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Roadside panhandling banned in Pasco County, except Sundays

Roadside panhandling banned in Pasco County, except Sundays

New Port Richey, Florida - It is now against the law to panhandle in Pasco County, except for Sundays.

The ban includes asking for money on the side of the road, selling newspapers, or collecting charity money.

Last week, Pasco County commissioners agreed with other communities in the Bay area in approving a new law dealing with the panhandle ban.

The ban includes any type of solicitation from rights-of-way on the major roads in the county.

Boat Ramp fee a possibility in New Port Richey

Boat Ramp fee a possibility in New Port Richey

New Port Richey, Florida - On Tuesday, the New Port Richey City Council revisited a proposal to charge a fee to park at the Sims Park Boat Ramp.

The ramp is located on the west bank of the Pithlachascotee River.

The council wanted to examine the fees once again, after turning down the idea back in February.

With a looming projected $800,000-deficit in the general fund budget for the fiscal year 2012, the council needed to ensure the shortfall was addressed.

Victory Wrestling donates to youth parks scholarships

Victory Wrestling donates to youth parks scholarships

New Port Richey, Florida -- Victory Wrestling Association presented a check to the New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department for $1064.00, to be utilized in the “Open Arms Scholarship” fund.

The department’s staff will award ten scholarships to low-income New Port Richey youths up to 15 years of age for annual membership at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center.

When Victory Wrestling Association’s Al Schaefer heard there were no monies in the scholarship fund, he offered to conduct a wrestling event to benefit New Port Richey youth.  On June 4, 2011, the Victory Wrestling Association conducted “Slam! Tacular” at the Recreation and Aquatic Center.

'These is My Words' subject of next Book Discussion Group

'These is My Words' subject of next Book Discussion Group

Dade City, Florida -- Join us as we discuss Nancy E. Turner's vivid portrait of pioneer life in 1880's Arizona Territory, 'These Is My Words' in the next session of the Hugh Embry Branch Library's Book Discussion Group.

This novel is part diary, part love story, part gut-wrenching realism.  We read a new book each month and meet the third Tuesday at 2 pm. New members are always welcome!

Who: Adults
What: Hugh Embry Book Discussion Group: "These is My Words"
When: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Where: Hugh Embry Branch Library
Questions? Call 352-567-3576

Pasco County lifts Burn Ban

Pasco County lifts Burn Ban

NEW PORT RICHEY-- The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners lifted the outdoor burn ban for Pasco County that was issued June 21, 2011.

The conditions of the ban forbid the burning of yard trash, household paper products, bonfires, campfires, warming fires and cooking fires, unless authorized by the Florida Division of Forestry.

Outdoor cooking done within a contained gas or charcoal grill (excluding a fire pit) was the only exception given.

Residents are no longer prohibited from these activities.

Land O' Lakes Sweetbay closing

Land O' Lakes Sweetbay closing

Land O' Lakes, FL - Sweetbay supermarket in the Village Lakes Shopping Center will close its doors for good August 1.

The grocery store, located in a strip shopping center built in the early 80s, east of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 intersection has been a regular stop and shop for many Land O' Lakes residents over the years. 

The shopping center has seen a decline in business with newer stores like Walmart opening just a couple of miles away.

Land O' Lakes Rec pool faces possible closure

Land O' Lakes Rec pool faces possible closure

Land O' Lakes, Florida -- The cooling pool waters at the Land O' Lakes Recreational Complex on Collier Parkway and Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson are heating up with talk of a possible closure this fall.

Pasco County is under tight budget constraints that may force the two county run pools to close in order to prevent laying off employees or shutting down other facilities.

The county's Parks and Recreation Department made the decision to recommend the closings at a recent board meeting after reviewing costs to keep the facilities open. 

The pools are said to pull in $39,000 each year, but cost about $328,000 to operate and are in need of repairs totaling $100,000.