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Single-family permitting was up 21% in Pasco County in 2019, compared to the previous year — and for the first time, the county’s single-family residential average permit value topped $300,000. Those were among the statistics that

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amount of permits, from a new single-family home construction perspective,” Biles said. The increase in the average permit value also demonstrates that “not only are we building more, but we’re building at a higher value,” the administrator added. Biles said the statistics indicate “the See ECONOMY, page 11A

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County outlines Ridge Road Pasco County steps closer to construction timeline By B.C. Manion bcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles recently laid out the time frame for the completion of the Ridge Road extension, a project that eventually will provide a new east-west corridor between Moon Lake Road and U.S. 41. The project is broken into two phases, with a groundbreaking for the first phase held earlier this week. During the Pasco County Commission meeting last week, Biles laid out the time frame for the project — which the county has pursued for two decades. It finally received a permit for the project in December from the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers. The first phase will build a new stretch of Ridge Road, which will extend from Moon Lake Road east to the Suncoast Parkway. The second phase will continue the ex-

tension eastward, linking the Suncoast Parkway to U.S. 41. Biles laid out these project milestones: • To Town Center Boulevard by Sept. 16 • Two lanes to the Suncoast Parkway: July 20, 2021 • Four lanes to the Suncoast Parkway: July 20, 2022 • Four lanes to Sunlake Boulevard: September 2022 • Four lanes to U.S. 41: September 2025 Although the first milestone calls for completion by Sept. 16, Biles believes that work will be finished sooner. “We believe we will be able to get two lanes of traffic, if not all four lanes, before school starts, even if they’re not all done and buttoned up with that section,” Biles said. “We’re working with the school district to make sure that happens.” There have long been complaints about See RIDGE ROAD, page 11A

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Pasco County is taking aim at a problem that crops up when a Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy arrives at a scene, and isn’t able to determine who owns the property, or who is authorized to be there. The problem also occurs when the county can’t pin down a way to locate who’s responsible for code violations at a specific site. To address those issues, the Pasco County Commission is considering a new ordinance that requires rental properties to be registered. Senior Assistant County Attorney Kristi Sims is handling the ordinance for the County Attorney’s Office, and she appeared at the See RENTAL, page 11A


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Old Pasco Road is undergoing reconfigurations at its intersections with Quail Hollow Boulevard, Oakley Boulevard and Boom Boom Drive. The construction aims to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion.

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Construction is underway to reconstruct Old Pasco Road’s intersections with Quail Hollow Boulevard, Oakley Boulevard and Boom Boom Drive, in Wesley Chapel. The improvements are in response to a route study that concluded upgrades are needed to improve safety and increase traffic capacity. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore said he has heard concerns from motorists who travel on Old Pasco Road. And Moore, whose District 2 includes the intersections in question, said he, too, has witnessed a need for improvements. “Just driving that intersection myself, throughout the years, you could tell there was obviously a need,” he said.“There was safety issues – how it was configured.” Moore also noted that this project will alleviate school traffic for buses heading to and from Cypress Creek Middle-High School. The campus will have even more students in the fall, when the new middle school opens — creating additional capacity for both middle and high school students at the Old Pasco Road complex. As part of the $3 million road construction project: • Two northbound left-turn lanes will be added on Old Pasco Road, leading onto

Quail Hollow Boulevard • A northbound right-turn lane will be added on Old Pasco Road, leading onto Oakley Boulevard • Going south on Old Pasco Road, there will be a right-turn lane added, leading onto Quail Hollow Boulevard • The existing left-turn lane on southbound Old Pasco Road will be extended, leading onto Oakley Boulevard • Heading west on Oakley Boulevard, a left-turn lane will be added, leading onto Old Pasco Road • Heading west on Oakley Boulevard, its existing right-turn lane will be extended, leading onto Old Pasco Road • Old Pasco Road, heading north, will have an added left-turn lane, leading onto Boom Boom Drive • Old Pasco Road, heading south, will have an added right-turn lane, leading onto Boom Boom Drive • The traffic light at Old Pasco Road and Quail Hollow Boulevard will be reconstructed • The traffic light at Old Pasco Road and Oakley Boulevard will be reconstructed “I know the citizens will be very happy,” Moore said.“The ones I’ve talked to are ecstatic that this is moving forward and coming to fruition.” There are no expected lane closures or detours during construction. The project is scheduled to be completed in Winter 2020.

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Pigz in Z’Hills to celebrate its 10th year By Kevin Weiss kweiss@lakerlutznews.com

The largest event in Zephyrhills is gearing up for its 10th anniversary — with a few more fixins’. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce’s annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest is set for Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Community Venue, 5200 Airport Road, Zephyrhills. Admission is free, but parking is $10. To kick off its 10th year, festivities have been added for a special Friday celebration on Jan. 17 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will include a steak cookoff and kid’s grilling competition sanctioned by the Steak Cookoff Association, as well as a second-day cornhole tournament, “People’s Choice” dessert contest, and a local band showcase featuring Hired Gun,The Groovediggers,Time FILE Travelers, and Jase Randall Band. The annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival returns on Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There also “We just wanted Friday night to will be a special Friday night event, to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary. be a local celebration where people could come relax and have a good time,” said Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of chance to win a cash prize and a trophy. er for scholarships, youth leadership proCommerce Executor Director Melonie Car enthusiasts are welcome to partici- grams and children’s charities. Monson, who’s organizing Pigz in Z’Hills. pate in the car show, or to simply check out The chamber director put it like this: As usual, Saturday’s main event is the the motorcycles and vehicles on display. “When people come, they have a positive Florida BBQ Association-approved barbecue Visitors also can get a free tour of the experience, so they’re telling others. We competition, with 60 competition teams, Zephyrhills Military History Museum, and have a real strong motto that we want both professional and backyard, vying for take a look at refurbished wartime planes everyone to be happy. We want everybody top honors and trophies in four standard and other unique memorabilia. to feel like, ‘This is exactly what our town categories: chicken, pork, brisket and ribs. Youths can get in on the fun in the Kidz represents.’” Professional teams have the added incentive Zone, which will have face painting, arts Over the years, Pigz in Z’Hills has distinof potentially winning $10,000 in prize and crafts, and games. guished itself to be a qualifier for three money. Last year’s festival marked its largest prestigious championship contests: Jack While attendees munch on barbecue, showing ever — with over 13,500 atten- Daniel’s World Championship Invitational in live blues music will be going all day long, dees. The figure represents how far the Lynchburg,Tennessee, long considered the with a lineup headlined by Sean Chambers, event has come in a decade, when it drew Super Bowl of barbecue contests;American along with the Chris Walker Band, Chuck about 2,500 patrons in its first year back in Royal World Series of BBQ in Kansas City, Riley’s All-Star Band, and Sauce Boss. 2011. the world’s largest and oldest barbecue conThere will be plenty of other entertainMonson feels the event’s success lies in test; and, the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown ment on hand, too. the community involvement and the 200- Invitational in Orlando. A business expo also will be featured, plus volunteers who come together to help Many of the competitive teams coming to and there’s the return of a two-team, double- out, to ensure everyone has a good time. Zephyrhills are professionals who travel to elimination cornhole tournament with a The event also serves as a large fundrais- barbecue events all over the United States.

