Man accused of posing as officer to steal
A 27-year-old man is accused of pretending to be a Pasco Sheriff's Office vice and narcotics lieutenant and using that role of trust to befriend a victim. Authorities say Earl A. Florer offered to help the victim move from Dade City to Lakeland — but then stole more than $20,000 of his belongings. He's accused of taking fishing equipment, jewelry and a generator from the Lakeland property in October and selling them at a pawn shop in Zephyrhills. Florer was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of dealing in stolen property and defrauding a pawn broker. The theft occurred in Lakeland's jurisdiction, so that agency is handling that investigation. He has not yet been charged. Florer, of Dade City, is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.
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Learn more about cooperatives
State officials are holding an education seminar for people who are interested in cooperative enterprises, also known as co-ops. The event will include information on associations' budgeting rules, financial reporting and the complaint process. The event will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cotee River Park Homeowners Association, 5611 Oak Ridge Ave., New Port Richey. For more information, call (850) 717-1482.
Event will focus on lakes, ponds
Management of community-owned lakes and ponds will be the discussion topic at the meeting of the Pasco Alliance of Community Associations (PACA). The public is invited to attend the meeting at 7 p.m, Thursday at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Speaker Tonja Stewart, a PACA member, will detail the management of the different types of community-owned ponds and lakes in Pasco County, and the best practices to comply with state and federal regulations and requirements affecting them. Ms. Stewart is a senior project manager at Stantec Inc. and a Florida-registered professional engineer. For membership information, contact vice president/membership director David Quinones at (813) 991-1505 or visit www.MyPACA.org. To suggest topics or speakers for monthly meetings, call program director Wayne Mooney at (352) 467-9808.