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Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014

Laura Kinsler

Tribune Staff

Pasco suspends $3,386 water bill as probe begins

- Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker ordered the utility department to suspend a New Port Richey couple’s $3,386 water bill until an investigation is done.

Water bill for empty Pasco home hits $3,386

- Louise Gritmon and Gene Foy had not yet moved into their New Port Richey home when they got a rude welcome from the county: a water bill that says they used 614,000 gallons of water over 18 days.

Pasco releases new digital flood maps

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— Pasco County released new digital flood maps Friday that could have thousands of property owners scrambling...

3 bid to design, build S.R. 56 extension to U.S. 301

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Tampa- based Pepper Contracting is one of three Florida construction companies

Pasco commissioners adopt new pay plan

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NEW PORT RICHEY — After six years of stark budget cuts, Pasco County workers bore the brunt of the economic shortfall, both in numbers and in pay, as their salaries lagged behind the region and state.

Domestic partner registry for Pasco?

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— It’s a vote that may have seemed ...

Odessa concrete plant fights improper zoning charges

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— The owner of a concrete mixing plant that has been operating for years without the proper zoning or permits is hoping a mediator will stop the county from shutting him down.<...

Judge: Case of former Pasco bus aide accused of slapping child will proceed to trial

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NEW PORT RICHEY — A former Pasco school bus assistant charged with two counts of felony child abuse...

Bexley Ranch open house piques interest

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LAND O’ LAKES — An open house this week for Newland Communities’ future Bexley Ranch project drew dozens of neighbors, business owners and prospective...

Pasco sheriff defends domestic abuse investigation prior to slayings

- Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco defended his department's investigation of the domestic violence case against Adam Matos amid questions about what steps were taken to protect Megan Brown and her family.

Widening of S.R. 54 planned between Suncoast Parkway, U.S. 41

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LAND O’ LAKES — Two major road projects in south Pasco are moving forward this month.

Chick-fil-A plans restaurant for new Wesley Chapel outlet mall

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— Chick-fil-A could be coming to Wesley Chapel.

Panel takes aim at human trafficking

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— Pasco commissioners have established a local Commission on Human Trafficking to help raise awareness about the criminal enterprise and assist its victims.

Pasco planners deadlock on Greenlight Pinellas

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DADE CITY — Hoping to build momentum for the upcoming vote on Greenlight Pinellas, supporters asked Pasco County’...

Pasco commissioners approve gas tax increase

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DADE CITY — In a shocking reversal, Pasco County Commissioner Henry Wilson voted to raise the county’s gas tax by 5-cents a gallon - giving the county the four votes it needs to pass the ordinance.

Vote on county pay raises in the offing

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— Pasco commissioners are scheduled to vote this month on a budget that includes $5 million for pay raises for the sheriff’s department and county employees, but tha...

County set to vote on gas tax hike

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— Pasco residents could be paying more at the pump next year or writing a larger check to the tax collector, but either way they’re likely going to pay more to keep t...

Big Pasco outdoor mall proposed for ranchland

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— West Pasco soon could get an outdoor shopping mall to rival The Shops at Wiregrass.

Wal-Mart eyes Wesley Chapel store

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— Just days after opening a huge new supercenter on State Roa...

Wells wins Pasco commission race; Moore gets primary nod

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Republican Mike Wells Jr. became the fourth commissioner in a row to win Pasco’s 4th district seat by ousting an incumbent. In the District ...

Work begins on Bexley Ranch

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— Anyone who’s driven on State Road 54 past the Suncoast Parkway lately can’t help noticing all the construction going on in the northeast quadrant ...

Upscale homes rise in Wiregrass

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W — Conventional wisdom in real estate development says that rooftops come first, before the shopping centers and schools and offices.

Pasco administrator gets mixed reviews in first year

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker’s first year was either wildly successful or a huge disappointment — depending on which commissioner you ask.

Pasco commissioner candidate wants voters to reject ‘outside money’

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco Commission candidate Ken Littlefield has called on voters to reject “outside money and influence” making a last minute push in the Republican primary race for the

Dream big, parks consultant challenges Pasco officials

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— After two days of nitty-gritty work that goes into building a parks master plan, consultants asked Pasco commissio...

Campaign committees of Weatherford, Simpson donate to local races

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DADE CITY — State Sen. Wilton Simpson and outgoing House Speaker Will Weatherford have nearly $1 million at their disposal to help get conservative Republicans elected in Florida, and some of that money is making ...

New Saint Leo monastery has heavenly surroundings

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Little by little, the Benedictine Sisters are moving into Saint Leo’s third Holy Name Monastery.

Consultants: Pasco needs jail expansion, new courthouse

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DADE CITY — Sticker shock doesn’t even begin to describe what Pasco officials felt when they heard that building a new criminal courthouse in Land O’ Lakes could cost $95 million — more than t...

Gregg, Mathieu vie for District 36

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— Less than a year ago, money was pouring into west Pasco County from all over Florida as the special election to fill Mike Fasano’s longtime House seat became ...

San Antonio seeks driveway agreement

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— City leaders are hoping to resolve the ongoing dispute with Saint Leo Unive...

Immigration opponents protest Pasco shelter expansion

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Immigration opponents traveled from across the Tampa Bay area Wednesday to protest the expansion of a youth shelter in southwest Pasco County that is housing unaccompanied minors from Central Ame...

Pasco commissioner unhappy with Baker’s proposed raise

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DADE CITY — Pasco County’s proposed budget includes funding to give county employees a maximum 5-percent raise — with one exception.

Pasco County raises building fees

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Developers could be paying thousands of dollars more for permits and inspections beginning next month in Pasco County, but you won’t hear them complaining. On...

New tax office to open Monday

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Tax Collector Mike Fasano will open his first Wesley Chapel office Monday morning at Compark 75 on County Road 54.