Car giveaway helps Pasco woman on her road to success

Melissa Pack finally has a car she can call her own. The Zephyrhills woman received the keys to a 2000 Hyundai Elantra at the United Way of Pasco County, in Land O’ Lakes, on Oct. 1. Before she received the car, the 37-year-old had no personal means of transportation. Spectators watched at the ceremony where Pack received the car, which came complete with a big red bow. The gift was made … [Read more...]

Pasco County considers mobility fee rate update

The Pasco County Commission is considering changes to its mobility fee rate structure, which could lead to higher rates in a couple of categories by virtue of removing discounts they now receive. The update also calls for lowering fees in seven land-use categories, and changing the fee charged for residential development in rural areas on lots of 5 acres or more. Mobility fees are based on the … [Read more...]

New fire district a first in Pasco in nearly a decade

Pasco County firefighters, county officials and first responders gathered on Sept. 17 to mark the beginning of construction for a new Wesley Chapel fire station. The groundbreaking ceremony for Station 38, which began at 8 a.m., was held at the fire station’s future location on Overpass Road. The ceremony marked the first addition of a new fire coverage area in Pasco County since … [Read more...]

New forensics research center expected to boost local economy

Officials are expected to gather together this week to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics in Land O’ Lakes. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is predicting that beyond its other benefits, the new forensics center also will be an economic driver — having wide-ranging impacts on the county as whole, and Land O’ Lakes, in … [Read more...]

Despite neighbors’ concerns, commissioners OK subdivision

The Pasco County Commission has approved a 145-home subdivision on the west side of Fort King Road, south of State Road 52 and north of Roberts Road, despite opposition by neighbors. Attorney Barbara Wilhite, representing the applicant, Dade City Fifty LLC, noted that the county’s future land use designation allows a potential of 284 units on the 50-acre property. Wilhite also noted that … [Read more...]

Pasco County Commission denies solar farm appeals

The Pasco County Commission has denied two appeals seeking to block the construction of a solar farm on pastureland, outside Dade City. Gordon and Kathleen Comer, and Sandra Noble, who live near the proposed solar farm site both challenged the Planning Commission’s approval of a special exception permit for the project. Attorney Gordon Schiff represented the Comers and attorney Rena Frazier … [Read more...]

Traffic signals on tap in Zephyrhills

Pasco County officials are lauding a new traffic signal in Zephyrhills — for making a busy intersection a little less dangerous. The fully operable traffic light at Eiland Boulevard and Handcart Road was installed in time for the 7 a.m., start of the school year on Aug. 13. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said the project has been “a main priority” for … [Read more...]

New traffic signals aim to improve safety

A new traffic signal has been installed and is now operating at Eiland Boulevard and Handcart Road, and another traffic signal installation is underway at Eiland Boulevard and Geiger Road. A ribbon cutting for the traffic signal at Eiland and Handcart is scheduled for Aug. 23 at 9 a.m. The installation of that light was completed in time for the 7 a.m. start of the school year on Aug. 13. “It’s … [Read more...]

Controversy continues over solar in Pasco

The Pasco County Commission has adopted an ordinance that will guide future decisions on where and how solar farms are permitted. But, the controversy over a proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County continues. Commissioners approved the ordinance relating to placement of solar farms at their June 5 meeting in Dade City. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore, who supported the … [Read more...]

Calls being made to widen Old Pasco Road

Some Pasco County commissioners are now calling for the widening of Old Pasco Road before a proposed business park is built on the road. “I don’t want to see anything built until the road is widened,” Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said during the board’s May 8 meeting. “We need to make sure the entire road is widened. It will be a nightmare for a lot of residents who live across from … [Read more...]