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Construction work on Azalea Drive in New Port Richey nears completion


Azalea drive work nearing completion

The end is in sight for the construction work on Azalea Drive. City officials say they finally have the state permit in hand to finish the sewer construction project off Marine Parkway. The installation of a gravity sewer main has left the 4700 block of Azalea torn up for months, according to Imperial Embassy Condominiums resident Ed Wawrzyniak. "It's just a dusty mess," he said. The holdup in patching the road has been the wait for a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, according to New Port Richey Public Works director Sherman Applegate. Contractors conducting the sewer project for the city obtained the permit Friday, so construction to patch the road is under way this week, Applegate said. On Tuesday, crews were busily working on Azalea Drive.


First in, first out of School Board race

Bryan V. Williams, the first person to file papers indicating interest in running for Pasco School Board District 2, has become the first person to bow out of the race. Williams, who had been a member of the Connerton Elementary School advisory committee, withdrew on Monday. He explained in his letter to the elections office that he had a "change in residential counties." Incumbent Joanne Hurley, by contrast, learned late last week that she had submitted all the petition signatures needed to qualify for the August ballot. Another challenger, Don Stephenson, has turned in about 15 percent of the signatures he needs.


Workshop to cover basics of business

The Pasco Economic Development Council will host a workshop on "How to Start a New Business" from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at its offices at 16506 Pointe Village Drive at State Road 54 and the Suncoast Parkway. The workshop, led by Carol Hendrix of the University of South Florida's Small Business Development Center, will cover business basics, getting startup assistance and creating business plans. "Each year small businesses begin and create some jobs, but half of them fail within the first few years," said John Hagen, Pasco EDC president and CEO. "Starting a business requires a tremendous amount of planning, a strong knowledge of local and regional guidelines, defined target markets, a source of financial options and much more." Cost is $5 and includes a light breakfast. Reservations can be made at or by calling toll free 1-888-607-2726.

Zephyrhills fires its fire marshal

The fire chief says Kerry Barnett violated city policy while on sick leave. Barnett says he will appeal. Page 6

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