New interchange will ease congestion

Construction crews could be turning dirt within months on a new interchange at Interstate 75 and Overpass Road. A contractor is expected to be selected by August, and completion is expected about 2 ½ years after construction begins. The junction frequently is identified as a “gateway” into Pasco County, and a potential catalyst for new development in a largely rural area already experiencing … [Read more...]

Construction crews busy on area road projects

Anyone who drives around Pasco County on a regular basis knows there aren’t many east-west roads that cut through the county’s vast expanse, and that it isn’t   a bit unusual to have to wait in traffic. There are a number of projects, however, that are in the works, on the drawing board, or have been recently completed that are aimed at making life easier for Pasco motorists. Of course, as … [Read more...]

Planning Commission supports requested changes

The Pasco County Planning Commission has given its stamp of approval for a number of requests that would affect property use in the central and eastern portions of Pasco County. The Planning Commission makes the final decision on special exception requests, but its decisions can be appealed to the Pasco County Commission. The County Commission has authority over other land use and zoning … [Read more...]

When rural tranquility and Olympic dreams clash

Dania Vizzi wants to use a private skeet shooting range, off Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, to perfect her skeet shooting skills so she can make the U.S. team for the 2020 Olympics. But, her neighbors say her Olympic quest is causing harm to their agricultural and horse-breeding pursuits, as well as disrupting their rural tranquility and peace of mind. Those were among the issues aired out at … [Read more...]

Planning Commission supports requested changes

The Pasco County Planning Commission has given its stamp of approval for a number of requests that would affect property use in the central and eastern portions of Pasco County. The Planning Commission makes the final decision on special exception requests, but its decisions can be appealed to the Pasco County Commission. The County Commission has authority over other land use and zoning … [Read more...]

Changes could lead to ‘employment village’

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning on 130 acres on the southwest corner of State Road 52, about 70 feet west of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, to allow 1 million square feet of light industrial and 200,000 square feet of support commercial. Commissioners approved the request as part of their consent agenda, which means it was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission and … [Read more...]

Savor a slice of ‘Old Florida’ beauty

Residents who live on the eastern side of Pasco County don’t have to travel far to get an idea of what “Old Florida” was like. They can find evidence of that loveliness all around the locale’s corners and bends. Perhaps that’s why those with deep ties to this part of the county fight so fiercely to protect their piece of paradise, and why the area attracts newcomers who want to put their … [Read more...]

A winter play park in Florida?

A new winter play park may be coming to East Pasco. The attraction would have a snow hill where people could go snow-tubing, an area where they could play in the snow, and other features. The winter park would be situated next to the Tree Hoppers Aerial Adventure Park, off St. Joe Road, east of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, in Dade City. The Pasco County Planning Commission and the county’s … [Read more...]

Request raises questions about sites for schools, parks

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a change that would make it easier for landowners along State Road 52, near Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, to pursue development. However, planning commissioners also are recommending that any development done in the area be accompanied by a map that identifies where future sites would be located for schools and parks. The … [Read more...]

Construction crews busy on roadwork in Pasco County

When it comes to construction activity on Pasco County roads, State Road 52 is a hotspot. At least that was the message that David Gwynn, secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District Seven, delivered during the North Tampa Bay Chamber’s breakfast meeting. Gwynn briefed the audience on the state transportation department’s current and upcoming projects in Pasco, during … [Read more...]