‘Powerglides’ launch site gets OK

The Pasco County Commission has given the green-light to a conditional use permit to allow takeoffs and landings of motorized parachute devices — known as powerglides — on a 19-acre parcel, at the southeast corner of McKendree Road and Tyndall Road in Wesley Chapel. While commissioners approved the request, Commissioner Mike Moore questioned why they were even considering the issue. ”Why … [Read more...]

Regional coalition to respond to climate change

The Pasco County Commission on Dec. 11 signed the memorandum of understanding to be part of the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition. The coalition has been formed to coordinate climate adaptation and mitigation activities across county lines to plan for economic and social disruptions that are projected to result from sea-level rise and storm surge, and to provide state and local agencies … [Read more...]

Central Pasco project could be like ‘a self-contained city’

A proposal for a 24 million-square-foot corporate business park, plus residential and other components in Central Pasco is a step closer to reality. The proposed development, dubbed Project Arthur, would be located on 6,951 acres — east of the Suncoast Parkway, west of the CSX rail line and south of State Road 52. In addition to the massive office park, there would be 11,495 residences and … [Read more...]

Updated mobility fees proposed in Pasco

The Pasco County Commission is expected to take final action on an update to the county’s mobility fees at its Dec. 11 meeting. Commissioners are expected to approve several changes, which include adding new categories and reducing some fees. Mobility fees are based on the transportation impacts caused by new development, which is typically expressed in the number of trips the development … [Read more...]

Pasco sets its legislative priorities

The Pasco County Commission has identified a list of priorities it would like the Pasco County legislative delegation to support. The delegation is scheduled to have its annual public meeting on Dec. 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pasco County School Board’s campus, 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The session allows members of the public and various interest groups to address the … [Read more...]

County expected to amend digital sign ordinance

The Pasco County Commission is expected to decrease the dwell time on digital signs from the current 60 seconds down to 15 seconds. During a previous meeting, commissioners directed staff to make the change. Then, the issue went before the Planning Commission on Oct. 11, which recommended approval of the change. Now, the County Commission is expected to adopt the change at its Nov. 27 … [Read more...]

Local 4-H members receive recognition

Two local members of Pasco County’s 4-H were honored by the Pasco County Commission last month for their achievements in the 4-H organization. Commissioners passed a resolution on Oct. 9 recognizing Montana Rose Smith and Kata Muellerleile for their statewide leadership positions in 4-H. The resolution notes that nine young adults in Pasco County have been elected to statewide leadership … [Read more...]

Hugh Embry Branch Library now open again on Mondays

A ribbon-cutting was held at Hugh Embry Branch Library on Oct. 29 to celebrate the fact that, once again, the library is open on Mondays. The facility, at 14215 Fourth St., is one of four libraries across Pasco County where Monday hours have been restored. The others are the Hudson Branch Library in Hudson, the Regency Park Branch in New Port Richey and the Land O’ Lakes Branch in Land O’ … [Read more...]

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...]

110-foot observation tower in Dade City gains approval

The Pasco County Commission has cleared the way for a 110-foot observation tower to be erected on a property off St. Joe Road in Dade City. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a conditional use request, submitted by Terry D. and Mary McKnight. The application received a recommendation for approval by the Pasco County Commission, on a 3-2 vote, and a recommendation for denial by the county … [Read more...]