Local groups help federal workers

Organizations around the region are stepping up to help, as workers and their families struggle during the nation’s longest partial federal government shutdown. The help has come in various forms. “The key is to take off some of the pressure from these folks (so they can) worry less about where their food is coming from,” explained Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector of Pasco … [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...]

Solar farm appeal is rescheduled

A hearing on appeals to a proposed solar farm project has been rescheduled because of a glitch in advertising the original hearing date. The Pasco County Commission, with the approval of all parties involved in the matter, agreed to continue the appeal until Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m. The original appeal had been set for Aug. 7. The appeal will be heard in the commissioners’ meeting room in … [Read more...]

Appeal scheduled for solar farm project

A decision on a controversial solar farm in northeast Pasco County is headed to an appeal at a public hearing on Aug. 7 in Dade City before the Pasco County Commission. Two appeals were filed in May on the decision by the Pasco County Planning Commission to approve an exceptional use permit for the project. One appeal is from Sandra Noble and the other from Tampa attorney Gordon Schiff … [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...]

Decision coming on solar farm permits

A decision on how and where to permit solar farms in Pasco County is headed for a vote on June 5 at 1:30 p.m., in Dade City. Pasco County commissioners will consider an amended ordinance for the land development code on regulating solar farms. The ordinance had a first public hearing on May 22 in New Port Richey. No vote was taken at that hearing. The matter has produced heated debate since … [Read more...]

Solar farm approval recommended

Despite opposition from area residents, a proposed solar farm of Blanton Road in northeast Pasco County is a step closer to approval. Pasco County’s Development Review Committee has recommended approval of an amended ordinance that opens the way for the project’s development. Committee members agreed with the county’s planning department that the solar farm, located on agricultural land, … [Read more...]

Approval recommended for TECO solar farm

Opponents are disappointed A proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County cleared the first hurdle needed for approval — despite impassioned pleas and even tears from area residents who oppose it. The Pasco County Planning Commission recently voted 6-3 to recommend approval of the project to the Pasco County Commission, which has the final say. Tampa Electric Company, or TECO, needs a … [Read more...]

Proposed solar farm sparks controversy

An open house to preview a proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County drew an impassioned crowd of residents who mostly panned the project. Tampa Electric, known as TECO, is seeking a special exception permit to build the solar farm on about 350 acres, off Blanton Road in Dade City. The first public hearing for the project will be with the Pasco County Planning Commission at a future … [Read more...]