Pasco schools adopt new safety measures

An initiative to place school safety guards into Pasco County’s elementary schools attracted 125 applicants for 53 job slots. Training for the safety guards is scheduled to begin in June, with a goal of having the guards prepared for duties by August. Some applicants were retired law enforcement officers. “We’re excited about the level of interest and the caliber of people who are … [Read more...]

Pilot code enforcement program yields results

A more proactive approach to reducing blight in Pasco County appears to be working, and the Pasco County Commission wants the efforts to continue. Commissioners approved a pilot program in April 2017, described as “high return enforcement.” The focus was to become more aggressive in pursuing the worst of the county’s code violators through the use of fines and court actions. A … [Read more...]

Pasco elementary schools to get safety guards

The Pasco County School Board approved Superintendent Kurt Browning’s proposal to hire a director of safety and security, and to add up to 50 school safety guards for the district’s elementary schools, according a district news release. The school board’s action was in response to a 2018 bill that the Legislature passed and the governor signed into law. It requires all school districts to … [Read more...]

Corley discusses voting system reliability, security

With primary and general elections on tap later this year — and the recent completion of the municipal election — Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley wants local residents to know their vote always counts. His message: “Sleep well at night; we’ve got it covered.” Corley was the featured speaker at the Republican Club of Central Pasco’s recent monthly meeting, where he spoke … [Read more...]

Homeless shelter to help families find housing

A “one-stop navigation center” for the homeless population in Pasco County will provide temporary shelter for families, instead of the initial plan to help single adult men and women. If opened, the center would be Pasco’s first homeless shelter. An estimated $100,000 annual cost for around-the-clock security at the facility and neighborhood opposition to the original plan prompted the shift … [Read more...]

Sheriff’s Office adds policing advisor

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is taking a closer look at its policing practices, as a measure to maintain transparency and openness in dealing with citizens. To do so, the agency has appointed general counsel Lindsay Moore as its first constitutional policing advisor. As part of her new role, Moore’s primary duties are to to ensure the agency follows best practices and procedures in the … [Read more...]

Women’s commission sets goals

The goals for the Commission on the Status of Women are coming into focus, after nearly a year of research, discussion and goal-setting. The 15-member volunteer group has created committees on health and safety, education and economic prosperity. Issues that will be pursued in coming months include domestic violence, affordable child care, and women’s entrepreneurship, financial … [Read more...]

Mother of twins dies after casino boat fire; donations sought

A GoFundMe account has been set up to aid the children of Carrie Dempsey. The 42-year-old woman, who lived in Lutz, died Jan. 14, hours after a fire engulfed a casino shuttle boat ferrying about 50 passengers to a casino ship in the Gulf of Mexico. She was the sole fatality among about 15 passengers who needed medical attention, according to news reports. Dempsey leaves behind … [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...]

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dade City held festivities over the weekend to commemorate the birthday and honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The city had a parade, followed by a unity prayer on the steps of Historic Pasco County Courthouse. That evening there was a banquet, with proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund. Other festivities planned included an MLK Commemorative … [Read more...]