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Cuts in Pasco schools' sports funding on meeting's agenda

LAND O'LAKES

Cuts in school sports funding are on agenda

It's now clear that when Pasco school officials said everything is on the table as they look for ways to slash millions in spending for this year and the next, athletics were included. Coaches from around the district will gather this afternoon to discuss what might stay and what can go. "We're saying next year there's no way around sports cuts, so what is it that would have the least impact, so students would still have some benefits," superintendent Heather Fiorentino said. "They're just meeting to set some ideas." Fiorentino and her top administrative staff spent most of Tuesday working on recommendations to slash the current budget by as much as $20-million. She said she expects to release the list some time today.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Gold's Gym on U.S. 19 shuts doors

Gold's Gym closed abruptly on Friday, seven years after its owners sunk millions of dollars into converting an old U.S. 19 bowling alley into a full-scale fitness center with saunas, an Olympic-size pool and 30,000 pounds of free weights. Franchise owner Bari Azirovic could not be reached for comment Tuesday. His family bought the local franchise in 1996. A family-owned chain, Family Fitness Center, has promised to honor Gold's prepaid memberships for up to two years. Family Fitness Centers in Pasco County are located in Hudson at State Road 52 and Little Road and in Trinity at Old County Road 54 and Little Road. There is also a location in Dunedin, at U.S. 19 and Curlew Road. Family Fitness Center is also in negotiations with Azirovic to open at the now-shuttered Gold's Gym, said regional operations manager Ryan Pergola. Pergola said Azirovic approached him last week, asking if Family Fitness would honor the Gold's memberships.

New Port Richey

No discussion on Main Street

The New Port Richey City Council held off on discussing the stalled Main Street Landing project Tuesday evening, while the Port Richey City Council was scheduled to discuss a proposed boarding fee for local sightseeing and casino boats. For coverage of both meetings visit pasco. tampabay.com.

Pasco deaths

Brehme, Ernest Edward "Ernie"

Duvivier, Rose M.

Frey, Fred Jr.

Goldman, Judy

Hopkins, Robert R.

Lawson, Joyce I.

Moore, Bertha Lee Smiley Whitaker

Orke, Bergit

Prezioso, Michael A.

Warner, Ann Louise

Watkins, Donald Lee

This list is from detailed obituaries published in section B.

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