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Monday, Aug 31, 2015

Laura Kinsler

Tribune Staff

Months later, still no answer for $3,400 Pasco water bill

- After a 10-month investigation, Pasco County’s inspector general still can’t explain why a New Port Richey couple was charged for using 614,000 gallons of water over three weeks last summer.

Pasco adminstrator’s job eval scores range from fair to great

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Pasco County’s two newest commissioners gave County Administrator Michele Baker substantially lower marks on her annual performance evaluation than did their ...

Flooded west Pasco residents demand county commissioners take action

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Fed up with persistent flooding problems in their neig...

Corcoran to pitch charter

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— State Rep. Richard Corcoran will have one chance to make his pitch for a charter government before the county’s 15-member charter advisory committee votes Aug. 24 o...

Crackdown on blight may mean jail time for Pasco owners

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— Pasco commissioners are expected to vote in September on a new ordinance that could allow jailing property owners for refusing to repair or demolish their blighted commerc...

Wesley Chapel hospital launches expansion before its 3rd anniversary

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State Rep. Danny Burgess knows firsthand the quality care provided at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. He and his wife delivered their 18-month-old daughter there not l...

Pasco cleaning up blight, one property at a time

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As Pasco commissioners prepare to discuss a proposed ordinance Tuesday aimed at cleaning up blighted buildings on the county’s main roadways, some signs ...

Food court dining to be highlight of outlet mall

- Tampa Premium Outlets will have several food court restaurants that will be the first of their kind in Florida.

No FEMA flood relief money yet

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Gov. Rick Scott’s emergency declaration late Thursday for Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties made state services and personnel available to assist with...

Pasco trashing old recycling program

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Beginning in October, Pasco County no longer will accept recyclables in blue bags.

Interchange idea aims to ease State Road 56 congestion

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Paul Steinman, district secretary for Florida’s Department of Transportation, doesn’t need anyone to tell him the State Road 56 interchange at Interstate...

Pasco sports complex hits new snag

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After spending two years on plans for a huge baseball complex at Wiregrass Ranch — plans that fell apart in December because of financing issues — Pasco ...

Pasco County opts to raise property tax

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NEW PORT RICHEY — In front of first responders and their families, Pasco County commissioners on Tuesday voted to increase the county’s property tax rate to pay higher salaries for a sheriff’s depart...

Assessments made for BP settlement

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— The ink had not dried on their $7.4 million settlement with BP before Pasco County commissioners began toying with how to spend the money.

Hear the boom? That's Pasco County development

- They moved in January, leaving Cary, North Carolina, to be closer to family, to live near a big city but not too close, and to make the change to a good school district before their two girls got too entrenched in kindergar...

Two Rivers Ranch owner, builder strike deal to develop 3,600 acres

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Rancher Robert Thomas has struck a deal with Lennar Homes to develop the massive Two Rivers Ranch that stretches along 3 miles of the new State Road 56 extension in sout...

Pasco agrees to pay A+ concrete plant to move

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Pasco County will pay $700,000 to get a concrete plant to move fro...

Pasco deputies might get fraction of requested pay hike

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County Administrator Michele Baker’s proposed $1.3 billion budget would give the Pasco Sheriff’s Office a fraction of what it needs to implement a new ...

Unlikely pair back charter government

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Pasco County’s move toward charter government has forged an unlikely alliance between one of the county’s most outspoken activists and future Hous...

Homeless population declines in Pasco County

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In five years, Pasco County’s efforts at addressing homelessness have gone from an embarrassment to a success story.

Pasco may get a Ford’s Garage restaurant

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On the heels of opening their fourth Ford’s Garage restaurant — this one in Brandon — the owners of the gourmet burger...

Task force to tackle S.R. 54 woes

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Now that plans for an elevated toll road are off the table, Pasco...

Scott’s veto won’t end ministry’s housing project

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Metropolitan Ministries President Tim Marks says Gov. Rick Scott’s

Many Pasco County positions remain unfilled

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When Pasco Administrator Michele Baker next week presents her recommended 2016 budget to county commissioners, she will do so without the benefit of a budget directo...

Pasco to clean up polluted sites; $600,000 will help fund project

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Pasco County has won two federal grants totaling nearly $600,000 to identify and clean up contaminated properties.