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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Laura Kinsler

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County approves building permit for Pasco ice hockey complex

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco County will soon be home to the largest ice hockey facility in Florida.

Pasco commissioners nix contract for baseball complex

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners terminated their contract with retired baseball star Gary Sheffield and his busin...

Pasco weighs lacrosse tournament’s impact

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— In a few weeks, teenage boys will descend on Pasco County from across the U.S. and Canada for the largest youth lacrosse tournament in the nation.

New Pasco outlet mall plans to open in October

- With the ceremonial shovel turn of dirt, global mall developer Simon Properties is now in a race to finish the huge, new Tampa Premium Outlets in time for next year's holiday shopping season.

Pasco poised to nix baseball complex deal

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County Administrator Michele Baker will ask commissioners next week to terminate the county’s contract with retired baseball star Gary Sheffield and his busin...

Pasco sinkhole victim gets new Hyundai from dealership

- A month ago, a traumatized Anna Maria Boi Jones stepped out of her car and watched the earth swallow it up as a sinkhole opened up in the driveway of her mobile home in Holiday.

Tempers flare after failed Pasco Democratic party chair vote

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LAND O’ LAKES — Tempers flared Monday night at the Pasco Democratic Executive Committee meeting when the vote for a new party chairman ended in a tie.

Pasco Democrats searching for a new leader

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— Pasco County Democrats are looking for new leadership again after another disappointing election in which the GOP maintained its stronghold throughout much of t...

Sheffield, business partner miss financing deadline on baseball complex

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Retired baseball star Gary Sheffield and his business partner missed a deadline Friday to submit their financing to Pasco County for a proposed $34 million youth baseball complex at Wiregrass Ranch...

Pasco legislators asked to change school year start date

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LAND O’ LAKES — Pasco School Board member Joanne Hurley asked the county’s legislative delegation to change the state law that ties the start of the school year to Labor Day.

Costco plans store in Pasco’s Cypress Creek Town Center

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Membership warehouse Costco has filed preliminary plans to build its fourth Tampa Bay store in Pasco County at the new Cypress Creek Town Center.

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.