Area prepares for flooding, wind

With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on Florida, the state is bracing itself for impact. Gov. Ron DeSantis also declared a State of Emergency in the state’s 67 counties, and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody activated the state’s Price Gouging Hotline. Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties have declared a state of emergency. In an advisory issued at 11 a.m., Aug. 30 from the National … [Read more...]

Inmate labor proves cost-effective, will expand

A program that assigns inmate labor to county departments worked so well in the past year, it is being tripled in size. Pasco County commissioners have agreed to increase the program from one crew, up to three crews, effective April 25. Animal services, public works, parks and recreation, and facilities management are the beneficiaries. The funds for the expansion weren’t initially in the … [Read more...]

Cleaning up Zephyrhills’ neighborhoods

When Gail Hamilton was hired to lead the Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency about a year ago, she noticed an unsettling trend while patrolling the older, traditional city neighborhoods. Scattered across several homeowners’ lawns were old appliances, rolled-up carpets, debris and fallen trees. “I think nobody had done anything in a long time,” Hamilton said, regarding the condition of … [Read more...]