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Pasco relaxes parking codes for trucks, RVs and boats

To provide additional social distancing and work-from-homes options during Florida’s stay-at-home order, Pasco County Code Enforcement will not issue citations for commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles or boats parked in residential areas.

Healthcare personnel, first-responders and essential employees are facing challenges in practicing social distancing and avoiding the potential spread of COVID-19 in their own homes. Whether it’s used as a space for family members to wash and disinfect, work remotely or even rest, commercial vehicles and RVs can provide much-needed options during this time.

Pasco County is requesting that all local homeowners’ associations consider relaxing residential parking rules in their communities, as well.

For coronavirus information and resources in Pasco County, go to

Elder Hotline provides referral of resources

The Area Agency on Aging’s Elder Options, which serves 16 counties in North Central Florida (including Hernando, Sumter, Citrus counties), offers funding to provide services such as meals, shopping assistance, virtual support groups and daily well-being calls for seniors.

The agency partners with agencies and local service providers to serve low-income seniors through home-delivered meals (Meals on Wheels), personal care, transportation and other in-home services that help seniors remain at home and avoid or delay the need for nursing home care.

Seniors in need or with questions can call the Elder Helpline for referral of resources at 1-800-262-2243.

Mid Florida taking online applications for community services

Mid Florida Community Services has suspended in-person appointments and is offering an online application process for emergency support services and assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. The nonprofit serves individuals in Pasco, Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties. The online application is at:

Clients also may request a paper application be sent to them by mail or may call for assistance. In Pasco, call the Dade City office at (352) 567-0533 or Hudson office at (727) 857-5495; in Hernando, call the Brooksville office at (352) 796-1425 or Spring Hill at (352) 606-3372; in Citrus, call (352) 527-3809; and in Sumter, call (352) 793-3114.

Temple Terrace Fire Department taking appointments for children’s birthday appearances

The Temple Terrace Fire Department is accepting appointments to bring their fire truck to residences of children 18 and younger who are celebrating a birthday in April during the safer-at-home order. The visit includes lights, sirens and even the Happy Birthday song, sung by firefighters. Contact Division Chief Scott Murley at Fire department personnel and apparatus are subject to call and may not be able to make it to every request.

Tampa Bay-based paint company manufactures hand sanitizer

Sun Coatings, a Tampa-based company that manufactures construction adhesives, clear and white latex coatings and silicone coatings, has converted part of its factory in Ybor to produce hand sanitizer under FDA guidelines. During the first week of production, the company created 350 gallons of sanitizer, which was donated to police, firefighters, the military, schools, churches and company employees. It plans to increase production and has begun selling to the public.

Agency provides coronavirus hygiene kits to Pasco and Pinellas seniors

The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco Pinellas, in partnership with a network of nonprofit organizations, is distributing emergency hygiene kits to support seniors affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These kits provide basic necessities to seniors who have been unable to find these items at their grocery stores due to increased demand.

Distribution of the kits is supported by the United Way of Pasco and American House Foundation for seniors in Pasco and Pinellas counties, respectively. Funding for these efforts will provide more than 2,800 seniors with a kit and will be distributed alongside home-delivered and drive-through meal sites throughout the two counties.

The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco Pinellas serves more than 50,000 older adults through a variety of programs, including home meal delivery, transportation, adult day care, health and well-being programming, and information and referral services provided through the Elder Helpline. For further information, visit