Sinkhole response: Fence and landscaping?

Pasco County likely will opt to close off a sinkhole that swallowed two houses in Lake Padgett Estates with a fence and landscaping, to mimic, as much as possible, the appearance of a retention pond. Consultants say that other options, including rebuilding Ocean Pines Drive, would risk additional environmental damage. Consultants also recommend against building cul-de-sacs near the sinkhole, … [Read more...]

Ft. King ranch land too costly for conservation program

A volunteer advisory committee had recommended that 17 parcels of the former Ft. King Ranch be added to a list of conservation lands worthy of purchase by Pasco County. But, the Pasco County Commission balked at the potentially pricey cost of buying nearly 3,600 acres, and voted against the committee’s wishes. The property, owned by the limited liability partnership of Secret Promise, is … [Read more...]

County seeks business park for future development

Pasco County wants to encourage more business parks and diversify the county’s job base. The county’s Office of Economic Growth is spearheading that effort by scouting for vacant land that can be made site-ready to attract developers on speculation. In keeping with that goal, county staff members introduced a proposal for the Vibrant Sun Business Park at a Jan. 11 meeting of the Development … [Read more...]

Pasco could ease ban on digital signs for tourist venues

Pasco County is getting ready to ease a ban on digital signs, but will retain strict limits. The Pasco County Commission reviewed a proposal on Jan. 9 that would allow digital signs for “regional attractors” that hold a minimum of 50 tourist-related events a year. The venues must be located on at least 200 acres or have buildings totaling a minimum of 35,000 square feet to … [Read more...]

Homeless Coalition CEO understands tough times

Don Anderson, the new chief executive officer for The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County, doesn’t have to look far to understand what it’s like to experience poverty. “I come from very humble beginnings. My dad didn’t finish eighth grade. My mom didn’t finish high school. He worked three jobs. “We had a hard time keeping a car going, let alone pay the rent every month. “I … [Read more...]

Human trafficking happens everywhere, including Pasco County

Elected officials, law enforcement and other stakeholders in Pasco County have teamed up this month to shed light on the growing issue of human trafficking. The problem was at the forefront of a Jan. 5 press conference that featured Pasco County District 1 commissioner Ron Oakley, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, State Rep. Danny Burgess, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco and others. “We’re not afraid to … [Read more...]

Dispute involves value for Mirada school site

Developers for master-planned communities Epperson and Mirada won unanimous approval for updates on their projects in the Connected City. But, the vote by Pasco County commissioners on Dec. 12 left unresolved a dispute between Metro Development Group and Pasco County Schools over the value of a Mirada school site. Also unresolved is the timing for construction of the Mirada school, which … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Pasco reviewing lawsuit proposal linked to opioid epidemic

More than 15 years ago, a landmark settlement against tobacco companies netted billions of dollars for plaintiffs who sued over smoking-related illnesses. The nation’s opioid epidemic may be headed in that same direction. And, the Pasco County Commission is mulling a proposal to join a growing number of governments that are seeking to recoup public dollars spent battling opioid … [Read more...]

Community gardening coming to Dade City

Two new community gardens will be coming soon to Dade City. The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Pasco County Extension Office will be establishing community gardens with the help of the City of Dade City, the Pasco County Commission and private donors. Members of the community will be able to grow their own produce in free garden plots, according to … [Read more...]