Barbara Behrendt, Tampa Bay Times

Barbara Behrendt

Tampa Bay Times

Homosassa, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Barbara:

Ian turned, Southwest Florida scrambled. Was there enough time to leave?

Some residents said evacuation orders came too late. Gov. Ron DeSantis said forecasts left few options. → Read More

Hernando County officials tell residents to shelter in place in advance of Ian

Residents could see rain of 12-18 inches and storm surge between 3 and 6 feet → Read More

Pasco County urging residents to heed evacuation as Ian’s expected path shifts

Pasco has opened shelters and encourages residents to pay attention since the storm’s path is still uncertain. → Read More

Hernando officials announce voluntary evacuation of all areas west of U.S. 19

Low-lying areas and mobile homes should also be evacuated. → Read More

‘Deadliest road’ in Pasco County getting millions in safety upgrades

State officials hope to curb fatalities with fixes including midblock crosswalks and better lighting. → Read More

Pasco gives first nod to tripling parks impact fees

County officials have a long list of park upgrades and additions, but they’ll cost new homeowners, renters. → Read More

Longtime Suncoast electric co-op head honored for community leadership

Billy E. Brown once also was famous when he was shot by his bulldog. → Read More

Pasco officials seeking a longer scallop season

County is trying to improve boater access and argue a bumper crop of scallops shows they are ready. → Read More

Amazon has purchased a 70-acre parcel in Hernando County on the Suncoast Parkway

The parcel is the same size as the warehouse site Amazon bought last year in Pasco. → Read More

Pasco commission greenlights midcounty employment village industrial site

Disputes over what landowners can build and concerns of neighbors have finally been addressed. → Read More

Pasco residents will wait a little longer to pay the bill to protect Oaks Park

Residents question the county’s calculation of their costs and commission agrees to delay again. → Read More

Construction starts soon on Pasco jail expansion as sheriff hands off the keys

Delays in the construction and overcrowding were reasons Sheriff Chris Nocco wanted out of the jail business. → Read More

3 Pasco Republicans vying for the District 2 seat on the County Commission

The winner will likely be the next commissioner since the only opposition in November is a write-in candidate. → Read More

Two challengers take on the Pasco County Commission District 4 commissioner

Three Republicans are seeking the District 4 commission seat, including the sitting commissioner. → Read More

Pasco approves proposal for restaurant at Anclote River Park

Businessman behind RumFish Grill and OCC Roadhouse & Museum is sole bidder to build park amenities → Read More

Pasco rejects $250,000 for new Feeding Tampa Bay center in Hillsborough

Commissioners learned that the charity just sold the old county food bank to a private business for $890,000. → Read More

Huge Pasco County industrial employment hub gets nod from planning board

The Pasco Planning Commission recommends approval of rezoning over objections of nearby neighbors. → Read More

Pasco working on plan to help the homeless with $4.46 million in pandemic relief funding

County officials are considering working with community partners to provide new housing. → Read More

Pasco commissioners keep property tax rates the same so expect a bigger bill

Most homeowners who have seen value increases will pay more. → Read More

Tampa Bay property values bring record revenues, but not necessarily lower taxes

Local governments will have hundreds of millions of added dollars to spend. → Read More