Zephyrhills opens doors to new City Hall

The brand-new Zephyrhills City Hall has been in operation since October — but local residents and dignitaries got an up-close view of the digs during a Nov. 27 open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. At 19,000 square feet, the $6.2 million building represents a major upgrade to the former City Hall facility, which was 11,000 square feet and was built in the 1950s. The two-story building, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills economic summit puts focus on education

Fostering educational opportunities in Pasco County was the primary focus of the second annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit. Doing that begins with beefing up the Pasco County school district’s career and technical education programs, said Kurt Browning, superintendent of Pasco County Schools. “We need to put our career academies on steroids,” said Browning, one of several guest speakers at the … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills voters head to the polls

Voters in Zephyrhills will decide the outcome of two city council seats in an election set for April 10. In District 3, Devin J. Alexander, Cory P. Sommers and Jodi Wilkeson are competing for the seat vacated by Kenneth Compton, who chose not to seek re-election. In District 4, incumbent Charles E. Proctor will face challenger William D. Seville. Voters can pick up carry-out absentee … [Read more...]

Eddie Herrmann, a pillar in San Antonio, was an original

Edward Joseph Herrmann, known as “Eddie” to most everyone in San Antonio, was an original, and with his passing on Oct. 21, the community paused to reminisce about a pillar of the community. Eddie wore many hats. He was a father, a son, a husband, an uncle, a former Mayor of San Antonio, an award-winning winemaker, a writer and a respected historian. His death came on the evening of the 51st … [Read more...]

Water and sewer rates expected to rise in Zephyrhills

Zephyrhills residents could see an increase on their utility bills, beginning next year. City staff is recommending a 4-percent increase in water rates and an 8-percent increase in sewer rates for all customers each year for a five-year period, beginning Jan. 1. The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously for City Attorney Matthew Maggard to draft an ordinance regarding the proposed rate … [Read more...]

Riding the Route 54 County Connector

They cut the ribbon on a posh new bus a few weeks ago, signaling optimistic expansion of Pasco County’s two-year-old east-west route linking Zephyrhills and New Port Richey. Assembled under a fan-cooled tent in the parking lot of the Medical Center at Trinity, officials spoke buoyantly about the future of mass transit in Pasco County, with the bus in the background lending physical evidence to … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills poised to name Spillman permanent fire chief

Four months after being named the interim fire chief, the Zephyrhills City Council is set on Monday to make Daniel Spillman's job at the head of the city's fire rescue department permanent. Spillman took over the department in June when Verne Riggall — under fire for how he had run the agency over a two-year period — resigned before city council members could vote on whether to terminate … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills threatening to sack fire station contractor

The renovation of Zephyrhills Fire Station 2 already is hundreds of thousands of dollars over budget and months behind schedule. And it seems city officials have had enough. The city council has set a special meeting for Tuesday where it's possible Pillar Construction LLC as well as Canerday Belfsky Arroyo Architects are fired. City attorney Joe Poblick informed the companies of the … [Read more...]

Vandalism blocks opening of new Zephyrhills restaurant

A successful restaurant near the Florida State Fairgrounds wants to expand into Zephyrhills, but nearly $40,000 in much-needed repair work on the new location could kill the deal. The Zephyrhills City Council, meeting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, could approve a measure that would give Michael and Laura Andrews a chance to open a Smokehouse B-B-Q & Grill at 5740 Seventh St. The … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills council takes aim at fire chief

Update: Published reports state that Verne Riggall resigned as the Zephyrhills fire chief on Friday, leaving the city council with the job of appointing an interim chief Monday night. Zephyrhills Fire Chief Verne Riggall followed his former city manager, Jim Drumm, from High Springs. But he might soon be following him out as well. Steve Spina, who replaced Drumm on an interim basis as … [Read more...]