Zephyrhills City Council elections will be held Tuesday at the Alice Hall Community Center in front of Zephyr Park. There are two seats contested in the election. Seat 3 incumbent Kent Compton is challenged by political newcomer Rose Hale. And Seat 1 incumbent Lance Smith is challenged by former council member Manny Funes. Seat 5 incumbent Charlie Proctor is unopposed this year. The mayor position is unopposed and will be filled by the sole candidate, former city council member Danny Burgess.
Questions taken from the 2013 Zephyrhills Citizen Satisfaction Survey were posed by The Pasco Tribune to the candidates in the contested races. The answers provided by Smith and Funes are being published today.
Smith, 50, was born and raised in Zephyrhills. His family has been here since the early 1800s. He is married to Tammy Smith. They have three children.
Funes, 68, was born in Honolulu and moved to Florida 48 years ago. He has lived in Zephyrhills for 30 years. He is married to Yvonne Funes. They have two children.
Filling current department head vacancies with quality managers and to improve employee morale; continuing to strengthen the local police and fire departments; working to improve and enhance our parks; creating partnerships with state and county governments and the school board; continuing economic development measures with the chamber of commerce; Main Street, and Pasco Economic Development Council, specifically measures to increase business retention and job creation; working on these specific transportation projects: County Road 54E and U.S. 301 improvement and continuing improvement on County Road 54 east to 20th Street; extending State Road 56 to U.S. 301; adding sidewalks and trails along our roadways; and working to interconnect existing trail segments to local parks.
Zephyrhills has a drug problem and much of the drug activity is in Zephyr Park. I would like to support our police department, knowing they don’t have the manpower, by being proactive and work on getting more lights in the park. It’s no secret that when it becomes dark, the crime activity in Zephyr Park increases. With more light in the park we can create a family-friendly environment where residents can go to after dark.
Work with the county and our politicians to widen County Road 54. This road is frustrating and dangerous to drive on, especially when the snowbirds are here.
Support the chamber and its economic committee in bringing businesses to come to Zephyrhills and create jobs.
Encourage the East Pasco Association of Realtors, of which I am a director, in supporting city’s staff in working with owners of vacant buildings that hurt the look and image of our city.