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Tarpon & Pasco team up to ask for minimum wake zone on Anclote River

Tarpon & Pasco team up to ask for minimum wake zone on Anclote River

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- City leaders in Tarpon Springs plan to team with Pasco County to ask the state to set up a "slow speed minimum wake zone" for a section of the Anclote River.

At Tuesday's City Commission meeting, Tarpon City Police detailed an ordinance being worked on for the mouth of the Anclote River--where it meets the Gulf of Mexico.

If approved, the zone would affect the river between Marker 32  in the city limits to the Pasco County line near Marker 19.  Pasco County would extend the zone to 300 yards west of Marker 17.

Water restrictions extended

Water restrictions extended

Land O' Lakes, FL -  Drought conditions across southwestern Florida have prompted The Southwest Florida Water Management District to extend Phase I water shortage restrictions for the District's entire 16-county area through Oct. 31, 2011.

The region's water resources have not been replenished due to a delayed start in the summer rainy season so the extension serves as an alert to prepare for worsening conditions.

Under Phase I, residents are asked to check their irrigation systems to ensure they are working properly.

Time to start thinking about your fall garden

Time to start thinking about your fall garden

Dade City, Florida -- The Pasco County Cooperative Extension service is offering free programs to help residents get ready for the next planting season.

Fall is a great time to plant squash, pepper, tomato, herbs and many other healthful veggies and the staff at the Pasco Cooperative Extension Service can give you instructions on how to coax healthy and hearty plants from your garden.

Pasco Cooperative Extension is located at the Pasco County Fairgrounds (36702 State Road 52 Dade City).

For questions about this class, contact the Extension office at 352-518-0156 and  ask for Pasco County Extension.

 

Blue crab trap area closure set to end

Blue crab trap area closure set to end

Pasco County, FL -- The harvest of blue crabs from traps in all waters of Pasco County will reopen on July 20.

The use of traps to capture blue crabs was prohibited in this area for a 10-day period so that lost and abandoned traps that remained in coastal and inland waters could be identified and removed.

For more information on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s trap-retrieval program, blue crab trap closure dates, regulations and how you can participate in cleanup events, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater.”

Pasco County lifts Burn Ban

Pasco County lifts Burn Ban

NEW PORT RICHEY-- The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners lifted the outdoor burn ban for Pasco County that was issued June 21, 2011.

The conditions of the ban forbid the burning of yard trash, household paper products, bonfires, campfires, warming fires and cooking fires, unless authorized by the Florida Division of Forestry.

Outdoor cooking done within a contained gas or charcoal grill (excluding a fire pit) was the only exception given.

Residents are no longer prohibited from these activities.

Recycling efforts increase as county teams up with schools

Recycling efforts increase as county teams up with schools

Pasco County (Via Pasco County Communications) -- A community paper recycling program called “Bring It from Home!” joins Pasco County Recycling and the Pasco County District School Board Conservation Department in a collaborative effort to recycle large quantities of paper products. This cooperative effort has just expanded the combined number of paper drop off sites to over 100 county-wide.

“With close to 90 school campuses and Pasco County adding another 25 sites, we’ve achieved an amazing depth of coverage for paper recycling drop off. It is exciting that any citizen should be able to find a recycling drop-off site within a few miles of their home," explains Karen Bryant of the Pasco County School District.

US GreenFiber, LLC, a paper recycler and re-manufacturer, supplies the 8-yard containers for collection at no charge. GreenFiber then services them and turns cardboard, newspaper and other paper products into insulation at their plant located in Ybor City. The insulation is then marketed at local retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Prep for hurricanes with Emergency Management and Pasco TV

Prep for hurricanes with Emergency Management and Pasco TV

Pasco County Government Television is assisting residents to be prepared for Hurricane Season. Everyday at 7:30 a.m., 4 and 9:30 p.m., Pasco Government Television broadcasts the following hurricane preparedness programs:

  • Against the Wind
  • Hurricane Food Supplies
  • Get Ready America
  • After the Storm
  • Shuttering Your Home
  • Hurricanes of 2004

Plus, the July edition of Pasco 360 will have a special segment with Emergency Management Director Jim Martin on preparing for Hurricane Season and a brief tour of the Emergency Operations Center. The episode will debut on July 6, at 8:30 a.m. For a complete schedule go to our Pasco TV page.