Pasco Sheriff’s Office hone crisis intervention skills

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently spent a week learning how to use the power of words to de-escalate situations that have the potential to turn dangerous. In one role-play scenario, Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputies Breanna Chandler and Lindsay Steward intermediated between a mother and her teenage daughter with oppositional defiant disorder. In another scene, deputies Ricardo … [Read more...]

Pasco County is eyeing rental registry

The Pasco County Commission is considering the possibility of requiring owners of rental property to sign up on a rental registry —  to enable the county to find property owners quickly, if the need arises. “It really is a life-safety issue,” said Commissioner Mike Wells, who is working on the initiative. “We need to do something,” Wells said, during the commission’s April 23 meeting. He … [Read more...]

Seminars aim to empower Pasco women

The first of a three-part series aimed to advance the interests of Pasco County women took place on March 4 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, on Collier Parkway. All of the meetings, being presented by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women and the Pasco County Commission, are being held at the library, and are free and open to the public. The theme of the first part of the … [Read more...]

Project prompts school board to hire land use attorney

Project Arthur, a major development that’s been submitted to Pasco County for its review, has prompted Pasco County Schools to approve the use of a land use attorney on an as-needed basis. In seeking the approval, district documents describe Project Arthur as “a new and unique development, which is proposing to use charter schools as a way to mitigate for future student impacts.” Having that … [Read more...]

New K-9 training complex breaks ground

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office soon will have a full-fledged facility dedicated to the tactical training of its K-9 units. Ground was broken during a Nov. 15 ceremony for the Helen A. Rich K9 Complex — as part of the larger forensics research and training center project in Land O’ Lakes known as FIRST, an acronym for Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics. Located at … [Read more...]

Turnout might break record in August primary

Midterm elections typically get a low voter turnout. But, there are signs of energized voters for the 2018 primary set for Aug. 28 and the general election on Nov. 6. New voter registrations are up somewhat, said Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. A bigger indicator of voter interest is the more than 62,000 ballots mailed to local residents and military personnel, … [Read more...]

More programs, initiatives, on tap at PHSC, provost says

Pasco-Hernando State College — which recently has been recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for its return on educational investment — continues to add new programs and initiatives. That was the message that Dr. Stan Giannet, the college’s provost, delivered to a crowd at a recent Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Golden Corral. The state college … [Read more...]

Neighbors object, but family housing OK’d

The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County can move forward with plans to temporarily house homeless families in a building at the former campus of the Boys & Girls Club in Port Richey. The coalition, with support from other social service agencies, also will open the Housing Services Center, which will administratively help families and individuals seeking permanent housing and other … [Read more...]

Bond referendums will be on 2018 ballot

Pasco County’s jail in Land O’ Lakes is overcrowded. Fire rescue needs new and refurbished stations. And, the upkeep and repairs for parks and libraries are years behind schedule. Annual budgets, however, barely scratch the surface on the costs to fix these deficiencies. So, Pasco County commissioners are hoping voters will approve four general obligation bond referendums in … [Read more...]

Deadline approaching for county budget

Crunch time is approaching for Pasco County’s 2019 budget. On June 5, Pasco County commissioners got a look at a draft budget as part of their review process. Crucial dates are coming up, including a July 10 deadline to set the millage rate, which determines how much homeowners will pay in taxes. No increase in millage is expected. However, some will pay higher tax bills because of … [Read more...]