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Hurricane shelter goes green, but not sporty



Pasco County will pay a little more for a regional hurricane shelter to make it environmentally friendly. But adding money for a basketball court was too much for a majority of the County Commission on Monday, despite the urging of Commissioner Jack Mariano.

Mariano, up for re-election against Democrat Ginny Miller, wanted to find $350,000 for the cost for Hudson shelter, meant to serve Pasco and Hernando counties. State and federal grants are covering the base cost of $7.5-million. Boosting its green credentials will cost $360,000, tapping mostly unused hurricane and landscaping dollars.

But as tax cuts force the county freezes salaries, withholds raises and now -- as Times staff writer Camille Spencer reports today -- cuts in half the time that library books can be checked out, the board thought better of building out its hoop dreams.

-- David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:34am]


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