Mettler Toledo breaks ground for new plant

Swiss manufacturer, Mettler Toledo, broke ground on a 250,000-square-foot manufacturing plant that will bring about 185 new jobs to Pasco County. More than 300 people attended the ceremony on Jan. 14. Among those present were Viggo Nielsen, general manager of Mettler Toledo Safeline; Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey; Pasco County Planning and Development Administrator Richard … [Read more...]

Pasco County to add tourism director

Tourism in Pasco County is on a launching pad, as county officials prepare for what they hope to be an explosion of visitors — sampling the county’s shops, malls, restaurants, hotels and future sports complexes. County commissioners are reviewing proposals for a sports complex at Wiregrass Ranch, with about an $8.5 million investment. Florida Hospital Center Ice is expected to open in early … [Read more...]

Connected city concept draws mixed reviews

Pasco County is the epicenter for a 10-year state-approved pilot program to create a “connected city” corridor of master-planned communities — built from the ground up with technology innovations. State lawmakers carved out about 7,800 acres in central and eastern Pasco as a special development district that will foster residential and commercial projects. The district’s development plans … [Read more...]

Twin goals: Safe roads and increased tourism

San Antonio is a destination for many bicycle enthusiasts who want scenic vistas and the rolling hills they can find in rural northeast Pasco County. On weekends, bicyclists en masse pedal their way across the landscape. For four years in a row, San Antonio has hosted Gran Fondo Florida, one of eight events nationwide in the Gran Fondo National Championship series. County officials are … [Read more...]

Budget talks start in Pasco

The economy is picking up steam with new housing construction leading the way, and property tax revenues on the rise. But, that won’t mean Pasco County commissioners will have an easy time figuring out how to spend tax dollars and hold the line on tax increases. Commissioners face large budget requests including an increase of $6.5 million from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and smaller … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Express gaining favor in Pasco

A project to build express toll lanes on interstate highways, known as the Tampa Bay Express, has picked up an endorsement from the Pasco County Commission. Commissioners voted 4-1 on May 10 to send a letter to the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization urging a favorable vote on the project. The planning organization is scheduled for a June 22 vote on a project that has gained wide … [Read more...]

Town hall covers myriad topics

A local church was packed with more than 100 residents during a town hall meeting held by Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey, and county staff. Those attending had a chance to get a primer on how Pasco County departments function, and to get snapshots of what’s happening across the county and in their neighborhood. They also got a chance to speak face-to-face with county staff members … [Read more...]

New 4-lane to connect communities

Pasco County is set to receive a nearly $23 million state loan after state and local officials stitched together a deal for a four-lane extension of State Road 56 from Wiregrass Ranch to Zephyrhills. The project previously had been intended to build two lanes from Meadow Pointe Boulevard in Wiregrass Ranch to U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. Converting it to a four-lane project will boost the … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Sports Park on new path?

The future of the Wiregrass Sports Park is in play, again. A new call for proposals will be issued within the next month seeking developers who want to partner with Pasco County in building and operating a field house for indoor sports such as basketball, wrestling and volleyball. The project also envisions the potential for four or five outdoor ball fields. And, eventually there could be … [Read more...]

Pasco takes first step toward loan for State Road 56

Pasco County commissioners agreed to at least inquire about a $27 million state loan to pay for an additional two lanes for the extension of State Road 56. But there are concerns that the payback could jeopardize other county road projects. On May 19, commissioners unanimously voted to submit a letter of interest to the State Infrastructure Bank for a 30-year, low-interest loan. The goal is for … [Read more...]