Pasco County news briefs for April 12

News and notes from Pasco County
Published April 8


Tax office collecting for local charity

Metropolitan Ministries-Pasco is the featured charity in April at the offices of the Pasco County Tax Collector. Donations are being accepted at all five tax office locations. Metropolitan Ministries is dedicated to providing families in Pasco County with food, shelter and educational programs, with the ultimate goal of helping families get back on their feet and become independent. Funds raised during the month of April will be targeted to help feed hungry children.

For information about Metropolitan Ministries-Pasco, visit or call Nancy Dougherty at (727) 756-1926. For information on the Pasco County Tax Collector’s charitable giving programs, contact Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179 or visit

Literary fest logo contest is underway

The Tampabay Lit Fest has announced it is holding a logo design contest for its first literary festival, which will be Oct. 4-5 at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.

Submissions for the logo contest may be sent as a digital image (jpeg/jpg) or a PDF document. If chosen, all formats of the logo will be needed. The winner will receive $500.

The contest deadline is the end of business on April 22. For information and to submit a logo design, email to or call (813) 694-1444.

The Tampabay Lit Fest is a literary festival that will include workshops, literary readings, performances, screen writing and playwriting workshop. It will also include a wide range of literary concepts such as a short story contest (2,500 words) and poetry contest (40 lines). The conests will be available on all levels — middle, high school and college students, as well as already published authors.

Survey available on road connections

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization encourages residents to review the proposed options for three potential roadway connections between Wesley Chapel and Hillsborough County.

Based on public input, the MPO conducted a study to evaluate traffic impacts to identify any necessary improvements, with or without connections. The potential connections include Mansfield Boulevard and Kinnan Street; Meadow Pointe Boulevard and the Meadow Pointe Boulevard Extension; and Wyndfields Boulevard and Wyndfields Boulevard Extension.

The survey is available online at pascoresidentsurvey and will accept feedback through April 30. Information, including a map of the study area is available at

The result of the survey will be presented to the MPO Board on June 13, which will then make a recommendation to the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners.

‘Big’ mentors needed for Pasco youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has scheduled orientation for those interested in becoming mentors. The orientations will provide prospective adult mentors with information on the children the organization serves, the requirements to become a “big,” volunteer commitments and expectations, how to handle cultural differences and the variety of programs offered through the organization. Upcoming sessions include:

• 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 15, WellCare, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 30, Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd.

• 10:30 a.m. to noon May 4, New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

No reservations needed. For information, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at [email protected] or (813) 997-6881.

Application deadline nears for scholarship

The Republican Party of Pasco County is accepting applications for scholarships now through April 15.

The scholarship fund will provide five $1,000 scholarships to Pasco high school graduates. To qualify, recipients must attend an accredited community college or university, or an accredited vocational school in Florida.

For details and to apply, visit or call (727) 863-5400.

County relaunches MyPasco App

Pasco County is relaunching its MyPasco App with a new design built to better serve the people who live, work and play in Pasco. Users will find a responsive, streamlined presentation that incorporates instant access to the county’s customer service team, as well as features it previous offered.

Users can read Pasco County news, report illegal dumping, make park reservations, adopt a pet, look up development projects, watch Pasco TV live and more.

The upgrade requires existing users to download the new version. Android users can download from their app store and Apple iOS users can download from the Play store. Further details are available at or by watching a video at

Flood map appeal process now open

Pasco County is offering an interactive, online tool for property owners to see how the proposed flood hazard data contained in the new Federal Emergency Management Agency preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps could impact their property. The maps identify flood hazards throughout the county and help determine flood insurance rates. Residents can visit to see the changes.

FEMA’s appeal process is now open for anyone in Pasco County who is affected by the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Official appeals and comments must be submitted directly to FEMA by May 28. Contact Rick Sacbibit at (202) 646-7659 or [email protected], or send mail to: Rick Sacbibit, Engineering Services Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 400 C Street SW, Washington DC 20472.

Following the appeals process, FEMA will review public input and make any necessary revisions to the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The final maps will be presented to the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners. Visit FEMA’s preliminary flood hazard data at Visit the Pasco County Flood Plain Management website at


Feeding Pasco hosts leadership breakfast

Feeding Pasco’s Elderly will host the third annual Leadership Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. April 17 at Covington Farm, 36222 Covington Road.

This year’s event will honor J.D. Porter and the Porter family for their community leadership.

The event is to help raise money to provide meal service to seniors unable to help themselves. Individual tickets to the breakfast are $60, and various sponsorship levels are available. For details and reservations, visit or email to [email protected]

Events bring sexual assault awareness

Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center in Pasco County will host two events in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month:

• National Denim Day campaign is an act of solidarity for violence against women. Sunrise’s Demin Day campaign will be on April 24, which encourages people to wear jeans in support of survivors of sexual assault. To learn more, visit

• Tea(l) and Crumpets, an awareness luncheon, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at the Dade City Woman’s Club, 37922 Palm Ave. The event will include special speakers.

For information, or for organizations wishing to get involved or host an event, contact Sunrise at (352) 521-3358 or [email protected]


Museum acquires Gleason collection

The National Comedy Hall of Fame has acquired a large collection of scripts, private photos and artifacts from the Jackie Gleason Estate. The collection will be part of the exhibit on the late comedian and actor, best known for his work on the Honeymooners television series. A personal video interview done years ago by the museum president will be part of the exhibit.

The National Comedy Hall of Fame, a nonprofit traveling exhibit, is setting up its permanent residence at 2435 U.S. 19 (Holiday Tower center at Darling Road). The museum is expected to open to the public by the end of the summer. For information, call (727) 656-9867 or email to [email protected]

Land O' Lakes

Fashion show ‘sequel’ to benefit Hospice

As a “sequel” to its sold-out charity fashion show in December, Gulfside Hospice will host a Spring Charity Fashion Show May 2 at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd.

The fundraiser will feature spring and summer fashions presented by Dilliard’s from the Shops at Wiregrass, and local celebrity Deiah Riley from ABC Action News will emcee the event. Along with the fashion show, there will be a seated lunch, vendor expo and door prizes.

Individual tickets are $40; VIP tables are available for $350. For tickets, vendor and sponsorship opportunities, contact Leesa Fryer at (727) 845-5707 or [email protected]

New Port Richey

Temple to host Passover celebration

Beth-El Shalom Messianic congregation invites the community to its Passover seder celebration at 5 p.m. April 20 at 6209 Congress St.

The celebration will include singing Jewish songs, eating matzah-lasagna, listening to the haggadah story and more.

Seating is limited and preregistration is required by April 13. The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for ages 15 and younger. Call (727) 375-7502 or email to [email protected] Visit the website at

Hospice hosts Easter egg hunt

Gulfside Hospice will host its annual free Community Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 at the Gulfside Hospice Outreach Center, 6224 Lafayette St. Registration for the hunt and refreshments begin at 9 a.m.

The first 100 children will receive a goody bag. All children should bring a basket to collect their eggs.

Along with the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny will meet with children. There will be Easter-themed games and crafts, and a face painter on site. Refreshments will be served.

Those who RSVP for the free event will be entered into a drawing to win a chocolate bunny; call (727) 845-5707.

Contact Phyllis Day at [email protected] or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.