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...]

Pasco commissioners receive honors

Pasco County Commissioners Kathryn Starkey and Jack Mariano each have a Presidential Advocate award from the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) for their work during the 2020 legislative session. The commissioners were recognized during the association of counties’ annual business meeting, which was conducted virtually, according to a news release. “As a local government official, I … [Read more...]

Elks Lodge opens drive-thru food pantry

What Donna Moyer misses most is the children filing into the cafeteria, laughing, playing and sitting down to enjoy lunch. “We have a big party,” said Moyer, past Exalted Ruler at the Elks Lodge 2731, in Zephyrhills. “It’s a big deal. This year with all this extra nonsense, we can’t.” COVID-19 upended the typical Feed the Kids Program, a free summer lunch and literacy program. This … [Read more...]

Florida Avenue Brewing ready to begin pouring

Craft beer lovers get ready for the taste of some new brews in Pasco County. Florida Avenue Brewing Co., anticipates opening by the end of July, possibly as soon as July 15. “We’re super excited about it,” said Anthony Derby, chief executive officer of Florida Avenue Brewing. “This project is bigger than what I imagined it to be – in a good way,” said Derby, who also is a founder and CEO … [Read more...]

Pasco mobility fee rates expected to change in September

The Pasco County Commission is poised to remove an incentive that benefits market-rate apartments throughout the county. Stripping the incentive will, in essence, create a higher fee for those apartments. At the same time, commissioners are expected to encourage more affordable housing across the county and to spur redevelopment in the West Market Area — by eliminating mobility fees in those … [Read more...]

Borrow pit approved, despite neighbors’ objections

The Pasco County Commission has approved a request to allow 500,000 cubic yards of dirt to be excavated from a site on the south side of Tyndall road, about three-quarters of a mile west of the intersection Tyndall and Curley roads, in Wesley Chapel. The permit and conditional use request were approved unanimously by the Pasco County Commission on June 2, despite concerns raised by area … [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...]

Pasco seeks to hike fees for market-rate apartments

The Pasco County Planning Commission is recommending approval of an ordinance that would raise mobility fees charged for market-rate apartments. The proposed ordinance also would eliminate mobility fees for single-family and multi-family projects that qualify under the county’s definition of affordable housing. In recommending approval, the planning commission suggested that the higher rates … [Read more...]

Rezoning recommended for Thomas townhomes

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a rezoning that would allow a 218-unit townhome development, off U.S. 41, about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff. When it was originally proposed, there was significant neighborhood opposition, but no one spoke against the project during a May 21 virtual planning commission, and there was a letter of support for the project … [Read more...]