Political Agenda 01/16/2019

Candidates vying to fill District 38 vacancy Democrat Kathy Lynn Lewis and Republican Randy Maggard have pre-filed to seek the seat expected to be vacated by Danny Burgess, who was selected by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve as executive director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs. Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley said no official word had been received regarding Burgess … [Read more...]

DeSantis wants Burgess to lead state’s veterans affairs

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has announced his recommendation of state Rep. Danny Burgess to serve as the state’s next executive director of Florida's Department of Veterans Affairs. If his appointment is confirmed, Burgess will have to resign from his District 38 seat in the Florida House of Representatives. “It’s bittersweet,” Burgess said, noting the appointment “is completely unexpected … [Read more...]

Approvals recommended for Connected City pilot

The framework for the Connected City corridor is falling into place. Members of Pasco County’s development review committee recommended approval of new documents establishing fees that will be paid by developers, a utilities service plan and a master roadway plan. State legislators approved the Connected City in 2015, and selected Pasco as the site for a 10-year pilot program to create … [Read more...]

Panel says no to charter in Pasco County

With a one-vote margin, opponents of a charter-style government in Pasco County killed a proposal that had the backing of the county’s legislative delegation. In an 8-7 vote, a 15-member appointed panel opted not to write a charter that could have significantly changed the way Pasco County’s government operates. The vote came after the county’s five-member legislative delegation – State Rep. … [Read more...]

Legislative delegation to weigh in on charter

Fish or cut bait? Members of the Municipal Association of Pasco County, which represents the six cities in Pasco, want a final decision on whether the county should alter its form of government. They likely will get their wish on Aug. 24 when the county’s appointed charter review panel has scheduled a vote on the matter. A previously scheduled vote on Aug. 10 was postponed until the … [Read more...]

Charter panel’s first meeting sparks controversy

Sparks flew at the first meeting of a charter review panel that could recommend major changes in how the county operates. The meeting was called to take care of housekeeping chores, such as by-laws and scheduling decisions, but it got underway with a jolt. Clay Colson interrupted Pasco County Chairman Ted Schrader’s introductions to declare a “point of order” and challenge the panel’s right … [Read more...]

Charter advisory panel all white, mostly male

A 15-member charter advisory panel that will decide the future of Pasco County's governing structure is in place. And Pasco commissioners approved a contract to pay a private Tallahassee consultant $60,000 to guide its efforts during the coming months. But the panel's all white, and nearly all-male make-up came under fire at the commissioners regular meeting in Dade City on March 10.  Each … [Read more...]