Zephyrhills purchases land for airport runway extension

The City of Zephyrhills has taken another step forward in its quest to expand the capabilities of the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The Zephyrhills City Council on April 13 unanimously approved the purchase of 1.29 acres of vacant land from Chancey Properties LLC  for $122,657.22 — to make way for the airport runway 1-19 extension project. The runway is being extended by 1,500 feet south to … [Read more...]

East Pasco municipalities declare local states of emergency

Responding to concerns about coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) , the City of Zephyrhills passed a resolution declaring a local state of emergency — taking steps to implement protocols suggested by state and federal agencies. The measure allows Zephyrhills flexibility to act quickly, if needed. However, its primary purpose is to allow the city to seek future reimbursement for costs … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills presents draft budget, appropriations requests

The City of Zephyrhills has unveiled its proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20 — totaling more than $67 million. The $67,043,615 draft budget is based on a tentative tax rate of 6.35 mills previously approved by the Zephyrhills City Council. The draft budget was shared during an Aug. 12 council meeting. Based on the 6.35 millage rate, the total budget for the new fiscal year will be … [Read more...]

Local YMCA hosts Healthy Kids Day

There were loads of activities offered at the East Pasco Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day on April 27. The YMCA facility, at 37301 Chapel Hill Loop in Zephyrhills, was among YMCAs across the country participating in the national initiative. The event focused on improving the health and well-being of kids and their families. Activities geared toward keeping young minds and bodies active … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills Founder’s Day celebrates ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’

Thousands flocked to downtown Zephyrhills to celebrate the city during the 109th Founder’s Day Heritage Parade & Festival on March 9. This year’s theme was “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” — honoring the impact that transportation has had on the growth and success of the community. A parade, which featured vintage automobiles, kicked off the event in the morning. Dozens of local vendors … [Read more...]

Fallen officer cherished for leadership, love, and laughter

The countless who knew Capt. Charles “Bo” Harrison, say they’re better people because of it. And, the superlatives flow freely when people describe what he was like. Here are just a few of those descriptions: Hero. Christian. Father. Brother. Husband. Friend. Leader. Coach. Servant. Great Officer. Integrity. Honorable.. He was “a servant-leader who made a difference to every man, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills Police undergoes restructuring

The Zephyrhills Police Department is shaking up its command staff — a measure it hopes will improve efficiency and communications throughout the law enforcement agency. The department is adding an operations lieutenant and an administrative lieutenant, while eliminating a captain’s position and a detective sergeant’s position — roles that have been vacant for months. The lieutenants’ … [Read more...]

Seeking to improve Zephyrhills’ code enforcement

The city of Zephyrhills is taking a hard look at its code enforcement policies — in an effort to maintain property values and make the community more desirable. According to City Manager Steve Spina, that starts with taking “a holistic view” on the issue. “When people come to visit, they need to drive through town and see a vibrant commercial business community, a vibrant downtown,” Spina … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills High names ‘Tom Fisher Field’

It’s been nearly a decade since Tom Fisher last roamed the sidelines, but his name won’t soon be forgotten at Zephyrhills High School. The school’s Oct. 27 homecoming festivities added greater significance, when Zephyrhills’ Bulldog Stadium was formally renamed “Tom Fisher Field.” The dedication ceremony, held at midfield and attended by Fisher, drew dozens of former players and coaches, … [Read more...]

New Zephyrhills police chief has a familiar face

Derek Brewer’s official promotion to Zephyrhills Police Chief was just weeks ago — yet he’s no stranger to the uniform, or to the community he’s tasked to serve. The 45-year-old Brewer was appointed the city’s permanent, full-time police chief on Sept. 25. He was sworn-in two weeks later, on Oct. 9. Brewer, however, already had months of familiarity with the position. He served as interim … [Read more...]