Pasco wants crash debris off the street

When tow-truck crews clean up after a crash, it should be a thorough job. At least that’s how the Pasco County Commission sees it. The county board soon will be considering a provision that will require the people who remove damaged or wrecked vehicles from roadways to be sure to clear the roadway of glass and injurious debris. “This is sort of a local version of a state law that is … [Read more...]

Touchpoint opens global headquarters in Pasco

TouchPoint Healthcare, located in Odessa, had a grand opening for its new global headquarters. It’s an unprecedented mark in Pasco County, as it houses the flagship base for the company that supplies 90 countries with manufactured medical supplies. Visitors at the Feb. 20 ribbon cutting had the chance to go on a guided tour of the building, which is a two-story structure of 142,000 … [Read more...]

Pasco County adopts rental registry ordinance

Pasco County has adopted an ordinance requiring owners of rental properties and vacant properties to register them. The idea is to give the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office a way to find out who owns a property, or who’s authorized to be on it, when they’re called to a scene. It also will give county officials information they need to pursue code violations, when a structure is becoming a … [Read more...]

County marks Ridge Road extension milestone

It was a historic day in Pasco County, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the upcoming construction of the Ridge Road extension. The new stretch of road will give motorists another east-west option through Pasco County, and will provide an additional evacuation route in the event of a disaster. The groundbreaking, held Jan. 13, followed a permit issued in December by the … [Read more...]

Pasco County steps closer to rental registry

Pasco County is taking aim at a problem that crops up when a Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy arrives at a scene, and isn’t able to determine who owns the property, or who is authorized to be there. The problem also occurs when the county can’t pin down a way to locate who’s responsible for code violations at a specific site. To address those issues, the Pasco County Commission is considering a … [Read more...]

Pasco County is eyeing new rental registry

The Pasco County Commission is considering a new regulation that would require a registry for all vacant and rental properties in unincorporated areas of the county. The registry would be implemented and maintained by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, and would require owners to designate a property manager to be responsible for receiving legal warnings, notices and citations for vacant and … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 12/11/2019

Candidates are making plans known A number of local candidates have filed paperwork to make it known they plan to seek office. Here is an early look at candidates and the offices they’re seeking listed on the Pasco County Supervision of Elections website. • Property appraiser Gary Joiner, Republican (Active Pre-filed) Mike Wells, Republican (Active Pre-filed) • Superintendent of … [Read more...]

Advocating to reduce homelessness

When it comes to community service and advocacy, more can always be done in Pasco County. That was the general message put forth by Pasco County Commissioner Mike Wells, at a Nov. 12 East Pasco Networking Group breakfast meeting at IHOP in Dade City. There’s all sorts of resources for seniors, veterans and children and families, Wells said. But, he is advocating greater collaboration between … [Read more...]

New apartment project approved on State Road 54

The Pasco County Commission has approved a project with 280 apartments and 49,500 square feet of commercial, on the north side of State Road 54, between Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Collier Parkway. Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the rezoning request, with Commissioner Mike Moore objecting vociferously. Attorney Clarke Hobby represented the A.G. Spanos Companies and the Aiken Trust on … [Read more...]

Chance conversation leads to permanent memorial

What began as an idea to host a  9/11 Memorial Mile, quickly turned into something bigger because of a chance conversation. In recent years, the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel has been honoring the anniversary of Sept. 11 by serving breakfasts to area first responders and by passing out American flags at Tampa Premium Outlets. This year, the club decided to stage its first run to … [Read more...]