Pasco supports legalizing hemp as a crop

The Pasco County Commission has unanimously approved a resolution backing the legal cultivation of hemp in Florida. The issue came up for discussion at the board’s Jan. 8 meeting, but was delayed for two weeks to give Commission Chairman Ron Oakley the chance to learn more about the issue. When Commissioner Jack Mariano brought up the issue again, commissioners quickly approved it. Board … [Read more...]

Responders’ work praised in Dade City Business Center fire

Pasco County Commission Chairman Ron Oakley praised the work of emergency responders who converged on the Dade City Business Center, in Dade City, to put out a two-alarm fire, which began in the early afternoon on Jan. 18. It took about 18 hours to bring the fire under control, according to a report from Pasco County Fire Rescue. Pasco County Fire Rescue investigators attributed the … [Read more...]

Pasco Fair marks 72nd year

The annual Pasco County Fair has delivered a family fun-filled time to fairgoers for more than seven decades, and it promises to do the same this year. The event’s 72nd year is set for Feb. 18 through Feb. 24, at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. “The Fair Association has been busy putting together what we feel like is the best fair that’s about to hit these … [Read more...]

‘Powerglides’ launch site gets OK

The Pasco County Commission has given the green-light to a conditional use permit to allow takeoffs and landings of motorized parachute devices — known as powerglides — on a 19-acre parcel, at the southeast corner of McKendree Road and Tyndall Road in Wesley Chapel. While commissioners approved the request, Commissioner Mike Moore questioned why they were even considering the issue. ”Why … [Read more...]

This crowd was bullish on East Pasco’s prospects

Speakers at the recent “Discover Dade City” symposium cast a spotlight on East Pasco’s development opportunities. The event, held in the conference center at the East Pasco campus of Pasco-Hernando State College, focused on ongoing projects, as well as those on the drawing board and future prospects. The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Greater Tampa … [Read more...]

County expected to amend digital sign ordinance

The Pasco County Commission is expected to decrease the dwell time on digital signs from the current 60 seconds down to 15 seconds. During a previous meeting, commissioners directed staff to make the change. Then, the issue went before the Planning Commission on Oct. 11, which recommended approval of the change. Now, the County Commission is expected to adopt the change at its Nov. 27 … [Read more...]

Local 4-H members receive recognition

Two local members of Pasco County’s 4-H were honored by the Pasco County Commission last month for their achievements in the 4-H organization. Commissioners passed a resolution on Oct. 9 recognizing Montana Rose Smith and Kata Muellerleile for their statewide leadership positions in 4-H. The resolution notes that nine young adults in Pasco County have been elected to statewide leadership … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills economic summit puts focus on education

Fostering educational opportunities in Pasco County was the primary focus of the second annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit. Doing that begins with beefing up the Pasco County school district’s career and technical education programs, said Kurt Browning, superintendent of Pasco County Schools. “We need to put our career academies on steroids,” said Browning, one of several guest speakers at the … [Read more...]

Hugh Embry Branch Library now open again on Mondays

A ribbon-cutting was held at Hugh Embry Branch Library on Oct. 29 to celebrate the fact that, once again, the library is open on Mondays. The facility, at 14215 Fourth St., is one of four libraries across Pasco County where Monday hours have been restored. The others are the Hudson Branch Library in Hudson, the Regency Park Branch in New Port Richey and the Land O’ Lakes Branch in Land O’ … [Read more...]

110-foot observation tower in Dade City gains approval

The Pasco County Commission has cleared the way for a 110-foot observation tower to be erected on a property off St. Joe Road in Dade City. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a conditional use request, submitted by Terry D. and Mary McKnight. The application received a recommendation for approval by the Pasco County Commission, on a 3-2 vote, and a recommendation for denial by the county … [Read more...]