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Zephyrhills resident and business owner Randy Light, of Puroclean Cooking Team, outlined what all it takes to ensure a strong showing in the barbecue contest, during a recent Zephyrhills Chamber breakfast meeting. He explained cooking teams begin prepping at least a week before the contest, deciding which types and cuts of meats to purchase, and testing out different sauces and seasonings. Light noted the chicken category takes the longest to prep, compared to other meats, as there’s a lengthy process of trimming, weighing, brining, injecting and so on. “Chicken’s one of the hardest things to do,” he said.“You don’t just take it out and grill it.” Light added a lot of thought also goes into which types of barbecue sauce to use for each judge that will appeal to the competition’s 75 judges. Because some judges might prefer hot sauce, while other prefer sweet, he said his team tries to find a “happy medium sauce.” Light acknowledged the entire process takes much time and effort, and he enjoys every bit of the experience. “We have a lot of fun cooking for the community. It’s awesome,” Light said. For more information ZephyrhillsChamber.org, call (813) 7821913, or visit the Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Facebook Page.

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NEW BOOK CLUB

A new Millennial Book Club will meet for the first time on Jan. 16 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at In the Loop Brewing, 3338 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.A millennial is defined as someone born between 1981 and 1996, according to the Pew Research Center. There will be three book titles to vote on. One will be chosen to read and subsequently discuss in February. Books will be provided by the Land O’ Lakes Library, on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be responsible for their own food and beverage purchases. For information, call In the Loop at (813) 9979189.

ZEPHYR SOUND

The Zephyr Sound, an informal ladies barbershop chorus that entertains at various parks, might be the group for you. Practices are every Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Avenue.The group needs leads and tenors, but all voices are welcome. If interested in joining, call Peggy Shear at (813) 991-9326, or visit a rehearsal.

GARDEN GATE CLUB

The Zephyrhills Garden Gate Garden Club will meet Jan. 16 at 10 a.m., at the Magnuson Hotel, 5734 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills.The topic will be the raising and care of succulents and cacti. On Jan. 17, the club will celebrate Arbor Day at Veterans Park. For information, call (813) 782-8004.

RECYCLING CLASS

The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a Master Recycling Class: Recycling Information Session on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. For information, call (352) 567-3576.

LEARNING ADVENTURE

The Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will present “Learning Adventures: Hop & Bop” on Jan. 16 at 10 a.m., for ages 3 to 5 and their parent or caregiver.This early learning program focuses on the use of music to learn sounds in words, and social interaction. This month’s theme is penguins. For information, all (813) 780-0064.

PAINT A GLASS BOTTLE

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a craft class on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 16 and older.A volunteer teacher will show participants how to paint a flattened, glass bottle.A waiver and safety forms are required. Register by calling (813) 9291214.

FREE ON RIVERWALK

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts will offer a free Riverwalk event,“Arts Legacy: REMIX” on Jan. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a focus on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Performers will include the New Life Bucket Drummers;Voice of Inspiration (Walton Academy); Korean Association of West Florida;Allen Temple Gospel Choir; Parks Institute Dance Ensemble; Hefner and Hefner; Black High School Warrior Poets; Shreya’s Arts (Indian dance); and, Eric Darius. For information, visit StrazCenter.org.

DRIVER SAFETY

The Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will offer the AARP Smart Driver Safety Course on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.There are no tests, and participants could receive an insurance discount.The workshop fee is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for nonmembers.To register, call Bev Cogdill at (813) 907-3908.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Pasco County Historical Society will meet Jan. 17 at 6 p.m., at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City.The guest speaker will be Sister Roberta Bailey, O.S.B., prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida in St. Leo, on the topic of “The History of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida.”A carry-in dinner will precede the program, so guests should bring a dish to share. For information, contact Glen Thompson at bookbollard@icloud.com or (352) 567-7449.

Chapter officers.There also will be a lunch at noon for those who want to order from the provided menu. For information, contact William Floyd at (813) 977-1585 or BFloydPres@aol.com.

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• Pasco County Government offices, including Constitutional offices and the courts will be closed. • Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources offices, recreation complexes and community centers will be closed. Parks and beaches will stay open. • Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) will be open, but PCPT offices will be closed to walk-in customers. Phone lines will be open. • Pasco County Animal Services’ administration office, adoption center, intake/reclaim shelter and field services will be closed. An animal control officer will be available for emergencies. • Pasco County Resource Recovery Facility, West Pasco Class III and the East Pasco Transfer Station will be closed, but open to Pasco County licensed commercial haulers. • All Pasco County Libraries: closed. • Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office will be closed Jan. 18 and Jan. 20.

DADE CITY GARDEN CLUB

The Dade City Garden Club will host its annual Arbor Day and Memorial Tree Celebration on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m., at the club, 13630 Fifth St.The guest speakers will be Whitney C. Elmore, UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension director, as well as Mona Neville and Arthur Clothier from the Florida Forest Service. Smokey Bear also was invited to attend.Trees are dedicated in memory or in honor of a person or special occasion.This year’s honorees include Elizabeth Null, Sharon Brant, Bill and Beverly Hild, Ken Graham, Henry Auvil, Kathryn Newsome, Rhetta Gagne and Cora Littlefield. Light refreshments will be served.Admission is free. For information about the program or how to order a memorial tree, call (352) 567-9003.

SUNCOAST ARTS FEST

The 15th annual Suncoast Arts Fest will take place Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel.There will be 125 artists and crafters, live music, street painting, and food. For information, visit SuncoastArtsFest.com.

MAKE-IT SATURDAY

The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a Make-It Saturday on Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade. Stop by the children’s area to make a winter bracelet/keychain. For information, call (352) 567-3576.

PIGZ IN Z’HILLS

The 10th annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest will take place Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Community Venue, 5200 Airport Road in Zephyrhills.There will be live music, a barbeque competition, a business expo, a car show, and a Kidz Fun Zone.The Military History Museum will be open. No coolers or pets (except service animals). Guests can bring lawn chairs.Admission is free. Parking is $10. For information, call (813) 782-1913, or visit ZephyrhillsChamber.org.

DREXEL FARMS’ ARBOR DAY

Drexel Farms, 5832 Drexel Road in Land O’ Lakes, will host a Florida Arbor Day Celebration on Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.The Florida Forest Service will give out 100 potted 1-gallon shade trees to the first 100 people. Presentations will be given by the Florida Forest Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Nature Coast Cooperative Invasive Species Management. Free food and drinks will be provided. For information, call Mona Neville at (352) 523-5101.

BROOKSVILLE RAID

The Hernando Historical Museum Association and the North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club will present the 40th annual Brooksville Raid Reenactment on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., in Brooksville.Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 10, free for ages 5 and younger, and $3 for Scouts in uniform.The event is family and pet-friendly (with pets on a leash), and alcohol-free. Guests can

bring lawn chairs, and umbrellas if needed. Food and drink will be sold. Handicap and motorcycle parking will be available. For information, call (352) 799-0129, or visit BrooksvilleRaidReenactment.com.The Raid will host a School Day on Jan. 17, so kids can rotate through different stations learning about the Civil War, cannons, musical instruments, medical hospital units, rifles, Union Camp, Confederate Camp, the Calvary, and more.To attend the School Day, you must register at tinyurl.com/tmhoc4a.

