Mickens Field improvements underway in Dade City

Construction on a new concession/public restroom building at Mickens Field soon will be underway, with completion targeted for the end of October. The Dade City Commission awarded the bid and approved contract to Borregard Construction Inc., for the project, at 14318 Canal St., in Dade City. The action came during a June 23 virtual meeting by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Nicole Deese … [Read more...]

Pasco municipal elections set for June 30

Municipal elections for the cities of Dade City and San Antonio are scheduled for June 30. The local elections — which will decide various city commission seats — originally were  scheduled for April, but were delayed due to COVID-19. The Dade City voting precinct is at First Baptist Church Dade City, 37511 Church Ave., in Dade City. San Antonio’s precinct is at St. Anthony of Padua … [Read more...]

City manager receives performance review

The Dade City Commission delivered its latest review for City Manager Leslie Porter, and they identified some key areas for improvement. They rated Porter’s overall performance at a 4.1 out of 5.0 scale, and said focus areas for improvement are in building relationships and communications. The five commissioners graded Porter in these categories: management in administration, adhering to … [Read more...]

Mickens Field concessions building tabled, for now

Long-anticipated facilities improvements to Mickens Field, 14318 Canal St., will be delayed just a little bit longer. The Dade City Commission tabled the Mickens Field concession and public restroom building project, after some disagreement on contractor selection. The decision came during a June 9 virtual commission meeting. Here’s the issue: City staff in a memo recommended entering … [Read more...]

30 years and counting for Dade City Commissioner

Scott Black was only 25 years old when he was first elected to the Dade City Commission, in 1990. Three decades later, he remains just as passionate about the post. “I still get excited about the meetings, I still feel like I’m learning things, I still feel like I’m kind of young with it,” Black said in a recent interview with The Laker/Lutz News. The commissioner, now 55,  jokes he’s … [Read more...]

Pasco courthouse has colorful history

If you visit downtown Dade City, it’s nearly impossible not to notice the stately Historic Pasco County Courthouse. It sits in the middle of a town square, at Seventh Street and Meridian Avenue. Originally constructed in 1909, and restored in a $2.3 million renovation in 1998, the courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 20, 2006. With its Classical … [Read more...]

Dade City considering sidewalk cleanup program

The Dade City Commission is considering a sidewalk pressure washing program to address the downtown’s main corridors — as part of a concentrated effort to provide a cleaner community appearance to attract visitors to the town. The city already has strived to beautify the downtown of late, with recent improvements to the public parking areas on Eighth Street, including tree trimming, mulching of … [Read more...]

Pasco municipal elections set for June 30

Municipal elections for the cities of Dade City and San Antonio have been rescheduled to June 30, per an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis. The local elections were originally supposed to be held April 14, but were delayed due to COVID-19. The announcement of the rescheduled elections came in a press release from the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office. Pasco County … [Read more...]

Pasco seeks to delay municipal elections

UPDATE: Postponed indefinitely per Executive Oder 20-97 from Gov. Ron DeSantis. Elections will be rescheduled “as soon as practicable." In the wake of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley is seeking to delay the April 14 municipal elections Dade City, Zephyrhills and San Antonio. To that end, Corley has requested Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis 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...]