NEW PORT RICHEY — A road maintenance organization is shifting into high gear to take care of the landscaping that Pasco County will plant in medians of U.S. 19.
The county will get about $1 million for the first phase of the beautification project that could start this year.
The RMO “executed an agreement to maintain the county’s 15.8 miles of landscaping,” real estate broker Greg Armstrong wrote in a March 27 email. Realtors and West Pasco Chamber of Commerce teamed up in 2016 to form the RMO. The group is made up of businesses and property owners along the Gulf Coast Highway who buy memberships and agree to upkeep their section of the state highway.
“That will be done with close to $3.5 million in mostly state funds,” Armstrong said. “The county is going more tropical to match the new name of Gulf Coast Highway. Signs are going up but they are being covered for now.