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The office project comes out of the ground

Rizzetta Real Estate inaugurated the 54 Crossings project. The company is investing nearly $27 million in two 60,000 square foot Class A office buildings near Suncoast Parkway in Pasco County.

In the fall of 2019, the Pasco County Board of Commissioners approved inducements totaling $2.94 million to help build 54 crossings. The county will lend $1.5 million to the developer through its Pasco Accelerated Development Sites and Pasco Occupant Ready Structures programs from Penny for Pasco. In addition to the loan, the county agreed to repay $1.435 million in property taxes.

The project will directly and/or indirectly create approximately 400 new jobs, provide total wages to direct and indirect workers of $17.7 million, and contribute an average of $26.5 million to the county’s gross product.

Pasco offers more rental assistance

Additional opportunities are now available to apply for financial assistance through the Pasco Helping with Emergency Assistance Relief for Tenants (HEART) 2.0 program. Pasco Community Development partners with local nonprofits to help pay your bills directly if you rent in Pasco County and meet program guidelines.

An online portal will be available for 10-day windows, beginning on the second Monday of each month, beginning February 14, and available for 10 days each month.

Apply online at

The Pasco HEART 2.0 program can pay up to 18 months of bills for eligible tenants. Invoices eligible for payment include rent and charges (water and electricity).

To qualify, a household must be at or below 80% of the region’s median income; must have an overdue rent/electricity bill; proof of Pasco residency; and suffered the economic impact of COVID-19.

Pasco County received funding for this program through the United States Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. For more information or questions about this program or the application process, call Pasco County Customer Service at 727-847.2411.

The Democratic Club will award scholarships

The Heritage Pines Democratic Club in northwest Pasco County will once again offer several $500 and $1,000 scholarships to graduates selected from the following schools: Anclote High, Fivay High, Gulf High, Hudson High , JW Mitchell High, River Ridge High and Wendell Krinn Technical High School. Students at these schools wishing to apply should contact Scholarship Chair Judith Chase at [email protected] for more information. School career specialists will also have information.

PHSC celebrates Black History Month

The 2022 Pasco Notables will be honored from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 24 as Pasco-Hernando State College celebrates Black History Month. Pasco Notables is an award that honors citizens of Pasco County who have made outstanding contributions to the community or their profession.

To be honored are retired Col. Wilson Blount; Dr. Nichole McIntosh, physician and alumnus of PHSC College’s Reach-Out program; Jason Rouser, Olympic gold medalist in track and field; and Jeanette Thompson, acclaimed opera singer and lecturer.

“Black History Month is important because our history informs our present and inspires our future,” said Luther Buie, Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Student Affairs.

The event is free and open to the public. For Zoom links to each event, go to

Hebrew schools open March 13

Meet Rabbi Ralph Messer and celebrate the launch of a Hebrew Bible College, Hebrew Bible School for Children and Judeo-Christian Resource Center.

Messer is president and founder of Simchat Torah Beit Midrash, a Colorado-based congregation and school. He has taught the Hebrew roots of the faith to various denominations, cultures and groups around the world, and developed the International Center for Torah Studies, a truly unique program facilitating college-style courses in classrooms at home. internationally and online.

The event will take place on Sunday, March 13 at 12029 Majestic Blvd., Hudson.

Teaching and worship will take place at 10:00 a.m., followed by a ribbon cutting, open house, reception and refreshments from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and further teachings thereafter.

All ages are welcome for all or part of the day. For more information, call 727-233-2620.

Open positions on TDC

PASCO COUNTY – The county’s destination management organization, Experience Florida’s Sports Coast, is seeking two tourism industry advocates to serve on the Tourism Development Board, including a hotel/motel professional.

Applications are accepted online until March 4 at

The TDC is an advisory board to the Pasco County Board of Commissioners, comprised of elected officials and tourism industry professionals, who make recommendations to Experience Florida’s Sports Coast staff on promotional/partnership proposals, opportunities marketing and oversight of tourism tax expenditures, as well as known as the “bed tax”.

An opening must be filled by an owner/operator of a motel, hotel, RV park or other tourist accommodation in the county that is subject to the tourism development tax. The other opening can be filled by a tourism industry professional committed to championing Pasco County as a destination.

TDC members serve staggered four-year terms. Positions are voluntary, without financial compensation. The TDC generally meets monthly, alternating between New Port Richey and Dade City. Candidates must live and be registered to vote in Pasco County.

For more information on the Pasco County Tourism Development Council, including members and the 2022 meeting schedule, visit