Government responds to COVID-19

A $2 trillion relief package — the largest in U.S. history — has been passed in an attempt to stabilize the economy, in the wake of an economic and medical crisis posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The package includes help for individuals, unemployment benefits, loans for small businesses, help for large industries and other types of assistance. The stimulus includes a $1,200 … [Read more...]

Bell Lake rezoning back on agenda

An error in a notice for a rezoning has prompted a new hearing on the request. The Pasco County Commission, at its Jan. 7 hearing, approved a rezoning for a new subdivision for 27 detached residences on about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The vote was 4-0, with Commissioner Jack Mariano absent. However, it turns out that an error … [Read more...]

All aboard for a bus tour of Pasco development

A bus tour through Pasco County connected the dots, and highlighted both new development, and notable educational institutions, such as Saint Leo University. The Central Pasco Association of REALTORS sponsored the tour to offer professionals in real estate and area residents an up-close look at what’s happening in Pasco. The bus tour on June 7 was the first, but CPAR officers say they plan for … [Read more...]

Vote set for July 11 on school impact fees

It’s not clear yet how much Pasco County will increase school impact fees charged against new residential development, but there appears to be a consensus on the board that some increase is merited. School district officials and the building community also agree that higher fees will help address the district’s problem of providing school facilities to accommodate the district’s burgeoning … [Read more...]

School construction needs outpace funding

The Pasco County School Board has begun exploring the idea of asking voters to support a half-penny sales tax to help pay for school construction. During a June 20 workshop on the district’s capital needs, School Board member Cynthia Armstrong asked staff to come back with a projection of how much the half-penny tax would generate in 10 years and a list detailing the types of projects the tax … [Read more...]

Kumquat Festival likely to attract thousands

In the beginning, there was the kumquat. It’s a tiny fruit, with a slightly sweet and tangy, tangy taste. And, it’s the centerpiece of an annual tradition that often introduces visitors to Dade City’s Old-Florida charm. The festival that pays homage to the diminutive orange fruit began two decades ago, when Phyllis Smith, Roxanne Barthle and Carlene Ellberg were looking for a way to … [Read more...]

New rules ahead for dispensing medical marijuana

Voters statewide overwhelmingly said they want more people with debilitating illnesses to receive the benefits of medical marijuana. But, approval of the constitutional amendment in the Nov. 8 general election is only a first step in expanding an existing, but limited, medical marijuana program. State lawmakers and health department officials will have a say in what comes next. In the … [Read more...]

Protecting Northeast Pasco’s rural nature

More than a decade ago, Pasco County adopted a future land use goal of preserving the character of what is dubbed its “northeast rural area.” Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, the Green Swamp, State Road 52 and the Hernando County line define the area’s borders. While there’s a goal on the books, there’s currently no ordinance that puts regulations in place to accomplish it. But, that is about … [Read more...]

Welcome to Dade City, where kumquat is king

Every year, as marauders take over Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa’s Gasparilla Parade, there’s another invasion of sorts— as thousands stream into downtown Dade City for the city’s annual Kumquat Festival. “It’s a wonderful alternative (to Gasparilla),” said John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. The Dade City event — which draws its name from a … [Read more...]

Developers revive Epperson Ranch with Crystal Lagoon

The interchange connecting Overpass Road to Interstate 75 couldn’t come soon enough. With the housing market seemingly healed — at least as far as Pasco County is concerned — developers want to bring thousands of homes to an area known as Epperson Ranch, complete with a retail center, and America’s introduction to something known as Crystal Lagoon. “It would be the first of its kind in … [Read more...]