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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

Kinsler, Laura

Tribune Staff

If you can dream it, 3D printer Object Shop can make it

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LUTZ — Their customers run the gamut from artists to surgeons to aeronautical engineers. At the Object Shop, Pasco’s first 3-D printing company, if you can d...

Teamsters endorse Pasco contract

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NEW PORT RICHEY — The Teamsters Local 79 overwhelmingly voted to ratify their first contract with Pasco County.

Commissioners push for discounts as SunWest bids bust budget

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DADE CITY — Anxious to meet their goal of opening the new SunWest park this year, Pasco commissioners may be hoping for the impossible.

Talk of options to S.R. 54 toll road dominates meeting

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NEW PORT RICHEY — County transportation planners barely mentioned the proposed elevated toll road...

Pinellas rejects Pasco wellfield property taxes

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SPRING HILL — Pinellas County commissioners won’t sell the Crossbar and Al-Bar ranch wellfields to Pasco County,...

SunWest Park project faces key votes today

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DADE CITY — The outcome of today’s Pasco County Commission meeting could determine whether SunWest Park in Aripeka opens this summer.

Unpaid tax bill fans dispute over Pinellas’ Pasco land

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SPRING HILL — Pinellas County commissioners won’t sell the Crossbar and Al-Bar ranch wellfields to Pasco County,...

Big issues on the line when voters go to polls

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ST. LEO — Voters in three east Pasco towns will go to the polls Tuesday to decide races that could influence the direction — or even the future existence — of their respective towns.

Behnke Ranch project calls for homes, multifamily units

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ODESSA — With construction already underway at nearby Starkey Ranch and Long Lake Ranch, Houston-based developer Hines is eager to get things started on the former Behnke Ranch property on State Road 54.

Homeowners’ association challenges judge’s ruling

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DADE CITY — The Bayhead Landings Property Owners Association, which battled one of its members in court o...

PHSC dedicates Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch

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WESLEY CHAPEL — As officials from Pasco-Hernando State College officially dedicated the new Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, math professor Sarah Fede invited the hundreds of guests at the ceremony to stick aroun...

Former Zephyrhills city manager applies for county post

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ZEPHYRHILLS — Former City Manager Steve Spina is looking for a government job, but it’s not his old position at Zephyrhills City Hall.

Pasco earns planning kudos

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NEW PORT RICHEY — It was a clean sweep for Pasco County last week at the annual Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council “Future of the Region” awards.

Pasco loses out on federal grant

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LACOOCHEE — Pasco County failed to make the final cut for this year’s competitive federal Choice Neighborhood Grant.

Pasco commissioners add toll road question to annual citizen survey

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NEW PORT RICHEY — With everyone from homeowner groups to chambers of commerce lining up to oppose pl...

Pasco administrator for public services resigns

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NEW PORT RICHEY — One of Pasco County’s top administrators has resigned after just 18 months on the job.

Pasco Housing Authority director resigns

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DADE CITY — Pasco County Housing Authority Executive Director Dianne Morris resigned Wednesday from the position she held for two years, but no one on the authority will explain what led to her abrupt decision.

Pasco to ax Oaks at Riverside apartment project

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County commissioners voted Tuesday to right a 30-year-old wrong when they agreed to spend $3 million from the reserve fund to

Dade City HOA loses suit, can’t charge for legal fees

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DADE CITY — The neighborhood at the center of a costly dispute over wheelchair access to its homeowners as...

Pasco, Teamsters agree on tentative contract deal

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NEW PORT RICHEY — After three and half years of bargaining, Pasco County and the Teamsters Local 79 have finally agreed on a tentative contract that will govern 1,100 public employees.

Clash over wheelchair access dims hopes for dream home

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DADE CITY — When Kim and John Whitt bought their house in Bayhead Landings five years ago, they thought they were getting their dream home.

SunWest Park is ‘going to come to fruition this year’

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ARIPEKA — Pasco County Commission Chairman Jack Mariano said Thursday he’s still confident the county will be able to open its SunWest Park this summer, now that bids have been opened for the park construct...

Pasco to get 1st Mercedes-Benz outlet

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WESLEY CHAPEL — AutoNation, the country’s largest auto retailer, will open Pasco’s first Mercedes-Benz dealership by the end of the year.

Mall, 800 homes planned for Pasco’s Mitchell Ranch property

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TRINITY — An outdoor shopping mall and movie theater would highlight a planned 800-home community on the former Mitchell Ranch property at Little Road and State Road 54.

Toll road opponents say Pasco officials using ‘scare tactic’

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LAND O’ LAKES — All it took was one mention of the projected “20-lane highway” along State Road 54 for Pasco officials to lose control of their town hall meeting Monday night.

Pasco, Teamsters close to deal Special magistrate sides with union on OT

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NEW PORT RICHEY — After more than three years, Pasco County and the Teamsters Local 79 may be close to approving their first contract following the second pro-union ruling by a special magistrate.

Kentucky sinkhole swallows Pasco man’s Vette

- Kevin Helmintoller doesn’t second-guess his decision to donate his 2001 Mallett Hammer Conversion Corvette to a Corvette museum, even as it sits in a sinkhole.

Forums to address toll road concerns

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A public outreach campaign on the proposed FL54 Express toll road will kick into high gear beginning with Commissioner Kathryn Starkey’s town hall meeting Monday at Sunlake High School, Florida Transportation Secr...

Pasco’s Dais Analytic demonstrates water filtration system

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ODESSA — Since moving to Pasco County in 1990, Dais Analytic has had its share of splashy news conferences and big announcements. That’s not what Monday’s event at a remote sewer treatment plant was for...

Here comes Wesley Chapel’s housing boom

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Wesley Chapel is about to experience a housing boom it hasn’t seen since the 2008 financial crisis as construction gets underway on residential projects that were on the shelf for years.

Volkswagen dealership planned for Wesley Chapel

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Just months after opening Wesley Chapel’s first Chevrolet dealership, Pasco auto magnate Scott Fink has confirmed plans to build a new Volkswagen dealership in the area.

Pasco hires D.C. firm to help with Ridge Road extension permit

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NEW PORT RICHEY — After 13 frustrating years, Pasco County is still no closer to getting a permit for the controversial Ridge Road extension. So commissioners voted this week to get outside help from a high-powere...

Pasco County administrator’s leadership team in place

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NEW PORT RICHEY — It took eight months and dozens of interviews, but County Administrator Michele Baker is finally rounding out her leadership team.

Toll road opponents want Pasco commissioners to halt project

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Toll road opponents filled the Pasco Commission chambers Tuesday and two dozen spoke against the proposed elevated highway in what was the first real show of force by the grassroots “Pasco...

Right-of-way suit settled for $4.7 million

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SAN ANTONIO — In a few weeks, Pasco County attorneys will try to get the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal to reverse a ruling last year declaring the county’s right-of-way ordinance

Developer breaks ground on Starkey Ranch project

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ODESSA — Starkey Ranch developer Dan Green said the first of the community’s 5,050 new homes will be available by this time next year, and a huge new district park will open in the summer of 2015.

Florida's largest ice rink facility planned for Wesley Chapel

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WESLEY CHAPEL — One of the men who helped bring the Ice Sports Forum to Brandon announced a plan Wednesday to build Florida's largest hockey and ice skating facility in Wesley Chapel.

Pasco County Fair brings thrills, flavors to visitors

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DADE CITY — It taunts you from its perch on the northernmost boundary of the fairground. You can see its rainbow lights and giant spinning claw from the highway, but it takes some time to build up the nerve to ride...