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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Laura Kinsler

Tribune Staff

S.R. 56 extension contract awarded

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— The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for the

Housing Authority raises hinge on occupancy

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— It’s her first week on the job, but Nancy Wesoff, the new executive director of the Pasco County Housing Authority, has the unpleasant task of telling employees the...

Sheffield guarantees $3M for Pasco baseball complex

- Retired baseball star Gary Sheffield said he would offer $3 million of his own money toward a youth baseball complex at Wiregrass Ranch to get the financing in place for the $34 million project.

Panel to track development fund

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— Pasco commissioners will appoint an oversight committee to recommend and review how the county spends the projected $45 million from its new

Caterers, food trucks frequent Pasco commercial kitchen

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— Late at night, while most of the tenants at Compark 75 are gone for the day, Suite 107 fills up with the aroma of Cincinnati-style chili. Other nights, it could be vanilla with...

Partnership to boost manufacturing

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— On a day when Lufthansa announced it would offer nonstop flights between Tampa and Frankfurt, German Consul General Jeurgen Borsch was in a Pasco manufacturing facility to to...

Proposed development will feature man-made lagoon

- A Tampa-based group is dusting off plans for a massive new community in Wesley Chapel, including the first in the U.S. to feature Crystal Lagoon, a man-made 8-acre swimming pool with a private beach.

Report: No evidence theater shooting victim texting about daughter

- Chad Oulson, who was shot and killed at a movie theater in January, may not have been texting to check on his sick daughter.

Army Corps orders Pasco to temporarily stop work on SunWest Park

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ARIPEKA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ordered Pasco County to temporarily stop work on the future SunWest Park last week after a contractor destroyed mangroves and damaged the shoreline of a coastal waterway....

Pasco bus driver accused of asking student for nude photos

- Deputies say Paul John King, 49, of New Port Richey, tried to get a 16-year-old girl to send him the pictures and sent the teen graphic texts.

Sheriff: Pasco deputy accused of sexual battery a 'criminal'

- The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrested one of its own Wednesday after he “crossed the line from being a law enforcement officer to a criminal,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

Moore wins Pasco County Commission seat

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco County’s Board of Commissioners remained solidly in the hands of the GOP as Republican Mike Moore won the District 2 seat long held by Pat Mulieri.

Pasco commissioner, husband in spat with neighbors

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The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has again been called to intervene in the ongoing and escalating disputes between County Commissioner Pat Mulieri, her husband a...

Push to upgrade Pasco parks raises funding issues

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For two years, Pasco County commissioners have adopted the mission to make Pasco a “premier county.” But at a board workshop this week they got a harsh...

Army Corps rejects Pasco’s permit for SunWest channel dredge

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ARIPEKA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has again rejected Pasco County’s permit for a channel dredge at the future SunWest Park near the Pasco-Hernando County line.

Pasco commission OKs expansion for immigrant youth shelter

- A Pasco youth shelter that had become tied to the debate over federal immigration policy will be allowed to expand.

Consultant: Pasco should build $25 million government center in mid-county

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DADE CITY — Pasco County should build a $25 million government center in Land O’ Lakes or Wesley Chapel and relocate many of the county’s administrative offices to the central campus, consultants rec...

Raymond James: No immediate plan to develop Pasco property

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Financing plan submitted for Pasco baseball complex

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Get your peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Break in your mitt. In two years, Pasco County could be home to the largest year-round youth baseball complex in the world.

Teamsters ratify contract giving Pasco County employees raises

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HUDSON - Pasco County Teamsters on Monday ratified a one-year contract implementing a new play plan that bumps up employee wages ...

Investigation launched into high Pasco water bills

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— County Clerk Paula O’Neil said her office has received complaints from about 150 county water customers who believe they were overcharged by Pasco Utilities.

Deadline for Pasco ballfield finance plan extended

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The group hoping to team up with Pasco County to build a $70 million youth baseball complex at Wiregrass Ranch failed to

Wounded warrior family getting free home in Land O’ Lakes

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The bomb that exploded under his vehicle in Afghanistan six years ago set Army Cpl. Jesse Murphree’s life on a new trajectory — one that included ...

Outlet mall developer pays $14.6 million for Pasco land

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Outlet mall developer Simon Properties paid $14.6 million this week for the future site of Tampa Premium Outlets at Cypress Creek Town Center.

Pasco planners OK expanding immigrant shelter

- After a lengthy, sometimes heated debate, Pasco County's Planning Commission approved a application to increase capacity at a shelter for undocumented boys by a 6-3 vote.

Pasco commissioners endorse Greenlight Pinellas in 3-2 vote

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DADE CITY — Pasco County commissioners narrowly passed a resolution Tuesday supporting the upcoming vote on Greenlight Pine...

Pasco officials OK plans for long-awaited outlet mall

- The path has finally been cleared for developers to build the long-awaited Tampa Premium Outlets at Cypress Creek Town Center, located at the Interstate 75-State Road 56 interchange.

Pasco baseball complex plan in 9th inning, faces Friday deadline

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— It’s getting down to crunch time for the group hoping to build a massive baseball complex at Wiregrass Ranch.

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.