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...]

Finding new ways to celebrate, amid COVID-19

COVID-19 may have delayed graduations for the Class 2020, but it couldn’t curb the enthusiasm of graduates, and their loved ones, to celebrate their achievements. Drive-by celebrations were held at The Grove in Wesley Chapel for members of the Class of 2020 from Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Cypress Creek high schools. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore read the list of graduates’ … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools hits million-meal mark

Pasco County Schools has delivered more than a million meals to students since school campuses closed. The district has been serving bagged meals at numerous sites and bus stops to provide meals to students who, in many cases, rely on schools for their only reliable source of food. Since March 23, when the district began its remote feeding efforts, the district has served 1,095,537 … [Read more...]

Reaching out to help those with special needs

Even in the best of times, navigating through government bureaucracy can be challenging. But for people with special needs, that becomes even more daunting during a global pandemic. A virtual town hall hosted on April 29 by Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore and Pasco County School Board Chairwoman Colleen Beaudoin aimed at helping individuals and families find the resources they … [Read more...]

AdventHealth Center Ice is site for free COVID-19 testing

UPDATE: AdventHealth has discontinued testing at this site. AdventHealth is offering free coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing at AdventHealth Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. It began on April 29, and will be offered each weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for 30 days. A doctor’s order is not required, but  AdventHealth is encouraging pre-registration at … [Read more...]

$2 million in grants aim to help Pasco businesses

The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc. (Pasco EDC), received more than 1,400 applications, before cutting applications off, for a grant program aimed at providing $2 million in assistance to small businesses. Pasco EDC partnered with Pasco County to provide this relief grant program for small businesses affected by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Penny for Pasco revenues will be used … [Read more...]

Impacts of pandemic being felt across Pasco

As the death toll rises and the economic meltdown continues — communities and businesses across the country grapple with impacts of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Pasco County’s priorities have been to protect the health and well-being of its residents and to get the economy back on track, as quickly as possible when the pandemic passes, said Pasco County Commission Chairman … [Read more...]

Rasmussen College moving to vacant Target store

Rasmussen College soon will bring higher education to a vacant Target Super Store — the shuttered anchor at Suncoast Crossing plaza, off State Road 54 in Odessa. The college plans to relocate from its current 25,000-square-foot education center at State Road 54 and Sunlake Boulevard, in Land O’ Lakes. Developers are proposing to repurpose the former Target store, which closed in … [Read more...]

Deadly COVID-19 virus poses challenges on all fronts

Florida has joined the ranks of states across the nation that have issued Stay-at-Home orders in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a 30-day Stay-At-Home executive order effective April 3. His action came just days before U.S. Surgeon Gen. Dr. Jerome Adams warned the nation that “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week … [Read more...]