Serving the People
Incorporated in 1914, Zephyrhills is a thriving city located in southeastern Pasco County. A five-member, city council-manager form of government operates the full-service city of 12,000 residents. Founded as a retirement colony for Civil War veterans, Zephyrhills retains its retirement status while quickly becoming a growing suburb of the Tampa area. The city provides complete public safety services with a 34-member police department and two fire stations, housing 26 firefighters. A modern utility system provides water and sewer to city residents and a service area that extends beyond the city limits. Zephyrhills tap water has been voted the “Best Rural Water” in the state. Streets, parks and sanitation departments also provide first-rate services. A municipal airport offers aviation, recreational and industrial opportunities.
The city operates a modern library, the Historic Depot Museum and the WWII Barracks Museum. In a public–private venture, the city also has a 23,000 square-foot multi-purpose center, operating under the auspices of the East Pasco YMCA. Numerous parks, bicycle trails, a skateboard park and other recreation facilities abound. A water park is scheduled to open in July 2006.
Downtown Zephyrhills has undergone a recent streetscape design, providing for brick walkways, period lighting and landscaping and street furniture.
A progressive partnership with downtown merchants and the Main Street Zephyrhills organization is helping revitalize the historic downtown district. The city provides a variety of other services, and works with Pasco County to offer business incentives, housing programs, and meet the area’s transportation needs.