Proposed solar farm sparks controversy

An open house to preview a proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County drew an impassioned crowd of residents who mostly panned the project. Tampa Electric, known as TECO, is seeking a special exception permit to build the solar farm on about 350 acres, off Blanton Road in Dade City. The first public hearing for the project will be with the Pasco County Planning Commission at a future … [Read more...]

Dade City artist makes a worldwide impression

Long before Pat Weaver began pursuing her passion for art, she was known as a businesswoman and politician in Dade City. “I had retail stores downtown. I had Tricia’s. Then, I had Church Street Gallery. Then, I had Pat-e-cat’s,” said Weaver, who also served the community as both a city commissioner and later a mayor for Dade City. She enjoyed politics and retailing, but was always drawn to … [Read more...]

Dade City Main Street: a quarter-century of change

With its quaint shops, historic courthouse and collection of restaurants, it’s hard to picture the slice of Americana that is downtown Dade City as a place once characterized by vacant storefronts and buildings falling into disrepair. But that’s precisely what the place was like in the mid-1980s before Dade City Main Street began the battle to revive the downtown. “It was right on the … [Read more...]