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...]

Land O’ Lakes gets beefed up emergency services

Pasco County Fire Rescue No. 37 has added ambulance service. The station is at the entrance to Ballantrae in Land O’ Lakes. The new service became effective on Sept. 1. Six paramedics and emergency medical technicians have been added, to provide 24-hour coverage for the rescue unit. The station, which is at 18105 State Road 54, is currently using one of the department’s spare vehicles … [Read more...]

Pasco County seeks new location for food relief

Pasco County commissioners don’t want a replay of the overwhelming crowds and hours-long waits that hampered efforts in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties for residents seeking to qualify for disaster food relief following Hurricane Irma’s destruction. So, on Oct. 16, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles prepared to send a letter to the Florida Department of Family and Children Services … [Read more...]

Roads ‘finally coming’ to east Pasco

Ongoing road construction translates to “good things” for Pasco County — that was the message that Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley brought to The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast meeting. Oakley was the chamber’s featured guest speaker on Sept. 19 at Bayfront Health. Speaking to a crowd that numbered in the dozens, Oakley provided updates on several priority … [Read more...]

Outlining a road map to tackle Pasco traffic problems

Pasco County’s residential and commercial growth is causing more traffic headaches on the area’s roads. At an Aug. 21 session, residents had a chance to learn about what’s planned to tackle the area’s congestion during The Pasco County Transportation Summit. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore hosted the event at the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter … [Read more...]

CSX studying fix for malfunctioning crossing arms

CSX Corporation is looking into how to repair the malfunctioning railroad crossing arms on State Road 54, at U.S. 41, said Kris Carson, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District 7 office. Once a repair plan is developed, “the state will participate in funding the repair,” Carson said. It is not known yet what will be required to fix the problem, how much it will … [Read more...]

Asturia industrial heading toward development

As promised, it didn’t take long. Bureaucratic wheels are turning on a project to build office and industrial space at the master-planned community of Asturia, off State Road 54. Pasco County commissioners approved a 10-year, $7 million loan to HP Asturia LLC on July 11 to aid in getting the two-phase project started. Private investment in the project is pegged at about $26 million, … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Notebook seeks suggestions

Give a community a piece of chalk and chalkboard, and wait — people will write what’s on their minds. That’s the idea behind the Neighborhood Notebook, a chalkboard that’s intended to invite those passing by to share their ideas about how they want their community to grow. The chalkboard is being placed at various locations in central Pasco County to seek community input. At the … [Read more...]

Pasco approves $4.6 million for Ridge Road project

The Ridge Road extension is still on the drawing board, waiting for a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. But, at their July meeting in Dade City, Pasco County commissioners took a step forward in the nearly 19-year process of qualifying for the coveted permit. They updated a contract with NV5 Inc., and approved about $4.6 million toward the final design and construction … [Read more...]

Pasco offers loan to boost office development

Encouraging construction of upscale office and industrial space is a high priority for Pasco County officials who want to diversify the county's economic growth. A 10-year, $7 million loan to HP Asturia is aimed at adding up to 200,000 square feet of what is known as Class A office buildings to the mixed-use, master-planned community of Asturia. The development is off State Road 54 in … [Read more...]