Pasco County adding two street hockey rinks

Pasco County and the Lightning Foundation have partnered on a project that will result in two street hockey rinks in the county, including one in Wesley Chapel. The Pasco County Commission approved the agreement at its Jan. 7 meeting. As part of the deal, the county will spend an estimated $240,000 to build concrete pads and associated infrastructure, which will be turned into street hockey … [Read more...]

New subdivision approved off Bell Lake Road

Editor's Note: This story is in the process of being updated, pending County information. A new subdivision for 27 detached residences has been approved on a site of about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The site is about 1 mile east of U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. The main access to the development will be off of Alpine Road. As … [Read more...]

County outlines Ridge Road construction timeline

Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles recently laid out the time frame for the completion of the Ridge Road extension, a project that eventually will provide a new east-west corridor between Moon Lake Road and U.S. 41. The project is broken into two phases, with a groundbreaking for the first phase held earlier this week. During the Pasco County Commission meeting last week, Biles laid … [Read more...]

Pasco’s economy is on a roll

Single-family permitting was up 21% in Pasco County in 2019, compared to the previous year — and for the first time, the county’s single-family residential average permit value topped $300,000. Those were among the statistics that County Administrator Dan Biles shared with the Pasco County Commission during its Jan. 7 meeting. “As you know, there’s typically a two-year lag between when … [Read more...]

Pasco adopts new standards for mini-warehouses

After months of research and outreach, Pasco County has developed new regulations relating to the placement and design of mini-warehouse and self-storage units. The Pasco County Commission adopted the ordinance regulating these types of facilities in December. In crafting its regulations, county planners considered standards in Dade City, St. Petersburg and Miami, as well as in Portland, … [Read more...]

Continuing to make strides against human trafficking

Pasco County has made strides in combating human trafficking, but statistics continue to paint a sobering picture about the prevalence of the problem. Some of those statistics were reported during the Pasco County Commission’s Jan. 7 meeting, where commissioners praised local efforts that are being made to battle the problem, and passed a resolution declaring January as National Slavery and … [Read more...]

Pasco County is eyeing new rental registry

The Pasco County Commission is considering a new regulation that would require a registry for all vacant and rental properties in unincorporated areas of the county. The registry would be implemented and maintained by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, and would require owners to designate a property manager to be responsible for receiving legal warnings, notices and citations for vacant and … [Read more...]

Ridge Road extension gets green light

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted Pasco County’s permit request to allow the extension of Ridge Road. The approval marked a major milestone in a process that’s been two decades in the making. As it stands now, motorists use State Road 52 or State Road 54, if they want to head east or west in Pasco County. The extension of Ridge Road will give them a third option. “It’s a … [Read more...]

Pasco surpasses one million visitors in 2019

Pasco County has hit the million-visitor mark, establishing a new record for tourism in a single fiscal year. The county’s tourism department, which brands the county as Florida’s Sports Coast, reported that 1,038,700 million visitors generated 1,217,021 room nights in paid accommodations between October 2018 and September 2019. By comparison, the number of visitors in fiscal year 2018 … [Read more...]

Former county spray field to become industrial park

A 99-acre spray field on Old Pasco Road is poised to become an industrial park, which is expected to employ hundreds — under actions approved last week by the Pasco County Commission. First, commissioners approved a staff recommendation to declare the property as surplus — making it available for sale. Then, commissioners approved a proposed incentive package to encourage the Rooker Company, … [Read more...]