when it comes to land issues. But, on two issues involving roads relating to a proposed 55-and-older, gated community — there was a rare moment when both sides agreed. And, the developers and residents got the response they wanted from Pasco County commissioners, too. One issue involved eliminating the extension of Five Farms Avenue, that would connect … [Read more...]

Redevelopment project teed up for a vote

Residents of Quail Hollow subdivision packed the boardroom at the Historic Pasco County Courthouse seeking to persuade county commissioners not to allow a developer to swap a golf course for houses. “It betrays the existing residents who have expectations of a golf course remaining. It (houses) would change the character and sense of place of our neighborhood,” said Edward Glime, who lives in … [Read more...]

Solutions sought for Pasco’s congestion

A task force that will help decide the future of State Road 54 and State Road 56 has taken preliminary steps to set up a schedule and agree on a list of potential road designs meant to improve traffic along the busy corridors. The 17-member task force will serve as advisory board to the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization. It held an organizational meeting on April 20 at Rasmussen … [Read more...]

Connected City vote on Pasco’s agenda

A final decision on an ambitious technology-driven community in eastern Pasco County – known as Connected City – is at hand. The Pasco County Commission will have a final public hearing on the project on Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m., in Dade City. The first public hearing on Jan. 24 offered a review of the project and an opportunity for public comment. Pasco County and Metro Development Group … [Read more...]

Connected City plans taking shape

Metro Development Group is finalizing its team of partners for what is billed as “the city of the future.” Florida Hospital and Tampa General will be setting up a new medical partnership in the Connected City called West Florida Health. Meridian Autonomous Systems will be providing self-driving and electrical vehicles. And, Saint Leo University will be creating a new education … [Read more...]