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Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco WC magazine • JUNE 2013


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CONTENTS Newsbits/Events ...............................................page 6 WC Dining Review............................................page 8 Personality Profile: Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco ...................page 10 Pasco News ......................................................page 14 Real Estate Report ...........................................page 16 Business Watch .................................................page 18 Home Improvement..........................................page 20 Wesley Chapel Chamber News ........................page 23 Health and Wellness .........................................page 26 Do-it-Yourself ....................................................page 28 Business Spotlight.............................................page 29 The Last Word ..................................................page 30

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Newsbits / Events

Wesley Chapel


Carnival Tampa, Joy of the Caribbean 2013 June 8th and 9th

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Americanarama Festival of Music: Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket & Bob Weir Concert, Thursday, June 27th • 5:30pm Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa. Tickets available at various prices ($25-$89)

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2013 Bee Keeping Workshops 3rd Saturday of each month at 10am $10.00 for the general public $8.00 for members To reserve your spot, please call 813-974-2329 For more information, visit: gardens.usf.edu. These sessions emphasize hands-on learning in the USF BG’s own apiary, and focus on the best management practices for keeping honeybee colonies happy and productive.

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5K Mud Run Hosted by Hidden Creek Recreation Park Saturday, June 22nd, starting at 8:30 am

The last one was so successful and fun! So back by popular demand, the folks at Hidden Creek have organized another great event. A portion of the proceeds will go to Young Marines, who will be helping out at the race. The course is a challenge for young and old, but promises to be rewarding. Along with the 5k run, there will be 30 obstacles, 4 slides, 3 tree climbs, 2 courses and an AFTER PARTY! So stick around when you’re done and have some fun dancing to live bands, volleyball and more. On hand will be food and drink vendors and just good old-fashioned “fun-in-the-mud” fun. ROTC and the Boy Scouts of America will be there too. Each participant receives one free beer, a free t-shirt and a custom finisher medal along with the satisfaction of accomplishment. The cost for registration is $55 individual and $35 each for a group of 4 of more. Door prices are $65 for teams and $85 for individuals. Registration is filling up fast! To register on-line, visit: www. hiddencreekrecpark.com and click on the register button. The event is free to get in and watch, but there is a $10 parking fee, so carpooling is recommended. If running is not for you, there is the popular Costume Contest and Post Race Party For more info visit ww.hiddencreekrecpark. com or call 813-714-2528 for more information. 6

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Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Sponsors

Josh Freeman Football Camp

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel announced that it is the Premier Partner for the Josh Freeman Youth Football Camp to be held at Wesley Chapel High School June 19th and 20th. As part of the partnership, the hospital will provide athletic trainers for the camp. Hospital physicians, Christopher Baker, MD, orthopedic surgeon and Jonathan Phillips, MD primary care and sports medicine physician will be at the camp to talk to parents about concussions and sports injuries. “Our Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute serves everyone from professional athletes to kids playing sports,” Brian Adams, President & CEO of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. “So this is a perfect partnership opportunity for us to serve the community.” The hospital is also the official Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and Outpatient Rehabilitation provider of the Tampa Bay Storm. Campers will learn from Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Josh Freeman. they also receive a limited edition Josh Freeman football Pro camp t-shirt, exclusive camp team photo with Josh Freeman, authentic Josh Freeman autograph, and the opportunity to participate in contests and win prizes. For more information about the hospital’s Orthopedic Sports Medicine program or related services like outpatient rehabilitation and outpatient imaging, visit www.fhwesleychapel.org.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Josh Freeman

About Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel

Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading, not-for-profit health network comprised of 22 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, please visit www.FHWesleyChapel.org.

The Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel Freedom Festival to be held July 3rd from 5-9pm at The Shops at Wiregrass Club Politico, a Republican Association for the promotion of political activity among Hispanics in Pasco County, will be meeting on Thursday June 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Wesley Chapel Nissan, 28519 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel 33543. We will discuss current topics such as immigration, the IRS scandal, gun control, and some highlights from the 2013 Legislation. Julia Aguayo de Hassler (Julia Hassler), President, Club Politico julidehassler@club-politico.org

