Aloha to cede escrow fund to utility agency
Aloha Utilities has dropped its legal challenges to state regulators' order that it turn over $374,000 in escrow money to the government agency that bought its water and wastewater operations. The decision came as part of a settlement agreement reached late last month between Aloha and Florida Governmental Utility Authority. The authority will use that money to help offset rate increases for its 25,000 customers in the Seven Springs and Holiday areas, said spokesman Matthew Rihs. In February, the authority paid $90.5 million for the water and wastewater assets of the troubled utility, which had been at odds with its customer base for years.
Firm to present dredging plans
A workshop on the city's fledgling dredging project will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road. The meeting will include a presentation by Taylor Engineering on the project's potential first phase, permitting and funding. In addition to the City Council, the city's Port Authority Board and Port Authority Committee will attend the meeting. Residents and business owners interested in the project are invited to attend. For more information, call (727) 816-1900.
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Man, 22, defends relations with girl
A 22-year-old man who is dating a 14-year-old girl told deputies he doesn't see anything wrong with the relationship, especially as the girl's mother approves of it, according to a report from the Pasco Sheriff's Office. Carlton Gossett Jr., a shrimper from New Port Richey, said he has hickeys from the girl, that they've had sex and that he has moved in with her, the report states. The girl told authorities she thought the relationship was okay because her mother allowed it to happen. Gossett was arrested Thursday and is charged with lewd and lascivious battery. He was being held at the Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $10,000 bail.
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