Dade City to finalize city manager contract

The City of Dade City is nearing a contract agreement with its newly named city manager and current finance director Leslie Porter. Details of the latest drafted employment contract were shared and amended during an April 23 regular city commission meeting. The latest draft calls for a base salary of $98,906.00 payable in monthly installments in the same manner as other city employees … [Read more...]

Dade City extends ban on cannabis dispensaries

Dade City is again pressing pause on allowing any medical marijuana treatment centers within city limits. The Dade City Commission on March 28 voted to extend its moratorium relating to the operation of cannabis dispensing organizations and the issuance of business tax licenses for such facilities. The moratorium, temporary in nature, is in effect for the next six months, with a … [Read more...]

Search reopens for city manager

The search for a new city manager in Dade City will continue — after city commissioners were unable to come to an agreement with its top candidate for the position. Contract talks broke down the past several weeks between the commission and Christopher Edwards, a real estate associate in Tallahassee and former deputy director of the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economy … [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...]

Zephyrhills meetings may go ‘live’

Residents and others may soon be able to listen and watch the City of Zephyrhills’ public meetings online. The idea has been floated to city leaders by video production company IntellisMedia, a division of WUSF Public Media. Under its initial proposal, IntellisMedia would agree to live-stream and record designated city meetings (city council, planning commission, airport commission and so … [Read more...]

Foundation offers tennis lessons to Pasco youths

Construction has yet to begin on the Sarah Vande Berg Memorial Tennis Center in Zephyrhills — but that hasn’t stopped the community from working to serve up more tennis opportunities to its underserved population. Well before the new $3.5 million, 11-court facility opens off of Simons Road, dozens of underprivileged youth in east Pasco will get opportunities to learn the game through a new … [Read more...]

Local governments share forum

Pasco County has shared interests with city governments, but it’s a rare occasion for county and city officials to meet in a joint public forum. But, that’s exactly what happened on June 26 when staff members and elected officials from Pasco County, the town of St. Leo, San Antonio, Zephyrhills and Dade City sat down at Saint Leo University to discuss topics of mutual interest, and such … [Read more...]

Pasco projects win big in 2019 state budget

Gov. Rick Scott signed off on an $88.7 billion state budget for fiscal year 2019, and had a light touch with his veto pen. He cut about $64 million in contrast to the $410 million that was axed from the previous year’s $82.4 billion budget. Pasco County got most of the items on its wish list, including $15 million for the Overpass Road interchange at Interstate 75, and $4.3 million for … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills Police undergoes restructuring

The Zephyrhills Police Department is shaking up its command staff — a measure it hopes will improve efficiency and communications throughout the law enforcement agency. The department is adding an operations lieutenant and an administrative lieutenant, while eliminating a captain’s position and a detective sergeant’s position — roles that have been vacant for months. The lieutenants’ … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills considers some fee increases

The City of Zephyrhills is updating its comprehensive list of fee schedules — and many come tagged with price increases. The proposed fee resolutions and amendments incorporate public record requests, venue rental policies, cemetery lots, and site plan reviews, among others. The fees were discussed during an hour-long city council workshop meeting on Oct.  23. Perhaps the largest … [Read more...]