Pasco looks to become sports tourism destination

Pasco County is putting its sports and recreation offerings front and center, in a strategy aimed at boosting tourism. Visit Pasco — the county’s tourism arm — is rebranding its slogan to “Florida’s Sports Coast.” The announcement came at the second annual East Pasco Economic Development Summit. Adam Thomas, who oversees Pasco’s tourism efforts, said the new moniker shows the county is … [Read more...]

Pasco County considers mobility fee rate update

The Pasco County Commission is considering changes to its mobility fee rate structure, which could lead to higher rates in a couple of categories by virtue of removing discounts they now receive. The update also calls for lowering fees in seven land-use categories, and changing the fee charged for residential development in rural areas on lots of 5 acres or more. Mobility fees are based on the … [Read more...]

New forensics research center expected to boost local economy

Officials are expected to gather together this week to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics in Land O’ Lakes. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is predicting that beyond its other benefits, the new forensics center also will be an economic driver — having wide-ranging impacts on the county as whole, and Land O’ Lakes, in … [Read more...]

Pasco tourism ‘booming,’ officials say

Tourism is “booming” in Pasco County and shows little signs of slowing down. That was the message delivered by Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore and Pasco County Tourism Director Adam Thomas during a recent appearance at a Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce meeting. “We’re at the highest (tourism) levels ever,” said Moore, who joined Smith, as the featured speakers at the … [Read more...]

Townhomes approved off Willow Bend Parkway

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning to allow a townhome development on the north side of Willow Bend Parkway, about a half-mile east of Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, in Lutz. The rezoning allows up to 70 units. Technically, the new zoning classification would allow apartments, said Denise B. Hernandez, zoning administrator/special projects manager for Pasco County. However, … [Read more...]

Proposed rezoning for Ballantrae office park raises questions

The Pasco County Commission has continued a request to rezone the Ballantrae Professional Center until Sept. 17, to sort out 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 Hunting Bow Circle, in Lutz, is currently zoned as a PO-1 Professional Office … [Read more...]

Traffic signals on tap in Zephyrhills

Pasco County officials are lauding a new traffic signal in Zephyrhills — for making a busy intersection a little less dangerous. The fully operable traffic light at Eiland Boulevard and Handcart Road was installed in time for the 7 a.m., start of the school year on Aug. 13. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said the project has been “a main priority” for … [Read more...]

Hillsborough County files ‘opioid’ lawsuit

Hillsborough County has filed a lawsuit in the 13th judicial circuit court in Hillsborough County against 14 manufacturers and distributors alleging they have played a role in the opioid epidemic in the county. The county has hired a national team of lawyers to represent them in the lawsuit, with attorney Mike Moore as the lead litigant. Moore, a former Mississippi attorney general, is now … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 07/18/2018

Sample ballots available Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley has announced that sample ballots for the Aug. 26 Primary Election are available online at PascoVotes.com, and will be mailed to Pasco County voters on Aug. 6. To view sample ballots online, voters need to know their voting precinct and party of registration. Club meetings Republican Club of Central Pasco Mike … [Read more...]

Local governments share forum

Pasco County has shared interests with city governments, but it’s a rare occasion for county and city officials to meet in a joint public forum. But, that’s exactly what happened on June 26 when staff members and elected officials from Pasco County, the town of St. Leo, San Antonio, Zephyrhills and Dade City sat down at Saint Leo University to discuss topics of mutual interest, and such … [Read more...]