The GFWC Pasco Junior Woman’s Club meets the first Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm, at Seven Oaks Clubhouse located at 2910 Sports Core Circle, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Founded in 2010, the GFWC Pasco Junior Woman’s Club, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteer service, developing the potential of women, and improving our community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively charitable. Want to Help? Serve your community Meet new friends Develop leadership skills Make a difference Have fun! Email: GFWCPascoJuniors@gmail.com Attend a meeting: Seven Oaks Country Club 2910 Sports Our guest speaker is Jennifer Jeffrey Barthmus from Mommies Little Core Circle Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 6:30-8:30pm Miracles. http://mommieslittlemiracles.com/about-us/. They are based 1st Tuesday of every month Whatever your interests here in Wesley Chapel and they offer support and guidance for moms of and experience, there are club activities for you! premature babies. The club will be hosting a baby shower for mommies little miracles at the June Meeting Tuesday June 4th at 6:30pm in the Make and Use a Solar Cooker Gathering Room at Seven Oaks Country Club. All meetings are open to Learning to make and use a solar cooker can let the public and all gifts contributed will be donated to you have hot meals when the power is off, after an Mommies Little Miracles for their next NICU baby shower. emergency or major storm, keep you from losing They have a list of items frequently requested: food, and just help reduce your cooking costs. • Diaper Bags • Small rattles and baby toys • Onesies (newborn, preemie Saturday, June 15th size) • Bottoms to go over the onsies (preemie, 0-3 months) • Booties/ Location: Hillsborough County Extension Socks (preemie, 0-3 months) • Infant Sleepers (preemie, newborn and 0-3 813-744-5519 months) • Infant towels and washcloths • Bottles • Diapers (sizes preemie, Time: 10am - 2pm, Cost: $10 0 and 1) Baby Wipes (for sensitive skin and scent free) • Bibs and burp WC magazine • JUNE 2013 cloths • Gift Cards (i.e. from Wal-Mart, Target or Babies R Us)

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WC Dining


Prime Bar

The reasons to dine at Prime Bar, located in the Shops at Wiregrass, are about as eclectic as the art that hangs on their walls. There truly is something for everyone here. “Wiregrass is the place to be in North Tampa,” says General Manager Joe Murgio. Families can enjoy gathering together at dinner time on Tuesday nights for $5 burgers made with fresh beef, ground in house daily along with hand-cut fries. Sliders are available for the kids at Happy Hour prices between 4 pm and 7 pm on weekdays. Since Prime Bar was designed to handle multiple parties of 15 to 20, it’s simply a no-brainer for large, impromptu family meals. Then, imagine a casual date night this spring, sitting outside at a high-top on the patio partaking in the strawberry fresco salad with spiced pecans, to which you can easily add a protein. The beet salad with arugula and citrus vanilla vinaigrette is equally as refreshing. If a more intimate experience is what you desire, the atmosphere inside Prime Bar is sure to spark a flame. Enjoy inch thick, bone-in Kurobuta pork chops topped with a cajun garlic sauce or Horse-

radish encrusted salmon. While cloistered in your leather booth, you are surrounded by the warmth of wood-paneled walls, high ceilings and contemporary fixtures that only enhance your table service. You and your date are the only two people in the world. After work, coworkers meet for Happy Hour from 4 pm to 7 pm on week nights. Quality drinks and “small plates” such as crispy calamari, spinach and pepper jack queso dip, or yummy warm pretzel sticks are sure to please. All are at reduced prices (not taste!). Live music fills the outdoor bar and lifts the spirits. The easy-going, fun atmosphere of earlier night life at Prime Bar is relaxing and will still get you home in time for work the next day. No Worries! 8

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Thursday night is Girls’ Night, when Prime Bar pampers us girls with Champagne from 9 pm to 11 pm, $5 drink specials with a choice of featured wines, cocktails or martinis served 9 pm to close. A DJ spins 80’s music to set the groove. Guys won’t feel left out with the beer of the month, allowing them to try something different for only $3! Since the recent closing of Aja, Prime Bar is seeing a little more late night business. Patrons are finding that along with 40 beers on tap and a full bar they can also enjoy anything off the restaurant’s full menu till 1 am. “We don’t shut down half of the kitchen and only offer select items late night. You can enjoy anything from roasted red pepper hummus to a hand-cut New York strip steak cooked to perfection with roasted red pepper butter,” explained Joe. Chef Johnny Brown and Soux Chef Corry McCullough are the culinary stars of Prime Bar. They run a classic scratch kitchen where everything is fresh, from the herbs to the greens for salads and veggies. All sauces are made in house. All the meat seared at Prime Bar is fresh-cut in house. The burgers, chops, steaks, even chicken strips are all fresh. “Nothing is bought frozen and dropped into a deep fryer.” All this special care makes for Prime Bar’s light, contemporary American fare. I asked Joe if there was anything that they don’t make in house. “Yes, there are a handful of things that we don’t do.” The French broche hamburger buns, baguettes and pastas are made outside of the four walls. They have sought out venders that take as much

