Political Agenda 04/10/2019

Democratic Environmental Caucus The Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida, Pasco Chapter, will meet on April 10 at the Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. Networking begins at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is free and all are welcome. For more information, email *protected email*, or visit its Facebook page at … [Read more...]

Additional money sought for new library project

Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey is pushing Pasco County to increase funding for a new library, which is part of a collaborative project between the county and Pasco County Schools. The project is to be built in the Starkey Ranch development, located on the ranch formerly owned by Starkey’s family. The project includes a kindergarten through eighth grade school expected to open in … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes park and community center have a new name

The Pasco County Commission has renamed the community center and park in Land O’ Lakes as the Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park. Commissioners adopted the new name on Nov. 7, at the request of Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore. “They are trying to have more of an identity in that area,” said Moore. “I think they’ll be excited by this.” Moore said he consulted with members of the … [Read more...]

Talented youths get time to shine

Jessica Twitmyer received the top scores to win a $1,000 Pasco Heritage Scholarship, during the 34th “Spotlight on Talent” on March 11 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High School. Because of its popularity, the talent contest is divided into two shows, said Barbara Friedman, the executive producer for the competition, which is put on by the nonprofit Heritage Arts Center … [Read more...]

Pasco drops idea of animal abuse registry

By Kathy Steele *protected email* Pasco County commissioners are poised to approve a new ordinance meant to make it harder for people to adopt or buy animals if they have been convicted of animal abuse. But, if approved, the new regulations won’t be as tough as an early draft of the ordinance that would have created an animal abuser registry. County commissioners got a preview of … [Read more...]

Apparently, we think Pasco is on the right track

With November’s quadrennial Election Day looming ever larger on our calendars, the importance of what Americans tell pollsters about the condition of the country swells almost by the moment. Indeed, it scarcely matters just now, in the middle of July 2016, whether you’re with Hillary or you’re aboard the Trump train, or even if you’re checking out the shrewd looniness of Libertarian Gary … [Read more...]

App seeks to reduce property fraud

The Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office is now offering residents a free app that will help protect against property fraud. The app seeks to take aim at what the Federal Bureau of Investigation reports as the fastest-growing, white-collar crime in the nation. The Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office is offering residents the app to help them monitor documents such as … [Read more...]

Speakers present their wish list to lawmakers

Speaker after speaker stepped up to the podium to present their request to Pasco County’s state lawmakers. They wanted funding to help a nonprofit. They wanted lawmakers to put in a good word with state highway officials. Or, they wanted their backing for a special cause. About 100 people gathered on Sept. 29 in the gymnasium of Sunlake High School in Land O’ Lakes for a public forum, … [Read more...]

Audit finds deficiencies in Pasco’s water billing

Louise Gritmon still is in disbelief over a one-month water bill for more than $3,300. Pasco County charged Gritmon for using more than 614,000 gallons of water over 18 days in the July 2014 billing period when her house was vacant. That never happened, Gritmon said. And she has two plumbers, an engineer and a manufacturer who can back up her assertion that the amount of water … [Read more...]

Charter government discussions continue in Pasco County

Pasco County commissioners spent nearly three hours at a special workshop on Feb. 12 learning about the intricacies of the process for putting a charter-style form of government on the ballot, but they still have more to talk about. So they decided to take it up again at a Feb. 17 workshop. Commissioners could decide to vote on an ordinance to establish a charter advisory committee and that … [Read more...]