Zephyrhills economic summit highlights industrial hub

It may now be famous for its crystal clear water and skydiving but, someday, the City of Zephyrhills also wants to be known for its industrial offerings and high-wage jobs. The third annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit, held earlier this month, focused on the need to maximize both the use of the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport and the development potential of adjacent industrial property. The … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills presents draft budget, appropriations requests

The City of Zephyrhills has unveiled its proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20 — totaling more than $67 million. The $67,043,615 draft budget is based on a tentative tax rate of 6.35 mills previously approved by the Zephyrhills City Council. The draft budget was shared during an Aug. 12 council meeting. Based on the 6.35 millage rate, the total budget for the new fiscal year will be … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills plans to buy property next to City Hall

The conceptual plan of a new City Hall complex in Zephyrhills has taken another step forward. The city council unanimously authorized city manager Steve Spina and city attorney Matt Maggard to negotiate the purchase of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter building, at 5325 Eighth St. The .16-acre property, appraised at $71,200, sits on two lots measuring 50-by-140 feet. The … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills fire department remains status quo

The Zephyrhills City Council has decided to continue operating the city’s fire department on its own and not to merge with Pasco County Fire Rescue. Council members agreed unanimously to keep the status quo, ensuring the department will remain intact and continue to utilize its two fire stations. The council’s unanimous support for the department drew a standing ovation for its action, … [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...]

Zephyrhills is crowing about clean neighborhoods

Rocky Rooster isn’t out to ruffle anyone’s feathers. He just wants to crow about strutting through clean neighborhoods in Zephyrhills. On July 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rocky Rooster will be the mascot and booster of neighborhood pride at the first city-sponsored neighborhood cleanup day. “We’re really trying to get the word out,” said Gail Hamilton, director of the city’s Community … [Read more...]

Study focuses on marketing property near Zephyrhills airport

Duke Energy recently completed a site evaluation and marketing report on more than 440 acres next to the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The property, according to the report, can be made site-ready for aerospace manufacturing, light industrial and assembly companies, and the plastics industry. “We want to help you, to encourage you, as you market the Zephyrhills airport’s industrial area,” … [Read more...]