NEW PORT RICHEY — It was a clean sweep for Pasco County last week at the annual Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council “Future of the Region” awards.
For the first time in the history of the 22-year-old awards program, Pasco took both of the top planning awards — the One Bay Award and The Charles A. McIntosh Jr. Award of Distinction — for its West Market Redevelopment Plan.
“The Harbors is a dynamic document and serves as a model for communities in the region,” the judges wrote.
“The plan ties into other planning efforts such as the One Bay Vision, Economic Development Plan, Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan, Tourism and community development efforts such as the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.”
In addition, retired Pasco County Commissioner Anne Hildebrand was recognized for her decades of public service when she was named the 2013 recipient of the Herman W. Goldner Award for Regional Leadership.
The award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of regional cooperation, dedication to his or her community and notable achievement in encouraging future vision.
Hildebrand served on the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority governing board and was a founding member of Tampa Bay Water.
“Her spirit of cooperation contributed to the ending of the ‘water wars’ that had plagued the region for decades that were ultimately set aside with the formation of Tampa Bay Water 15 years ago.”
The county and city of New Port Richey were also recognized with several second-place and honorable mention honors.
Community Service Award:
♦ Second place — won by The Beth Dillinger Foundation.
♦ Honorable mention — the Hacienda Hotel Community Clean-up Project honored the city of New Port Richey.
Cultural, Sports, Recreation Award:
♦ Second place — Starkey Ranch District Park honored the Pasco County BOCC, the District School Board of Pasco County and Wheelock Communities.
♦ Second place — the Tri-County Trail Connection Study honored Pinellas and Pasco counties for linking the Pinellas Trail to the Starkey and Suncoast trails.
♦ Honorable mention — the Urban Agriculture Program honored the city of New Port Richey.