Remembering Pete ‘Hutch’ Brock II, a community servant

Pete Hutchinson “Hutch” Brock II, a former Dade City mayor who was active in community life — passed away on Jan. 26, at age 54. Brock served on the Dade City Commission from 2000 to 2004, then as Dade City’s mayor from 2004 to 2008, according to an obituary posted on the Hodges Family Funeral Home website. “While he was mayor, we had an unprecedented period of annexations – undeveloped … [Read more...]

Medical marijuana dispensaries allowed in Dade City

Medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries may now set up shop within certain areas of Dade City. Dade City Commissioners on Jan. 28 adopted an ordinance revising the city’s land development regulations to make the treatment facilities a permitted use in the city’s general commercial zoning district, and an allowed use in commercial and employment center planned development … [Read more...]

Kumquat Festival ushers in a new decade

It’s time to indulge in a tiny, tart fruit called the kumquat. After all, the fruit is considered to be the centerpiece of the Kumquat Festival, now celebrating its 23rd year. Besides offering fun family activities, the festival showcases downtown Dade City, offering visitors a chance to sample a taste of Old Florida and some Southern hospitality, too. The free event is set for Jan. … [Read more...]

Mayor delivers ‘State of Dade City’ address

A newly passed budget and some corresponding reorganization in city hall was a forefront topic for Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez in her annual “State of the City” address at The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce October breakfast meeting, at AdventHealth Dade City. Dade City Commissioners last month passed a $19.3 million budget by 4-1 vote. The 2019-2020 budget is based upon a 7.14 … [Read more...]

Dade City Christmas parade seeks applicants

Dade City’s 2019 Christmas Parade is just around the corner, and those who want to be a part of it are invited to apply. The parade will be in downtown Dade City on Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., where spectators can enjoy decorated floats, bands or walking units. “It’s very much a community event run by wonderful volunteers,” said John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City … [Read more...]

Celebrating the kumquat’s place in history

Every year, for one day, a small, oval-shaped fruit called the kumquat takes center stage during a festival that was established by The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce in 1998. The annual event celebrates everything that makes the Dade City area unique. Casper Joseph Nathe came to what is now known as St. Joseph and planted an acre of the fruit trees in 1912. The Nathe family … [Read more...]

Ridge Road permit coming soon, administrator says

A permit to clear the way for the construction of the Ridge Road Extension is expected to be granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within the next four weeks to six weeks, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles said. That would signal the end of a two-decade effort to secure the federal permit needed to create a new 7.6-mile east-west connection from Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey to … [Read more...]

Dade City sets tentative millage rate

Dade City residents will not see an increase in their property tax rate for the coming year. Dade City Commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 on July 23 to set the tentative millage rate at 7.14 mills — the same rate as last year. Under state law, once a tentative millage rate has been set, the city cannot raise it before the start of the fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The commission does, … [Read more...]

Upgrades on tap for AdventHealth Dade City hospital

With construction ramping up at AdventHealth Dade City, patients and staffers will soon have access to some of the new amenities and upgrades as part of $22 million in capital improvements headed to the health care facility. An update on the various upgrades was shared in a presentation by Dr. Rodrigo Torres, chief medical officer for AdventHealth Dade City, at The Greater Dade City Chamber of … [Read more...]

Dade City attracts thousands to 22nd Kumquat Festival

Thousands streamed to the 22nd annual Kumquat Festival in historic downtown Dade City on Jan. 26 In an open letter, John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, recapped the event, and offered a heartfelt expression of gratitude for the army of volunteers who helped to pull it off. “Over 400 vendors and sponsors sold and promoted their wares and services,” … [Read more...]