Continuing to make strides against human trafficking

Pasco County has made strides in combating human trafficking, but statistics continue to paint a sobering picture about the prevalence of the problem. Some of those statistics were reported during the Pasco County Commission’s Jan. 7 meeting, where commissioners praised local efforts that are being made to battle the problem, and passed a resolution declaring January as National Slavery and … [Read more...]

Pasco spends $22 million on environmental lands

The Pasco County Commission has unanimously approved a $22 million purchase to secure ecological corridor sites and land for a future park in Central Pasco. The purchase is the largest in the history of the county’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program (ELAMP) — which began in 2005, said Keith Wiley, the county’s director of parks, recreation and natural resources. It took … [Read more...]

Two Good Soles drive smashes record

Pasco County government and its constitutional offices collected more than 3,000 pairs of shoes for local students — smashing a previous record for the annual Two Good Soles Shoes and Socks Drive. The drive, now in its fourth year, yielded 3,057 pairs of shoes and 13,285 pairs of socks. The items will be donated to students in Pasco County Schools. Last year, donations totaled 2,264 … [Read more...]

New apartment project approved on State Road 54

The Pasco County Commission has approved a project with 280 apartments and 49,500 square feet of commercial, on the north side of State Road 54, between Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Collier Parkway. Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the rezoning request, with Commissioner Mike Moore objecting vociferously. Attorney Clarke Hobby represented the A.G. Spanos Companies and the Aiken Trust on … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills economic summit highlights industrial hub

It may now be famous for its crystal clear water and skydiving but, someday, the City of Zephyrhills also wants to be known for its industrial offerings and high-wage jobs. The third annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit, held earlier this month, focused on the need to maximize both the use of the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport and the development potential of adjacent industrial property. The … [Read more...]

Pasco opens first incubator kitchen

An incubator kitchen has opened in Dade City, to promote economic development through food businesses. The new facility is a collaborative effort between University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)-Pasco County extension, the Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc.’s SMARTstart incubator program and Pasco County. The kitchen was officially unveiled on Sept. … [Read more...]

Playground aims to remove barriers for having fun

Olivia Campbell, and her parents, were front and center at the future site of a play space that aims to give all children access to fun. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sept. 20 at Wesley Chapel’s District Park for its new universally inclusive playground – the first in Pasco County. The amenity will be designed to accommodate children who have special needs, such as Olivia, who has … [Read more...]

New regional headquarters coming to Pasco County

Phillips & Jordan Inc., a heavy civil and right of way infrastructure contractor, plans to locate a regional headquarters just east of the State Road 52 and Interstate 75 interchange. The national company has purchased 5 acres and is investing more than $15 million in a 47,432-square-foot facility, according to a news release from the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc. The national … [Read more...]

New fire station opens in Wesley Chapel

Pasco County has opened Fire Rescue Station 38, a new station built to serve Wesley Chapel. A ribbon cutting took place on Aug. 27 to celebrate the new station, which began operation several weeks ago. This is the first station added to a fire coverage area in the county since 2009, and is intended to reduce emergency wait times. A big crowd gathered to celebrate the moment, including … [Read more...]

Residents generally pleased with county services, surveys say

Overall, Pasco County fared well in recent citizen surveys intended to help inform the county’s planning in its allocation of resources, and to improve its programs and policies. “This is what we call our voice of the customer,” Marc Bellas, performance management director for Pasco County, told the Pasco County Commission during a recent meeting. In terms of overall government services, the … [Read more...]