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Leaders from across the Tampa Bay area gathered at the Glazer Family Jewish Community Center in Tampa to announce a new mental health coalition..
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In the Tampa Bay area, one in six people suffers from depression.

One in twelve has a substance abuse disorder.

And there is only one mental health professional for every 700 people in Florida.

People casting their votes at polling booths
WUSF Staff

Pasco County will be holding a special election Tuesday to replace former Representative Danny Burgess after he was selected by Governor Ron DeSantis to become the executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Intersection of Moon Lake Rd. and Bethwood Ave. in New Port Richie
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A non-profit organization that says they aim to "provide positive role models in the LGBTQIA+ and allied communities" is celebrating Pride Month in a way few other groups are.

Pasco Pride adopted a section of Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey which was sponsored by an infamous hate organization 25 years ago.

Hand dropping ballot into a box.
Drew McKissick / Flickr

Threats to Florida elections are often so inconspicuous that people don’t notice them.

They exist behind the glowing light of your cellphone on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Pasco County’s Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley sent out a letter this week urging voters to be aware of possible cybersecurity threats ahead of the 2020 election.

Hillsborough County evacuation zones.
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Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Emergency management officials say it's important residents know which evacuation zone they live in. Florida residents should have an evacuation plan in place before a storm is on the radar. 

  

When counties mandate evacuations, they will do it by zones A-E. The zones are set based on a home’s vulnerability to deadly storm surge, with Zone A being most vulnerable. Evacuation zones are not the same as FEMA flood zone designations.

 Chasco Fiesta held a street parade Saturday runs through April 6 in New Port Richey.
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Twenty-five years ago, Patty Deremer was a little girl in the Chasco Fiesta parade in New Port Richey. Now, she’s the sponsorship chair of the festival, which kicks off this weekend.

Construction site
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Gaps in commercial building permit records and inaccurate charges are among some of the findings in an audit of Pasco County’s Central Permitting office.

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Local law enforcement in five parts of Florida have reached agreements to work with federal agents by detaining suspected criminals longer if they are in the country illegally.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis launched his "Thank You Tour" of Florida on Saturday, starting in the Tampa Bay area.

Pasco County Media Relations & Communications

Around 65 patients with special needs displaced by Hurricane Michael are finding shelter at the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Pasco County.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Pasco County will soon be home to a new 114,000-square-foot veteran’s outpatient clinic.

Pinellas County Government

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating its flood zone maps in the Tampa Bay area and the changes could affect thousands of home and business owners.

Keep Pasco Beautiful

Keep Pasco Beautiful is holding its annual coastal cleanup event Saturday morning, and anyone interested in helping the environment can join.

State Challenged Over Pasco Hospice Approval

Sep 14, 2018

A preliminary decision by the state to approve a new hospice program in Pasco County faces legal challenges from two companies that were turned down. 

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Transportation planners in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties have launched a survey for residents to choose which sort of traffic-alleviating options they want most.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Local scallop fans can now harvest bay scallops for a 10-day period in Pasco County.

Pasco County Fire Rescue / Facebook

A state geologist with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed that a large depression that opened in Pasco County Monday is a sinkhole.

Over 4,000 Pasco County voters will be receiving potentially misleading voter registration forms.

It's a warning that comes from the county Supervisor of Elections, Brian Corley.

Hillsborough County

This is the 2018 list of evacuation zones, for the 2019 version click here.

With hurricane season here, authorities say residents should know whether they live in an evacuation zone, so they know when it’s time to leave.

Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Despite only receiving 1.28 inches of rain during the first named storm of the season, Pasco County officials say they pulled out all the stops to test its preparedness.

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With another hurricane season around the corner, there could be some changes to the way school districts and counties receive reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the cost of storm shelters.

Bizbraid

Members of the Pasco County Planning Commission on Monday approved a $75 million solar farm to be built on land previously zoned for agricultural use near Dade City.

The solar plant, which will add around 50 megawatts to the power grid by the end of the year, is part of an $850 million plan by Tampa Electric to create 10 solar plants by 2021.

Polk County Supervisor of Elections

Voters in a number of cities throughout Polk County will go to the polls Tuesday for a variety of municipal elections.

“There are eight city elections including Bartow, Davenport, Eagle Lake, Frostproof, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Mulberry and Polk City. In some of those cities, we have city commission races and in others. we have referendums that the city residents will be voting on.” said Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections for Polk County.

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Faith leaders from across Pinellas and Pasco counties are urging State Attorney Bernie McCabe to stop seeking the death penalty in murder cases.

Among the 46 pastors and priests who signed a letter to McCabe were Bishop Gregory Parkes from the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg and Reverend Russell Meyer, the director of the Florida Council of Churches.

Tampa Electric is planning to build a $75 million solar farm in East Pasco County.

Florida Sheriff's Association

You never know who you're talking to on social media today. What may be surprising is who some of these online impersonators choose to be.

One internet scammer’s attempt to impersonate Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco was extinguished after a tip was sent to the Sheriff's office.

Pasco County Government

Several Pasco County neighborhoods at risk of serious flooding should soon be safer due to funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Wikimedia Commons

Kumquat farmers in Pasco County were hit hard by the cold snap this week.

Dade City saw temperatures in the mid-20's for several hours on Wednesday night. Kumquats, which are citrus fruits that look like olive-sized oranges, don't deal well with sustained freezing temperatures. 

MLB.com

Authorities have confirmed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pasco County.

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

A music festival Sunday in Pasco County featured not only local bands, but local political candidates.

"VoteFest" featured five local bands taking the stage in between three-minute speeches by candidates for city, county, state, and national offices.

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