Upcoming events on the political scene

Club meetings The Land O Lakes Democratic Club will meet May 2 at 6:30 p.m., at the Brick City Eatery, 16540 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 198, in Lutz. Noemi McGregor, president of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida, is the guest speaker. The Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida — Pasco Chapter will meet May 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the community center at Land O’ Lakes … [Read more...]

Eddie Herrmann, a pillar in San Antonio, was an original

Edward Joseph Herrmann, known as “Eddie” to most everyone in San Antonio, was an original, and with his passing on Oct. 21, the community paused to reminisce about a pillar of the community. Eddie wore many hats. He was a father, a son, a husband, an uncle, a former Mayor of San Antonio, an award-winning winemaker, a writer and a respected historian. His death came on the evening of the 51st … [Read more...]

Pasco commissioners elect new leaders

The leadership gavel for the Pasco County Commission is now in the hands of newly elected Pasco Chairwoman Kathryn Starkey. Commissioners voted on Nov. 17 to appoint Starkey, who was the commission’s vice chair, to succeed Ted Schrader. Schrader has pre-filed to run for the property appraiser’s office in 2016. Pasco County Commissioners also named Mike Moore as the board’s vice … [Read more...]

Panel says no to charter in Pasco County

With a one-vote margin, opponents of a charter-style government in Pasco County killed a proposal that had the backing of the county’s legislative delegation. In an 8-7 vote, a 15-member appointed panel opted not to write a charter that could have significantly changed the way Pasco County’s government operates. The vote came after the county’s five-member legislative delegation – State Rep. … [Read more...]

Charter advisory panel all white, mostly male

A 15-member charter advisory panel that will decide the future of Pasco County's governing structure is in place. And Pasco commissioners approved a contract to pay a private Tallahassee consultant $60,000 to guide its efforts during the coming months. But the panel's all white, and nearly all-male make-up came under fire at the commissioners regular meeting in Dade City on March 10.  Each … [Read more...]

Charter government discussions continue in Pasco County

Pasco County commissioners spent nearly three hours at a special workshop on Feb. 12 learning about the intricacies of the process for putting a charter-style form of government on the ballot, but they still have more to talk about. So they decided to take it up again at a Feb. 17 workshop. Commissioners could decide to vote on an ordinance to establish a charter advisory committee and that … [Read more...]

Animal shelter to honor former commissioner

Pat Mulieri was not always one of the biggest public supporters of the Pasco County animal shelter. But time made a difference, and Pasco County Animal Services will honor the dedication of her time over recent years on Dec. 20. The shelter, located at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O' Lakes, is set to dedicate its window room to Mulieri's Mutt Room of Hope. It will take on the kind of catchy … [Read more...]

New ordinance could have predators on the run

Registered sexual predators and offenders already have to stay at least 1,000 feet away from areas where kids might congregate. If Mike Moore gets his way, those convicted of sexual crimes could be pushed back even further. Moore, who joined the Pasco County Commission last month, is expected to propose a new countywide ordinance in January that would increase the distance registered predators … [Read more...]

Schrader elected chair of county commission

Ted Schrader is back in a familiar seat with the Pasco County Commission after being elected chair of the county's governing body. Schrader, based in District 1 covering large parts of the eastern side of the county, was chair of the commission in the 2012-13 session, and then stepped aside this past year for fellow commissioner Jack Mariano. The chair position typically rotates among the … [Read more...]

Moore, Wells sworn into commission seats Tuesday

The Pasco County Commission will welcome two new commissioners to its dais Tuesday, and at the same time decide whether Jack Mariano will get another term as commission chair, or if someone new will be selected. Mike Moore and Mike Wells Jr., will be officially sworn into office today during the commission's regular meeting in Dade City. Moore won the Nov. 4 election against Erika Remsberg to … [Read more...]