Bicycle association honors Kathryn Starkey’s tenacity, service

Becky Afonso, executive director of the Florida Bicycle Association, recently honored Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey as its 2018 Elected Official Champion of the Year. Afonso highlighted Starkey’s tenacity and public service during the Pasco County Commission’s April 23 meeting. The association executive reminded commissioners that the Tri-County Trail connection won the 2014 … [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...]

See our state parks, up close, naturally

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced the redesign of the Florida State Parks website. In partnership with Visit Florida, the new parks website features tools and information that will be helpful to the state’s visitors. It also promotes the Florida Park Service, providing visitors with detailed information about all 175 state parks, trails and historic … [Read more...]

Pasco County projects axed by Gov. Scott

Gov. Rick Scott signed an $83 billion budget for 2018 and used his veto pen to slash nearly $22 million earmarked for Pasco County projects. In total Scott struck out nearly $410 million from local projects across Florida. Pasco lost about $15 million for a new interchange to connect Overpass Road with Interstate 75, and $4.3 million for the Thomas Varnadoe Forensic Center for Education … [Read more...]

A half-century of old-fashioned fun

A half-century ago, the San Antonio Jaycees got together and hatched a plan for a fun way to raise money to support local causes. They figured they could hold a festival, with rattlesnakes as the centerpiece. Over the decades, the leading organizers have changed — and so have some of the particulars — but the essence of the annual event remains the same: Every year, on the third weekend … [Read more...]

Florida on way to 100 million tourists annually

Tourism remains one of Florida’s largest industries, and one advocacy group says investment from the government created nearly 76,000 jobs in 2013. The analysis, reported by Florida TaxWatch, says the state could reach its goal of attracting 100 million visitors annually by 2015. “Florida’s thriving tourism industry provides extraordinary opportunities for economic growth,” said Dominic … [Read more...]

Visit Florida provides financial boost to Pigz in Z’Hills

The annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Fest is getting a big financial boost after Visit Florida announced it would provide a $2,500 advertising matching grant to the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. "The purpose of these grants is to help nonprofit entities and local governments stretch their tourism and marketing dollars in an effort to expand cultural, heritage, rural and nature … [Read more...]