Housing demand on rise in Florida, Pasco

Construction sites along Pasco County’s major corridors are part of everyday landscape. Bulldozers clear land and work crews move in with hammer and nails. Pasco is awash in new single-family homes under construction, and to a lesser degree, apartment complexes. But, market trends show that the supply of new homes is lagging behind demand. That’s a change from the housing bubble that … [Read more...]

Raising awareness about drugged driving

A case of drugged driving forever changed the lives of parents Joey and Tammy Leonard. Now their mission is to ensure other families don’t experience the same anguish they must handle every day. On Oct. 12, 2015, the Leonards lost their daughter, Kassidy Leonard, her husband, William Griggs, and their 12-day-old baby granddaughter, Kimberlynn Dawn Griggs, after a horrific head-on collision … [Read more...]

These graduates have taken a different path to success

One plans to help build ships. Another wants to work in child care. Two others plan health care careers. And, that’s just four of the more than 50 graduates who received their diplomas during the 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Jan. 25 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel. Some had completed their GEDs. Others had finished the cosmetology program or Early Childhood … [Read more...]

Pasco could ease ban on digital signs for tourist venues

Pasco County is getting ready to ease a ban on digital signs, but will retain strict limits. The Pasco County Commission reviewed a proposal on Jan. 9 that would allow digital signs for “regional attractors” that hold a minimum of 50 tourist-related events a year. The venues must be located on at least 200 acres or have buildings totaling a minimum of 35,000 square feet to … [Read more...]

Event raises awareness about human trafficking

The third annual Light Up the Night Awareness event was more than just the glimmer of candles. It radiated hope, for many. The beautiful, clear cool weather attracted a large gathering to help support victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and drug abuse. The event began at 4:30 p.m. with the 5K run and 1-mile walk/run at the Porter Campus of Pasco-Hernando State College, with … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools has big plans for 2018

Pasco County Schools expects 2018 to be a busy year for planning, designing, renovating expanding and building new school projects. Among the largest renovation projects are Land O ‘Lakes High School in Land O’ Lakes and Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills. John Petrashek, director of construction services for Pasco County Schools, said he expected the first phase of a massive … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Design work to start on $15.5 million PHSC performing arts center

Design work is expected to get underway soon on a Pasco-Hernando State College performing arts center that is planned for the Cypress Creek Middle High School campus, off Old Pasco Road. The $15.5 million project will be built by the state college, but both the college and Pasco County Schools plan to use the facility for educational programming. Additionally, Pasco County Schools is … [Read more...]

Legislative forum covers wide spectrum of issues

Dozens of speakers signed up to draw attention to topics they think are important at Pasco County’s annual legislative delegation meeting. The topics ranged from fracking to Medicaid; the opioid epidemic to immigration; medical marijuana to homelessness; and, scores of budget requests. Some requests were for items vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott last year. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, for … [Read more...]

New connection being eyed between Mansfield and Kinnan

Pasco County officials aren’t taking a position as yet on tearing away barricades, and connecting Kinnan Street and Mansfield Boulevard. Hillsborough County officials, however, are budgeting $250,000 to get the job done. Hillsborough’s budget decision won’t influence Pasco’s decision, according to Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. Pasco wants to know the results of a study that it … [Read more...]