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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Kinsler, Laura

Tribune Staff

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.

Meeting mines ideas for waterfront

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Pasco County has won all kinds of awards for its Harbors Plan to redevelop the county&...

2 builders selected for Asturia

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— Eco-friendly developer Hines Inc. has tapped Ashton Woods Homes and David Weekley Homes as the builders for the former

Pasco shelter misused grant money, officials say

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A Pasco County youth shelter that has housed boys from Central Ameri...

Pasco animal shelter reduces kill rate

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NEW PORT RICHEY — In just two years, Pasco County has nearly reached its goal to save 90 percent of animals housed at the county’s animal shelter.

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.