FREE PARK CONCERT

The City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department will host the band Southern Cross on Jan. 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., for a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute.The free concert will take place at Sims Park, 6431 Bank St. Bring chairs or blankets. Snacks will be available. Pets should be left at home for the event. For information, call (727) 841-4560.

GIRL SCOUTS CAREER CAFÉ

The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida will host its first Career Café of 2020.This Gold Scout Gold Award Project was started in 2017 as a free job hunting skills workshop for all young women in high school or college.The first Career Café opportunity will take place Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Ocala.Another event will be scheduled for May. Participants can learn how to build resumes, fill out job applications, learn how to network and create a personal brand, and prepare for a job interview by taking part in mock interviews.There is a $5 deposit to hold a spot, which will be refunded in the form of a gift card upon participation at the event.To register, visit GSWCF.org/careercafe.

STARGAZING AT STARKEY

The Pasco Astronomers Club will offer “Stargazing at Starkey” on Jan. 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., in New Port Richey.Telescopes will be provided to view deep sky objects. Admission is free. For information, email mark_h37@yahoo.com.

PASCO PRIDE MEETING

Pasco Pride will host a community potluck meeting on Jan. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Look for the Pride flags and bring a dish to share, if possible. Participants can learn what the group is up to this year and how to get involved.

COMMUNITY MARKET

The Tractor Supply Co., 21228 Walmart Way in Lutz, will host a community market on Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.There will be local businesses showcasing their products.The market is planned for once a month.

SONS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION

The Tampa Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet Jan. 18 at 11 a.m., at the Floridian Hotel, 905 N. Florida Ave., in Tampa.This meeting will include the installation of the Tampa

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WORLD WAR II PLANES

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will be at the Tampa Executive Airport, 6530 Tampa Executive Airport Road, from Jan. 20 to Jan. 23.The B24 Liberator ‘Witchcraft’ and the P-51 Mustang ‘Toulouse Nuts’ fighter will fly into the airport on the main ramp.Visitors can explore the B-24 at the cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than age 12. School group discounts will be available. For information and reservations, call (800) 568-8924.

FACULTY RECITAL

Patel Conservatory will present a “Music Faculty New Works Recital” on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.A composer talkback will take place at 6 p.m., before the recital.The concert will feature faculty and guest artists, exploring the next generation of composers.Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (813) 229-7827, in person at the Straz ticket office, or online at StrazCenter.org.

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The Tampa Rose Society will meet on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., at the Seminole Garden Center, 5800 Central Ave., in Tampa. Participants can learn how to prune roses to make them flourish.There will be a demonstration on live, full-size rosebushes. Snacks will be provided.There will be a raffle, too. For information, call (813) 9336166.

TEMPORARY LIBRARY CLOSURE

The New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will be closed through Jan. 21, while its air conditioning system is replaced. No donations will be accepted during this time. Library materials may be returned to any other library in the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative. Nearby locations include the Lutz Branch Library, Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library and the Thonotosassa Branch Library. For information and questions about holds, call (813) 273-3652.

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Betmar Theater will present a Dessert Theater Show,“Anniversary Antics,” on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m., and Jan. 26 at 7 p.m., at the Betmar Acres Clubhouse No. 2, 3713 Lakewood Drive in Zephyrhills.The show is a combination of six skits and one-act plays, plus a dance act. Intermission will include dessert and a drink.Tickets are $6 and all seats are reserved. For information and tickets, call (585) 334-8344.

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The 37th annual “Spotlight on Talent,” a performing arts competition for area youth, will have its finals on March 7. Application deadline is Jan. 23 and auditions are on Feb. 8. To find out more about the upcoming event, contact Barbara Friedman at (352) 567-1720 or spotlight@heritagearts.org.

LADIES CONFERENCE

The Zephyrhills Pregnancy Care Center will host a ladies conference fundraiser on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Alliance Church, 6351 Fort King Road in Zephyrhills. Christian speaker and author Dee Brestin will talk about how the Scriptures show a way to deepen a relationship with God, and with one another.Tickets are $40 and include breakfast, lunch, live music and time for fellowship. Registration will be confirmed when payment is made.The deadline for ticket purchase is Jan. 24. For information call (813) 480-6884.To register, call (813) 780-6885.

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There will be a quilt challenge and a Festival Collector Car Show. There will be face-painting, and kids will have an activity area, too. All public parking is free, and there will be free shuttle rides from two satellite parking areas. One is at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, on State Road 52. The other is at next to Jarrett Ford, at 38300 Dick Jarret Way, in Dade City, on the U.S. 301 truck route. Those wishing to volunteer should call Melody Floyd or Mary Beth Lumbra at (352) 567-3769, or email MFloyd@DadeCityChamber.org. A volunteer orientation dinner also has been scheduled for Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m., at Hampton Inn Dade City-Zephyrhills, 13215 U.S. 301, Dade City. For additional information about the Kumquat Festival, call (352) 567-3769, or visit DadeCityChamber.org/Annual-KumquatFestivalr.

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Continuing to make strides against human trafficking By B.C. Manion bcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

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Pasco County has made strides in combating human trafficking, but statistics continue to paint a sobering picture about the prevalence of the problem. Some of those statistics were reported during the Pasco County Commission’s Jan. 7 meeting, where commissioners praised local efforts that are being made to battle the problem, and passed a resolution declaring January as National Slavery and Human Traffic Prevention Month, to cast a spotlight on the issue. Commissioners also declared Jan. 11 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Liana Dean, chair of the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking, thanked commissioners for their support. “Human trafficking continues to be an ongoing problem, both in the state of Florida and here in Pasco County,” Dean said.“In 2018, Florida again ranked third in the nation in the number of cases of human trafficking.” Dean gave commissioners an overview of what the human trafficking commission has been doing in its attempt to take aim at the problem. “We have continued with our efforts to educate and make the community aware. We have trained over 10,000 people in Pasco County and across the state on the

issue. We’ve spoken at forums across the state, most recently at the Human Trafficking Summit in Orlando. “We also have reached more than 1.5 million people with our marketing and advertising campaign. “We led the state in terms of getting human trafficking curriculum into schools, for which I would like to thank our superintendent for his partnership in that effort,” she said. Pasco County was a year ahead of the state in getting curriculum about the problem into public schools. “We are also working ahead in addressing the Super Bowl, that will be in Tampa in 2021,” Dean said.“So, we will be launching several campaigns around educating the public about that, and preventing trafficking from happening here in Pasco County, and partnering with other trafficking task forces in the area, and also supporting law enforcement efforts to arrest traffickers and buyers of sex trafficking here in the area.” County Commissioner Ron Oakley praised the human trafficking commission’s efforts. “I’m telling you, they’ve been nationally acclaimed for all of the good work that they’ve done,” Oakley said.“I think they have people who want to copy us because they’ve done such a good job, as the Human Trafficking Commission, here in Pasco County.”

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Planners produced the proposed regulations at the request of the Pasco County Commission, after members of the board raised concerns about the proliferation of mini-warehouse and self-storage developments, particularly along the State Road 54/State Road 56 corridor. Mike Moore, now the commission’s chairman, repeatedly voiced concerns about mini-warehouses occupying land that he thinks would be better used for businesses that generate jobs. Commissioner Kathryn Starkey expressed similar concerns. The county’s planning staff has estimated that mini-warehouse facilities typically consume about 5 acres of land, and produce, on average, about five jobs. The county also imposed a temporary moratorium on new requests for mini-warehouses and self-storage units while the new regulations were being drafted. Though the issue was contentious at times, no one spoke during the public comment portion of the ordinance adoption hearing on Dec. 10. Commissioners approved the ordinance unanimously.

