The blight on U.S. 19 shouldn’t be ignored
Pasco Commissioner Kathryn Starkey said, “When my family comes up here, I never take them on U.S. 19.”
Given that a large portion of the county that she represents are residents of the older neighborhoods located along the U.S. 19 corridor, exactly what is she doing to redevelop and revitalize these aging residential neighborhoods and commercial properties? Ignoring a problem does nothing to address and solve the problem. From Little Road to the Gulf of Mexico, from the Pinellas County line to the Hernando County line, the residential neighborhoods and the commercial properties of West Pasco are in varying degrees of decline. The Pasco County Commission, and Starkey as the representative of many of these residents, is doing them a grave disservice by not addressing these issues in a proactive manner.