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  1. Pasco school officials anticipate push for higher impact feeRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jan 22 | St. Petersburg Times

    LAND O'LAKES - The last time Pasco County commissioners considered changing the amount of the school impact fee, the public debate turned into a monthslong political brawl featuring public protests, crowded town hall meetings and even intimidating emails from a home builder to elected officials. And that was a 2011 discussion about lowering the fee, which is charged on newly constructed homes to help pay for new classrooms.

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  2. Bowen: A premium outlet addresses the central Pasco border disputeRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jan 22 | St. Petersburg Times

    The typical government-produced road side sign, white letters on a green background, popped up in central Pasco 14 months ago. Installed on the south side of State Road 54 at Cypress Creek Road, it provided information to commuters on their journey eastward to Interstate 75. It was supposed to mark a boundary, but it might as well have been a stop sign since it halted some Land O'Lakes motorists dead in their tracks.

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  3. District girls soccer: Pasco edges into final, faces Land O'LakesRead the original story

    Wednesday Jan 14 | St. Petersburg Times

    LAND O'LAKES - Freshman Jenny Luna's goal with six minutes left gave Pasco a 2-1 win over Wesley Chapel, sending the Pirates to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Pasco plays top seed Land O'Lakes on Friday for the District 3A-8 title after the Gators got past stingy Sunlake 3-0 in Wednesday's second semifinal.

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  4. Big-box liquor store targets Land O'LakesRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jan 7 | St. Petersburg Times

    B&B Cash Grocery Stores Inc. and Party Liquors and Fine Wines are seeking county permission to open an 11,000-square-foot package store at the northeast corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 54 in the Pasco Plaza Shopping Center. The plaza, owned by B&B, is anchored by Big Lots, and the liquor superstore is earmarked for vacant space to the south between Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Liberty Cleaners.

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  5. Wesley Chapel couple's son loses battle against rare skin conditionRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 31, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    It was Dec. 15 and Sean Bartell, a very normal, healthy 16-year-old boy who spent his time either studying or playing video games, felt sick. He saw his pediatrician, who diagnosed an upper respiratory infection.

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  6. Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando countiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 11, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    'Symphony in Lights': This annual holiday light show, choreographed to music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will be at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31. at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. For information, call 994-2242.

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  7. Wesley Chapel girls soccer energized by young playersRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 11, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Just get a winning record - a humble goal, but something no Wesley Chapel High School girls soccer team had ever attained. Well, now that that's out of the way, the Wildcats are getting greedy.

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  8. Bowen: Confronting the flood of insurance frustrationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 4, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Scott and Carol Fisher have their home and a lawn maintenance company in Lutz, and a 35-year-old mobile home on property off Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel. The land is home to a green barn, a shed, horses, dogs, pigs and a cat stretched out on the seat of a tractor.

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  9. Girls soccer: Wesley Chapel 3, Pasco 2Read the original story

    Dec 3, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Freshman Victoria Mitchell, playing in just her third game after a knee injury, scored early in the second half to give the Wildcats a 3-2 victory over host Pasco on Wednesday. Pasco freshman Jenny Luna scored twice and nearly added a third, which would have tied it in the closing minutes.

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  10. News and notes for Pasco CountyRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 3, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Postal Service Letter Carriers, in support of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, will collect new, unwrapped toys left by customers' mailboxes on Saturday to brighten the holidays for less fortunate children. Toys should be left by the mailbox before the carriers' regular delivery time.

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  11. Costco to join Pasco's Cypress Creek Town CenterRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 3, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Costco Wholesale plans to join the membership warehouse market in the New Tampa/Wesley Chapel area with a 153,000-square-foot store at the Cypress Creek Town Center. It becomes the latest retailer confirmed for the 540-acre town center, adjacent to the Interstate 75 and State Road 56 interchange, which includes the 1.1 million-squre-foot Tampa Premium Outlets mall as its centerpiece.

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  12. Pasco EDC chief: Sales tax revenue presents moral obligation to get it rightRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 20, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Pasco Economic Development Council president John Hagen calls it a gift - a treasure of such virtue that it carries with it a moral obligation to ensure better economic opportunities and quality of life for local residents. The gift is the voter-authorized renewal of the Penny for Pasco sales tax, collection of which begins Jan. 1 for the next 10 years.

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  13. Things to do in Pasco, Hernando counties, Nov. 21 and aheadRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 20, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Dance, wine and dine for a cause: The 2014 Beats on the Bayou Benefit Gala will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. The night will include live music by the Bus Stop Band; heavy hors d'oeuvres provided by Delectables Fine Catering; and wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages provided by Lundy's.

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  14. New boundaries for renovated Quail Hollow Elementary will affect several schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 19, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    As construction crews prepare to reopen Quail Hollow Elementary School next fall, district planners are drawing attendance boundaries for the renovated campus. The new school will have an added classroom wing, so it will be able to accommodate many more children than it originally held.

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  15. Pasco officials allow extra innings for baseball tourism pitchRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 18, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Pasco County is allowing the developer of a proposed baseball complex in Wesley Chapel to go extra innings in search of acceptable financing. Pasco commissioners on Tuesday gave James Talton and former major leaguer Gary Sheffield, the principals behind Pasco Sports LLC, until early next year to cement their financing for a sports tourism project planned for public land just north of the Shops at Wiregrass mall.

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  16. State cross country: Calvary Christian's Brookover leads Pinellas contingentRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 15, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Pinellas and North Suncoast runners kept their pulses pounding and pushed the leaders on a frigid North Florida morning at Apalachee Regional Park for the state cross country meet. The best individual effort came from Calvary Christian's Hannah Brookover.

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  17. State cross country: Class 2A previewRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 13, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Class 2A outlook: Charlotte County's Lemon Bay girls dominated the region 3 meet at Anclote last weekend, but are seeded 13th based on their times against teams from other regions. Holy Names comes in 15th with Berkeley Prep right behind it.

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  18. Things to do in Pasco and Hernando countiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 13, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Look up in the sky!: The Fighter Town USA air show, hosted by the Bay City Flyers, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Conner Preserve, 22500 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes. The event will feature remote-control military planes.

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  19. Pricey park plan renews taxing questions in PascoRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 6, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Pasco County envisions $93 million worth of new parks by the end of the decade including new district parks at the Connerton and Bexley Ranch developments. Right now, the county has budgeted only about a third of the money it needs.

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  20. Pasco County letters: Wesley Chapel's identity was created by countyRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 5, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    I read the Oct. 24 C.T. Bowen column, "Wesley Chapel growth creates Portable City at school." No doubt, Wesley Chapel has seen growth over the years since the 1980s, but I would like for you to know that Wesley Chapel does not suffer from an identity crisis, but identity creation, assisted by the county, which has expanded its growth to now place their name on territory that was always considered part of the Land O'Lakes-Lutz community.

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