Hospital visitation limited, elective surgeries canceled

Hospitals across the region are limiting visitors and canceling elective surgeries, as they ramp up preparations to treat increasing cases of people infected by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). As of 11 a.m. on March 23, The Florida Department of Health reported 1,096 confirmed cases of Florida residents and 75 cases of non-Florida residents, for a total of 1,171. Of those, 73 involved … [Read more...]

Pasco eyeing big changes to apartment mobility fees

The Pasco County Commission has signaled it wants to end mobility fee incentives that it provides for new market-rate apartment construction within the county. At the same time, commissioners are looking to waive mobility fees for builders of affordable housing — homes or apartments. Commissioners also are eyeing a mobility fee waiver aimed to spur new construction in an area along U.S. 19, … [Read more...]

Lawsuit challenges Ridge Road extension

The Sierra Club Florida Conservation has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for issuing a permit to Pasco County, to allow the construction of an extension of Ridge Road. The legal action aims to halt the project, which is a 9-mile corridor that would add an additional transportation link in the county. The extension would give another option to motorists who now … [Read more...]

The New Year Is A Great Time To Begin Planning For Your Next Home

The new year is an ideal time to start planning your next home, and Asturia invites you to visit its beautifully furnished models in Odessa. Built by some of America’s top builders, models are open for tour daily at this master-planned community, located off State Road 54, just west of the Suncoast Parkway. David Weekley Homes, ICI Homes, Park Square Homes and Ryan Homes are Asturia’s … [Read more...]

Dipping into serenity, beauty and fun

Science tells us if you want to live a longer, healthier life, get out into nature. Take a walk, watch birds fly, reduce your stress by kayaking in tranquil waters - and leave your phone at home. Kayaking, even more so than walking, helps you escape, takes you into watery worlds - worlds far away from highways, noise and worries. Take a kayak trip around here and you’ll likely see … [Read more...]

New Model Homes Open For Tour At Asturia

Unique Floor Plans Offered By Four Premier Builders The holiday season is a wonderful time to dream about your next home, and Asturia invites you to visit its model homes by some of America’s top builders, in Odessa. The community’s beautifully furnished model homes are open for tour daily at this master-planned community, located off of State Road 54, just west of the Suncoast … [Read more...]

Own a piece of Florida history

The Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office, at 4720 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey, will be offering historic photos, framed and under glass, for reasonable prices. Each photo represents some aspect of early Florida life. The photos were on display in the Gulf Harbors office for many years prior to its recent renovation. Framed photos 4 feet by 6 feet are $25, and framed photos 4 feet by 8 … [Read more...]

Transit survey offers Pasco residents a say

Judy Geiger would like to see Trilby Road widened, to improve its safety. The Dade City resident explained the need: “We have a number of bicyclists. The roads are not wide enough to accommodate them and the cars. If you get behind a set of (bicyclists), you’re stuck. It’s not safe.” She was among those attending a recent workshop held by the Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization … [Read more...]

A winter play park in Florida?

A new winter play park may be coming to East Pasco. The attraction would have a snow hill where people could go snow-tubing, an area where they could play in the snow, and other features. The winter park would be situated next to the Tree Hoppers Aerial Adventure Park, off St. Joe Road, east of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, in Dade City. The Pasco County Planning Commission and the county’s … [Read more...]

State Road 56 Extension gives drivers another option

Motorists heading through the county to or from East Pasco now have a new way to do it. The State Road 56 Extension, which links Meadow Pointe Boulevard in Wesley Chapel to U.S. 301 in Greater Zephyrhills, opened on July 10. Dignitaries and members of the media gathered for a preview of the road the day before it opened to the public. Pasco County Commission Chairman Ron Oakley noted … [Read more...]