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Pasco County cities respond to virus concerns

The Pasco County Historic Courthouse in Dade City. Times (2018)
The Pasco County Historic Courthouse in Dade City. Times (2018)
Published Mar. 17, 2020

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Pasco County cities have announced the following closures and adjustments as part of their response to concerns about spread of the coronavirus:


  • Non-essential meetings are postponed. The City Commission meeting will be held on March 24 at 5:30 p.m. with limited agenda items.  Future City Commission agendas will be limited to essential items. 
  • While city parks remain open to the public, facility rentals and special events are cancelled. This includes the City Market Place scheduled for April 4. Staff will not process special-event permits or parks reservations through April.
  • Residents are encouraged to mail or pay their water bills online. Non-payment turn-offs are temporarily suspended.
  • For building permit and inspection services, the city is encouraging online permitting and either calling or emailing staff members with questions. All notary services are suspended until further notice, except for city-issued permits.
  • The Dade City Police Department has suspended all fingerprinting services and cancelled on-site meetings and tours.


  • The City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m., with an agenda item requesting the council halt all events/gatherings of 250 people or more in the city for 30 days.
  • The New Port Richey Public Library remains open, but all inside programming and room reservations are cancelled until further notice.
  • The New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center remains open, but all events, programs and classes are cancelled until further notice with the exception of Spring Camp and youth basketball league.
  • All other city facilities are open to the public at this time.
  • All city parks are open to the public at this time


  • Bathrooms in city parks are closed. City parks are open for normal operations at this time.
  • City Hall will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18. The utility billing drive-through window will remain open for business. City Hall will remain fully staffed with employees available by phone and email to assist residents.
  • The March 24 City Council meeting is cancelled.


  • Town Hall is open for regular business hours.
  • A doorbell and intercom are available outside City Hall to limit interactions with staff.


  • City Hall will remain open for urgent business only.
  • The city is asking that customers making water payments use the drop slot on the middle door of the building. Please ensure customer names, account numbers and addresses are included with payment for proper processing. Pens, paper and paper clips are available at the drop slot if needed.
  • For all other city business, please call 352-588-2127, or contact city staff via email. Staff will be available during normal business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • The Zephyrhills Library is closed to foot traffic, and all programs are cancelled. The library is operating drive-thru service for picking up online holds, or patrons can call 813-780-0064 and request material and receive a time for pickup at the drive-thru.
  • All events and reservations have been cancelled at Alice Hall and the Train Depot through April. All city parks remain open at this time.
  • City Hall remains open, but customers are being encouraged to conduct all payments online.

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