Approval recommended for TECO solar farm

Opponents are disappointed A proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County cleared the first hurdle needed for approval — despite impassioned pleas and even tears from area residents who oppose it. The Pasco County Planning Commission recently voted 6-3 to recommend approval of the project to the Pasco County Commission, which has the final say. Tampa Electric Company, or TECO, needs a … [Read more...]

The ultimate path of I-75 shaped Pasco County’s future

Robert Frost has a famous poem that talks about two roads diverging in the woods, and how taking the one less traveled by made all of the difference. In Pasco County’s case, the final alignment of Interstate 75 had similar, far-reaching implications. Back in the 1960s, before I-75 began construction, locals debated with state officials about where the interstate highway should go. The … [Read more...]

Citizens can help shape Pasco’s future

The Pasco County Commission’s decisions are partly guided by resident responses to the annual Pasco County Citizen Survey, which officially opened April 2. The Citizen Survey, which was first launched in 2009, is conducted every year to collect feedback on numerous topics related to Pasco County’s future. These topics include transportation, parks and libraries, emergency services, safety, … [Read more...]

Commissioners side with developer in road dispute

The Pasco County Commission has sided with Wiregrass Ranch developers in a dispute with Pasco County Schools over covering the cost for a future road connection to Chancey Road. Commissioners heard an appeal filed by the school district regarding a decision by the county’s Development Review Committee. The committee had approved a new master road plan for Wiregrass that shifts Chancey Road … [Read more...]

Sinkhole to get turnarounds and a fence

Pasco County has selected the solution it plans to pursue regarding the sinkhole that opened last year in Lake Padgett Estates in Land O’ Lakes. The county plans to build two “hammerhead” turnarounds on each side of the sinkhole. A six-foot decorative fence and an access gate also will be installed around the sinkhole on Ocean Pines Drive. The estimated cost for the work is … [Read more...]

Ridge Road extension is a step closer

Pasco County is placing a future order to buy wetlands adjacent to the Connerton Preserve to offset wetlands that would be lost due to construction of the Ridge Road extension. The Pasco County Commission approved a wetlands credit purchase agreement with Ecosystem Investment Partners Credit Co., for up to $4.4 million at its March 27 meeting in New Port Richey. The item, part of the … [Read more...]

Club meetings planned, endorsements announced

Upcoming club meetings Land O’ Lakes Democrats The Land O' Lakes Democratic Club will host Stephen Perenich, who is running for U.S. Congress in Florida District 12, at the club’s April 4 meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. The club meets at Brick City Eatery, 16540 Pointe Village Drive in Lutz. Wesley Chapel Republican Club The Wesley Chapel Republican Club meets April 12 at 6:30 pm at … [Read more...]

County commissioners plan future road projects

Pasco County commissioners favor a pair of road projects for segments of Curley Road and Prospect Road that are aimed at handling more traffic in a rapidly developing area of the county. The roadwork is part of a network of projects, by the county and the Florida Department of Transportation, to improve connectivity with State Road 52, Clinton Avenue, Curley and Prospect roads. In the … [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...]

Sinkhole solution down to three options

Pasco County is inching closer to resolving the massive sinkhole that swallowed two houses in Lake Padgett Estates more than eight months ago. Public Safety officials and county engineers are down to three recommendations on the long-term recovery efforts at the sinkhole site on Ocean Pines Drive: Option No. 1: Install a 6-foot tall “wrought-iron style” decorative fence and access gate … [Read more...]