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ment staff also makes you feel welcome the moment you step onto the property. Brown sees this every time he’s out and about. “As you drive into the Highlands community, you know immediately this is a different place.” said Brown. “The pride our residents take in their homes is evident and everyone waves as you pass.” It may sound too good to be true, so The Highlands is hosting a community-wide open house event to showcase new homes for sale, provide community tours and preview resident activities. The event is January 17 – 19 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m., and they’ll also offer exclusive specials on brandnew homes. New construction homes offer all the bells and whistles - stainless-steel appliances, spacious master baths with vanity lighting and walk-in showers, and spacious open floor plans. And, of course, a major highlight is the gorgeous golf course views! Interested in stopping by? RSVP today at (352) 7750452 to set up a tour. Who knows, you just might discover your very own slice of paradise.

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The Family Bereavement Program at Gulfside Hospice soon will be able to offer traumatic grief counseling to the community. Members from the Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring presented a $6,000 check to the program, which will make it possible for two Gulfside counselors to become certified in grief trauma. From left: Linda Ward, president and CEO of Gulfside; Charlie Lowry, director of caregiver support services, Gulfside; Angela Pottinger, executive director of Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring; Tara Greer, fundraising communications assistant, Gulfside; and, Carla Armstrong, director of philanthropy, Gulfside.

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Support Group on Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. The library staff will strive to create a safe space to share tips and moral support for working towards internal and external goals of wellness and fitness. The group will meet every third Wednesday. Healthy refreshments will be provided. No registration is required. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

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Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., in New Port Richey, will host a seminar on “Common Injuries in Active Adults” on Jan. 24 at noon, in the Bekesh Education & Conference Center, Rooms 2 and 3. Dr. Jennifer Swaringen, orthopedic surgeon, will review common shoulder, elbow and knee injuries that can happen when playing sports, such as golf and tennis. Treatment options also will be discussed. To preregister, call (727) 953-6877.

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AdventHealth Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., will offer a free lecture on “Saying Goodbye to GERD” on Jan. 29 at noon, in the Cypress Room. Dr. Naga Thatimatla, board-certified general surgeon, will explain the LINX Reflux Management System and how it can provide long-term relief for acid reflux. Reservations are required by calling (813) 779-6476.

CANCER SURVIVOR EVENT

BayCare will host its annual Cancer Survivor Event on Feb. 1 at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., to recognize all cancer survivors in the community, and honor those who have been lost to the disease. Participants can include anyone touched by cancer, including survivors, patients,

caregivers, family members and supportive friends, and is open to all, no matter where they received cancer treatment. At “Expedition Survivor,” guests will have access to the zoo from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. After 4 p.m., exclusive special activities and entertainment will be available. The event includes animal encounters and shows; animal feedings; activities for kids; radio station DJs; live music; photo stations throughout the zoo; prize drawings; a commemorative gift; and a special cancer survivor tribute at 7 p.m. Each cancer survivor can invite up to five people to join them in the celebration. The cost to attend for each guest is $12.24. Each registered guest will receive $10 vouchers for food and nonalcoholic beverages. Preregistration closes on Jan. 24. For information and to register, visit ExpeditionSurvivor.org.

AdventHealth Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., will host “Women and Menopause” on Feb. 5 at noon, in the Cypress Room. Dr. John Ferlita, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, will share alternative therapies, including medications. Reservations are required by calling (877) 534-3108.

teaches young men and women values, leadership, adventure and, most importantly, how to lend a helping hand and assist those in need. “Serving others is at the heart of what Scouting is all about,” said Scouting for Food event chair Melissa Snively, in a release. “In Florida alone, more than 850,000 children struggle with hunger. Our Scouts will be energized knowing they are helping other young people,” Snively added. More than 15,000 Scouts are members of the local branch of Boy Scouts of America, the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council. The council and its Scouting for Food effort covers nine counties, including Hillsborough and Pasco. Food collected in Pasco County will be benefit the food banks of Helping Hands Choice Food Pantry (Wesley Chapel), St. Vincent De Paul (Land O’ Lakes) and Metropolitan Ministries (Holiday). To stay up to date on the progress of the food campaign, visit TampaBayScouting.org, or follow Scouting for Food on Facebook.

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Scouts’ food campaign aims to impact hunger Powered by thousands of boys and girls in local Boy Scouts of America groups across West Central Florida, an initiative called Scouting for Food is seeking to collect a record-setting amount of food to fight hunger. Scouts ages 5 to 17 will go door-to-door on Jan. 25 in their neighborhoods to attach door hangers with program information, then return to collect nonperishable food donations left on front porches one week later, on Feb. 1. Scouting for Food will take place on the weekends leading up to the Super Bowl, as the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council—the region’s branch of the Boy Scouts of America—is joining more than 4,000 participating groups in the Souper Bowl of Caring, a nonprofit organization that collected more than 4.5 million pounds of food in 2019. Boy Scouts of America is a program that

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The 2020 Pasco County Schools Outstanding Seniors are: • Anclote High School: Jalen Cooper • Cypress Creek Middle/High: Joseph Vreeland • Fivay High: Cody Sterbens • Gulf High:Antonio Papanikas • Hudson High: Faith Hicks • J.W. Mitchell High: Shruti Patel • Land O’ Lakes High School: Guido Moya Escalante • Pasco eSchool: Ian David • Pasco High:Victoria Conn • River Ridge: Marc Flores • Sunlake High:Alexis Paredes • Wesley Chapel High: Camryn Farquhar • Wendell Krinn Technical High: Megan Hanley • Wiregrass Ranch High:Aidan Persaud • Zephyrhills High:Tanner Politi The Outstanding School Volunteer Award also is presented annually to school volunteers who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education in Florida. The 2019-2020 Pasco County Schools Outstanding School Volunteer Award winners are: Youth Category: Delaney Curie, Trinity Oaks Elementary; Adult Category: Elizabeth Rizzuto, Gulf High; and, Senior Category: Rita Aguis, Marchman Technical College.

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The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a “Homework Help Resources” informational workshop on Jan. 16 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., to discuss the free library resources available for learning, homework help, education, school projects and more. The workshop is geared toward kindergarten through eighth grade, ages 5 to 13, parents/guardians, teachers and those that home-school. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

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Spreading the message of girl power The Pasco Girl Power (PGP) program is in its fifth year at Lacoochee Elementary School in Dade City, and helps fifth-grade girls to be more empowered, promote leadership and reach higher self-esteem. The group of 12 students is given opportunities throughout the school year to experience mentorship, volunteerism and positive self-promoting activities. The PGP members have recently participated in a tea party and baked holiday cookies. Future activities will include a girl’s night (scheduled for Jan. 24), a cookout, a movie outing, and the opportunity to mentor second-grade girls.

Parkway, will offer a home-school sewing class on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon, for students ages 9 to 17. Participants can learn how to use a sewing machine, learn the parts and functions of the machine, try different stitches, and learn about resources to create individual projects. A Foundry waiver and safety form is required. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

EARLY RELEASE DAY

Pasco County Schools has implemented a monthly, two-hour-early release time to allow for staff to engage in professional development aligned with student needs, and district and school priorities. Early release days will take place on the second Wednesday of each month, with the exception of January and May. The next early release day is Feb. 12.

