Lutz teen gets heartwarming surprise

When Abbie Grace Flohr returned to her Lutz neighborhood after a life-saving surgery, she was greeted with a life-affirming welcome home celebration. The young woman, who will be a freshman at Steinbrenner High this fall, was coming home from the hospital, after a surgery to address a massive blood clot in a vein near her heart, according to her mom, Cheryl Flohr. The operation took six … [Read more...]

Pasco County faces lean budget year

Pasco County’s revenues are falling short of projections — in the wake of a flattened economy due to the impacts of COVID-19. Robert Goehig, budget director for Pasco County, presented an overview of the preliminary budget at the Pasco County Commission’s June 30 meeting. In essence, the county can afford just 11 of 115 business plan initiatives brought forth by its department heads, Goehig … [Read more...]

Officials urge caution, as COVID-19 cases ramp up

Florida COVID-19 cases continue to rise, with 9,478 cases recorded on July 2, according to Florida Department of Health figures. The day before, 9,529 positive cases were reported. The surge in new cases has prompted additional measures to try to limit the spread, and has prompted cancellations of more planned events. As the Fourth of July weekend approached, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida … [Read more...]

Pandemic cancels Rattlesnake Fest

Organizers of the 54th annual Rattlesnake Festival and the 42nd annual Rattlesnake Run have called the festivities off this year because of concerns about COVID-19. The Thomas Promise Foundation Board of Directors, which assumed ownership of the festival four years ago, recently announced its decision to cancel this year’s event. "We felt it was better to act with caution due to the COVID-19 … [Read more...]

Business Digest 07/08/2020

Entrepreneur education series Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., is offering a free class to help entrepreneurs learn 3-D printing and additive manufacturing. The classes are being offered on July 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, and on July 22 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the East Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 15029 14th St., … [Read more...]

Business Digest 07/01/2020

Business incubator coming to The Grove The Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) has announced it will open a new SMARTstart Entrepreneur Center, with a business incubator, this fall at The Grove in Wesley Chapel. Plans for the center include 10 private offices, 32 dedicated desks, a coworking lounge, huddle rooms, an executive board room, a digital media studio, and classroom and … [Read more...]

Busy hurricane season expected

As if COVID-19, an economic meltdown and soaring unemployment aren’t enough — Floridians need to brace for an above-normal hurricane season, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Just days into the season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, Tropical Storm Cristobal swept into the Gulf Coast, triggering a storm surge of almost 6 feet along parts of the northern … [Read more...]

Parents asked to help on school reopening plan

As Hillsborough County Schools gears up for a new school year, district officials need guidance from parents to help them plan. Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Addison Davis has laid out three potential models the school district could follow in the fall, depending on what’s happening with COVID-19. Here is a synopsis: Model A: Model A has three options: Students can return to … [Read more...]

COVID-19 prompts local face mask requirements

As Florida’s positive COVID-19 cases continue to climb, local officials are taking action to require the wearing of face coverings. The requirements vary by jurisdictions. Pasco County has joined the list of local governments imposing restrictions in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles issued an executive order on June 23, requiring everyone in … [Read more...]

Florida’s COVID-19 cases surpass 100,000

Florida’s positive COVID-19 cases have exceeded the 100,000 mark, according to the most recent Florida Department of Health data available on the morning of June 22. The state figures show Florida had 100,217 positive cases, including 98,047 Florida residents and 2,170 non-residents. The state’s death toll stood at 3,173, including a 17-year-old male from Pasco County, whose death was … [Read more...]