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Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015

Laura Kinsler

Tribune Staff

Pasco officials consider recycling changes as contract expires

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— Big changes could be coming to Pasco County’s recycling program later this year, including discontinuing the county’s long-standing blue bag program al...

Wetlands could force parts of Ridge Road to be elevated

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— If Pasco County wants a permit for the controversial Ridge Road Extension, it will likely have to spend an extra $25 million to elevate portions of the highway to av...

New app to put many county services at your fingertips

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— Pasco County will launch a new mobile application this summer that puts many county government services in the palm of your hand.

Pasco’s economic development leader resigns

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Pasco Economic Development Council’s top executive is stepping down after five years leading the organization.

Pasco insurance agent resigns from county’s charter government board

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County’s charter advisory board won’t hold its first meeting until nex...

Pasco firefighters’ union offered a new deal

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— Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker made a new offer to the county’s firefighters’ union in an effort to resolve a lingering wage dispute, but the...

County to pay DEP fine for violation at SunWest Park

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— Pasco County will pay a $4,670 fine to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for a minor violation during construction of the new SunWest Park in Aripeka.

State loan could fund S.R. 56 expansion

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State Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold said a state revolving loan program could front the money for the 7-mile State Road 56 extension to be built as a four

Controversial Dade City motocross compound approved

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Pasco commissioners approved a new permit for motocross star Chad Reed’s personal training compound east of Dade City, but only after the rider agreed to reduce the...

Developers drop request on 90-foot sign for Pasco outlet mall

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WESLEY CHAPEL — When they broke ground last year on a massive new outlet mall, developers called the Cypress Creek...

Fasano: Landowners getting a tax break

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— Tax Collector Mike Fasano has accused the county’s long-time property appraiser of allowing wealthy landowners to avoid paying property taxes by granting impr...

Library creates county’s first ‘makerspace’

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All winter long, Helen McDaniel had been peeking in the windows of the old computer lab at the Land O’ Lakes Library, watching it transform into the cou...

Pasco County’s homeless count down by 75%

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— Pasco County’s homeless epidemic, which had reached crisis levels<...

Tensions in Pasco over 911 services ease

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— Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco has buried the hatchet with County Administrator Michele Baker, reaffirming that the two are

Florida Medical Clinic building $24M facility

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The medical campus at Wiregrass Ranch just keeps growing.

Pasco commissioners free up money for parks

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— Pasco commissioners will use $2.5 million that was set aside as a cash incentive for T. Rowe Price for county parks projects in central Pasco.

Wesley Chapel Mercedes dealership racing toward opening

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— Construction crews are working around the clock on the finishing details before Wednesday’s opening of AutoNation’s new $17 million Mercedes-Benz of Wesl...

Pasco commissioners won’t fight $1.5M claims bill

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— Pasco commissioners have agreed not to fight a $1.5 million claims bill filed on behalf of the family of a Tampa police officer who was killed when his motorcycle wa...

Pasco lawsuit aims to shut down gun range

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— Pasco County is suing the owner of a proposed law enforcement academy in an effort to find out whether it can legally shut down the

Pasco sheriff, county administrator pledge to work together on 911 center

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco and County Administrator Michele Baker pledged to work together to improve the county’s much maligned 911 communications center.

Odessa residents live in the shadow of developer’s mulch pile

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ODESSA — For years, Linda and Gary Anderson and their neighbors could look out their front window and gaze upon a tranquil open field. They relished the country setting that was just across the county line from th...

Retiring judge: Land O’ Lakes needs a courthouse

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Pinellas-Pasco Chief Judge J. Thomas McGrady, who is stepping down from his leaders...

PHSC promotes from within for next president

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He was born in the segregated South to two parents who had never finished high school. This week Timothy Beard reached his career pinnacle when the Pasco Hernando St...

Homeowners air Trinity development concerns

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The development team from Kitson & Partners met with dozens of Trinity residents this week in an effort ...

Timothy Beard named president of Pasco Hernando State College

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NEW PORT RICHEY — The Pasco Hernando State College Board of Trustees on Wednesday selected Timothy Beard, one of the college’s vice presidents, to succeed retiring President Katherine Johnson.

Pasco sheriff escalates feud with administrator

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— Sheriff Chris Nocco is taking his public feud with County Administrator Michele Baker to the next level, saying the county needs a change at the top.

Neighbors fail to mute noisy motocross tracks

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— The county’s planning commission voted this week to approve a

Pasco board will consider changes to county’s form of government

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Pasco County commissioners took heat for nominating a charter advisory board that

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel planning $78M expansion

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Less than three years after it opened, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will begin construction this summe...

‘Age targeted’ community planned

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— Wheelock Communities, the developer of Starkey Ranch, has closed a deal with Tampa-based homebuilder Taylor Morrison to build a 560-home

Pasco charter board’s lack of diversity cited

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— Pasco commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a charter advisory committee that is almost exclusively white, male and Republican...

Wyndfields builder wants to add units in Wesley Chapel

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A South Florida developer who could be on the hook to build part of the

Dais awarded $1M grant from the Army

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— Dais Analytic has won a $1 million grant from the U.S. Army to build a portable water filtration system that can be used by troops while in the field.

Neighbors try to holster North Pasco gun range

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— Residents in two north Pasco neighborhoods are fighting a proposal to build a public safety training campus on 165 acres sandwiched between them.

Pasco HR director resigns amid criticism from unions, sheriff

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Admitting she had become a distraction in the county’s strained relations with its employees, longtime Human Resources Director Barbara DeSimone resigned this week.

Corcoran forms political committee: Empower Pasco Citizens

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NEW PORT RICHEY — State Rep. Richard Corcoran, who has championed a move to make Pasco a charter county, for...

County administrator wants market study before new bids on Pasco sports complex

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DADE CITY — Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker wants commissioners to approve a $35,000 market study before seeking bids for a third time to develop a sports complex at Wiregrass Ranch.

Pasco commission chair Schrader considers seeking 5th term

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— Pasco County Commission Chairman Ted Schrader is rethinking his decision to retire at the end of his term in 2016.

Fire Rescue to apply for $400,000 grant

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— Pasco Fire Rescue will apply this year for a $400,000 federal grant to train, certify and outfit 50 volunteer firefighters.

Funding sought for 4-lane State Road 56 extension

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— State Sen. John Legg and Rep. Danny Burgess promised city leaders and business owners they would try to find a way this legislative session to make sure the

School district buys parcel for elementary

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— The Pasco County school district is buying a 20-acre parcel on U.S. 41 across from Connerton for a future elementary school.

Trial date set for ex-Pasco school bus aide accused of slapping autistic boy

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Circuit Judge Mary Handsel set a March 30 trial date for Ja...

Lawmaker seeks binding charter panel

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— Some Pasco legislators say they will accept the invitation from Commission Chairman Ted Schrader to appoint members to a charter government

Pasco will pay $450,000 to settle developer’s lawsuit

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners will pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit with a developer who sued after the county

Courthouse plan still in works

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— Pasco commissioners say they plan to move forward with the planned criminal courthouse in Land O’ Lakes, but they still need to figure out a way to pay f...

Fair also a place to compete

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— Doti Holmes hates raisins. She won’t even keep them in the house.

Second phase planned for Pasco’s Estancia

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— Less than a year after the launch of Estancia in Wiregrass Ranch, Standard Pacific ...