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Wednesday, Aug 05, 2015

Laura Kinsler

Tribune Staff

Interchange idea aims to ease State Road 56 congestion

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Paul Steinman, district secretary for Florida’s Department of Transportation, doesn’t need anyone to tell him the State Road 56 interchange at Interstate...

Pasco sports complex hits new snag

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After spending two years on plans for a huge baseball complex at Wiregrass Ranch — plans that fell apart in December because of financing issues — Pasco ...

Pasco County opts to raise property tax

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NEW PORT RICHEY — In front of first responders and their families, Pasco County commissioners on Tuesday voted to increase the county’s property tax rate to pay higher salaries for a sheriff’s depart...

Assessments made for BP settlement

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— The ink had not dried on their $7.4 million settlement with BP before Pasco County commissioners began toying with how to spend the money.

Hear the boom? That's Pasco County development

- They moved in January, leaving Cary, North Carolina, to be closer to family, to live near a big city but not too close, and to make the change to a good school district before their two girls got too entrenched in kindergar...

Two Rivers Ranch owner, builder strike deal to develop 3,600 acres

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Rancher Robert Thomas has struck a deal with Lennar Homes to develop the massive Two Rivers Ranch that stretches along 3 miles of the new State Road 56 extension in sout...

Pasco agrees to pay A+ concrete plant to move

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Pasco County will pay $700,000 to get a concrete plant to move fro...

Pasco deputies might get fraction of requested pay hike

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County Administrator Michele Baker’s proposed $1.3 billion budget would give the Pasco Sheriff’s Office a fraction of what it needs to implement a new ...

Unlikely pair back charter government

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Pasco County’s move toward charter government has forged an unlikely alliance between one of the county’s most outspoken activists and future Hous...

Homeless population declines in Pasco County

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In five years, Pasco County’s efforts at addressing homelessness have gone from an embarrassment to a success story.

Pasco may get a Ford’s Garage restaurant

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On the heels of opening their fourth Ford’s Garage restaurant — this one in Brandon — the owners of the gourmet burger...

Task force to tackle S.R. 54 woes

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Now that plans for an elevated toll road are off the table, Pasco...

Scott’s veto won’t end ministry’s housing project

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Metropolitan Ministries President Tim Marks says Gov. Rick Scott’s

Many Pasco County positions remain unfilled

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When Pasco Administrator Michele Baker next week presents her recommended 2016 budget to county commissioners, she will do so without the benefit of a budget directo...

Pasco to clean up polluted sites; $600,000 will help fund project

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Pasco County has won two federal grants totaling nearly $600,000 to identify and clean up contaminated properties.

Health care, clinic on veterans’ minds at forum with Bilirakis

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More than 100 veterans packed the Pasco County Commission’s chamber Wednesday for Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ “town hall” meeting.

Charter renewed for West GOP club

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Randy Maggard, chairman of the Pasco County Republican Party, this week renewed the charter for the 400-member West Pasco Republican Club.

Soft opening planned Saturday for SunWest Park

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— At noon on the Fourth of July, SunWest Park operator Patrick Panakos will open the gate for the first time, welcoming Pa...

Permits reveal possible stores for Tampa Premium Outlets mall in Pasco

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Simon Property Group officials aren’t saying what stores and eateries will be at the future Premium Outlets in Pasco County, but contractors have filed building permits ...

Veto pen costs Pasco projects

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— A week ago, they were celebrating, toasting the millions of dollars in the state budget

County government gets better grades in survey

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Pasco residents gave the county government slightly higher marks this year during the annual National Citizens Survey and companion survey online.

Project for Pasco’s homeless stung by governor’s funding veto

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They called it the “Miracle Center” in February at the groundbreak...

Wiregrass baseball project strikes out with consulting firm

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— A Chicago-based sports consulting firm has made its recommendation for the best use of the county sports park in Wiregrass Ranch ... and it isn’t baseball.

Pasco Republicans set to elect a new party chairman

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— Pasco Republicans will elect a new party chairman on July 9.

O’Neil to run for 3rd term as clerk

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Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller Paula O’Neil filed last month to run for a third term in 2016.

Millions in Pasco projects included in state budget

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NEW PORT RICHEY — As House Appropriations Chairman, state Rep. Richard Corcoran made sure his district and the rest of Pasco County was well taken care of.

Pasco flight training business expanding, creating 75 jobs

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LUTZ — A Pasco-based flight training business is expanding its Lutz facility and creating 75 jobs, mostly in the fields of training, engineering, and production.

Pasco plan targets vacant, blighted buildings

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— Every day, Elizabeth Villanova drives past a series of vacant buildings and eyesores that dot the 7-mile stretch of U.S. 41 between the State Road 54 intersecti...

Public Works seeks $10 stormwater fee increase

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Pasco commissioners will consider raising the county’s stormwater fee more than 20 percent for the first time in eight years.

County launches MyPasco app for smartphones

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Pasco County launched its new MyPasco smartphone app this week.

Sheriff to apply for grant to fund K-9 unit expansion

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Pasco County commissioners have authorized Sheriff Chris Nocco to apply for a federal grant to add five K-9 deputies to the force.

Pasco carjacking suspect found naked in Crystal Springs

- After an hours-long search, Pasco deputies early today captured a carjacking suspect who may have fired a shot at a deputy as he was fleeing, authorities said.

Pasco committee sets deadline on decision to draft charter proposal

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DADE CITY — Pasco’s Charter Advisory Committee is giving itself two months to decide whether to move forward with drafting a charter proposal to bring to voters next year, according to Chairman Michael Cox....

Plan will feed the needy faster

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— A Tampa nonprofit that distributes more than 2,000 tons of food to the poor each year in Pasco County wants to get that food to the hungry even faster.