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 A consultant recommended that Pasco County consider a dozen canal dredging projects in west Pasco's coastal communities at a cost that could reach nearly $13.5 million. Commissioners, however, said the project list should be broadened. [WILL VRAGOVIC, Times 2011]

Pasco commissioners seek broader dredging of west Pasco canals

NEW PORT RICHEY — A plan to dredge a dozen west Pasco canals at an estimated cost of up to $13.5 million drew a near unanimous response Tuesday from three west-side county commissioners: Why isn't the plan bigger? Commissioner Kathryn Starkey wondered why the project list, devised by Dewberry Consultants LLC, exclu …

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  1. Pasco County put under immediate tornado warning

    News

    The National Weather Service has put out a tornado warning for Pasco County.

  2. Pasco County mulls preserving former Ft. King ranch

    Environment

    LAND O'LAKES — Nearly three decades after Freeman Polk unsuccessfully attempted to auction his massive Fort King Ranch, the thousands of acres north of State Road 52 just might have a new buyer — Pasco County.

    A Pasco advisory committee is recommending the county acquire the nearly 3,600 acres formelry known as the Fort King Ranch north of State Road 52.
  3. A year after impasse, Pasco school contract talks run more smoothly

    Teachers

    LAND O'LAKES — Representatives from the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco sat together several times in the weeks leading to Thanksgiving break, trading contract proposals amid (mostly) amicable conversation.

    Representatives from the United School Employees of Pasco, left, hold contract talks Nov. 9, with district negotiators. The sides are nearing an agreement.
  4. Across country, small retailers aim for emotional ties big chains may lack

    Business

    Some smaller retailers will tug at shoppers' heartstrings during the holidays, trying to create an emotional experience or connection that a big national chain might not provide.

    Some smaller retailers will tug at shoppers’ heartstrings during the holidays, trying to create an emotional experience or connection that a big national chain might not provide. Keep St. Pete Local is an independent business alliance in St. Petersburg that has more than 600 members.
  5. New Port Richey rebooting Hacienda Hotel's redevelopment process

    Briefs

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The city is restarting the long-elusive process of finding a redeveloper for its historic Hacienda Hotel.

  6. Dade City and UF join forces to start community garden

    News

    DADE CITY — A partnership between the city and the University of Florida — the first of its kind in the state — will bring a long-awaited community garden to Dade City.

  7. Pasco students score big at Junior Thespian Festival

    K12

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco schools brought home 20 top honors from the District 11 Junior Thespian Festival, which included 22 schools from Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Manatee counties and took place at the new River Ridge FAME Academy on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18.

    Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School Jr. Thespian Troupe 88935 members Tripp Spoor, left, and Saada Baumfeld perform a scene from a One Act comedy by Jonat han Rand, exploring the conundrums of the first date.