Pasco bans cannabis growth and sale

The Pasco Commission has placed a one-year moratorium on the production and distribution of cannabis. The plant is the basis for "Charlotte's web," a low-strain of medical marijuana. In a roll-call vote, commissioners approved the ban unanimously, without discussion. The Florida Legislature approved the non-euphoric form of medical marijuana in 2014, but the state has yet to get the … [Read more...]

Citizens’ coalition to pursue charter commission

A group of residents critical of current efforts to determine Pasco County’s future government structure are banding together to follow their own path toward a charter-style government. On June 8, the newly formed Pasco Citizens Charter Coalition announced plans to gather 45,000 petition signatures needed to establish a charter commission. If successful, the commission would be a counterpoint … [Read more...]

Funds approved to pursue Ridge Road extension

The Pasco Commission approved additional funds to pay a Washington D.C., consulting firm that is helping shepherd the Ridge Road extension project through the federal bureaucracy. Commissioners agreed on May 19 to a reduced monthly fee of $28,500 for six months to Dawson & Associates. The contract could be extended three additional months if needed. Previously, the county had been paying … [Read more...]

Pasco merges county departments

Pasco County will merge its parks and recreation department and its environmental lands program and create a new division – the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department. The Pasco Commission approved the merger at its May 5 meeting. The restructuring comes as the county prepares to implement a master plan for county parks. The focus is on improving efficiency, better customer … [Read more...]

State loan may help widen State Road 56

  The Pasco Commission agreed that a low-interest state loan to fund the widening of additional lanes on State Road 56 is worth exploring, if developers take responsibility for paying it back. Commissioners voted unanimously to direct county administrators and staff members to gather details about the loan and prepare a letter of interest to be sent to the State Infrastructure Bank. The … [Read more...]

Bexley Ranch divided in two

The Land O’ Lakes property will be developed as Bexley North and Bexley South   The Pasco Commission has made it official. The sprawling Bexley Ranch property, off State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes, has been split into rezoned tracts known as Bexley North and Bexley South. Commissioners voted April 21 to allow the developer to do away with the original 2006 development agreement … [Read more...]

Efforts are on again for Ridge Road extension

Pasco County is trying again to obtain a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build an 8-mile extension of Ridge Road. The project is a high priority for the county to provide an additional evacuation route during hurricanes or other emergencies. Consultants with Washington D.C.-based Dawson & Associates briefed the Pasco Commission on April 14 on its analysis of road designs … [Read more...]