Lifting spirits in all sorts of ways

Spreading joy through bubbles Blaise Ryndes, of Land O’ Lakes, attracted national attention when he took his bubble-making skills to America’s Got Talent. Now, during a time of a global pandemic, the performer decided to take to his neighborhood streets, to help spread joy during a time of social isolation. He recently put on a one-car bubble parade for his neighbors. “To abide by social … [Read more...]

Staying positive during a pandemic

It’s no secret that impacts from the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic pose significant challenges. “What happened to normal? Normal is just gone, right? It’s just gone,” said Paula O’Neil, former clerk and comptroller for Pasco County, and now a private business consultant. O’Neil’s remarks came during a Zoom meeting of WOW TOO, a women’s networking group that is part of the … [Read more...]

New plan on tap for water billing issue

Pasco County has found a formula that will lower water bills for some customers who have been stung by water bills that cannot be explained. The new regulations will apply to bills — as a one-time only deal — involving unexplained water usage of at least 20,000 gallons a month. Pasco County commissioners on Oct. 20 approved an ordinance that will significantly reduce payments owed by … [Read more...]

Bondi asks court to clarify same-sex marriage ruling

Saying she's trying to correct the exact situation she originally tried to avoid, state attorney general Pam Bondi is asking U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle to clarify his August ruling that some say would make Florida the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage. Both sides of the controversial issue are battling over what appears to be ambiguity in Hinkle's ruling, which ordered a Panhandle … [Read more...]

Pasco won’t issue same-sex marriage licenses Jan. 6

Florida is set to become the 36th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages just after the new year starts. But don't expect Pasco — or even neighboring counties — to join in. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene in a Florida case, where U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle struck down laws banning same-sex marriage in August, saying the state's ban violated the 14th Amendment of the … [Read more...]