11/09/2021 – Chamber awards banquet

Originally Posted SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 BY MARY RATHMAN

Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce’s “Award Winning Z’Hills” is now scheduled for Nov. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Southport Springs Golf & Country Club, 3737 Southport Springs Parkway in Zephyrhills. The banquet is held to show appreciation for members and the community, and to bestow awards in seven categories, including Small Business; Large Business; Diamond Award (nonprofit); Economic Development or Leadership in Government; Citizen of the Year; Chamber Member of the Year; and Ambassador of the Year. Limited seating is available. For information and tickets, visit ZephyrhillsChamber.org, or call 813-782-1913. Read more.

Chalk Talk 10/06/2021

Originally Posted OCTOBER 5, 2021 BY MARY RATHMAN

ABC Program is a benefit

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s five offices this summer collected donations for the Pasco County School District’s ABC (Assist, Believe & Care) Program.

The program was created to provide financial assistance to students and their families who are experiencing economic hardship, especially when those needs interfere with the student’s ability to be academically successful. Read more.

Dade City Commission renews administrative contracts, other business items

Originally Posted OCTOBER 5, 2021 BY KEVIN WEISS

The Dade City Commission tackled a number of business items during a Sept. 27 regular meeting at City Hall.

This included finalizing administration-level employment contracts for its city attorney and finance officer, among other actions, respectively.

Commissioners approved a one-year agreement with Thomas Thanas, through the Bradenton-based firm of Dye, Harrison, Kirkland, Petruff, Pratt & St. Paul, PLLC to provide legal services for Dade City. Read more.

Land O’ Lakes rezoning gains approval

Originally Posted OCTOBER 5, 2021 BY B.C. MANION

The Pasco County Commission has approved a request by DMMD I, LLC/MI Homes to rezone 20 acres at the northwest corner of Kristen Lane and Joy Drive for the development of 54 single-family homes.

The request received a recommendation for approval from county planners and from the Pasco County Planning Commission.

At a Sept. 28 public hearing, Clarke Hobby, the attorney for the applicants, told the county board that the site is within the urban service area and the South Market Area — which is the area the county has designated for its greatest growth to occur. Read more.

Moffitt CEO shares new details on major Pasco County project and cell therapies

Originally Posted By Alexis Muellner  –  Editor, Tampa Bay Business Journal on September 16, 2021

A clearer picture is emerging about the buildings to come in the first phase of Moffitt Cancer Center’s 775-acre, long-term development in Pasco County. 

In January, Moffitt said it would transform undeveloped land into a significant mixed-use development and massive research and corporate hub. The entire campus is slated to include over 1.4 million square feet of research lab/office, light industrial/manufacturing, general office and clinical building space within the 775-acre site, which Moffitt closed on in 2020.

Tampa Bay Business Journal Editor-in-Chief Alexis Muellner talked with Moffitt’s CEO Patrick Hwu about the project. Read more.

State seeks answers to Central Pasco traffic backups

Originally Posted on Tampa Bay Times By C.T. Bowen on September 17, 2021

LUTZ — Timing can be everything for Brian Nelson and Deb Boyd when they leave their Carson Drive home in Land O’ Lakes.

She does her Walmart shopping at 6 a.m. to avoid a traffic backup at the nearby intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54. And, they both route their drives through the rear access of a shopping center parking lot in a circuitous journey to reach SR 54 where they said they still sit through three traffic light cycles to turn left onto U.S. 41.

The state says 124,000 vehicles pass through the SR54/U.S. 41 intersection each day. That’s a 25 percent increase from six years ago and projections call for 50,000 additional vehicles to use the intersection over the next two decades. Read more.

Discovery Behavioral Health opens teen treatment center in Dade City

The 24-bed facility opens amidst increased demand among teens for mental healthcare due to the pandemic.

By Rose Wong Originally Published Aug. 19 Updated Aug. 19 on Tampa Bay Times

DADE CITY — Discovery Behavioral Health’s new adolescent residential mental health treatment facility plans to welcome its first patients in the next two weeks.

The Dade City Discovery Behavioral Health Center, a 24-bed facility at 37445 Clinton Ave., opened Aug. 12 to serve teenagers who were previously hospitalized for mental health reasons or have behavioral health needs that can’t be met by outpatient services.

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Pasco County’s budget picture is brighter than expected

Originally Posted JUNE 15, 2021 BY B.C. MANION

Pasco County has received its preliminary assessed values from Pasco County Property Appraiser Mike Wells, and the news is looking good for county coffers.

The preliminary numbers show that Pasco County has a $35 billion taxable assessed value, which represents a 10.8% bump over this year, according to Robert Goehig, the county’s budget director.

He characterized the increase as “an astounding figure.”

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Florida officials move forward on Pasco road project abandoned by contractor

Bids are expected this week to complete the diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 75 and State Road 56. D.A.B. Constructors left seven road projects from Hillsborough to Citrus County unfinished

By Barbara Behrendt Published August 17, 2021 on Tampa Bay Times

WESLEY CHAPEL — State transportation officials set this week as the deadline for receiving new bids from road builders hoping to complete the diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 75 and State Road 56 in Pasco County.

The project is one of seven major road improvement jobs stretching from Hillsborough to Citrus County abandoned by D.A.B. Constructors last month. The company, with three decades of construction history in central Florida, announced in July that it was shuttering its business.

The road work, which amounts to tens of millions of dollars in unfinished construction, will now be completed through the various surety bonding companies on each job. State officials are dealing with each individual contract separately, while also addressing specific issues on job sites left behind when D.A.B. closed its doors.

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