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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Laura Kinsler

Tribune Staff

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.

Opposites attracted to District 2 seat

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The race to replace longtime District 2 Commissioner Pat Mulieri will give county voters a choice between candidates at

Murphy, Gregg vie for District 36

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Anyone who paid attention to last year’s state House District 36 special election might have expected a repeat of Pasco’s most expensive — and perhaps n...

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.

Wesoff chosen to lead housing authority

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— Nancy Wesoff, who has led public housing agencies from Lakeland to Los Angeles, was the unanimous choice to take over as executive director of the Pasco County Housing Aut...

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.

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.

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 ...