Barbara Behrendt - Pasco County Reporter

Pasco County Reporter

The North Suncoast and the Times have been my home since I graduated from the Ohio State University more than 35 years ago. Every day I get to come work for one of the country’s finest newspapers with talented co-workers who share my passion for informing our readers about their community. From the latest development plan near your neighborhood to the newest road project to impact your commute, there is no more relevant journalism than what we do here in Pasco County. I cherish your input, suggestions and story ideas.

  1. Joe Orlandini, center, background, and Shannon Orlandini, right, evacuated from Fort Myers Beach with their children on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
  2. Hernando County Administrator Jeff Rogers.
  3. Pasco County Administrator Mike Carballa is urging residents to take Hurricane Ian seriously.
  4. The West Pasco Government Center, at 8731 Citizens Dr in New Port Richey, houses the County Commission Chambers.
  5. New Port Richey police officials investigate a fatal accident north of Main Street on U.S. 19 several years ago. Pasco has become the focus of traffic safety initiatives after statistics found it to be the most dangerous stretch of road for pedestrians and bicycles in the state.
  6. West Pasco Government Center.
  7. Sandhill cranes fly over Crews Lake Wilderness Park off Shady Hills Road in Pasco County in 2016. The park is one of several Pasco parks planned for expansion in the coming years.
  8. From left: Barbie Beltran, of Spring Hill, Anna Sayers, of Jackson, Michigan, Drew Berry, of Jackson, Michigan, Michael Santos, of Spring Hill, John Roger, of Tampa, Manuel Santos, of Spring Hill, an Johnny DeMico, of Tampa, park on a sandbank on the Weeki Wachee River on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Hernando County.
  9. Billy Brown, 88, vice president and general manager for Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, was recently recognized for his service to the community. [Times]
  10. This home at 1414 Tallahassee Drive in Tarpon Springs was purchased last year and has an estimated market value of $300,711. The owners face a $5,106 tax bill, well more than twice as much as the owners of the similar-sized and valued house on the block behind theirs that was purchased in 2012. The difference comes courtesy of the way Florida calculates property taxes on primary residences.
  11. The home at 1121 23rd Ave N. (left) and the home at 1111 23rd Ave N. (right) in St. Petersburg are similarly sized at under 1,000-square-feet, but have vastly different property tax bills. The house at 1121 has a market value of $281,553 and has a proposed tax bill of $4809.26. The home at 1111 has a market value of $274,230 and has a proposed tax bill of $772.82.
  12. Pasco commissioners approved the contract for their new administrator, Mike Carballa.
  13. A scallop from the first scalloping mini-season in Pasco County in 25 years is seen in New Port Richey in 2018.
  14. This site at State Road 52 and Bellamy Brothers Boulevard is expected to become a new Amazon distribution center featuring robotic sorting.
  15. The Pasco County Commission has approved a 321-acre industrial and business park site within the 2,400-acre Central Pasco Employment Village after a landowner, his neighbors and the county found middle ground.
  16. An egret forages near the water’s edge along The Oaks Park property on Sept. 23, 2021 in New Port Richey. Residents of Heritage Lake and Riverside Village subdivisions have been fighting the development of a more than 41-acre property that straddles both areas.
  17. Jeff Larsen of Tarpon Springs backs a special property tax to support better pay for teachers, bus drivers, food service workers and other school district employees. With most ballots tallied, the referendum passed, receiving about 59% of the vote.
  18. In footgolf, players kick soccer balls along a golf course and ultimately into holes big enough for soccer balls. In this photo from June 20, 2014 in Salem Township, Mich., Brian Eggenberger putts his ball during a round of FootGolf at Fox Hills Golf Course. The Florida Sports Foundation has announced that the game will premiere at the Florida Senior Games, an Olympic-style competition for people 50 and older that is coming to Pasco County for three years, starting with a tournament in December. [CARLOS OSORIO | Associated Press]
  19. The total cost for the project, including design, permitting and construction, is just under $208 million.
  20. Republicans Troy Stevenson, Seth Weightman and Christie Zimmer are running for District 2 on the Pasco County Commission.
  21. Gary Bradford, incumbent Christina Fitzpatrick and Shannon Wittwer are competing in the Republican primary for the District 4 seat on the Pasco County Commission.
  22. A rendering of the new restaurant planned for the Anclote River Park in Pasco County.
  23. The former Pasco Food Bank building, located on Ehren Cutoff near U.S. 41 in Land O' Lakes, is now home to McGuire,s Beautiful Outdoors Inc. Feeding Tampa Bay closed the warehouse in 2015 and sold the building in 2020 for $890,000.

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