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Pasco County Schools will host its first Pasco Sports Fair on Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Skydive City in Zephyrhills, for the entire family. The free, family friendly event will fea-

ture a meet-and-greet with renowned professional athletes, plus an introduction to various sport and game offerings in Zephyrhills and Pasco County, including tennis, soccer, football, basketball, skating, skydiving, boxing, mini-golf and more. Some noted pros scheduled to appear include former English Premier forward Gary Blissett, former NFL defensive end Melvin Williams, former NBA shooting guard/small forward Anthony Parker, and former Tampa Bay Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell.

If a student needs a car, a want would be a new sports convertible instead of a reliable, used car with good gas mileage and less flash. Before making purchases, students should ask themselves if they can get by with a less-expensive item, or without the item completely. Saving the money a student doesn’t spend will help build a bank account they can delve into when there is something that is really needed. The KHEAA was established in 1966 to improve students’ access to college. It provides information about financial aid and financial literacy at no cost to students and parents. For more, visit KHEAA.com.

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A big step to financial security is learning the difference between a need and a want, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Needs include clothes, food and, for many students, transportation. With clothing, a want may mean wearing only designer items that cost more than clothes that last just as long and look just as good. Students might want to eat a deluxe cheeseburger at a fast food restaurant every day, even though they can save money by making their own sandwich and brown-bagging it.

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The Pasco Fine Arts Council will sponsor a Kids N Art Exhibition and Competition from March 3 to March 15. The competition includes kindergarten through fifth-grade (including ESE). Entries from both public and private schools also will be accepted. Elementary school art teachers can visit PascoArts.org, to get instructions on how to enter. There will be an art reception on March 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For information, email pacart3@ gmail.com, with “Attention Director” in the subject line, and be sure to provide a call-back phone number, too.

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RENTAL, from page 1A Pasco County Commission’s Jan. 7 meeting to give the commissioners a briefing. At the same meeting, during the public comment portion, a number of speakers — representing real estate, property management and legal interests — offered their input on the proposed ordinance. Jacob Bruynell, governmental affairs manager, Greater Tampa Realtors, raised concerns about a number of issues, including what would trigger the need for registering a property, some of the definitions included in the draft ordinance and when the new requirement would take effect. He questioned the target effective date of March 1. “This seems like an aggressive approach, as most citizens don’t know it’s coming and do not know if their properties fit the ordinance requirement,” Bruynell said. He also questioned a provision that requires the designated property manager to have an office in Pasco County. “We request that the ordinance allow property managers from neighboring counties,” he said. Andrew Dougill, a professional property manager, also weighed in. Dougill, a member of the board for the Tampa Bay chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers, said his group represents professional managers of single-family rental properties. “Our organization is here to speak in favor of the rental registry ordinance.We recognize that the Sheriff’s department has a problem with vacant properties, with slumlords, so we’re very much in favor of that. “We do have a couple of concerns with the ordinance as written,” he added. “The first one is the requirement that the property manager maintains a business office in Pasco County. Many of the residential properties in Pasco County are managed by property managers in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando — so requiring a business office in Pasco County will cause thousands of current landlords in the county to lose their professional manager, which is obviously an unintended consequence and is not the intent of the ordinance,” Dougill said. “The second issue we have is the definition of a property manager. “As written, it seems to allow a property manager to be unlicensed, in violation of Florida statute.We suggest requiring the property manager to be licensed by the state, is the way to go,” Dougill added.

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Carl Stratton, the broker of Dennis Realty and Dennis Property Management, told commissioners he has two offices in Pasco County. He said his company currently manages about 500 units in Pasco, but also manages properties in Pinellas, Hernando, Citrus and Hernando counties. Stratton also spoke in favor of lifting the requirement for property managers to have an office in Pasco. He said it “would be a big hardship on thousands and thousands of owners, who have a trusted relationships with their property managers.” Instead, he supports the idea that a property manager’s office be within a 50-mile radius of the property. “I think that would be reasonable,” Stratton said. Harry Heist, a landlord attorney, noted “the ordinance fails to define property manager.” Heist went on:“A lot of people don’t realize that there’s two types of property managers out there in the world.There are licensed property managers who have real estate licenses that work under a broker and

then there are unlicensed people. “The unlicensed property managers who manage for absentee owners have caused a serious problem in Pasco County and all over Florida.” Heist asked the county to amend the ordinance to define a property manager as someone who holds a license to manage property in Florida. “We feel that it will cut down on a lot of problems and this is what will help the problems you are trying to address,” Heist said. Sims addressed the issues later in the commission’s meeting. “I had several meetings with some of the people who were here today, as well as other commercial realtors — people representing various groups that would be affected,” Sims told commissioners. She said those discussions provided insights, which prompted her to recommend changes to the draft ordinance. She told commissioners her briefing was intended to share the proposed revisions, so commissioners could react to them before the issue is brought to their Jan. 21 meeting for consideration. Sims told the board:“I’ve come to understand that one of my big problems — and one of code enforcement’s big problems is — these illegitimate, non-licensed property managers: John Smith sticks an index card up in his window at the mobile home park and says he’s the property manager, but he’s not a licensed person. And that park is owned by an entity who is out of state, out of county, etc., etc..” She’s recommending the definition of a property owner be changed to require it to be a licensed real estate broker. She’s also recommending those licensed property managers could be from Pasco and abutting counties. “We feel like we’re going to get responses from people who are holding a real estate license,” Sims said. She also plans to recommend an April 1 effective date, though the system is expected to go live on March 1, so people would have access to it. Additionally, Sims plans to bring back two follow-up ordinances. One would duplicate the state law that prohibits a person from acting as a property manager, without the proper licensure. The other would require apartments, condos and commercial properties to have a permanently posted notice containing contact information for the property. The proposed changes, she said, “takes out a lot of the people who aren’t really our problem. It takes out logistical issues for apartments and commercial realtors, who are dealing with tenants that may come in and out. “And, I think is more narrowly tailored to address — at least at this point — to address what is our current focus and problem.” Chase Daniels, assistant executive director, for the Sheriff’s Office said, “It gets us to where we want it to be. It still gives us the teeth we’re looking for. “We certainly don’t want to impose on these groups that are doing the right thing.” Commissioner Kathryn Starkey said she’s encouraged to see support for the ordinance. “I agree with all of the little tweaks.They seem reasonable.We never wanted this to be onerous. But, we want to have a tool,” Starkey said. Commissioner Mike Wells added: “All of these changes make sense. I appreciate your taking the time to meet with the stakeholders, over and over again, to listen to them.” Commissioner Jack Mariano agreed:“You guys have done a great job, working together on this, getting the feedback from the public. We wanted to get an ordinance with some teeth in it, but at the same time not be too onerous.”

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ECONOMY, from page 1A builders are thinking the economy is still going to be strong through the next 12 to 18 months. Otherwise, they would start pulling back.” Biles also noted that commercial activity is up, too, with a 7% increase, according to county figures. The total number of permits issued in 2019 was nearly 52,000. A lot of those permits were for remodels, changing out water heaters, air conditioners and so Dan Biles forth, Biles said. Overall, the total value of new construction in the county topped $1.6 billion last year, the administrator said. That figure, he said, indicates “tremendous confidence in the economy, not just from the builders but from the people doing renovations, repairs and remodels in their own homes and their commercial buildings.”

