Pasco commissioners seek way to stop panhandlers

They already have an ordinance on the books that addresses panhandlers, and another one that addresses trespassing. But, the Pasco County Commission still hasn’t found an effective way to put a stop to panhandling. “We have a panhandling ordinance in place. We write a lot of tickets to all of the people that are doing the panhandling. One gentleman has 240 tickets,” Commissioner Jack Mariano … [Read more...]

Pasco tax revenues are up this year

Rising property values in Pasco County could provide about $11 million in increased revenues. That’s a bigger windfall than the $10.5 million initially projected. That extra cash – about $650,000 - would play a key role in helping to close a $3.3 million gap in funding requests for 2019 from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Pasco County expected to receive final revenue data by July 1 … [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...]

Land O’ Lakes has its own Rotary Club, again

After being a satellite of the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon club, the Rotary Club of Land O’ Lakes has regained its independent status. The Land O’ Lakes organization had existed for years, then merged with the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon, and then became a satellite club. It took some time to reach the required membership level, but the Land O’ Lakes Club is a standalone club … [Read more...]

Business park spurs talks on widening Old Pasco Road

There is no disagreement that Old Pasco Road should be widened to four lanes. But, the timing and funding for such a project got mixed reactions from Pasco County commissioners who approved a new business park on the mostly two-lane roadway. Approximately 90 acres on Old Pasco will be the site for the county-initiated project, known as Overpass Business Park. Commissioners did include … [Read more...]

Pilot code enforcement program yields results

A more proactive approach to reducing blight in Pasco County appears to be working, and the Pasco County Commission wants the efforts to continue. Commissioners approved a pilot program in April 2017, described as “high return enforcement.” The focus was to become more aggressive in pursuing the worst of the county’s code violators through the use of fines and court actions. A … [Read more...]

Crystal Lagoon debuts with a splash — from Michael Phelps

The weather was warm, the sun shining, and the crowd deep for the grand debut of the Crystal Lagoon at Epperson. The April 28 kickoff for the nation’s first lagoon was further buoyed with a special appearance from retired Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Michael Phelps. Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympics history with 28 medals — 23 gold, three silver, two bronze — serves as … [Read more...]

Tunnel under U.S. 41 could cost half-billion dollars

It could cost more than a half-billion dollars to build a tunnel under U.S. 41 to tackle the traffic gridlock at that juncture with State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. A study recently completed for the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization put the estimated cost at more than $550 million. That’s significantly more than the $134 million estimated to build elevated lanes over the state … [Read more...]

Pasco cuts ribbon on kitchen to feed seniors

Nutritious meals that are served to Pasco County seniors will now be made locally. The meals previously were prepared in St. Petersburg and then trucked over to Pasco County. Now, the food preparation will be done in a new commercial kitchen at the Land O’ Lakes Senior Center. Pasco County officials cut the ribbon on the new kitchen, at 6801 Wisteria Loop in Land O’ Lakes, on March … [Read more...]

Pasco is testing a new recycling program

Pasco County commissioners are eager to roll out a new countywide recycling program. But, first they need to wait for the results of a seven-month pilot study to test the use of carts and pickup schedules. “My vision is to expand this as quickly as possible to the rest of the county,” said Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Wells Jr. “It’s exciting that we’re doing this.” Two haulers — … [Read more...]