pride in their food as Prime Bar does, and it shows. Chef Johnny delighted me with a sampling of some of Prime Bar’s favorites. From the “Small Plate” section of the menu, I had the shrimp bruschetta. The garlic herb crostini base along with a simple, gardenfresh Bruschetta topped with cold shrimp, creamy goat cheese crumbles, balsamic glaze and fresh-diced basil was a perfect starter. I could also see it as a light snack enjoyed patio-side with a glass of Kung Fu Girl Riesling! A party of 11 ladies just off work was forming at the classy inside bar while I reveled in sheer delight over the Amish Chicken from Prime Bar’s “Special Ties”. I was served two roasted Airline Chicken breasts with a deep green baby arugula salad topped with teardrop tomatoes, shaves of Italian cheese called pecorino, made from ewe’s milk. Fresh lemon, and e.v.o.o. are the only dressing needed to finish off the salad. This restaurant girl has never seen airline chicken so I was educated that the cut includes a piece of the thigh bone which gives this dish its unique presentation. Chef Johnny joked about how the balsamic glaze drizzled over the dish is sometimes mistaken for chocolate sauce. This dish was dressed to impress and my pallet was equally captivated by its charm. Lastly, I was served one of Prime Bar’s four original recipe Street Vender Tacos. My handmade sweet pork taco included an authentic white corn tortilla, thinly sliced red onion, fresh avocado slices and queso fresco. Fresh diced cilantro topped each of my four attractive tacos while a shot of spicy pico de gallo, refried black beans and aromatic basmati rice were on the side. Joe explained that the Street Vender Tacos were a special that became so popular, they decided to feature them on the menu. I can see why! Prime Bar is an excellent destination for families, date nights, an after work get together, and late night fun! Along with made-from-scratch food, signature cocktails, 40 beers on tap and the beer of the month, Prime Bar caters to every taste and price range. Come for the fun, enjoy the food and drinks!

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Personality Profile


Sheriff by Ann MacKinnon

Wesley Chapel Magazine (WCM): What programs are you focusing on and what do you feel you have accomplished since starting office?


aving been appointed as Sheriff by Governor Rick Scott in 2011, Sheriff Chris Nocco established his presence in Pasco County. Now that he won his re-election last November, it’s clear that he’s here on a mission to make a difference in the community. We sat down with him recently to ask about some of the initiatives that he is implementing in Wesley Chapel and Pasco County.


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Sheriff Nocco (SN): From a philosophical standpoint it’s all intelligence-led policing. That’s our real initiative of how we’re fighting crime. We realize that 6% of the criminals commit 60% of the crime, so we try to be smart. It used to be just “blanket law enforcement” where we would just react to crime. Now we’re trying to be proactive and we’re trying to be smart about it. It’s been proven In a Kansas City study that patrolling alone doesn’t reduce crime. You have to target criminals. So that’s one of our philosophies - targeting crime. The second philosophy for us internally is serving leadership. No agency or organization is going to be successful unless the members believe in the mission, believe in what they’re doing. So by serving our leadership, we are building up our members (law enforcement officers). From a community standpoint, it’s about getting the citizens involved, whether through facebook, regular media, or other forms of social media. How do we get the messages out there to the community? Crime prevention is so critical and an informed society is going to be a safer society. That’s why we want to get the message out to our citizens. A lot of parents don’t know what’s going on in

Chris Nocco the schools, crime-wise or drugwise. That’s why we are trying to get them informed, so at least in their homes, they can be looking for different things. Our school resource officers are our front line. They know what’s going on before anyone else does because the kids know what’s happening out there. We get a lot of information and we share it with the citizens and the parents.

