MPO eyes ways to boost transportation funding

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board is looking at ways to fund future transportation projects — including the possibility of increased revenues from the Penny for Pasco program or amendments to the county’s mobility fee program. Under the current Penny for Pasco program, which expires in 2024, revenues are raised through a one-penny surcharge for every dollar of … [Read more...]

School to get $33 million renovation

One of Pasco County’s oldest high schools is set to undergo a major makeover. Across the next two-plus years, Zephyrhills High School will see a number of upgrades to not only give the school a modern aesthetic, but also to enhance campus safety and the overall learning environment. The total price tag: $33 million, funded through Penny for Pasco. Details about the renovation project … [Read more...]

Incentives add jobs, boost economy

When Pasco County spends money from its Jobs and Economic Opportunity Trust Fund, it’s getting a healthy return on investment, according to David Engel, manager of the Pasco County Office of Economic Growth. Engel recently gave the Pasco County Commission an update on the county’s primary incentive programs. Between 2015 and 2025, the county expects to collect $60 million for its Jobs and … [Read more...]

MPO board meeting addresses current agendas

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization board addressed three key topics during its April 11 session. Those items were: The Tampa Bay Resiliency Study Future transportation funding, through a proposed transportation surtax A requested extension on a project related to the MPO’s long-range plan John Villeneuve, director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), … [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...]

Building a foundation for economic growth

Bill Cronin, the president/CEO of Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., has no shortage of ideas when it comes to pursuing ways to strengthen Pasco County’s economy. He shared a few of those thoughts during a recent interview with The Laker/Lutz News. Cronin is entering his third year at the helm of the Pasco EDC, and recently was named the Florida Director of the Southern Economic … [Read more...]

Foundation offers tennis lessons to Pasco youths

Construction has yet to begin on the Sarah Vande Berg Memorial Tennis Center in Zephyrhills — but that hasn’t stopped the community from working to serve up more tennis opportunities to its underserved population. Well before the new $3.5 million, 11-court facility opens off of Simons Road, dozens of underprivileged youth in east Pasco will get opportunities to learn the game through a new … [Read more...]

Community gets a look at Woodland Elementary renovations

A special rededication and ribbon-cutting ceremony offered the Zephyrhills community an up-close and in-depth look at the newly renovated Woodland Elementary School. More than 100 guests attended an event that showcased the school’s $12 million makeover, at 38203 Henry Drive in Zephyrhills. Following introductions and a brief presentation, attendees were able to tour the campus, which was … [Read more...]

Woodland Elementary School gets new look

Students and staff arriving this week at Woodland Elementary School for a new academic year found a campus that has undergone a substantial renovation. The $12 million project included $9 million in construction costs and $3 million for other expenses, including furniture, architectural fees, materials testing, telecommunications, district staff and other costs, according to Mike Gude, director … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel to get a new fire rescue station

A new fire station in Wesley Chapel will replace an aging facility that has become inadequate to handle the needs of a growing population. Pasco County’s Fire Rescue Station No. 13, off Old Pasco Road, is expected to open in January 2019. A groundbreaking was held in mid-March on the same day the Pasco County commissioners approved the construction contract of about $2.6 million. Funding is … [Read more...]