TRINITY — A sprawling residential and commercial development on State Road 54 is more than a year from breaking ground, but the developer is releasing some details about the project, including a walkable courtyard rimmed by shops and restaurants.
Kitson & Partners, out of Palm Beach Gardens, said it envisions "a unique lifestyle destination" combining 800 homes with 980,000 square feet of commercial space. The 333-acre property, owned by the Mitchell ranching family, sits at the southwest corner of State Road 54 and Little Road....
08/27/14 Local Government
NEW PORT RICHEY — Congressman Gus Bilirakis said he wanted to hear from veterans about possible locations for a new Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Pasco County.
But when about 100 veterans gathered for a town hall meeting Wednesday night at the West Pasco Government Center, the Palm Harbor Republican got an earful, including complaints about long wait times at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa....
Chris Gregg cruised to an easy win over Jim Mathieu in Tuesday's Republican primary for House District 36 in west Pasco County.
Gregg held a comfortable lead early on and never let go. With almost all precinct totals in, he held a 58.5 percent lead to Mathieu's 41.5 percent, making him his party's nominee in the November general election against incumbent Democratic state Rep. Amanda Murphy....
LAND O'LAKES — Motorists who take Shady Hills Road should get ready to allow for extra time starting Wednesday as work crews begin a six-month reconstruction of the road.
Workers will detour cars along a 3-mile stretch of Shady Hills between Softwind Lane and State Road 52, though only a mile of Shady Hills Road will be affected by the project.
Cars traveling south on Shady Hills will be detoured onto Softwind Lane, then directed to Hudson Avenue and Hays Road, which leads to SR 52....
08/24/14 Human Interest
Dave Armstrong couldn't resist eliciting roars of approval from the 40 children lined up outside the new Boys & Girls Club at Stanley Park.
"Are you guys excited?" he shouted.
"Yeah," came the deafening reply.
"Are you really excited?"
With that, Armstrong, executive director of Pasco County Boys & Girls Clubs, flung open the front door of the community center that has been under construction since last summer across the street from Lacoochee Elementary School. For far longer, it's been viewed by county and community leaders as a long-overdue asset for this impoverished, rural corner of northeast Pasco....
08/23/14 Local Government
NEW PORT RICHEY — U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has scheduled a town hall meeting for Wednesday to seek veterans' input on potential sites for a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Pasco County.
"Although the final decision on the location remains in the hands of the VA, I feel it is my duty to solicit opinions from veterans and their families within our communities," said Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor....
Pasco County Commission candidate Ken Littlefield this week rolled out a mailer featuring a smiling photograph and glowing quotes from Tax Collector Mike Fasano.
"It's not an endorsement. He just said some nice things about me," Littlefield, 70, said of the mailer that shows the two men smiling and standing side by side.
Littlefield said he sent 13,000 of the ads to west Pasco voters....
08/21/14 Human Interest
The Rev. Dan Campbell didn't need much reassurance to know that his Methodist congregation made the right decision to minister to the poor.
He couldn't ignore the evidence: homeless people sleeping in cars, in doorways of businesses, even outside the church.
"The need was so great," he said.
His dwindling congregation was moved as well, which is why members voted seven years ago to close the church and reopen as the Joining Hands Community Mission. The group now operates as Metropolitan Ministries Pasco, having joined the huge Metropolitan Ministries charitable network based in Tampa....
08/19/14 Local Government
NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners on Tuesday finalized a contract with fire battalion chiefs after signing a separate collective bargaining agreement with county firefighters last year.
The dispute, which started more than a year ago, was resolved when the county staff agreed to award the supervisors 3 percent pay raises retroactive to Oct. 6 and to allow overtime pay instead of "comp time" for extra hours worked....
A conservative campaign donor who gave big in last fall’s contentious House District 36 race in west Pasco is making another appearance and looks to be getting local help.
Melbourne-based Carmela Falcone, whose electioneering committee sent out thousands of mailers last summer slamming Democrat Amanda Murphy, is throwing support — and funding — behind Republican Chris Gregg’s candidacy for state House District 36....
County Commission | District 4
Four years ago, Henry Wilson surprised many when he toppled incumbent Michael Cox after just one term. Now Wilson faces a challenge from his own party in Mike Wells, the son of Mike Wells Sr., a former county commissioner who has served as Pasco's property appraiser for 18 years. Because there is no Democrat running, this Republican primary decides the race. Rich Shopes, Times staff writer...
State House | District 36
Jim Mathieu, Pasco's Republican party chairman, lost last summer's District 36 primary election. This time around, he faces Chris Gregg. The winner will challenge Democrat Amanda Murphy, who won a special election in October to replace longtime legislator Mike Fasano, who resigned to become Pasco's tax collector.
Jim Mathieu, 60
County Commission | District 2
Ken Littlefield, Mike Moore and Bob Robertson are vying to succeed fellow Republican Pat Mulieri, who's stepping down from the commission after 20 years. The winner of the Aug. 26 Republican primary will take on Democrat Erika Remsberg in the Nov. 4 general election. Rich Shopes, Times staff writer
Ken Littlefield, 70
...08/13/14 Local Government
A report by a Miami-based consultant is adding more square footage — and expense — to the county's plans for a courthouse near the Land O'Lakes jail.
The findings, discussed at a County Commission workshop Tuesday, called for a bigger courthouse than envisioned last year by Pasco officials and suggested that before commissioners build it they should expand the jail. Further upping costs, the report recommended adding administrative offices for the sheriff as well....08/13/14 Blog
Pasco commission candidates Henry Wilson and Bob Robertson won endorsements this week from the south Pasco civic group Pasco Fiasco.
The group recommended incumbent Wilson for the District 4 commission seat and Robertson for District 2, saying both are staunchly against the ill-fated toll road plan.
The state Department of Transportation dropped support for the developer-led project in May, but it remains part of the county's long range transportation plan. Pasco Fiasco said it backs candidates who support removing the road idea from the county plan....