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Sunday, Jan 25, 2015

Laura Kinsler

Tribune Staff

PHSC panel to narrow field for president

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— The national search for a new president of Pasco Hernando State College will kick into high gear next week when the...

Developer Hines set to launch Asturia

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— Home buyers shopping along Pasco’s State Road 54 corridor will soon have another option as Hines Inc. announced it is nearing the launch of Asturia.

Future may bring Pasco fiscal woes

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Even with the economy on the upswing, Pasco County is struggling to pay its bills and could be broke in a few years unless commissioners cut spending or raise taxes.

Developers have big plans along S.R. 54

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Lutz businessman Carl Anderson, owner of Caliente Resort, is in the process of selling 28 acres across from the Cypress Creek Town Center to an Orlando-based shopping center developer.

Pasco’s Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony won’t be canceled after all

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DADE CITY — Both gay and straight couples will be able to tie the knot this year during Pasco County’s traditional Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony at the Historic Courthouse in Dade City.

Pasco firefighter accused of smoking pot on job, resigns

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DADE CITY — A Pasco Fire battalion chief with 22 years experience retired over the weekend after firefighters reported smelling marijuana in his county vehicle while he was on duty Friday night.

Appraiser Wells to seek office again

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DADE CITY — Property Appraiser Mike Wells had every intention of retiring after this, his fifth term in office. But he didn’t want to be one of those people who stops working and then regrets the decision.<...

Lacrosse may not be boon for county

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Pasco County spent more than $100,000 last month to host the Dick’s Sporting Goods Lacrosse Tournament of Champions — the county’s largest tourist...

Pasco deputies make more arrests linked to escaped inmate

- More arrests have been made in a case involving an inmate who escaped Sept. 8 while on a work crew in Pasco County, authorities said.

Pasco commissioners delay decision on charter commission

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DADE CITY — Pasco commissioners said they had too many questions about charter government to rush into a dec...

Pasco Democrats elect new chairman

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LAND O’ LAKES — One month after their election ended in a dead heat, Pasco Democrats have a n...

Improvements planned for State Road 52

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— The Florida Department of Transportation plans to spend more than $180 million over the next five years on improvements to State Road 52, acc...

Leaders want to change structure of Pasco government

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A power struggle is brewing in Pasco County, where future House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Sen. Wilton Simpson want to transform county government — in...

Gay weddings process praised in Pasco despite policy change

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NEW PORT RICHEY — The first gay weddings went off without a hitch in Pasco County despite controversy over the decision by County Clerk Paula O'Neil to end her offices' practice of performing the ceremonies this ye...

Groundbreaking for outlets a top story in 2014

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on the top stories in Pasco County during 2014.

Connerton to get second phase

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— With new home sales rebounding in Connerton, developer Hayman Woods is planning a second phase that includes an office park, a new hospital and potential govern...

Fizzled business deal was low point for Pasco in 2014

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on the top stories in Pasco County during 2014.

Hockey plans still alive, but baseball deal isn’t

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on the top stories in Pasco County during 2014.

Bexley plans keep office space

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County Administrator Michele Baker isn’t ready to give up on her dream that sometime in the not-too-distant future Pasco County will be home to gleaming ...

Starkey Ranch gate plan stirs friction

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It’s been almost a year since Wheelock Communities broke ground on Sta...

Bounty will flow from Benedictine Sisters’ new aquaponics mission

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— The Benedictine Sisters of Florida dedicated their new aquaponics system on the morning before Christmas outside the

Mulieri departure affects homeless

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— Pat Mulieri’s retirement, after 20 years on the board of commi...

SunWest funding request denied

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Once again, Pasco commissioners rejected a plea to spend more of the county’s tourist tax revenue for a second parking lot at the future SunWest Park.

County approves building permit for Pasco ice hockey complex

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco County will soon be home to the largest ice hockey facility in Florida.

Pasco commissioners nix contract for baseball complex

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners terminated their contract with retired baseball star Gary Sheffield and his busin...

Pasco weighs lacrosse tournament’s impact

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— In a few weeks, teenage boys will descend on Pasco County from across the U.S. and Canada for the largest youth lacrosse tournament in the nation.

New Pasco outlet mall plans to open in October

- With the ceremonial shovel turn of dirt, global mall developer Simon Properties is now in a race to finish the huge, new Tampa Premium Outlets in time for next year's holiday shopping season.

Pasco poised to nix baseball complex deal

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County Administrator Michele Baker will ask commissioners next week to terminate the county’s contract with retired baseball star Gary Sheffield and his busin...

Pasco sinkhole victim gets new Hyundai from dealership

- A month ago, a traumatized Anna Maria Boi Jones stepped out of her car and watched the earth swallow it up as a sinkhole opened up in the driveway of her mobile home in Holiday.

Tempers flare after failed Pasco Democratic party chair vote

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LAND O’ LAKES — Tempers flared Monday night at the Pasco Democratic Executive Committee meeting when the vote for a new party chairman ended in a tie.

Pasco Democrats searching for a new leader

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— Pasco County Democrats are looking for new leadership again after another disappointing election in which the GOP maintained its stronghold throughout much of t...

Sheffield, business partner miss financing deadline on baseball complex

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Retired baseball star Gary Sheffield and his business partner missed a deadline Friday to submit their financing to Pasco County for a proposed $34 million youth baseball complex at Wiregrass Ranch...

Pasco legislators asked to change school year start date

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LAND O’ LAKES — Pasco School Board member Joanne Hurley asked the county’s legislative delegation to change the state law that ties the start of the school year to Labor Day.

Costco plans store in Pasco’s Cypress Creek Town Center

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Membership warehouse Costco has filed preliminary plans to build its fourth Tampa Bay store in Pasco County at the new Cypress Creek Town Center.