2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Pasco names new assistant county administrator

The Pasco County Commission has named Kevin Guthrie as an assistant county administrator for public safety. The appointment took effect on June 12, and Guthrie will receive an annual salary of $135,000. Guthrie had been serving as the county’s emergency services director. Commissioners promoted Guthrie during their June 6 meeting in Dade City, acting on a recommendation by County … [Read more...]

Pasco County begins budget review for 2018

Pasco County officials anticipate an increase in property tax revenues, which in recent years have been on an upward trend. But, that doesn’t mean the budget will be flush with money for fiscal year 2018. Pasco County commissioners will be grappling with an $8.1 million increase in the Pasco County sheriff’s budget; a request to restore operating hours for libraries to 2008 levels; and, a … [Read more...]

Contract approved for Pasco’s new administrator

Pasco County commissioners signed off on a contract to hire Dan Biles as the next Pasco County administrator, with an annual salary of $220,000. County commissioners agreed to hire him on March 14, when he competed against four other candidates at a special public meeting in New Port Richey. On March 28, commissioners made Biles’ hiring official by approving his contract. Biles is … [Read more...]

Pasco, administrator agree to terms

Daniel F. Biles has agreed to contract terms to become Pasco County’s next administrator. The final step to hiring Biles is expected on March 28, when the Pasco County Commission will vote on Biles’ contract. All five commissioners ranked Biles as their top choice on March 14, after a day of public and private interviews with the candidate. Commissioners also authorized the board’s chairman, … [Read more...]

Negotiations underway for county administrator

Pasco County Commissioners have selected Daniel F. Biles as their top choice for the next county administrator and his contract negotiations are underway. Biles emerged as the clear favorite in the selection process, and commissioners voted unanimously to offer him the position, said Commission Chairman Mike Moore. If Biles agrees to terms, he will replace County Administrator Michele Baker, who … [Read more...]

Golf course could be replaced by houses

Despite impassioned pleas from residents of Quail Hollow, it appears that the Quail Hollow Golf Course & Country Club soon could give way to residential and retail development. Property owner Andre Carollo, of Pasco Office Park LLC, is proposing to build a maximum of 400 single family homes, 30,000 square feet of office/retail and 10,000 square feet of day care. The golf course is … [Read more...]

Quest continues for Ridge Road permit

Pasco County officials are hoping a letter of support from Gov. Rick Scott, and an executive order from President Donald Trump, could finally lead to a permit to build the Ridge Road extension. For 19 years, the county has pursued the permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an approximately 8-mile road extension that would cut through a portion of the Serenova Preserve. The road … [Read more...]

Stormwater fees could increase to fix flooding

Pasco County residents could be asked to pay higher stormwater fees in 2018. A divided Pasco County Commission approved a tentative increase of $38 a year on top of the current $57 stormwater fee, for a total annual payment of $95. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore tried to persuade the board to wait until June to take action on the issue. By then, Moore hopes the county will … [Read more...]

Five candidates vie for Pasco administrator

Five candidates, out of a potential list of 11, made the cutoff and will be brought to Pasco County to interview as the replacement for outgoing County Administrator Michele Baker. Baker is scheduled to leave office in July. She notified county commissioners last year that she planned to retire and would not seek to renew her contract. A group tour of Pasco, an invitation-only … [Read more...]