RIDGE ROAD, from page 1A traffic safety issues at River Ridge Middle and River Ridge High.The Ridge Road project would provide a second entrance and exit to the schools, improving safety. The county is using an incentive system to encourage construction work to beat deadlines. Biles told commissioners that the dates he outlined are considered to be “zero dates.” “So, if they beat that date, there’s a bonus,” Biles explained. The two lanes to the Suncoast also includes the entrance to the Moffitt/Excalibur piece, Biles said, referring to a massive “city within a city” type of project planned for Central Pasco. The schedule, Biles said, “gets us two lanes of traffic to the Suncoast by the hurricane season in ’21,” one of the primary aims

Pasco economy Single-family residential permits 2019: 4,335 2018: 3,586 2017: 3,527 2017: 2,732 2015: 1,979 2014: 1,809 New commercial permits 2019: 498 2018: 464 2017: 350 2016: 333 2015: 447 Total permits issued 2019: 51,902 2018: 49,517 2017: 45,391 2016: 39,776 Total permit value of new construction 2019: $1.6 billion 2018: Around $1.4 billion 2017: Around $1.4 billion 2016: Around $1 billion 2015: $600,000

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of the extension.” Four lanes to the Suncoast Parkway would be completed the following year, he said. “Four lanes to Sunlake (Boulevard) is part of the development agreement between us and Len-Angeline, and Moffitt plays a role,” Biles said. The four lanes to U.S. 41 are expected to be finished in late 2025, completing the project, he added. Biles told commissioners:“I would not go out there and tell people we are going to get all of the way to (U.S.) 41 in ’22 or ’23. I think ’25 is a backstop, and if it happens earlier, great, but ’25 is a backstop.” But, Commissioner Jack Mariano observed: “I think if the folks over at Connerton, if they want to see that connection, they may try to work an agreement with us to help fund it, to get it there quicker.” Biles responded:“It’s always possible.”

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Hometown kids shine in 2019 college football season By Kevin Weiss kweiss@lakerlutznews.com

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COLLEGE: Florida A&M University, junior punter HIGH SCHOOL: Wiregrass Ranch High (Wesley Chapel native)

Since he stepped foot on FAMU’s campus as a freshman in 2017, Faddoul’s leg has been put to good use. A three-year starter, Faddoul again earned consecutive All-American honors after another banner season for a team that went 9-2 and undefeated in conference. His average of 46 yards per punt ranked second in Division I FCS (Football Championship Series). The 5-foot-11, 210pound specialist tallied 40 punts for 1,841 yards, with 19 punts placed inside the 20yard line, 16 punts of 50 yards or longer, and only five touchbacks. He also registered a career-long punt of 72 yards in an Oct. 20 overtime win over nationally-ranked North Carolina A&T State. At Wiregrass Ranch, Faddoul was something of an athletic unicorn, playing football, soccer, tennis, and also competing in track and field. His senior year on the gridiron, Faddoul guided the Bulls to a state playoff appearance in 2016, as the team’s starting quarterback, kicker and punter.

DONOVAN JENNINGS

COLLEGE: University of South Florida, sophomore left tackle HIGH SCHOOL: Gaither High (Tampa native)

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YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL LEAGUE Registration is open for the Idlewild Baptist Youth Baseball/Softball League. The league runs from March 28 through May 16, and is open to all community youth, from age 4 through high school. Practices will begin the week of March 16. All games will be played on Saturday mornings. All activities will be at Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., in Lutz. Early bird registration of $90 per player is in effect until Jan. 18. For information, contact Amanda Carrow at (813) 254-8759 or acarrow@idlewild.org.

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Dade City native Michael Penix Jr.

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man and sophomore seasons. He began the 2019 season at right guard, before moving to and finishing the season on the left side of the offensive line. The Gaither High product this past season was USF’s highest-graded offensive lineman by Pro Football Focus (66.9), a website that focuses on thorough analysis of the National Football League and NCAA Division I football. Jennings has been lauded by coaches for his pass protection skills and effectiveness in the run game, because of combination of quick feet, balance and strength. He often was tasked with blocking opponent’s top pass-rushers in one-on-one situations last season. Jennings is actually a late bloomer to the gridiron, as he didn’t begin playing football until his freshman year of high school because he exceeded the size limit for youth football leagues. He instead turned his attention to basketball, where he played four years on varsity at Gaither. His future, however, was found in football. He developed into an All-State player and a three-star prospect, earning scholarship offers from Central Florida,Virginia, Marshall, Old Dominion and Toledo universities.

OTHER NOTABLES • University of Miami redshirt senior defensive end Scott Patchan (IMG Academy/Freedom High) finished with a career-high 33 tackles, including six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, in 13 games and six starts. • Florida State University junior tight end Tre’ McKitty (IMG Academy/Wesley Chapel High) collected 23 receptions for 241 yards, in 11 games. • Samford University redshirt sophomore tailback Antwione Sims (Zephyrhills High) racked up 108 all-purpose yards, in 11 games.

ADULT BASKETBALL REGISTRATION

Registration is ongoing for the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center’s Spring Adult Basketball League. The over-18 league runs from Jan. 28 through April 9.There will be eight regular season games followed by a playoff tournament. Games will be rotated between Tuesday and Thursday nights, between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. There also will be an over-40 basketball league on Monday nights, between 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., from Jan. 27 through April 6. It will include seven regular season games followed by a playoff tournament. Cost for both adult basketball leagues is $85 for JCC members and $110 for nonmembers, and includes a jersey. All games will be played at the Bryan Glazer JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., in Tampa. To register, visit BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com/Leagues. For information, contact league coordinator Mirko Kremen at (813) 291-2184 or miroslav.kremen@jewishtampa.com.

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NATE CRAIG-MYERS

COLLEGE: Indiana University, redshirt freshman quarterback HIGH SCHOOL: Tampa Bay Tech/Pasco High (Dade City native)

COLLEGE: Colorado State University, redshirt junior wide receiver (Auburn transfer) HIGH SCHOOL: Tampa Catholic/Pasco High (Dade City native)

The Dade City native got off to a roaring start as Indiana’s starting signal-caller in 2019, helping guide the Big Ten program to its best start since 1993, up until he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in November that required surgery. Indiana was 5-1 in games played by Penix, who completed 69% of his throws for 1,394 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions, and tallied 119 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound lefty made history by becoming the first freshman quarterback to start an opener for the Hoosiers since Antwaan Randel El in 1998. While Penix seemingly has a bright future ahead, injuries have become a concern. He also suffered a season-ending ACL injury in 2018 as a true freshman. For his prep career, Penix played his first

After transferring from Auburn early in the 2018 season, the Dade City native and former blue chip prospect put together his most productive college season, becoming Colorado State’s fourth-leading receiver in 2019, hauling in 23 receptions for 329 yards and a touchdown, in nine games. Before his transfer, Craig-Myers seemed like a star-in-the-making for the powerhouse SEC (Southeastern Conference) Alabamabased school. He posted 16 catches for 285 yards and three touchdowns for Auburn’s 2017 squad that went 10-4 and reached the SEC Championship. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound athlete was expected to break out for Auburn in 2018, but a lack of targets in the early going led him to seek opportunities elsewhere. His halfbrother and former Pasco High standout, Jayvaughn Myers, also left the team around the same time. Craig-Myers wasted no time making an impact with Colorado State this past year, making five catches for 88 yards in his first game against Toledo on Sept. 21. He followed that up with strong showings in his next two games against Utah State (three catches, 97 yards) and San Diego State (four catches, 68 yards, touchdown), respectively. In the prep ranks, Craig-Myers spent two seasons with Pasco High before finishing his career at Tampa Catholic High. He was one of the nation’s most touted football recruits, a consensus four-star prospect with more than 40 scholarship offers, including from the likes of Ohio State, Florida and Florida State universities, among others.

