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Friday, Jul 03, 2015

Laura Kinsler

Tribune Staff

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.

County weighs budget increases

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— Although Sheriff Chris Nocco’s $104 million

Pasco department heads want raises for workers

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— All five of the county’s constitutional officers are planning to offer their employees some type pay raise in 2016.

Pasco sheriff seeks competitive staff salaries in new budget request

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco made his case to county commissioners Tuesday for a $6.5 million b...

Pasco sheriff requests more money for staff pay raises

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco released his proposed budget that for the first time exceeds $100 million, saying he needs more funding to try to keep pace with salaries in Pinellas and Hillsborough.

Officials tour Pasco training program that is the first of its kind in the state

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— Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam toured Pasco County’s new German-style

Details of 4-lane road extension to be offered Tuesday

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— For more than a decade, the Clinton Avenue extension that would eventuall...

West Pasco Republican Club could regain charter

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An influential Pasco political club could regain its charter as a newly designated “legacy club” from the Republican Party of Florida, based on new polici...

Judge: Tests on gun in Pasco theater shooting case must be supervised

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Attorneys for movie theater shooting suspect Curtis Reeves Jr. will not be able to remove Reeves’ gun from the state’s possession to conduct their own tests, but Circuit Judge Pat S...

Save-A-Lot wants Sweetbay site

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Discount grocer Save-A-Lot has filed preliminary plans to move into the former Sweetbay store at Zephyrhills Plaza on State Road 54.

Pasco voter hits Mariano with ethics complaint

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— A Pasco man says he filed a formal ethics complaint this week against County Commissioner Jack Mariano for failing to report income from a second job in 2013.

Pasco property values increase

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— Property values in Pasco County grew by nearly $1 billion in 2014, according to preliminary tax estimates released Friday by Appraiser Mike Wells.

Pasco commissioner files amended 2013 financial report

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— Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano filed an amended 2013 financial disclosure report to the Florida Commission on Ethics after the ...

Trash talking: Land O’ Lakes family says businesses ignore recycling rules

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— They say good fences make good neighbors. But even 10 feet of solid steel couldn’t end the feud between two long-established businesses in Land O’...

Pasco commission OKs $261,500 more in consultant costs

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— Pasco commissioners reluctantly agreed to spend another $261,500 to extend the contract of the Washington, D.C., consulting firm assist...

County agrees on S.R. 56 loan letter

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— Pasco commissioners agreed this week to submit a letter of interest to the Stat...

Pasco GOP Chairman Jim Mathieu resigns

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco GOP Chairman Jim Mathieu abruptly resigned his position — just a week before the party’s annual Reagan Dinner fundraiser.

Pasco office park finds success, plans expansion in 2016

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LUTZ — Compark 75 owner Larry Morgan rolled the dice two years ago when he built the first speculative office buildings in Pasco County since the recession. Now his

NAACP chapter works on conflicts

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— State and regional leaders for the NAACP were in Dade City on Thursday to try to resolve conflicts among the leaders of the Pasco County chapter, but their efforts were fo...

Pasco firefighters’ contract talks stall

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— Pasco firefighters declared an impasse in their

Fasano, Pasco’s tax collector, works as consultant for Florida Hospital Tampa Bay

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano, champion of “little guys and gals,” has maintained a lucrative consulting contract with Florida Hospital Tampa Bay since being appointed to h...

Pasco ponders how to spend $250M

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— Pasco County commissioners have a lot of expensive decisions to make over the next year as the county attempts to implement the first phase of the $250 million facilities ...

Leaders talk trash at workshop

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— Pasco County’s solid waste director told commissioners this week the best way to improve the county’s garbage collection service and extend the life of the w...

Interest in new Pasco ice skating complex sky high

- Florida’s newest, biggest ice complex has a name: Florida Hospital Center Ice. The $20 million skating complex now under construction at the Interstate 75-State Road 56 interchange is slated to open this fall.

Pasco’s first charter advisory committee meeting gets off to rocky start

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LAND O’ LAKES — Pasco County’s first charter advisory committee meeting had barely got off the ground Monday before Commission Chairman Ted Schrader was threatening to have people removed from the ro...

Parks director for Pasco County to step down

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— Longtime Pasco Parks Director Rick Buckman is stepping down from his management position just as county commissioners approved restructuring the department to c...

Pasco NAACP leader faces calls for removal

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Three board members of the Pasco County chapter of the NAACP have petitioned the national organization to remove longtime president Nathaniel Sims.

Fast-growing Big Storm brewery living up to its name

- Three years after opening Pasco’s only craft beer brewery, founders Mike Bishop and Clay Yarn are tripling the size of their Odessa brewery and making a major move into Pinellas County.

Pasco County to apply for road loan for S.R. 56 extension

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— Pasco commissioners will apply for a state loan to help developers pay for the cost of constructing four lanes on the