Slices of life, in the shadow of COVID-19

Impacts from the threat of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is touching life on virtually every level. The closing of school campuses disrupted family schedules and student learning. The shuttering of businesses has left people out of work. The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and people dying from the virus continues to rise. Nobody knows yet, when we will emerge to the … [Read more...]

Government responds to COVID-19

A $2 trillion relief package — the largest in U.S. history — has been passed in an attempt to stabilize the economy, in the wake of an economic and medical crisis posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The package includes help for individuals, unemployment benefits, loans for small businesses, help for large industries and other types of assistance. The stimulus includes a $1,200 … [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...]

Medical marijuana dispensaries allowed in Dade City

Medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries may now set up shop within certain areas of Dade City. Dade City Commissioners on Jan. 28 adopted an ordinance revising the city’s land development regulations to make the treatment facilities a permitted use in the city’s general commercial zoning district, and an allowed use in commercial and employment center planned development … [Read more...]

New route for Pasco Fair parade

This annual Pasco County Fair parade will take on a few new twists and turns this year in downtown Dade City. The parade, set for Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will travel an alternate route, due to ongoing road closures and construction associated with the city’s downtown stormwater improvement project. According to a news release from the Pasco County Fair Association, the … [Read more...]

Bell Lake rezoning back on agenda

An error in a notice for a rezoning has prompted a new hearing on the request. The Pasco County Commission, at its Jan. 7 hearing, approved a rezoning for a new subdivision for 27 detached residences on about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The vote was 4-0, with Commissioner Jack Mariano absent. However, it turns out that an error … [Read more...]

Dade City’s downtown soon to receive flood relief

The completion of a project now underway in downtown Dade City aims to address flooding problems that have plagued the area for years. The public works project, which began in August, involves the installation of new stormwater piping.  Joseph DeBono, Dade City’s public works director, is overseeing the project. The work is being done to address major flooding that hinder parts of … [Read more...]

Dade City sets workshop on medical marijuana dispensaries

The Dade City City Commission again will consider whether or not to allow medical marijuana treatment centers within city limits. This city’s six-month moratorium, or temporary ban, on such dispensaries expires Sept. 21. Commissioners will have a workshop on the matter Sept. 24 at 4 p.m., at City Hall, 38020 Meridian Ave., in Dade City. In March, city leaders voted to extend its … [Read more...]

Local groups help federal workers

Organizations around the region are stepping up to help, as workers and their families struggle during the nation’s longest partial federal government shutdown. The help has come in various forms. “The key is to take off some of the pressure from these folks (so they can) worry less about where their food is coming from,” explained Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector of Pasco … [Read more...]

Private school, more retail, on planning commission agenda

The Pasco County Planning Commission will consider requests for a private school, and increased retail development, among items during its Jan. 10 public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Planning commissioners will consider these requests on their consent agenda. Request from Tracy L. and Raul Rodriguez Jr./Keiro Academy, for a private school on 20.6 acres of land zoned for agricultural and … [Read more...]