Mariano to BP: Settle oil spill lawsuit

Jack Mariano has one thing to say to BP: Enough is enough. In a letter addressed to the British petroleum conglomerate, the Pasco County Commission chairman is urging company officials to drop its appeal of a potentially $18 billion verdict in a federal Clean Water Act lawsuit. Instead, Mariano pled BP to finalize claims from Pasco businesses, and allow all involved to finally move … [Read more...]

Farmers markets are growing in numbers locally

Florida may not be the biggest state when it comes to farmers markets, but it — along with other states in the south — are certainly growing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Directory now lists just under 8,300 markets, an increase of 76 percent since 2008. The data reflects continued demand and growth of farmers markets in every region of the country, according … [Read more...]

Graduation rates in Pasco, Hillsborough, near state average

Pasco County Schools is making progress toward raising graduation rates in its system, but a new report from the GradNation campaign shows that there is still some ways to go. Pasco is graduating 77 percent of its high school students while the Hillsborough County School District is graduating 73 percent — both nearly in-line with the state average of 75 percent. Yet, there is some silver … [Read more...]

Gas prices on the rise, and here’s why

It's costing more to pump gas at the pump than it did a few weeks ago -- locally more than a dime more per gallon -- but gas price spikes are nothing like what's happening in and around Orlando. There, prices have jumped as much as 16 cents per gallon, according to And all of it is because of an "imperfect storm of events." The biggest problem, according to senior petroleum … [Read more...]