Hearing on Ballantrae rezoning delayed until Oct. 9

The Pasco County Commission has continued a request to rezone the Ballantrae Professional Center until Oct. 9, to provide additional time for county staff to research the issue. The request has raised issues relating to the center’s current uses, the proposed zoning and who has authority to request the proposed zoning. The center, on the south side of State Road 54 at the intersection of … [Read more...]

Wrong turn creates a new path for opportunities

Sammy Ortiz was headed to the annual Dade City Kumquat Festival a couple of years ago, but instead of taking the usual turn onto Meridian Avenue, he wound up on Lock Street. The Wesley Chapel man was astounded. He could not believe the difference between the conditions along Lock Street and the Southern charm of downtown Dade City. Lock Street, roughly a mile away from downtown, “looked … [Read more...]

Pasco’s property tax rate is up for vote

Pasco County commissioners are scheduled to set a preliminary property tax rate, known as a millage rate, at their July 11 meeting in Dade City. The meeting starts at 10 a.m., at the Pasco County Historic Courthouse, at 37918 Meridian Ave. The rate determines how much revenue the county can collect in property taxes for fiscal year 2018. That information must be provided to the Pasco … [Read more...]

Downtown Dade City to get flood relief

Puddle jumping in downtown Dade City is often a rainy day sport especially along Seventh Street, the spine of downtown’s business district. Sidewalks can quickly overflow, forcing pedestrians to hunt for spots less than ankle deep to cross from one side of the street to the other. Other downtown streets, including Meridian, Pasco and Live Oak avenues, also see the waters rise. But, $1.4 … [Read more...]

Review committee to talk about school impact fees

Pasco County’s Development Review Committee is slated to discuss a proposal that would raise the impact fees charged to new residential development to help address the impact that new growth has on schools. Under the proposed ordinance, the fees could be used to build new schools, acquire school sites or purchase new school buses. Pasco County already imposes school impact fees, but the … [Read more...]

4H Unidos Club aims to boost opportunities, bridge gaps

There’s a new 4H Unidos Club starting in Dade City that’s intended to reach into a community that traditionally hasn’t been part of such clubs. The club is specifically reaching out to Spanish-speaking youth and their parents, although it’s not an exclusive club. “It’s a totally inclusive club. Anybody can join. That’s kind of the nature of 4H and all Extension activities,” said Whitney C. … [Read more...]

A ‘Safe Place’ for Dade City

The door is always left open — until someone is in danger. It’s called “Safe Place.” And it’s situated directly inside the lobby of the new Dade City police station, at 38030 Meridian Ave. While “Safe Place” signage was installed just last month, the 8-by-12 room has been operable since the 12,000-square-foot building opened in January 2016. Geared toward protecting against … [Read more...]

Delivering business concepts in ‘bite-sized’ pieces

A nationwide program for budding entrepreneurs is coming to Zephyrhills. Co.Starters is a program aimed at teaching entrepreneurs how to start their companies and grow their business. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will begin offering the program next month. Adopted by more than a dozen entrepreneurial organizations in cities around the country, the 10-week program applies … [Read more...]

This event gets dogs’ tails waggin’

Dogs’ Day in Dade City, now in its eighth year, is an event that’s aimed at giving dogs a chance to have fun, while their owners have a good time, too. Rain put a damper on last year’s festivities, but event organizer, Lucy Avila, hopes this year’s Dogs’ Days will enjoy better weather. The event is scheduled for March 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Agnes Lamb Park, at Meridian Avenue and … [Read more...]

Public meeting set to discuss Extension Office location

Community members will have another chance to share their views on the future location of the Pasco County Extension Office. Extension now operates out of space owned by the Pasco County Fair Association, under an annual $17,000 lease, which is currently on a month-to-month basis. But, the office is too small and outdated to meet Extension’s needs. The county wants to improve … [Read more...]