• Florida State University redshirt sophomore DeCalon Brooks (Gaither High) tallied 15 tackles, in 11 games. • Florida State University freshman defensive back Isaiah Bolden (Wesley Chapel High/Jacksonville Bartram Trail) collected eight tackles, two pass breakups and an interception, in 12 games. • Morehouse College freshman defensive back Cartrell Strong (Zephyrhills High) registered 15 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception, in eight games. • University of Cincinnati freshman safety Ja’quan Sheppard (Zephyrhills High) had five tackles, in four games.

LAND O’ LAKES ADULT SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS

Registration is now open for the Pasco County Parks & Recreation Department/CAJS Enterprise 2020 Adult Softball Spring League. Games are slated to begin the first week of February. Men’s and coed recreational and competitive leagues will be offered at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. Cost to enter a team is $460, plus an additional $25 for a National Softball Association (NSA) sanctioning fee. Price includes an 10game regular season, plus playoffs. For information, visit CAJSenterprise.com, or email CAJSenterprise@yahoo.com.

SUNSHINE STATE SPIRIT SHOWDOWN COMPETITION

The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) is welcoming all member schools to participate in the 2019-2020 Sunshine State Spirit Showdown. Created in 2013, the Sunshine State Spirit Showdown is an opportunity for schools to film their

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two seasons at Pasco High, then transferred to Tampa Bay Tech, finishing with 6,986 total yards and 76 touchdowns. He is something of a Pirates legacy, as his father was an AllState tailback/defensive back at Pasco High in the early ’90s; his uncle played there, too.

student cheering section and determine which has the most school spirit. In order to compete, schools must submit a video that is 90 seconds to 3 minutes in length. Each video must include a 30-second segment explaining why that school has the best student section in the state. Content must be appropriate and must be uploaded to the FHSAA’s YouTube channel. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 3. All submissions will be judged by the FHSAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.The committee will rank video submissions based on the following criteria: positive emphasis, student body and community participation, spirit, originality, creativity and organization. Fans also can help add bonus points to their favorite school’s overall score by voting during the fan voting period. The winner of the Sunshine State Spirit Showdown will be announced on March 10. For more information on the Sunshine State Spirit Showdown, visit tinyurl.com/y4mrlayw.


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he West isn’t nearly as far away as you think. Spend a few hours in St. Petersburg, at The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art and you’ll feel like you’ve landed in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and other western lands. You’ll see paintings, life-size sculptures, sketches, jewelry, photographs and etchings depicting Native Americans, cowboys - and cowgirls.You’ll see vast, sultry landscapes, COURTESY OF THE JAMES MUSEUM OF WESTERN & WILDLIFE ART stampeding horses, and life as it was, and This museum favorite, a neo-surrealistic painting by Paul Pletka, is called ‘Red Talkers.’ It depicts Cheyenne men taking part in their Bull still is, in the West. You’ll see wildlife art, too, in a museum Society Dance. building that is artistic itself, with mesa-like sandstone walls inside and out evoking the western landscapes. No one would guess that the building was once a plain-Jane parking garage. Featuring 350 artworks and 100 pieces of jewelry, the permanent collection is one of the largest of its kind on exhibit in the country - in and beyond the American West. Museum cofounders and sole supporters,Tom and Mary James, fell in love with Western art and began collecting 50 years ago. The art in the museum is just a sampling of their 3,000 pieces. For years, some of their art was exhibited at Raymond James Financial headquarters in St. Petersburg, where Tom James, a St. Petersburg native, served as CEO for 40 years and is now chairman emeritus. ‘An Honest Day’s Work,’ by Fred Fellows, depicts a man Now, the art is available for all to who makes his living in the American West, where the see in the 84,000-square-foot museAn exterior view of the James Museum of This Butterfly Squash Blossom necklace, by work ethic still exists. um that opened in April, 2018, Western & Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg. Navajo designer Ernest Benally, is among thanks to the James’s’ $75-million 100 pieces of jewelry on display at the flag, while another’s stomach transforms initial investment. James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in On the first floor, guests are greeted by into a swarm of bees swirling around a honSt. Petersburg. TIPS FOR THE TRIP larger-than-life sculptures.“Honeymoon at eycomb. The James Museum of Western & A glass, octagonal room called The Jewel Crow Fair” features a newlywed Crow couWildlife Art is at 150 Central Ave., in downple riding a horse in front of a two-story Box features Mary James’ Native American town St. Petersburg. waterfall, the groom clutching a parasol. concho belts, rings, necklaces and bracelets. Parking is on Levels 3 and 4 of the John Coleman, one of the museum’s stars, Some of the pieces are old, but most were South Core Parking Garage at 101 First created it and other sculptures on the sec- created by living artists. Ave., S. The first hour is free and the charge Another gallery is filled with wildlife ond floor. is $1 an hour after that. Nearby, a Native American warrior sculp- paintings and sculptures of animals from Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ture by Dave McGary wears a bear around the world. daily, except Tuesdays, when the hours are There’s a gallery for temporary exhibits, headdress and a bear claw necklace, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. too. wields a feathered shield. Admission is $10 on Tuesdays. Other A current exhibit showcases copper A staircase leads to a second floor of days, it is $20 for general admission; $15 for more art of western peoples, landscapes, plate etchings by Santa Clara Pueblo artist seniors over 65, military and students; and, frontier life and a world of natural beauty. Helen Hardin, which will be featured $10 for those ages 7 to 18. Admission is free Visitors are lured up the stairs by a bronze through March 1; and, a coming attraction for children age 6 and younger. sculpture called “The Wild’’ of frontiersmen features Blake Little’s photos of the gay Tickets can be purchased online at Kit Carson and John Fremont riding a canoe rodeo circuit from 1988 to 1992, which will TheJamesMuseum.org. be on display from March 28 to June 20. through roiling waves. To contact the museum, call (727) 892The museum also has a gift shop selling Vast galleries feature paintings by the fa4200, or email info@thejamesmuseum.org. mous Taos Society of Artists — Ernest books, jewelry and other items.The Canyon Blumenschein and others — who painted in Cafe, dazzling with an 1880s bar from San Francisco, offers a menu featuring a Bill the New Mexico town from 1915 to 1927. There is priceless art by Charles Russell Cody’s club wrap, a Hatch Chile cheeseburg- holiday parties, board meetings, conferences and Frederic Remington; Native American er and Red Rock donut bread pudding, and other gatherings. The museum also offers programs and pottery, paintings and sculptures; contempo- among other Western-themed items. Admission includes free, 45-minute tours. events, such as live music, cooking classes, rary Western paintings, and so much more. Wooden benches allow visitors to sit qui- The “Highlights of the Collection” tour is of- art talks, a book club, movies, kids’ playdates, etly to contemplate the artworks and dream fered Tuesday through Sunday at 1:30 p.m. sketch groups, art workshops — all deThe “Silver & Bold: The Art of Native scribed on the museum’s website. of another time, another place. Museum memberships offer all sorts of A museum favorite, a neo-surrealistic American Jewelry” tour is Friday and painting by Paul Pletka called “Red Talkers,” Saturday at 11 a.m.To reserve a slot, get free special rewards, too. The biggest reward of all, though, is A founding member of the Taos Society of depicts Cheyenne men taking part in their tickets at the admission desk or gift shop on being able to see some of the best of The Artists, Joseph Henry Sharp specialized in Bull Society Dance. Some are painted with the day of your visit. Group tours also are available, and a large West, slightly more than an arrow shot away portraits of Indians and larger paintings of red and white stripes, their hands way larger than normal. One man clutches an American events space can be rented for weddings, from Tampa Bay. Indian life.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a Gopher Tortoise Management Plan aimed ‘to restore and maintain secure, viable populations of gopher tortoises’ across the state, according to myFWC.com.

