Discussions on 4-acre county site deferred
Pasco commissioners put off until January discussions about what to do with a 4-acre county site at an industrial park near Interstate 75. The owner of ComPark 75 had asked Pasco to return the property to his company since earlier stated plans to use the 4 acres for public safety operations have not panned out. But County Administrator John Gallagher has said the previous park owner got compensation for the parcel: The county agreed to give up its "water rights" on the land, which had been clogging up attempts to sell the property. Chief Assistant County Attorney David Goldstein has come up with five legal options, which include exchanging the land for another parcel; conveying the site to a nonprofit like the Pasco Economic Development Council; conveying it to a target industry; selling it to the highest bidder or retaining it for future public safety uses. Commissioners opted for more time to vet the proposals.
County offices to be closed Friday
All Pasco County government offices, including the courts and the constitutional offices, will be closed Friday in observance of the Christmas holiday. Here's the schedule for other county facilities this holiday weekend:
• Libraries: Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, but closed on Saturday.
• Public transit: No service Friday and Saturday.
• Tax Collector: Closed Friday and Saturday.
• Recreation: County parks will remain open during the holidays, but the recreation complexes will be closed Friday and Saturday.
• Animal Services: Closed Friday and Saturday, but an emergency officer is on call. Shelter reopens at noon Tuesday.
• Landfill: The county's Resource Recovery Facility and the East Pasco Transfer Station will be closed Friday to the general public, but open to commercial haulers; closed to everyone on Saturday.
All county facilities are scheduled to reopen next week at their usual times.
Program helps the elderly avoid falls
"A Matter of Balance," a program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase their physical activity, will be offered next month at the CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway. A series of eight two-hour free classes will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 10. Group discussion, problem solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise help older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce the fear of falling and remain active and independent. The program helps participants become more confident by showing them how to find ways to reduce falls, and how to protect themselves if they do fall. To register, call the center at (727) 863-6868. For information, call Pat at (727) 862-9291, ext. 2018.
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