Pasco ordinance may help stop metal thefts | Business
Dade City, Fla. -- The Pasco Sheriff's Office has scheduled a number of informational sessions to help inform secondhand dealers about a new county ordinance that has set new requirements for the business in the county.
On Feb. 7, the BOCC adopted the Secondary Metals Recyclers Ordinance which requires secondary metal recyclers to maintain a log of items received for scrap and electronically transmit their reports to the Sheriff's Office. The Board also adopted a companion ordinance entitled the Secondhand Dealers Ordinance which has the same reporting requirements as the Secondary Metals Recyclers Ordinance but also allows for a minimum 30-day holding period on items.
The Sheriff's Office has scheduled three, free sessions and each session is expected to be approximately 2 hours long. Each session will be the same and attendance is voluntary. The sessions will include a discussion of the requirements found in the new ordinance, a demonstration of the designated reporting system called FINDER, and a chance to ask questions to detectives about the new procedures.
Letters have been sent out to businesses that have secondhand dealer occupational licenses informing them about the informational sessions. Please contact Lindy Nowicki at 727-844-7797 or LNowicki@pascosheriff.org to attend one of the sessions."
- Wednesday, March 14, 1 p.m. - CPI Conference Room, Counsel Square, 7601 Little Road, New Port Richey
- Thursday, March 15, 1 p.m. - Pasco Sheriff's Office, District II, 36409 State Road 52, Dade City
- Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m. - Pasco Sheriff's Office Detention Center, 20101 Central Blvd., Land O' Lakes
The ordinance is available for review at the Pasco County website, at www.pascocountyfl.net.
It is hoped the new law will curtail the scrapping of illegally acquired or stolen metal that is rampant throughout the Tampa Bay area and the entire state.