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 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...]

If you enjoy eating and reading, this club is for you

They came in carrying plates, casserole dishes and plastic containers holding an assortment of food — inspired by books they had read. One brought in a chocolate cake, inspired by “The Help.” Another brought a platter of corn dogs and a bottle of lemonade — an homage to “State Fair.” A third had a plate of chocolate chip cookies, a tip of the hat to “Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills sets tax rate, presents draft budget

For the third straight year, the property tax rate will stay the same in Zephyrhills. The Zephyrhills City Council voted to set the tentative millage rate at 6.35 mills. Under state law, once a tentative millage rate has been set, the city cannot raise it before the start of the fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The council does, however, have the option to reduce the rate before … [Read more...]

Explore your inner artist on Tuesday afternoons

If you enjoy the act of creation, the Art in the Afternoon program at Zephyrhills Public Library may help you fulfill that urge. The program welcomes art enthusiasts of all levels. It’s a great way for artists to share their knowledge and mingle with other creative spirits. Budding artists can learn techniques from those with more experience. Artists should bring their own supplies … [Read more...]

National parks offer lessons in life, history

The nation’s history is recorded in books and taught in classrooms — but, author Penny Musco recommends another path of discovery. She suggests that you visit as many of the 417 properties in the U.S. National Parks Services as possible. That list includes 59 parks, 87 monuments, 15 rivers, three scenic trails, four battlefield parks, 11 battlefields, 78 historic sites, and thousands of … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills’ police unveil city’s crime statistics

A report generated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation finds overall crime and arrests decreased in Zephyrhills last year, but violent crime and domestic offenses went up. Zephyrhills police Capt. Derek Brewer presented the city’s 2016 uniform crime statistics, during a March 27 city council meeting. The figures were generated through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), which … [Read more...]

Sharing the story of women’s progress

Madonna Jervis Wise, a local author who writes primarily about history, has been making the rounds lately, talking about women in the work force and “East Pasco Women Who Rocked.” Her talks, which have been delivered at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City, at the East Pasco Networking Group’s breakfast meeting and at the Zephyrhills Public Library, have traced the evolving … [Read more...]

Former police station to become temporary city hall

As construction on the new City Hall complex ramps up, Zephyrhills city staff will shuffle operations to a familiar building. Beginning this summer, most city departments will relocate temporarily into the former Zephyrhills police station, at 5344 Ninth St. City council members approved a 12-month lease agreement between the city and Dannie Jordan, of RTD Construction. It calls for the … [Read more...]

Design is final for new Zephyrhills City Hall

When it comes to a new City Hall, the Zephyrhills City Council agreed that “bigger is better.” Council members unanimously approved the design for the new City Hall complex on Jan. 23. The design calls for a two-story building of 19,615 square feet. The $6.2 million price tag is about $300,000 greater than the alternative option, which called for a structure of 18,170. Alan Knight, the … [Read more...]