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...]

Development is ramping up in Zephyrhills

Except for some weeks throughout March and April, the COVID-19 hasn’t halted much new development within the City of Zephyrhills. That’s the word from Zephyrhills Planning Director Todd Vande Berg, who outlined a number of citywide projects during an East Pasco Networking Group virtual meeting on June 23. Perhaps the most notable setback, Vande Berg said, involved a slight delay in court … [Read more...]

Commissioners elected in Dade City, San Antonio

It came more than two months later than expected, but voters in Dade City and San Antonio finally had the chance to head to the polls to elect a new group of city leaders. The Pasco County municipal elections took place on June 30, rescheduled from the original April 14 date because of COVID-19. A total of six people were newly elected or re-elected to serve the respective … [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...]

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...]

New retail coming soon to Cypress Creek Town Center

Cypress Creek Town Center is adding new retail to its commercial roster. Though COVID-19 hit a pause button for the Pasco County community, construction workers are still building out new space for shops, restaurants and offices at the town center. Located across from Tampa Premium Outlets on State Road 56, the outdoor mall is at the epicenter of new development in the Wesley Chapel and … [Read more...]

Museum will continue to honor Blue Star program

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has long been a Blue Star Museum, providing free admission for military families. In April of this year, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families decided to take a break from the Blue Star Museums free admission program for the summer, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, MOSI has announced that it will continue to honor the Blue … [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...]

Pasco Tax Collector’s Office back in business

After closing its doors for nearly a month amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pasco County Tax Collector’s five countywide branches are back open for business. And, they’ve been quite busy ever since reopening, Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano said during an East Pasco Networking Group virtual meeting earlier this month. Besides handling various tax payments, Fasano said his office has … [Read more...]