Monday, June 18, 2018
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Land O'Lakes DJ puts music in his protest over building setback

Land O'Lakes

DJ puts music in his protest over building

Upset over an apartment complex going up next to his home of 25 years, weekend DJ Philip Lee is using his skills to protest what he says is a setback that is too close. Construction crews worked Thursday to the continuous blast of '60s singer Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi.

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got till it's gone

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

"I'm going to play it until I get a response from the county," said Lee, 59, who hosts the '60s show on WMNF radio from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays. He says the Altman Cos., which is building a two-story apartment complex on 60 acres, built a unit 8 feet from the privacy fence of his home on Livingston Road. County rules require setbacks of 20 feet, and county officials say the developer has complied. They also told Lee that his fence is 21/2 feet over the property line. Nonsense, said Lee, who is consulting an attorney. "They only looked at the plans," he said. "They have not come out here." But he noted County Commissioner Pat Mulieri has assisted him in getting heard. "She got them to stop work Sundays," he said.

Countywide

Aqua Utilities' fees to fall slightly

Aqua Utilities customers in Pasco County will see little change in their monthly bills under the appeal ruling reached by regulators earlier this week. Residents of Jasmine Lakes who use 7,000 gallons of water and sewer a month will see a monthly bill of $131.90, compared with $140 under the previous rates approved last May. Customers using the same amount in Palm Terrace and Zephyr Shores will pay $155.83 a month, down from $156, according to a news release from the Public Service Commission. After a hearing on Tuesday, the PSC approved a slightly revised rate structure. While noting Aqua's improved service quality since the last rate case, commissioners directed the utility to file quarterly reports on improvements to aesthetic water quality, customer notifications for boiled water requirements, compliance with environmental requirements and call center statistics.

Clarification

Jim "Mudcat'' Grant earned a 21-7 record for the Minnesota Twins in 1965, making him the first African-American to win 20 or more games in the American League. But the first African-American pitcher to break the 20-game mark in all of Major League Baseball was Don Newcombe, who did it for the National League's Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951. A column in Thursday's Times was unclear on that point.

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