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Pasco targets repeat offenders with new code enforcement tactic

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Gill Dawg restaurant owner Erik Suojanen, standing on property he owns across from his business, discusses a notice of violation he received from the city for allowing parking there without a submitting a site plan to the city.
 [Photo by Robert Napper]

Lack of parking for boat trailers causing turmoil along Port Richey waterfront

PORT RICHEY — As Memorial Day and the summer boating season approach, the city of Port Richey finds itself in turmoil over parking along the city's waterfront. City Manager Vince Lupo admits that parking is a "dire commodity" in the waterfront district, which continues to boom with activity. And, in recent months,  …

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  1. Lack of parking for boat trailers causing turmoil along Port Richey waterfront

    Local Government

    PORT RICHEY — As Memorial Day and the summer boating season approach, the city of Port Richey finds itself in turmoil over parking along the city's waterfront.

    Gill Dawg restaurant owner Erik Suojanen, standing on property he owns across from his business, discusses a notice of violation he received from the city for allowing parking there without a submitting a site plan to the city.
 [Photo by Robert Napper]
  2. 'Hard wake-up call' gets Pasco High grad back on track

    K12

    DADE CITY — Go back a year or so, and the odds were pretty much against Leah Walton graduating high school on time.

    Leah Walton sits in a classroom at Pasco High School in Dade City.   She is the school's 2017 turnaround student and an unlikely success story. On Friday, she will graduate -- something her teachers and counselors at one point didn't think likely.
  3. Pasco targets repeat offenders with new code enforcement tactic

    Local Government

    HOLIDAY — The out-of-date and overpriced gasoline cost on the sign outside — $2.69 for a gallon of regular — is the first indication that business isn't booming.

    Basil A. Almamluk is the owner of the closed Pure Gas station in Holiday, which has emerged as a poster child for a new "high return'' county code enforcement effort. The property on Mile Stretch Drive is littered with discarded furniture and other trash. [Photo courtesy of Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Pasco tax roll shows increase, but so, too, are budget requests

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County's tax roll grew by more than 5 percent in 2016, but it's a figure that likely would require local government budget writers to trim proposed spending requests.

    OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
New construction accounted for $693.5 million in taxable property values being added to the Pasco County tax rolls in 2016, according to preliminary estimates released by Property Appraiser Gary Joiner. Overall, the property tax roll grew more than 5 percent, according to the preliminary numbers.

  5. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  6. Pasco Business Digest for May 26

    Business

    Events

    CHAMBER BUSINESS BREAKFAST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly business breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. June 1 at Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The event is sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and the guest speaker will be Todd Vandeberg. …

    HOSPITAL NAMES NURSE OF THE YEAR: Registered nurse Gabriel Mangual-Reyes was named 2017 Nurse of the Year for Florida Hospital Zephyrhills at the hospital?  s eighth annual Nurse of the Year celebration ceremony May 8. Mangual-Reyes is employed in the progressive care unit and joined the hospital in 2015. He was nominated by patients, their family members, peers and hospital leadership. From left are: hospital employees Ryan Willis, chief financial officer; Mangual-Reyes; Gwen Alonso, chief nursing officer, and Randy Surber, president and chief executive officer.
  7. Drought forces tougher watering restrictions around Tampa Bay

    Water

    Water restrictions will go into effect next month as the region grapples with the driest dry season on record in 103 years, the Southwest Florida Water Management District said Tuesday.

    Clouds build in downtown St. Petersburg on Tuesday ahead of storms forecast to bring much-needed rain. The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties that runs through Thursday morning. Forecasters say the best chance for severe storms is Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by localized flooding, frequent lightning, gusty winds and dangerous surf.