Substation expansion plan sparks controversy

Some area residents are protesting a proposal by Duke Energy Florida to expand an electrical substation at Smith Road and Satin Leaf Lane in Wesley Chapel. Opponents claim the project will devalue their properties and create unsightly views. The request for a special exception permit for the New River Substation expansion has been put on hold. The Pasco County Planning Commission granted … [Read more...]

Pasco County streamlines development review process

The Pasco County Planning Commission got a makeover but several of its newly appointed members will have familiar faces. The Pasco County Commission on July 10 approved an ordinance that revamps an existing two-step process for previewing land use and zoning applications. Commissioners disbanded a long-standing advisory board, known as the Development Review Committee, or DRC. That committee … [Read more...]

Merger yields largest chamber in Pasco

The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce have merged to create the largest chamber in Pasco County. The new chamber has more than 860 members, and it is growing. Wesley Chapel contributed about 615 members in the merger, and Greater Pasco nearly 250 members. The first event of the merged chambers will be a Final Friday mixer on July 28 at … [Read more...]

Charter panel’s first meeting sparks controversy

Sparks flew at the first meeting of a charter review panel that could recommend major changes in how the county operates. The meeting was called to take care of housekeeping chores, such as by-laws and scheduling decisions, but it got underway with a jolt. Clay Colson interrupted Pasco County Chairman Ted Schrader’s introductions to declare a “point of order” and challenge the panel’s right … [Read more...]

Charter advisory panel all white, mostly male

A 15-member charter advisory panel that will decide the future of Pasco County's governing structure is in place. And Pasco commissioners approved a contract to pay a private Tallahassee consultant $60,000 to guide its efforts during the coming months. But the panel's all white, and nearly all-male make-up came under fire at the commissioners regular meeting in Dade City on March 10.  Each … [Read more...]

Mulieri watched county go from carbon paper to the Internet age

Nearly 10 years after she retired from what was then Pasco-Hernando Community College, Pat Mulieri will hang it up once again Wednesday — this time as a Pasco County commissioner. So what will the 76-year-old do now? “Maybe I’ll become a belly dancer,” she said. Mulieri may be joking, but the 20-year commissioner has never been afraid to speak her mind, or go against the establishment … [Read more...]

Mulieri endorses new replacement, crosses party lines

No one could ever accuse Pat Mulieri of simply following the herd. Two months ago, she took a stand in the Republican primary, endorsing underdog Bob Robertson from a group of candidates looking to replace her on the Pasco County Commission. Robertson lost the primary, so that left the door open for Mulieri to choose yet another underdog — one that is not even a Republican. Although … [Read more...]

Moore raises $34K in two weeks, but is it too much?

A huge $22,500 haul from developers and real estate professionals over the last two weeks has given Pasco County Commission candidate Mike Moore his best fundraising week of the campaign, raising a whopping $34,250. It easily dwarfed the $600 his Democratic opponent Erika Remsberg raised during the same period, bringing Moore's total for the campaign over $166,000. However, more than 65 … [Read more...]

Wilson still collecting checks from development community

All the money that is going to be raised in the battle for Pasco County Commission seat District 4 has been raised. And now the only thing either candidate can do is sit back and wait for voters to decide. Mike Wells Jr. is challenging Henry Wilson Jr. for his seat on the commission in an open primary race Aug. 26 where the winner takes all. Although both Wells and Wilson are Republicans, the … [Read more...]

Wilson depending on divine hand in re-election quest

God is in control. At least that’s what Henry Wilson Jr., believes when it comes to his campaign to keep his seat on the Pasco County Commission. But then again, it was probably only God that could’ve got him in that seat in the first place. Few people were looking at the District 4 commission race in 2010 when the last remaining Democratic commissioner, Michael Cox, appeared to be on … [Read more...]