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...]

Residents offer opinions on life in Pasco

An annual online citizen survey offers a snapshot in time of how Pasco County residents view their quality of life. And, it turns out that in 2017, about 71 percent of the people living in Pasco considered the quality of life either excellent or good. The survey did spotlight a few negatives, including a frustration with traffic that makes it hard to get around. On that issue, results showed … [Read more...]

Two museums receive money for special projects

Two museums will receive a financial boost in Pasco County’s fiscal year 2018 budget. The Pasco County Commission has agreed to give $25,000 each to the West Pasco Historical Society Museum and Library in New Port Richey and the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City. The action came at the commission’s Aug. 29 meeting in Dade City. The infusion of cash to the nonprofits stemmed … [Read more...]

Hurricane Irma: A disruptive force

With Hurricane Irma threatening Florida last week, officials weren’t taking any chances on where or when the massive storm would make landfall. The deadly storm was churning in the Atlantic, when Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Sept. 4, warning residents that Irma is a “a massive storm” that could prove devastating. “This storm is bigger, faster and stronger than … [Read more...]

Bank loan approved to build Wiregrass sports complex

A loan of slightly more than $20 million from Bank United will finance the construction of the proposed Wesley Chapel Sports Park, at Wiregrass Ranch. RADD Sports will operate and manage the complex. Pasco County will own the indoor sports facility, collect rent, and also share in the anticipated profits. In addition to the 98,000- square-foot indoor facility, seven outdoor sports … [Read more...]

Outlining a road map to tackle Pasco traffic problems

Pasco County’s residential and commercial growth is causing more traffic headaches on the area’s roads. At an Aug. 21 session, residents had a chance to learn about what’s planned to tackle the area’s congestion during The Pasco County Transportation Summit. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore hosted the event at the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter … [Read more...]

School impact fees set to increase beginning in January

The Pasco County Commission has unanimously adopted higher school impact fees for new residential construction. The increases will be phased in over three years, beginning Jan. 1, and will be charged against all new residential construction, except for new age 55-plus communities. Pasco County school district officials have calculated that the higher fees will generate more than $220.4 … [Read more...]

Seeking ways to link local and state trails

A study that will guide decisions on how to build and connect multipurpose trails in the Dade City area with the Withlacoochee State Trail is narrowing down the options. But, at the mid-point in the Withlacoochee Trail Connector Study, consultants are still gathering public input before singling out a recommended trail path. On Aug. 10, about 20 residents met with Pasco County officials and … [Read more...]

Transportation summit takes big picture view

The daily grind of transportation snarls, and the glacial flow of vehicles at rush hours never seems to have any quick fixes. But, a transportation summit at Pasco-Hernando State College will give residents a chance to get a big picture view of projects – current and future – that could ease the traffic burdens. The summit will bring federal, state and local officials together to discuss … [Read more...]

Unstable sinkhole claims seven homes

Pasco County building inspectors have condemned five additional homes — because of recent destabilization of a sinkhole on Ocean Pines Drive in Land O’ Lakes. Pasco County officials say the sinkhole grew another 30 feet, to a diameter of around 260 feet, after a bank on the western edge—closest to Lake Saxon — collapsed between the evening of Aug. 3 and the morning of Aug. 5. Previously, the … [Read more...]