WCM: How would you say that Wesley Chapel compares to the rest of the county in regards to crime rates? SN: Crime-wise there are other areas that have a higher density of crime. Wesley Chapel is unique in the situation that it’s right off of I-75 so some of the crime that we see is more regional than in other areas. That’s one of the difficulties of fighting crime in the Wesley Chapel area. It’s a growing area. We have to make sure that it maintains the reputation that it’s safe. We take particular interest in Wesley Chapel. We know that it’s a thriving area. It’s important to us that it is never going to be neglected and

that it remains a very safe community.

WCM: How do you divide your staff between the communities? Is it equally spread out? SN: We have zones, which are divided by population and by calls for service. In about 2 more years we are going to reevaluate the zones because of population growth and by crime to see exactly where we will need people. When the county keeps adjusting, so do we. We need to be ahead of the curve. WCM: How do you feel about the effectiveness of specific community crime watch programs? SN:

We’re adjusting to more of a Neighborhood Watch philosophy. We’ve recognized that this philosophy is much stronger in the fact that communities take a strong interest in protecting their own community and its residents. We want the homeowners associations to be the leader in crime prevention in the community. We

have security patrols, but we are phasing into the neighborhood watch because we recognize that this is a much stronger program. In fact once a month we have a meeting where any neighborhood watch who wants to can come. We have 2 deputies who are crime prevention specialists and they will talk to the residents about how to make a safer community, teach people about how to prevent crime and different security measures they can take. They can go out and train the neighborhood watches about what to do and what not to do.

WCM: Recently your office joined with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to discuss a 5-month criminal investigation in Pasco County focused on businesses selling synthetic drugs, commonly known as Spice. Can you tell us about that? SN: Synthetic drugs are the wave of the future, there’s no doubt about it. In Montreal, there was a huge bust earlier this month and they got a synthetic heroin that was 40 times more potent than heroin you can get on the street. They make it in labs. It’s not like the drugs in the past where you had to get opium from the Far East or cocaine from South America. They just get some chemicals and they can make it in a lab here in the United States. There’s no trafficking so they can

fall under the radar. The way these labs are popping up, it’s the wave of the future.

WCM: Can you explain the term “Intelligence-led Policing”? SN: It started in Great Britain in the early 90’s, and it has evolved into the United States, first because of terrorism, as a way to track terrorists. Intelligence-led Policing is gathering all the different information to figure out where our problems are. We are using it as a way to track career criminals. We try to prevent recidivism (repeat offences), but we know that there is going to be a percentage of criminals that are going to continue to commit crimes. If we have career criminals in our county, we actually knock on their doors and just say, “Hey! What are you up to tonight? What are you doing?” and it really catches them off guard. They are surprised to see that deputies are just showing up at their door. We had an individual who was coming out of state prison who was a career burglar. When he moved into Pasco County we knocked on his door and said, “We just want to let you know that we know you moved into our county and we know all about you.” He was definitely caught off guard. The citizens know we’re being proactive, and the criminals know that we know who they are. That makes a huge difference.

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WCM: How do you see technology being used in the future to assist county law enforcement? SN: Our agency is overhauling our whole computer system. By this point next year, we will have online reporting available to the community. You’ll be able to do a lot more online. Soon we will also have a phone app. We’re trying to move forward with technology as much as possible. I can tell you, with the upgrades that we are doing in our computer system, every department will be “talking to each other” so there will be no more duplication of efforts. The redundancy will be cut down tremendously. It will make us much more effective. We get a lot of tips now, but with our phone app people will be able to take a photo and just send it in. But we still want people to call 9-1-1 if there’s a crime in progress. Speaking of 9-1-1, we’ve transferred that communication section to the Board of County Commissioners to cut down on redundancy. On October 1st, you’ll be able to call one dispatcher and they will either send your call to law enforcement or to fire and rescue so there’s no duplication. You won’t have to repeat your story to different agencies. WCM: Can you tell us about the program called “Celebrate Recovery” to help offenders fighting addictions? SN: It’s a California program. AA and NA are terrific programs but we wanted to find something in addition because we have a very strong faith-based community in Pasco. We wanted to tie them in to the rehabilitation process. I think that’s one of the things about the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, we’re trying to be progressive with everything we do, whether it be intelligenceled policing or that we’re trying to


