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...]

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...]

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...]

Dade City awards contract for Hardy Trail

Dade City has pushed another step forward to make the Roy Hardy Trail more tourist-friendly. City commissioners have agreed to enter negotiations with Borregard Construction Inc., for the design-build of a visitor’s information welcome center, to be located on the south side of Church Avenue near the Hardy Trail multi-use trailhead. Preliminary plans call for a building of 1,100 square feet … [Read more...]

Dade City projects progressing, others delayed

As coronavirus disease-2019  (COVID-19) affects how municipalities and government entities operate, the City of Dade City is striving to keep day-to-day duties relatively intact, while following various safety procedures and precautions. Not unlike its municipal neighbor Zephyrhills, which is 9 miles down the road, Dade City has gone about minimizing the number of personnel at City Hall or out … [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...]

Medical marijuana dispensaries allowed in Dade City

Medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries may now set up shop within certain areas of Dade City. Dade City Commissioners on Jan. 28 adopted an ordinance revising the city’s land development regulations to make the treatment facilities a permitted use in the city’s general commercial zoning district, and an allowed use in commercial and employment center planned development … [Read more...]

Medical marijuana ordinance gains first-round approval

Dade City is a step closer to allowing medical marijuana treatment centers within its city limits. Dade City Commissioners gave first-round approval to a zoning text amendment that would make the treatment facilities a permitted use in the city’s general commercial zoning district, and would make them an allowed use in commercial and employment center planned development districts. The first … [Read more...]

Dade City selects new city manager

Dade City has selected someone with a familiar face to be its next city manager. City Commissioners on April 3 voted to extend an offer and enter contract negotiations with Leslie Porter to become Dade City’s next city manager. Porter, the city’s finance director, has been acting as the interim city manager since February. She’s also been handling her responsibilities as finance … [Read more...]