Epperson and Mirada approved for Connected City

Developers of Epperson and Mirada – the first Connected City communities – recently rezoned their master-planned communities. Pasco County commissioners approved the changes, which consolidated prior approvals under the umbrella of the state-approved Connected City corridor. The corridor covers about 7,800 acres in northeast Pasco County. Its borders are Interstate 75, State Road 52, and … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Development for Gower’s Corner is one step closer

After more than a year of back and forth negotiations, an application to rezone property at the historical crossroads known as Gower’s Corner got the approval of Pasco County’s local planning agency. The rezoning application has been continued repeatedly since late 2016. But, on Dec. 14 in Dade City, members of the Development Review Committee voted in favor of a project to build up to … [Read more...]

Residents get preview of Curley Road project

New development is changing the landscape in northeast Pasco County. And, road projects – both state and local – are seeking to address road widenings and intersection improvements to handle a growing volume of vehicles along State Road 52, and its offshoots. Residents had a chance on Dec. 6 to review proposals for road work on Curley Road, including its intersections with State Road 52, … [Read more...]

Residents help identify flood risk areas in Pasco

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is updating computer-model maps that identify flood prone areas within Pasco County. Residents at several community meetings have provided public input to the process by sharing first-hand where flooding happens, and also where it doesn’t. On Nov. 16, residents within the Duck Lake watershed got their turn to study existing maps and meet … [Read more...]

Crystal Lagoon will make a splash in 2018

The Epperson residential development, with its Crystal Lagoon, will open in spring 2018 with a special guest – Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps. Phelps signed on with Crystal Lagoons as its “Global Ambassador.” He will promote swimming and water sports around the world, with appearances at Crystal Lagoon properties, including Epperson, according to a news release from The Conroy … [Read more...]

Thousands get emergency food assistance in Pasco

Thousands of residents from about 14 counties came to the Pasco County Fairgrounds to qualify for emergency assistance in replacing food lost during Hurricane Irma’s power outage. From Nov. 5 through Nov. 8, Pasco County deputies monitored an orderly progression of vehicles that stacked up in both directions along State Road 52, outside Dade City. Traffic moved slowly, but the … [Read more...]

FDOT budgeting future land purchases for 54/41 project

A local task force is expected to make recommendations next year on a traffic fix for the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41, but the Florida Department of Transportation already is budgeting about $32 million for land purchases connected to the project. The funding is slated for fiscal year 2023, as part of the agency’s five-year work plan. The funding for the rights of way for … [Read more...]

Food relief site at Pasco fairgrounds

A federal emergency food relief program found a new location, and set new dates, to aid qualifying residents who lost food during Hurricane Irma. Applications will be taken Nov. 5 through Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. Similar events have been staged in counties in the Tampa Bay area that have drawn tens of thousands of … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Getting help and helping others

Hurricane Irma is causing some people to turn to others for help, and offering others an opportunity to be of service. Here are some places to turn for help, or to get involved. Free well water testing kits The UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service is offering free, private well water testing kits for owners whose wells flooded due to Hurricane Irma. The water sampling test … [Read more...]