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stop recidivism, we know a majority of our crime is drug related. The population in our jails keeps skyrocketing. We realize that it’s due to the large drug usage that we have in our county. We have 1546 inmates right now in our jail and a lot of the crime is drug related. Our jail is where we “clean people up”, literally because they may have health issues, they have drug addiction, etc. By the time they go to prison, if they go to prison, they are model prisoners because we’ve gotten them back on their medication, they have been going through rehab, we’ve dealt with their medical or mental issues in our jail. If it’s purely drug related, maybe we can get them help. I’m not saying we can cure everyone, but maybe we can make a difference in a few. At Celebrate Recovery, we don’t want to start helping when they come to jail, we want to find the people who realize they are addicted, but haven’t committed a crime yet. That’s why the churches and faith-based community have been so important. If someone is just dealing with addiction, they can go to Celebrate Recovery for help. There are a lot of families in our county who have a loved one addicted to drugs. They can just take them to one of these meetings so they can start getting help. It’s not just in the jail. That’s why we partner with the faith-based community because once they leave the jail there are no services

for them. They just get told, “Go back out there.” When they leave the jail, besides AA and NA, now they have another support – the churches are there. The churches provide community and they can hopefully get them out of the circle of friends they had that led them down the path of drugs. There are other communities that have Celebrate Recovery, but Pasco County is one of the first that has it so widespread within our jail and community. We have a fulltime pastor, Pastor Bob, and volunteers in our jail. We want to continue these rehabilitation programs. Our goal in the central facility is to have a faith-based pod because there are enough people who want to come to Celebrate Recovery. That’s one of our big goals. The other is to have a Veteran’s pod. We have so many veterans in our detention facility that we could have a pod just dedicated to them. Then we could bring in services specifically for them.

WCM: Is Renew Pasco connected to Celebrate Recover? SN: Yes, it’s all connected. Renew Pasco is trying to take back the community. A lot of the people in the faith-based community wanted to start something much bigger than just the rehabilitation side. They wanted to start working on the community as a whole. When we go into different areas of the county we target the criminals and do a major sweep of arrests there. Then we send in services. We bring the faithbased community in and Renew Pasco is part of it. They help the families. They provide services, teach them ways to get help, keep their neighborhood “clean”, to find jobs, and teach them family skills.

WCM: If community members want to get involved, what do you suggest they do? SN: They can go to the Renew Pasco website. (There is a Renew Pasco Vision Rally June 17th in New Port Richey. Sheriff Nocco will be the keynote speaker.) There are a lot of churches that have Celebrate Recovery programs. WCM: Can you talk about programs that deal with bullying? SN: We have programs where we go into the schools and talk about how to deal with these issues. We had a program at Victorious Life Church and Generations Church and 3 or 4 high schools in our community. We brought in Marc Mero who presented a program called Champions of Choice. He empowers the kids to make positive choices and lets them know that “You are not alone. There are other people who go through this.” That was in partnership with Superintendent Kurt Browning. We try to educate the kids about bullying. We try to do prevention before it gets to be a legal issue. Bullying is more of a school issue. When we get involved, a law has been broken. When our School Resource Officers see something going on, there may not be a legal action we can take, so then we advise them to seek help or counseling through the schools. We can’t take action unless a law has been broken. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Pasco School District to bring awareness of youth violence and bullying to citizens. Together We Stand — Pasco Youth and Community Summit 2013, will take place June 27th at Wesley Chapel High School Center for the Arts from 9 am – 4:30 pm. SN: We have so much going on; once or twice a week we’re doing something in the community, whether it’s about domestic vio-

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lence, helping our kids, anti-bullying or anti-drugs. I think the more the Sheriff’s Office gets involved with the community, that’s one of the most important things we can do.

WCM: Budgets are always tight. Can you tell us a little bit about how you are working around this issue? SN: One of the issues we’ve always faced at the Sheriff’s Office is trying to keep up with the demands of the community we serve. This year, one of our primary focuses is our detention facility. The number of inmates has grown tremendously. We are at a point now where we’re outgrowing the space we’re in. There was an expansion completed in 2009. The third floor was never staffed, and now we need to do that. If we don’t house inmates, we have to ship them out to another county, which costs us a lot of money. By federal law we have to make sure we don’t overcrowd. That’s going to be one of the biggest issues we face. Also we’ve seen a 5% decrease in our members (deputies) over the past several years. We need to help them financially because we could lose members to other agencies. The problem is we recruit them, we train them, and now they are seasoned deputies. Then they look at other agencies where

they could make more money. We have to prevent that. They are putting food on their table for their families. We could never say, “Don’t go.” For the investment you put into a deputy, you don’t really see the returns for at least 2 to 2 ½ years because of training and everything they go through. Recruiting-wise, we are competing with other agencies to get the best talent possible. We have to make sure we keep the best members.

