Commissioners make connections at White House

Pasco County commissioners Kathryn Starkey and Jack Mariano attended a special White House conference to promote communications between the state’s county commissions and federal agencies. The Florida County Commissioners’ White House Conference met on July 27, and included about 120 county commissioners and staff from all over the state. It was the second in what is planned as a series of … [Read more...]

Pasco approves $4.6 million for Ridge Road project

The Ridge Road extension is still on the drawing board, waiting for a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. But, at their July meeting in Dade City, Pasco County commissioners took a step forward in the nearly 19-year process of qualifying for the coveted permit. They updated a contract with NV5 Inc., and approved about $4.6 million toward the final design and construction … [Read more...]

Efforts continue for Ridge Road permit

The long process of winning approval for a permit to build an 8-mile extension of Ridge Road could yield a decision from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within 14 months or less, according to a consulting firm hired by Pasco County. The Army Corps identified one of 17 proposed routes as “the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative,” as stated in an April 27 letter to county … [Read more...]

Contract approved for Pasco’s new administrator

Pasco County commissioners signed off on a contract to hire Dan Biles as the next Pasco County administrator, with an annual salary of $220,000. County commissioners agreed to hire him on March 14, when he competed against four other candidates at a special public meeting in New Port Richey. On March 28, commissioners made Biles’ hiring official by approving his contract. Biles is … [Read more...]

Quest continues for Ridge Road permit

Pasco County officials are hoping a letter of support from Gov. Rick Scott, and an executive order from President Donald Trump, could finally lead to a permit to build the Ridge Road extension. For 19 years, the county has pursued the permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an approximately 8-mile road extension that would cut through a portion of the Serenova Preserve. The road … [Read more...]

Efforts continue to extend Ridge Road

It’s been two decades and Pasco County is still waiting on a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to extend Ridge Road — but, a push is on to try to speed things up. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis is seeking to take advantage of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order to accelerate reviews of “high priority” infrastructure projects. The extension of Ridge Road, which would … [Read more...]

Ron Oakley sworn in as Pasco County Commissioner

Ron Oakley brings more than 50 years of business experience and a passion for public service to his new job as Pasco County District 1 commissioner. Oakley was sworn into office on Nov. 29. He replaced former Commissioner Ted Schrader who decided not to seek re-election and instead made an unsuccessful bid for property appraiser. Though this is the first time Oakley has served as an … [Read more...]

Priorities set for sidewalk and road projects

Board members of the Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization have adopted a priority list for road projects that is largely unchanged from last year. But, there is one exception: The list now includes a plan to widen U.S. 301 to a four-lane divided highway from the Hillsborough County line to State Road 56. The five-year work program runs through fiscal year 2020-2021. While there’s … [Read more...]

Ridge Road extension needed to avert potential disaster

There I was on a recent Monday morning, headed west on State Road 54 on my way to one of the several part-time jobs that occupy me since the demise of the Tampa Tribune. And, it was all good. I had my podcast going on. I was making good time. The consumption indicator in my car’s computer reported I was cruising at more than 40 miles per gallon. As much as a 60-something guy not on his way … [Read more...]

Patience dwindling on Ridge Road

When it comes to the extension of Ridge Road, one Pasco County commissioner said it’s time to fish or cut bait. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore wants an answer from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the project by mid-May, or he’s ready to drop it. The county has been waiting for 16 years for a permit on the project. Moore reluctantly joined other commissioners on March 29 to … [Read more...]