Zephyrhills to provide new trash bins to residents

Zephyrhills residents will be issued new trash bins in the middle of February, free of charge from the city. The Zephyrhills carts, or z-carts, will be a new alternative to residents purchasing their own bins — as they have done in the past. The project has been four years in the making, as city officials have strategized what’s best for the community. The 95-gallon cart will run on … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills opens doors to new City Hall

The brand-new Zephyrhills City Hall has been in operation since October — but local residents and dignitaries got an up-close view of the digs during a Nov. 27 open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. At 19,000 square feet, the $6.2 million building represents a major upgrade to the former City Hall facility, which was 11,000 square feet and was built in the 1950s. The two-story building, … [Read more...]

Tennis center plans are progressing

The approved renderings for the exterior design of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Center include brick elements and flat awnings that blend the features of some of the City of Zephyrhills’ newer buildings, such as the library and City Hall, and the city’s older downtown historic buildings. The Zephyrhills City Council came to a consensus on the design for the much-awaited facility during the … [Read more...]

Water and sewer rates expected to rise in Zephyrhills

Zephyrhills residents could see an increase on their utility bills, beginning next year. City staff is recommending a 4-percent increase in water rates and an 8-percent increase in sewer rates for all customers each year for a five-year period, beginning Jan. 1. The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously for City Attorney Matthew Maggard to draft an ordinance regarding the proposed rate … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills adding new technician

To help the city of Zephyrhills address annexations, rezoning and land-use changes, a new technician is being added to the municipal payroll. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technician is being added to help manage the city’s geographical database. The technician will provide ongoing mapping analysis for the city. The Zephyrhills City Council unanimously approved the new position … [Read more...]

Design is final for new Zephyrhills City Hall

When it comes to a new City Hall, the Zephyrhills City Council agreed that “bigger is better.” Council members unanimously approved the design for the new City Hall complex on Jan. 23. The design calls for a two-story building of 19,615 square feet. The $6.2 million price tag is about $300,000 greater than the alternative option, which called for a structure of 18,170. Alan Knight, the … [Read more...]

New event venue site completed in Zephyrhills

Less than five months after breaking ground, the new community venue site at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport is complete. The unnamed venue, at 5200 Airport Road, will officially be unveiled at the seventh annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest on Jan. 21. The 14-acre site is situated north of the Zephyrhills’ City Yard, stretching to Airport Road, and backing up the southern … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills eyeing automated garbage collection

Automated garbage collection may soon be a reality in Zephyrhills. The city contracted with Kessler Consulting Inc. to perform an operational waste assessment and rate study for the city’s Sanitation Division. Don Ross, director of operations for Kessler, presented the findings to the Zephyrhills City Council on Oct. 10. Ross suggested the city — at some point — should consider moving … [Read more...]

Cleaning up Zephyrhills’ neighborhoods

When Gail Hamilton was hired to lead the Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency about a year ago, she noticed an unsettling trend while patrolling the older, traditional city neighborhoods. Scattered across several homeowners’ lawns were old appliances, rolled-up carpets, debris and fallen trees. “I think nobody had done anything in a long time,” Hamilton said, regarding the condition of … [Read more...]

Aiming to touch the sky at new skate park

The first skateboarder to roll through the new Zephyrhills Skate Park earned his sweet ride. Dalton King, 10, dropped his board’s wheels onto the concrete surface as dozens of skateboarders gathered to christen the city’s skate park, said Shane LeBlanc, public works director for the city of Zephyrhills. A crowd of more than 400 people turned out for the grand opening on Jan. 31, … [Read more...]