WCM: How much of your position is business related? SN: My position is 2-fold. First there’s public safety. Making sure that the policies we have in place will be tough on crime. And that we are allowing our members to do the job they have to do to protect our citizens. The citizens are our shareholders. You have to make sure that the shareholders know what’s going on. If they feel a partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, the better we’ll be as a community. If there’s a disconnect, there will be animosity or doubt. We look at it as if we are trying to sell the county. If a new business is looking at Pasco County, the number 1 question they always ask is, “ How safe is the county?” If we build a reputation at the Sheriff’s Office as a top-notch leader, businesses can use that as a selling point. Businesses will want to come to

WCM: How is your office’s relationship with state and federal law enforcement? SN: Our relationship is very strong. The state law enforcement, primarily the Florida Highway Patrol, handle most of the crashes in our county. We have a good working relationship with them. We also work with Fish and Wildlife, DEP (Dept. of Environmental Protection) and ABT (Alcohol Beverages and Tobacco). Our federal relationships are very strong because we work hand-in-hand with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) with all the drug issues. That’s very powerful for us. We also will work with the FBI –Violent Crimes Task Force- with bank robbery issues. We also partner up on terrorism cases. The one thing people can never think is that terrorism doesn’t happen here in Pasco County. The Sovereign Citizen issue has become something that we deal with now too. (Sovereign Citizens are individuals and groups who possess a strong antigovernment ideology. Because they believe the government, its representatives, laws, and policies are illegitimate, Sovereign Citizens regularly find themselves in conflict with the law.) WCM: Who are your key advisors, role models and/or mentors? SN: I have a very strong faith, so

I would have to say God. Everyday I ask God to give me guidance and wisdom. My parents have always been strong role models. I was very fortunate growing up with them. My father is a retired Philadelphia Police Captain. My mom works for the Philadelphia Public School District. She’s the eternal optimist. I think I can bring a different perspective sometimes having really young kids. My wife is just like any mother in this county. She asks me, “What are you doing about this issue or that issue?” From that perspective, I think a lot of people would appreciate that they have an advocate who lives in my home! I recognize the fact that if she’s asking it, then everyone is asking about these issues. I would say that one of the biggest things is to try to build a team concept in the Sheriff’s Office. We work together, from the deputies, to the command staff. If everybody believes in our mission and what we are doing, we’re going to be much more successful.

WCM: What do you do with your spare time (if you have any)? SN: My spare time is all about my family-it’s family time. I like sports and I like working out. That’s also a big initiative within our office –everybody getting in shape. One of the most important things is that our members are healthy. If people see a fit deputy, people see him or her as the person they want to help them in time of need. Also if we are a healthy agency, that lowers our costs. The shareholders, the taxpayers, won’t be putting more money toward health insurance claims. At the close of the interview, Sheriff Nocco had to dash out to a weekly team meeting with members of his agency, state and federal partners, where everyone networks and shares information about crime in the community.

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Pasco NEWS Pasco County Government Conducting Surveys The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners will host three community meetings to discuss several topics including the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, FY 2013-14 Budget, Penny for Pasco, road maintenance needs, and the upcoming National Citizen Survey (NCS) being conducted through June 14th. The Board of County Commissioners will use the opinions and ideas shared during these meetings and from surveys to assist with upcoming budget decisions. The NCS, along with an online survey that will be launched later, includes a series of questions on service areas and quality of service delivered. They also provide the opportunity for residents to provide their opinion of the biggest issues facing Pasco County over the next few years. Pasco County will continue to provide information on our web page www.pascocountyfl.net. In addition, residents can sign up for the County’s email distribution list to receive periodic updates. To sign up for email, go to their website; click on the Customer Service Center, then click on the Message Center button to opt in. In addition, you can visit the Pasco County Facebook page www.facebook.com/PascoCounty, which is set up as a business page where you can “Like” the page in order to follow the County’s progress and information updates. We ask our citizens to please take the time from their busy schedules and get involved. We need to hear from you.

