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County to seek residents’ input for strategic plan

News and notes from Pasco County
Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80 | Tara McCarty]


County wants input on state of community

The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners encourages residents to make their voices heard on the state of the community. The county will be conducting an analysis of Pasco’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats through a series of meetings held throughout the spring and summer at locations throughout the county.

County commissioners ask for input on: identifying Pasco’s competitive advantages in the Tampa Bay region; exploring opportunities for increased levels of service; preparing Pasco County for the next five years of growth; identifying potential challenges; and improving operations and service delivery to the community.

Meetings are scheduled through the end of August. To learn more, visit Or call (727) 847-8115 or e-mail

Mobile HIV and hepatitis testing available

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County, in conjunction with the Public Defender’s Mobile Medical Unit, is offering free rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing at various locations throughout March. The agency is offering free adult hepatitis A vaccinations, as well.

A calendar with times and locations is available at

Results from the rapid tests will be available in 20 minutes. For further information, call the Health Department at (727) 619-0260.


Scholarships deadline nears

The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club is accepting applications for its annual scholarships. Applicants must have a Lutz or Land O’ Lakes address, attend a Lutz or Land O’ Lakes high school, or be a member of the GFWC Little Women of Lutz. Erwin, Pasco-Hernando State College or Hillsborough Community College students also may apply, regardless of address. Those who wish to apply for the Lutz Volunteer Fire Association Scholarships, administered by the Woman’s Club, must be residents of Lutz.

Applications are available at local high schools. Scholarship selections are based upon need, personal essay, recommendations and service hours. All applications are due April 1 and should be mailed to the Woman’s Club at the address on the application. For an application or further details, contact Pat at (813) 220-9461. For information about the club, visit


City Electric Supply celebrates 25 years

City Electric Supply New Port Richey recently celebrated 25 years of business. Branch manager Justin Torregrossa and his team celebrated with the community on March 4 with product demos, promotions, food catered by Robert’s Smokin’ BBQ, chicken wings from Wing House and raffle prizes. Also taking part in the celebration was City Electric Supply district manager Dan Pippin.

As a way to give back, CES Cares, the social impact division of City Electric Supply, accepted donations for the Volunteer Way, a nonprofit, faith-based charity that assists people in poverty.

The local City Electric Supply branch is at 5922 U.S. 19. Torregrossa has been with the company for nearly 10 years and at the New Port Richey location since 2016. City Electric Supply is an electrical wholesale distributor founded in 1951, with headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

CARES reschedules celebration

Community Aging and Retirement Services has postponed its annual CARES Celebrating Seniors event due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Roaring ’20s Celebrating Seniors will be Nov. 14 at Spartan Manor. For further information, contact CARES at (727) 862-9291 or


Work to begin on emergency road

Roadwork on the Mansfield/Kinnan Emergency Connection project is beginning this month and is expected to be completed in mid-summer, depending upon weather conditions. Pasco County, Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa are collaborating to complete the emergency roadway that will connect Mansfield Boulevard in the Meadow Pointe neighborhood and Kinnan Street in Tampa. Work to connect the long-separated roads is scheduled to begin mid-March, and will enhance access for first-responders while restricting all other traffic.

Motorists should expect barricades surrounding the connection during construction. A gate will limit access, allowing emergency vehicles once paving is complete. Sidewalks and bicycle lanes along both roads will be joined for pedestrian access.

For a map of the project area, visit Hillsborough County is completing the design and construction of the project.