Ridge Road project to open in 2020?

A portion of the Ridge Road Extension — a project Pasco County officials have wanted for 20 years — could open in time for the beginning of the 2020 school year. The Pasco County Commission heard an update on the project during its April 8 meeting in Dade City. The proposed Ridge Road Extension spans  7.6 miles, reaching from Moon Road to U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. Margaret Smith, the … [Read more...]

County continues pursuit of Ridge Road Extension

Pasco County is continuing its pursuit of a project to allow the extension of Ridge Road, and Sam Beneck, the county’s project manager, gave a briefing on the status during a Dec. 12 luncheon meeting of the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. “We are currently in the design and permitting phase,” said Beneck. “We have not started any construction activities,” he told members and guests during … [Read more...]

Pasco creates Ridge Road Extension website

Pasco County’s engineering service department has created a website that tracks progress of the proposed Ridge Road Extension project. The website (bit.ly/RidgeRoadProject) provides information about the history of the project, a project overview, current activities, a project fact sheet and the latest information. The road is intended to improve east-west roadway capacity and enhance … [Read more...]

Pasco County approves 2018 budget

Pasco County commissioners approved a $1.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1. The budget is slightly less than the 2017 budget, but still has new expenditures for parks, boat ramps and the proposed Ridge Road extension. County commissioners had a final public hearing, and vote, on the new budget on Sept. 26 in New Port Richey. There will be no change in the … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Getting help and helping others

Hurricane Irma is causing some people to turn to others for help, and offering others an opportunity to be of service. Here are some places to turn for help, or to get involved. Free well water testing kits The UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service is offering free, private well water testing kits for owners whose wells flooded due to Hurricane Irma. The water sampling test … [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...]

Mosaic’s fertilizer footprint discussed at Chamber breakfast

As the global population is slated to reach 9 billion by 2050, food production will need to increase by 70 percent, according to Mosaic’s Ron Yasurek, the general manager of the fertilizer producer’s Plant City phosphate facility. Yet, only a small portion of those large-scale food needs —about 10 percent — can be solved from developing additional farmland. “We’ve got to find a way to be … [Read more...]

Efforts continue for Ridge Road permit

The long process of winning approval for a permit to build an 8-mile extension of Ridge Road could yield a decision from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within 14 months or less, according to a consulting firm hired by Pasco County. The Army Corps identified one of 17 proposed routes as “the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative,” as stated in an April 27 letter to county … [Read more...]

Contract approved for Pasco’s new administrator

Pasco County commissioners signed off on a contract to hire Dan Biles as the next Pasco County administrator, with an annual salary of $220,000. County commissioners agreed to hire him on March 14, when he competed against four other candidates at a special public meeting in New Port Richey. On March 28, commissioners made Biles’ hiring official by approving his contract. Biles is … [Read more...]

Quest continues for Ridge Road permit

Pasco County officials are hoping a letter of support from Gov. Rick Scott, and an executive order from President Donald Trump, could finally lead to a permit to build the Ridge Road extension. For 19 years, the county has pursued the permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an approximately 8-mile road extension that would cut through a portion of the Serenova Preserve. The road … [Read more...]