Pasco County’s Recycling News Pasco County Recycling announces its new curbside recycling program, called “Curb It Pasco”. If you receive twice-aweek residential curbside trash pick up, you are eligible for twice a month curbside recycling. County Commissioners approved the expansion of the type of plastics to be recycled to include plastics one through five, and seven (excluding #6 which is mostly styrofoam). Once this program is fully implemented, Pasco County residents will also be allowed to choose and use their own reusable recycling container. Use blue or clear bags, a bin, a can or a cart. The con-tainer must display a reflective sticker. This allows the trash company to identify the container as recycling in the dark morning hours. The resident supplies the container; the sticker will come in the mail in the early summer. Watch the newspapers, cable television, listen to the radio and watch your mail box. As soon as you receive the sticker you can begin this “choose and use your own container” program. Additional and replacement stickers can be obtained from your hauler once the first sticker has arrived in the mail.

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Real Estate

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We’ve all heard on the news and read in the in paper that the housing market is up, but what does that mean for our Wesley Chapel area? Here are some general statistics as of May 1, 2013 257 Single Family Homes sold Jan 1 – May 1, 2013 Average Sales price is $196,379 Average List Price is $200,558 Average Sold price per sq ft is $86.47 Average list price per sq ft is $88.34 Average Days to Contract 75

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Is Wesley Chapel a buyer’s or seller’s market? With prices increasing, average days to contract shrinking, and inventory hitting a 6 year low, with the current supply of homes as of May 2013, in the 33544 zip code, at 4.3 months, all indicators are pointing to a seller’s market. It is generally accepted that 5 – 7 months of inventory is balanced and less than 5 months is a seller’s market.

How do I determine a list price for my home? Your Realtor can you help you establish value by completely a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). This report will consider other like properties that have sold in the past 90 days in your immediate area. Adjustments will be made for various features that the comparable property (sold properties) have inferior or superior to the subject property (your home). Some features that constitute an adjustment are a pool, larger\smaller square footage, additional bathrooms, fireplace, etc. This will give you a good idea of the price range for your home.

What advice do you have or buyers and sellers in this market? Each client has different goals and objectives so it’s best to sit down and review all your options and see what’s best for you and your family in the current market conditions. For more information please contact Debbie Pearson or Dyana Metcalf with Florida Executive Realty at 15802 Amberly Dr. in Tampa Palms.

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Home Improvement

Summer IS HERE! Time To Give Your Wesley Chapel Home Some TLC Summer has arrived, meaning it is time for home repairs. Here is a list of the top seven actions homeowners should take to get their houses in shape:

Gutter Installation/Cleaning

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Wood Rot Repair

Wood rot usually means there is underlying damage caused by water leaking behind the siding or between seams. Oftentimes, the leaking and rotting began years before, hidden from sight. Underneath, however, soaked wood has begun to rot and may be infested with insects.


Window & Door Frame Repair

It’s time to let in the fresh breezes and keep summertime bugs out. This is especially tricky with busted windows, doors or torn screens, which happens frequently when the weather is cold.

Power Washing Services

Getting the house, driveway & sidewalks, deck, and patio furniture professionally power washed can really increase curb appeal. Not only does power washing reduce wear and tear, it makes everything look good as new.

Deck Repair

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Making sure the paint on the exterior of your home is in good shape is very importance for the appearance of your home. When you paint the exterior of your home with exterior latex paint, the most durable, toughest, most protective finish is achieved when the weather isn’t too hot so that’s a great reason to paint your home in early summer. Moisture can wreak havoc on exterior paint. Cold weather, frost, rain, and high humidity can all negatively affect the paint. Moisture in all forms can cause paint to swell and soften, which eventually leads to cracking, blistering, flaking, and peeling. Moisture conditions also support the growth of mildew. The sun can cause paint to fade, and it can diminish the protection which the paint provides for the exterior, due to paint erosion. What happens is that the ultraviolet rays of the sun can break down the exterior paint’s binder. As the binder deteriorates, pigment is released in the form of chalk or a powder which can wash away when it rains. Dramatic fluctuations in temperature can cause wood surface and many other surfaces to contract and expand.

