Bond issue for jail and fire rescue expansions?

Pasco County commissioners are considering a possible referendum to see voter approval for a 30-year bond issue that would pay for a jail expansion, four new fire stations, and the expansion of five existing fire stations. The $185 million bond issue, earmarked for public safety, would be placed before voters on the November ballot. County commissioners got preliminary data on the bond at a … [Read more...]

New Sienna Village office park approved

Sienna Village, a small office park off State Road 54, is about to get a companion - Sienna Village II. Pasco County commissioners approved a rezoning for the new office park, which will be on the southwest corner of State Road 54 and Sofia Drive. It is east of the existing Sienna Village, and about one-third mile from the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41. The rezoning allows up to … [Read more...]

An underpass for U.S. 41/State Road 54?

Talk of solving traffic jams at U.S. 41 and State Road 54 often centers on building elevated lanes to ease massive numbers of vehicles through the intersection. But now, Pasco County’s Metro Planning Organization wants to toss in a new solution – an underpass that would tunnel under the intersection. Consultants with Tindale-Oliver will complete a $15,000 study to determine if the … [Read more...]

Mystic Pointe to open luxury apartments soon

Residential construction is rapidly changing the landscape along State Road 54, west of its intersection with U.S. 41. Much of the construction is for single-family homes. But, a new project on State Road 54, at Meadowbrook Drive, is adding 252 apartments to the mix. Mystic Pointe is under construction at 2770 Mystic Pointe Parkway. The upscale, gated community will sit between Bexley by … [Read more...]

Frontage roads in Pasco?

A citizen’s task force looking for traffic remedies for congested intersections of State Road 54 and State Road 56 has put together a mix of options, including a bypass consisting of parallel frontage roads. The recommendations are focused primarily on two intersections on State Road 54 at Little Road, and at U.S. 41. However, the 17-member volunteer task force also looked more broadly … [Read more...]

Development for Gower’s Corner is one step closer

After more than a year of back and forth negotiations, an application to rezone property at the historical crossroads known as Gower’s Corner got the approval of Pasco County’s local planning agency. The rezoning application has been continued repeatedly since late 2016. But, on Dec. 14 in Dade City, members of the Development Review Committee voted in favor of a project to build up to … [Read more...]

Legislative forum covers wide spectrum of issues

Dozens of speakers signed up to draw attention to topics they think are important at Pasco County’s annual legislative delegation meeting. The topics ranged from fracking to Medicaid; the opioid epidemic to immigration; medical marijuana to homelessness; and, scores of budget requests. Some requests were for items vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott last year. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, for … [Read more...]

It’s that time again for the Lutz Arts & Crafts Show

Christmas at the Old Lutz School is coming up, too Preparations are underway for the 38th annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Show, which is being held for the second year on the campus of Keystone Prep High School, 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. “We’re going to have over 300 vendors. And, there’s a larger expanded food court,” said Faith Sincich, co-chair of the event. She marvels at the … [Read more...]

Interim steps planned to improve 54/41 traffic flow

Construction on a project to improve traffic flow through the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 is expected to begin in 2018, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials. The project, which will lengthen some turn lanes, currently is in design. The construction cost is about $752,000 and is included in the transportation department’s fiscal year 2019 budget, according to … [Read more...]

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...]