Pasco wants you, to fight illegal dumping

Pasco County is turning to a state law against littering — coupled with the help of its citizens — to get tougher on illegal dumping. The targets of the get tough campaign are illegal dumping by individuals and blighted commercial properties. Pasco County citizens will be enlisted in a social media blitz, dubbed #PascoProud, aimed at catching illegal dumpers in the act, and prosecuting … [Read more...]

New fees needed to help protect patients during hurricanes?

Pasco County commissioners are discussing the possibility of imposing new fees to help protect patients in licensed health care facilities when hurricanes threaten or hit. Although Hurricane Irma was a less destructive storm than many feared as it blew through the Tampa Bay region, it revealed potential problems in protecting, evacuating and sheltering patients in licensed health care … [Read more...]

Bond issue for jail and fire rescue expansions?

Pasco County commissioners are considering a possible referendum to see voter approval for a 30-year bond issue that would pay for a jail expansion, four new fire stations, and the expansion of five existing fire stations. The $185 million bond issue, earmarked for public safety, would be placed before voters on the November ballot. County commissioners got preliminary data on the bond at a … [Read more...]

An underpass for U.S. 41/State Road 54?

Talk of solving traffic jams at U.S. 41 and State Road 54 often centers on building elevated lanes to ease massive numbers of vehicles through the intersection. But now, Pasco County’s Metro Planning Organization wants to toss in a new solution – an underpass that would tunnel under the intersection. Consultants with Tindale-Oliver will complete a $15,000 study to determine if the … [Read more...]

Crystal Lagoon toasted with champagne at ribbon cutting

The ribbon cutting for the Crystal Lagoon at Epperson — the first waterbody of its type in the United States — received warm applause from the crowd on an untypically chilly Florida morning. The weather is expected to be warmer on April 28, when Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Michael Phelps is scheduled to kick off festivities at the lagoon and the master-planned community of … [Read more...]

Meadow Pointe residents rally against 7-Eleven

A proposal to build a 7-Eleven at the intersection of Mansfield Boulevard and County Line Road is on hold while developers decide their next step. Pasco County commissioners on Jan. 9, and members of the county’s Development Review Committee, on Jan. 11, both voted to continue public hearings on the matter until “a time uncertain.” Area residents of Meadow Pointe II hope the project won’t … [Read more...]

Doggy dining now legal in Pasco County

Pasco County now has an ordinance to permit doggy dining in outdoor areas of restaurants. The Pasco County Commission adopted the new measure unanimously at its Nov. 28 meeting in New Port Richey. A $50 permit fee was later approved on Dec. 12 in Dade City. The commission’s action, however, is news to many area restaurants that already have been allowing patrons to enjoy a meal on their … [Read more...]

New connection being eyed between Mansfield and Kinnan

Pasco County officials aren’t taking a position as yet on tearing away barricades, and connecting Kinnan Street and Mansfield Boulevard. Hillsborough County officials, however, are budgeting $250,000 to get the job done. Hillsborough’s budget decision won’t influence Pasco’s decision, according to Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. Pasco wants to know the results of a study that it … [Read more...]

Pasco County Commission selects new chairman

Mike Wells Jr., took the helm as chairman of the Pasco County Commission in a vote taken Nov. 28 in New Port Richey. The District 4 county commissioner replaces Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore who served as chairman during the past year. The position typically rotates year-to-year among the commissioners. Duties include leading county commission meetings and being the public face … [Read more...]

Road extension expected to spur economic growth

Construction on the State Road 56 extension began in February and is expected to wrap up in late 2019. When finished, the new four-lane segment will provide a 6-mile link between Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel. The extension will be from Meadow Pointe Boulevard in Wiregrass Ranch to U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. The road project also will add a 10-foot wide multi-use trail on the south side … [Read more...]