The movement can cause paint to crack and flake off, if the paint on the surface isn’t flexible enough.


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Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, you know that food trucks are the latest rage for foodies, hipsters, or anyone who wants to try unique and freshly prepared gourmet fare on the go. Most major U.S. cities host food truck rallies, and the Tampa Bay area is no exception. These rallies often include live music or indie films as entertainment for the hungry diners that descend in droves. One of the more popular events, held on the third

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Consider it similar to tailgating: Most people stand and eat at Food Truck events. If you are one who likes to sit and eat, then stake out a spot on a curb or bring a chair. Be sure to bring cash for your purchases. Vendors appreciate small bills vs. 10’s & 20’s.

Go to http://www.tampabay markets.com/flicks-and-food-trucks for more information. Or find Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally on facebook. Another similar event is the Brews and Bites Food Truck Rally held at the Sail Pavilion, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa, Friday, June 14th, from 6-10 pm. Located on Tampa’s RiverWalk, adjacent to the Convention Center, the Sail Pavilion hosts

Thursday of every month, is called Flicks & Food Trucks. This venue offers a varied selection of 10 - 15 gourmet food trucks as well as featuring independent short films, mainly by Florida filmmakers. The event website offers this advice for first timers: • Some trucks take credit cards, but not all trucks do. • Please plan to expect waiting in line for your orders. While the food is worth the wait, it does not come fast because it’s not “fast food”. These are full blown restaurants on wheels and food is made to order. • Plan to experience more than one food truck. Everyone serves something different so ordering small is key!


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Local Wesley Chapel Man Uncovers $158,720 Pasco County Home Insurance Scheme It seems local homeowners are unknowingly throwing away hundreds of dollars each year on home insurance. According to Steve Barry, the average homeowner in this area pays about $320 more per year than they may have to. “In 2011 alone, 496 local homeownerspaid a combined $158,720 in unnecessary insurance fees. I think a lot of people are getting overcharged without even knowing it,” says Barry. Barry, the owner of the Steve Barry Great Florida Insurance Agency says he made this startling discovery after his agency added the savings for clients in the area. “I always knew a lot of homeowners were paying way too much on their policies, but I never realized just how much until earlier this year,” says Barry. Local resident Carmen Fonseca found out firsthand. “Steve saved us $509 a year from where we had our (previous) insurance,” reports Fonseca. According to Barry, the average homeowner was overpaying by 24% ($320 per year). Some local homeowners were getting overcharged by as much as 67%. “I think it’s a shame that people are commonly being misled by greedy insurance agents who care more about making a big commission check than saving their clients money. As a result, many homeowners are basically flushing

away hundreds of dollars right down the drain,” says Barry. With recent layoffs in the area and real estate foreclosures dominating the headlines, Mr. Barry believes it’s time local residents received some good news, “I think people are tired of being told that they can’t save money on home insurance. I know that for some people, saving $300 or $400 per year could make a real difference in their lives.” The Barry Agency, which prides itself on “offering better coverage at lower prices” shops around more than 15 different providers to find the best rates available. The agency was recently appointed by a select group of “A” rated carriers to carry out a competitive home insurance program that other agencies in the area don’t have access to. Focused on a set of nine separate discounts, the program offers tremendous savings opportunities to homes built between 1983 and 2012 and manufactured homes built after 1995. Clients who have had their roof replaced or completed a “Wind Mitigation Inspection” can also expect to save hundreds in addition to the outrageously low rates that are available to local residents. “People who are looking to save some money on their home insurance are urged to call our office today. All calls are kept strictly confidential and take around five minutes to complete, plus we even

guarantee same day callbacks,” says Barry. You can call 813-991-6969 to find out if you qualify. This program expires soon. The Barry Agency Steve Barry has owned agenies throughout Florida since his start in 1981 with State Farm Insurance. Over the years Steve has expanded to multiple locations and is proud of the Great Florida name since the inception in 1992.


“Our business is built on trust and quality service. We’re always on call,” says Barry. Barry attributes much of his agency’s success to his strong team. To contact the Barry

Agency or to receive a FREE no-obligation quote, call 813-991-6969 or QuoteMe@GreatFlorida. com. You can visit Steve’s website at www.BarryInsuranceInc.com



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