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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014

Kinsler, Laura

Tribune Staff

Pasco scores low in survey

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— Hundreds of county residents took the National Citizen Survey this year, and the consensus opinion is that Pasco County needs to work on its appearance and reputation.

Pasco youth shelter tied to immigration debate

- The national debate over who should house the scores of undocumented children fleeing Central America has landed in Pasco County, as Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, open since 2006, began accepting immigran...

Pasco commissioners agree on preliminary millage rate

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners on Tuesday approved a preliminary millage rate that hikes property taxes by 4.5 percent to pay for $8 million in road construction.

Pasco commissioners grow testy over SunWest Park issue

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NEW PORT RICHEY — In an unprecedented show of frustration, two Pasco commissioners walked out on Commission Chairman Jack Mariano during Tuesday’s board meeting.

Wilson, Wells battle for 4th district seat

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Four years ago when he was a political novice who rarely spoke to the press, Henry Wilson stunned political observers by ousting incumbent Michael Cox despite being ...

Mulieri’s retirement opens up race for commission seat

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For the first time in two decades, Pat Mulieri’s name will not be on the ballot for District 2 commissioner. Her retirement has created a scenario similar to th...

Pasco Sports founder tied to lawsuit

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Luxury hotelier Mainsail Lodging & Development has accused a former vice president of holding secret meetings and feeding confidential information to a bank in Puerto Rico...

Trinity area to get its first hotel

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— The fast-growing Trinity area is slated to get its first hotel: an 86-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

Pasco visionary, family man Don Porter remembered

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Friends and family crowded into an auditorium on the college campus that bears his name to honor the legacy of Don Porter, who helped transform Wiregrass Ranch into th...

Way cleared for new interchange

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— Pasco County could start construction on a new Interstate 75 interchange in the heart of the county in 2019.

T. Rowe Price wants to sell Pasco property

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LAND O’ LAKES — Two months after T. Rowe Price stunned Pasco officials by announcing it had scrapped plans for a new reg...

Deputies would get raises under Pasco plan

- Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker presented her $1.2 billion budget that takes full advantage of the county’s first boost in tax revenue since the recession. It would enable Sheriff Chris Nocco to offer raises...

Pasco commissioners grant extension for baseball complex

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DADE CITY — Retired baseball player Gary Sheffield earned his legendary status as a home run hitter. On Tuesday, he was the one doing the pitching.

Pasco’s turf fields finished ahead of schedule

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco County’s new turf fields across from the Wesley Chapel District Park are finished — ahead of schedule and under budget.

Pasco sheriff asks for another $1.7 million in budget request

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Sheriff Chris Nocco has asked Pasco commissioners for another $1.7 million on top of his record $9...

Court reinstates jury’s verdict in Pasco firefighters’ case

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The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a jury’s verdict that Pasco County illegally retaliated against two firefight...

Don Porter, owner of Wiregrass Ranch, dies at 73

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Don Porter, who helped transform thousands of acres of ranch land into the economic engine of Pasco County, died today. He was 73.

Pasco commission buys Heritage Lakes land

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— Heritage Lakes homeowners didn’t particularly need or want a park in the middle of their neighborhood, but most agreed it was better than the alternative.

Tenant to serve on Housing board

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For the first time since a scandal rocked the Pasco...

Deputies: Car hits police vehicles during Pasco pursuit

- Deputies arrested the driver of a car that struck two New Port Richey police vehicles in what authorities call attempted homicides. Two other suspects (pictured) remain at large.

Dade City’s first Publix nears final permit approval

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— City building officials are close to awarding permits for the long-awaited Publix- anchored shopping center at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Clinton Avenue.

Battle of ice rink rivals heating up in Pasco

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WESLEY CHAPEL — When Gordie Zimmermann announced plans last month for a massive ice skating complex ...

Pasco commission’s decision could end concrete plant’s operation

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NEW PORT RICHEY — The owner of a multimillion-dollar concrete mixing plant will have to go to court if he wants to continue operating in the wrong zoning area next to a residential neighborhood.

County officials ask for more staffing

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— Just before commissioners kicked off their first official budget workshop this week, County Administrator Michele Baker gave a pep talk to her department heads, telling th...

Numerous Pasco political races decided as candidates unopposed

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Pasco County School Board members Allen Altman and Cynthia Armstrong have each won another four-year term after no one emerged to run against them by the noon Friday de...

Appeals court overturns ruling on Pasco’s right-of-way ordinance

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The 11th Circuit Court of Appeal has overturned a federal judge’s ruling that Pasco County’s right-of-way ordinance was unconstitutional.

East Pasco Government Center in Dade City reopens

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— The Tampa Police Department’s bomb squad has given the all-clear to reopen the East Pasco Government Center.

Days may be numbered for concrete plant

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— The owners of a concrete mixing plant just off State Road 54 may have simply delayed the inevitable last year when they asked for a vested rights determination from the count...

Neighbor: Changes to Pasco road made fatal accident inevitable

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LAND O’ LAKES — Tom Nosworthy said it was only a matter of time before someone was hit by a car on Bahia Loop. “I begged them not to pave it,” he said.

Land O’ Lakes boy, 9, fatally struck while walking dog

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LAND O’ LAKES — A 9-year-old boy was killed, and his mother and brother were seriously injured Wednesday morning, when they were struck by a van while walking their dog in Land O’ Lakes, officials sa...

Nocco: Low pay drives Pasco deputies away

- Armed with a handful of resignation letters, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco asked commissioners for $5.8 million more in 2015 to stem the exodus from his ranks.

Gov. Scott signs utility water bill

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— Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that gives Summertree residents, and other private utility water customers, an escape from outrageous bills and foul-tasting wate...

Pasco commissioners debate gas tax increase

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— All five Pasco commissioners want the $8 million a year that would come with a 5-cent increase in the gas tax, but there still aren’t four willing to vote for it.

State regulators: Insurance plan offered to Pasco school district may be illegal

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LAND O’ LAKES — The Pasco County School District has cut off negotiations with a company that was offering free life insurance policies for all school employees.

Pasco commissioners to work with homebuilders on sign ordinance

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DADE CITY — Pasco commissioners agreed to work with the Tampa Bay Builders Association to craft a revision to the sign ordinance that eliminates tattered feather banners from the county roadways without penalizing...

Pasco paramedic suspended for bringing pot to fire station

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ZEPHYRHILLS — A Pasco County paramedic was suspended without pay for up to a year after admitting he brought marijuana into a county fire station.

Stalled school project sees movement

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— It is expected to be three years in the making, but a combined middle/high school scheduled to open in 2017 on Old Pasco Road could provide much-needed relief to the c...

Pasco might pluck feather banners

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— It seems like everyone from car lots to coffee shops, luxury homebuilders to barbershops, has used them at some point. But feather banners could soon be prohibited i...

Pasco commissioners renew gas tax debate

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners renewed their debate Tuesday on whether to raise the county’s gas tax or charge a new property tax for transportation needs — or a combination of both.

Weatherford describes state budget as ‘historic for Pasco County’

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WESLEY CHAPEL — What a difference a year makes.

County ponders where best to serve residents in coming years

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— As they sat around an enormous conference table, officials from Pasco County courts, law enforcement and government grappled with a fundamental question that has div...