Federal aid available for Hurricane Irma victims

Federal emergency management teams are fanning out statewide to help Hurricane Irma victims register for financial assistance. In Pasco County, a team settled in at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library on Collier Parkway from Oct. 11 through Oct. 14. Area residents applying for assistance also could speak with representatives of the United States Small Business Administration and Pasco … [Read more...]

Incentive money brings more jobs to Pasco

Pasco County commissioners approved an incentive payment of $141,000 to Meopta U.S.A, an optics manufacturer bringing nearly 50 new jobs to the county. The company is relocating its headquarters from Long Island, New York, to 7826 Photonics Drive, in Trinity. Meopta officials plan to renovate a building formerly occupied by another optics manufacturer, VLOC, Inc. That company closed in … [Read more...]

Pasco County seeks new location for food relief

Pasco County commissioners don’t want a replay of the overwhelming crowds and hours-long waits that hampered efforts in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties for residents seeking to qualify for disaster food relief following Hurricane Irma’s destruction. So, on Oct. 16, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles prepared to send a letter to the Florida Department of Family and Children Services … [Read more...]

Pasco’s early law enforcement days were notorious

Pasco County’s early law enforcement days inspired quite a few dramatic stories. An illegal killing captured headlines during Henry C. Griffin’s tenure as sheriff. During his second term, a mob killed two black men who were being held inside the county’s first jail located near downtown Dade City. Will Wright and Sam Williams had been charged in the murders of Dan Childers and J.B. … [Read more...]

Florida Hospital CEO settling into new role

It’s been a busy time for Amanda Maggard, since being appointed Florida Hospital Zephyrhills CEO more than a month ago. Her first week on the job presented a unique and challenging experience, navigating the 149-bed regional medical center in the wake of Hurricane Irma, to ensure patients could be cared for at any time. But Maggard came prepared, considering she’s dealt with four other … [Read more...]

Pasco County Health Department issues rabies alert

A rabies alert has been issued for a portion of Pasco County by Mike Napier, county health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. The rabies alert has been issued for an area that’s generally west of Morris Bridge Road, south of State Road 54, east of Ashton Oaks Boulevard and north of Chancey Road. The alert came in response to a raccoon that tested positive for … [Read more...]

Pasco County moves to speed up demolitions

Pasco County has new rules aimed at speeding up the demolition of blighted, and unsafe commercial buildings. The Pasco County Commission initially agreed in August to amend an existing ordinance to make the process faster, after Kristi Sims, a senior assistant county attorney, presented the ordinance. The final ordinance, approved by commissioners on Sept. 26 in New Port Richey, requires … [Read more...]

Labor shortage delays debris removal

Those piles of Hurricane Irma debris could be sitting near homes for as long as a couple of months, Pasco County officials have said. That’s because there’s a shortage of work crews. Officials hope that residents will be patient, as the county struggles to pull together enough work crews. Pasco County Utilities, Solid Waste and Resources Recovery Department set the start of debris … [Read more...]

Agreement reached on forensic research campus

Pasco County commissioners approved a three-way agreement that sets up the framework for ownership and operation of a forensic research and training facility on county land next to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center. One feature of the facility is a body farm to aid in criminal investigations, body identification and research into body decomposition. Florida F.I.R.S.T. (Forensic … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills appoints police chief

Following a four-month nationwide search for its next police chief, the city of Zephyrhills has opted to hire from within, appointing interim chief Derek Brewer the city’s permanent, full-time police chief. At its Sept. 25 meeting, the Zephyrhills City Council voted 4-1 in favor of Brewer, a 15-year veteran of the Zephyrhills Police Department who’s served as the interim chief since May … [Read more...]