Government responds to COVID-19

A $2 trillion relief package — the largest in U.S. history — has been passed in an attempt to stabilize the economy, in the wake of an economic and medical crisis posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The package includes help for individuals, unemployment benefits, loans for small businesses, help for large industries and other types of assistance. The stimulus includes a $1,200 … [Read more...]

Commissioners act on rezoning requests

Pasco County Commissioners approved a rezoning that will allow a 1.95-acre lot to be split, to allow two single-family homes — despite strenuous objections by neighbors. The property is on the north side of Country Club Road, about 550 feet west of Old Pasco Road, in Wesley Chapel. Attorney Barbara Wilhite, representing the applicant, told board members that her client merely wants to allow … [Read more...]

inPrep charter school to open this fall

When Innovation Preparatory Academy, a new charter school in Wesley Chapel, opens this fall, it will usher in new opportunities in technology and innovation for students, according to officials at the groundbreaking ceremony last week for the school. “It would be easy just to throw another school building up here. That’s not what you’re going to see,” said Jonathan Hage, the founder, chairman, … [Read more...]

‘Downtown’ coming to Wesley Chapel

Pasco County and Avalon Park Group/sitEX have reached an agreement on a package of incentives aimed at encouraging the development of a new downtown in Wesley Chapel. The plan calls for a new mixed-use, urban-scale development on 215 acres, off State Road 54, in a community now being called Avalon Park Wesley Chapel. Avalon Park Group/sitEX proposes to spend more than $800 million to … [Read more...]

County marks Ridge Road extension milestone

It was a historic day in Pasco County, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the upcoming construction of the Ridge Road extension. The new stretch of road will give motorists another east-west option through Pasco County, and will provide an additional evacuation route in the event of a disaster. The groundbreaking, held Jan. 13, followed a permit issued in December by the … [Read more...]

Pasco County adding two street hockey rinks

Pasco County and the Lightning Foundation have partnered on a project that will result in two street hockey rinks in the county, including one in Wesley Chapel. The Pasco County Commission approved the agreement at its Jan. 7 meeting. As part of the deal, the county will spend an estimated $240,000 to build concrete pads and associated infrastructure, which will be turned into street hockey … [Read more...]

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...]