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County acquires 318 acres and other Pasco news

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Pasco County community news [ TMCCARTY80 | Tara McCarty ]
Published Oct. 27, 2019


County acquires 318 acres of conservation land

Pasco County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program has purchased 318 acres in the North Pasco (Starkey) to Crossbar Ecological Corridor. Pasco County now protects more than 1,700 connected acres of conservation land in this corridor and manages more than 5,400 acres in total.

The Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program was created in 2004, to purchase environmentally-sensitive lands throughout Pasco County. The program ensures those lands protect the natural community, connect natural tracts of land, conserve native plant and animal populations, enhance recreational opportunities and expand environmental education. Funding is provided through a portion of the Penny for Pasco surtax. To learn more about the program, including a list of properties on the acquisition list, visit

Openings available on Food Policy Advisory Council

Pasco County’s Food Policy Advisory Council is seeking new volunteers to join its 10-member committee. The council advises the Pasco Board of County Commissions on food policies in an effort to promote an equitable, resilient, local food system in the county.

Prospective members must live in Pasco County. Applicants are needed to fill in the following positions: farmer, certified nutritionist, academic professional specializing in cultural studies and ecology, an attorney with experience in food systems, a grocer/distributor representative, and a farmer’s market representative.

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled: visit


Artists wanted for 3-D art competition

The Pasco Fine Arts Council will host a “Call To Artists” 3-D Art Competition and Exhibition Show Jan. 10-25 at the West Pasco Fine Arts Gallery and Art Center, 4145 Fairford Drive. Receiving of artwork will be on Jan. 7. All forms of 3-dimensional art are welcome. For entry forms and further details, visit the website at or call (727) 845-7322.


University hosts middle school mathematics competition

Saint Leo University invites middle schoolers to participate in the American Mathematics Competition 8, which will be Nov. 13 in TECO Hall, in the Tapia College of Business building on the Saint Leo campus, 33701 State Road 52. This is a national competition that Saint Leo is hosting and will serve as the exam sponsor. Participants can apply their knowledge to a 25-question, multiple-choice exam; they will have 40 minutes to complete the questions. Students will need to arrive by 5:45 p.m. to provide information and be ready for the official start of the test at 6 p.m.

Advance registration is required. There is no cost to participate, but Saint Leo is able to accommodate only 30 students. Parents can contact Kevin Murphy to reserve a spot at (include “AMC 8” in the subject line). Parents also may call (352) 588-7192. Students can learn more at