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No charge to watch the sunset at Hudson Beach

No charge to watch the sunset at Hudson Beach

HUDSON, Florida (AP) -- Beachgoers won't have to pay to watch the sunset in Pasco County.

County commissioners on Tuesday formally adopted new parking fees for county parks. But they agreed not to charge for parking at Hudson Beach after 5 p.m.

Beachfront restaurant and business owners had complained about a drop in business since November, when the county began collecting a $2 parking fee.

Construction begins on Starkey Park's multi-use path

Construction begins on Starkey Park's multi-use path

New Port Richey, FL -- Construction of the eight-foot multi-use path along the east side of Starkey Boulevard from Alico Pass to Wilderness Park Road starts this week. 

The existing sidewalk will be replaced with the multi-use path and the sidewalk will not be accessible for pedestrian/bicycle travel during construction. 

The project will be completed on or about June 28, 2011. 

The second phase of the project, a new ten-foot multi-use path inside the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, will begin on May 8, 2011, with completion of the path on or about July 16. This path will lead through the park and connect to the trailhead at the Suncoast Parkway. 

The last phase of the project is the construction of the multi-use path along the north side of Wilderness Park Road between Starkey Boulevard and the park entrance.  

Tommytown Project completed in Pasco County

Tommytown Project completed in Pasco County

Pasco County, FL -- Residents living in north eastern Pasco County, are celebrating a safer, cleaner and more family-friendly community thanks to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development. 


The Tommytown redevelopment project started over a decade ago and has now been officially completed.


In a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday on 17th Street in Dade City, federal and community leaders came together to cap the project dubbed the largest U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funded in the state of Florida. 


The county received more than $13 million in federal funds for road paving, installation of water and sewer lines, new sidewalks and a huge stormwater management project that included storm drains and retention ponds.

Will panhandlers be ticketed in New Port Richey?

Will panhandlers be ticketed in New Port Richey?

New Port Richey, Florida - Panhandlers are becoming more and more of a problem in the Bay area. 

Cities are adopting different ordinances on how to deal with them.  Now, New Port Richey police officers could soon be able to write tickets to those panhandlers that they feel are too aggressive.

Several weeks ago, there was a discussion at the City Council work session.  They talked about the ordinance which would ban any aggressive panhandling and even fine the person involved. 

Suncoast Arts Fest at Wiregrass this weekend!

Suncoast Arts Fest at Wiregrass this weekend!

Don't forget the Suncoast Arts Fest this weekend at The Shops at Wiregrass

The art show's hours are: Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

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NPR library nominated "Best Small Library" of year!

NPR library nominated "Best Small Library" of year!


New Port Richey, FL -- Located in the heart of downtown and filled with creative classes and programs, The New Port Richey Library is currently nominated for Best Small Library in America.

In 2006, it was awarded Florida's first Library of the Year by the Library Association.

The library has been there for 90 years.

They'll give you shelter from the cold

They'll give you shelter from the cold

New Port Richey, FL -- Pasco County cold weather shelters will be open tonight and tomorrow night to help combat the cold front.

The low pressure system continues to put temperatures overnight ranging from 19-26 degrees.

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