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Becka loves to play Becka can be a wee bit nervous around people when she first meets them, but within a few minutes (and maybe some cookies) she warms up. She loves to make new friends and enjoys playing, too. Becka starts out super excited when she meets new people, but settles down within minutes. If you have a pup at home, Becka would love to meet your pet. She also enjoys long walks, responds well to training and is heartworm negative.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Landowner Assistance Program has created a program to recognize landowners who are actively managing and improving their property to benefit wildlife. The Wildlife Habitat Recognition Program was developed to show appreciation for the important contributions to wildlife conservation made by private landowners. Private landowners play a critical role in wildlife conservation by protecting and restoring rare habitats like the longleaf pinewiregrass ecosystem, and managing farms, ranches and forests that provide habitat to many species. While public land protects some species of wildlife, these lands form a fragmented landscape of habitat. Private lands provide critical corridors

between publicly managed conservation lands. To be recognized by the program, landowners must submit a request for an FWC biologist to evaluate their property to determine qualification. To qualify, properties must have ample food, cover and water opportunities for wildlife. If the property meets these criteria, the landowner will receive a sign to display on the property, as well as a certificate of recognition. Properties working toward meeting the requirements will be offered a written management plan to guide the landowners in meeting the habitat management standards for the program. Requests for a property evaluation can be made at MyFWC.com/LAPapplication. To learn more about managing wildlife on your property, visit MyFWC.com/LAP and click on the Managing Your Land section.

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Mickey is full of promises Mickey is 4 years old and is a talker. Mickey promises to greet you when you arrive home, and will be ready to play, too. Mickey loves lure toys and anything he can catch. If you are looking for a handsome fellow who knows how to use a litter box, come visit Mickey.

If you would like to adopt Becka or Mickey, be sure to visit Pasco County Animal Services at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes. The adoption center is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m. All adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccines. For more information, email adoptionpartners@pascocountyfl.net. PET PAWS VACCINE CLINIC

Pasco County Animal Services, 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes, will offer its low-cost vaccine and microchip clinic every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Upcoming dates are Jan. 15, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29. No appointments are needed, and the services are available for both cats and dogs. For a clinic price list, visit bit.ly/2UXgfQ7.

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EvoLove Event Center, 4575 Pet Lane in Lutz, will host a fundraiser, “Market & Minis with the Fur Babies on the Lawn,” on Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In collaboration with Pasco County Animal Services (PCAS) and Furry Ventures Pet Care, Landrum Photography

will take photos for all pets.The cost is $5 per pet, and each person will receive three images. All proceeds will go to PCAS. Stop by for a cute, Valentine’s Day memory.

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A new ‘release’ on life The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team, supported by Florida Blue, has released its final sea turtle patient from 2019. Endor, a green sea turtle, arrived at the aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Apollo Beach last April, from Volusia County. The turtle was found suffering from cold-stunning, which is when sea turtles are exposed for an extended period to cold ocean water and air temperatures. Cold-stunning renders the turtles unable to swim and the turtles can develop symptoms, including decreased heart rate, low blood circulation, and pneumonia. If no treatment is given, the turtles can be susceptible to drowning, infections, predation or boat strikes. Endor also developed an infection in the left flipper.The aquarium’s veterinary staff administered antibiotics in the hopes of saving the limb, but it was found that the injury had not healed correctly and needed to be amputated.

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Sea turtles with three flippers are known to be able to survive with no issues in the wild. Endor completely recovered from surgery and nearly doubled in size since its arrival. After 10 months of care, Endor was cleared for release back into the wild by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the veterinary staff at the aquarium. Endor was released back into the sea on Jan. 7, at Wilbur-by-the-Sea.

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TAMPA VETERANS JOB FAIR

DAV and RecruitMilitary will host the Tampa Veterans Job Fair on Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Amalie Arena, at 401 Channelside Drive, in Tampa.This free event for veterans, military spouses, transitioning military, National Guard members and Reservists features employers ready to hire.

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“Understanding and Taking Control of Your Federal Income Taxes,” contains three segments, according to a Hillsborough County news release. The session dates and topics are listed below. Each session is from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 16:“What's Your Tax Rate?” Jan. 23:“Tax Deductions and Credits” Jan. 30:“Free Tax Preparation Programs and Resources” To register and obtain the webinar links, go to the local events calendar at sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/hillsborough. For more information, contact Lisa Leslie at lesliel@hillsboroughcounty.org or (813) 744-5519, ext. 54143.

Goodwill Temporary Staffing is having a job fair on Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to fill openings at the Goodwill store in Wesley Chapel.The job fair will be at the Goodwill superstore, 2390 Willow Oak Drive in Wesley Chapel (off State Road 56 and Interstate 75).The store is recruiting for an assistant sales manager, retail employees and donation processing positions. Full-time and part-time positions are available.

GREATER PASCO CHAMBER BREAKFAST

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT WEEK KICK-OFF LUNCHEON

The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce general membership breakfast meeting is set for Jan. 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at the Seven Springs Golf & Country Club in Trinity. Cost for the breakfast is $20 members, $30 for nonmembers. For more

GOODWILL JOB FAIR

Michele Smith, a double Olympic Gold Medalist with the U.S. National Team, will be the keynote speaker at the kick-off luncheon for Business Development week. The event is set for Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Spartan Manor, 6121

Massachusetts Ave., in New Port Richey.The cost is $30 for members of the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce and $40 for nonmembers. For more information, please call (813) 909-2722. To RSVP, go to Chamber@GreaterPasco.com. Numerous sessions are set up for that week. Check the chamber’s event page for more information.

NETWORKING GROUP

Bob Hatfield, of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ office, will be the featured speaker at the Jan. 28 meeting of the East Pasco Networking Group.The group meets at 7:30 a.m., at the IHOP, at 13100 U.S. 301 in Dade City.

ECONOMIC LUNCHEON

The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., will present Robert “Tim” McGee at its annual economic luncheon, which is planned for Jan. 31. Continued on next page

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Pasco’s economy is on a roll; County outlines Ridge Road construction timeline; Pasco County steps closer to rental registry

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Pasco’s economy is on a roll; County outlines Ridge Road construction timeline; Pasco County steps closer to rental registry