NEW PORT RICHEY
Missing woman is found safe; alert canceled
Geraldine Ann Logan, a 69-year-old woman who had been missing since Saturday, was found Tuesday evening staying at local motel, according to New Port Richey Police. She will be medically evaluated and treated. The Silver Alert for Logan has been canceled, but the investigation continues, as police are trying to determine her whereabouts and activities in the past few days. Anyone with information may call the New Port Richey Police Department at (727) 841-4551.
Pasco schools out of running for grant
The Pasco County school district won't be getting a share of the federal Race to the Top-District grant. Its application seeking $40 million from the competition did not make it to the finalist round of 61 aspirants. District officials had looked to use the money to support professional training, create new student assessments and implement a new data system. School Board member Joanne Hurley said she was not surprised at the result, suggesting that the district might need a stronger grants writing division to pursue future awards. Five Florida districts did make the finalist pool, which is expected to be further whittled to about 20 winners. They were Broward, Charlotte, Manatee, Miami-Dade and Seminole counties.
City a step closer to land swap deal
The city is moving closer to a land swap with Acme Development Corp. City Council members voted 4-1 Monday evening to direct city staff to draw up an agreement with Acme in which the corporation gets 10 acres the city owns off Eighth Street just north of the post office and the city acquires Acme's 24 acres at the north end of the airport. City Manager Jim Drumm told council members that appraisals put the city's land worth at about $550,000 and Acme's property around $1 million. The difference between the values will be considered a charitable donation from Acme to the city, Drumm said. "No money will change hands," he said. City officials began negotiations to avoid a potential lawsuit by Acme officials, who maintain the city did not follow through on a 2005 agreement to either purchase or trade about 42 acres, split into two parcels. The city bought one of the pieces, a 17.5-acre tract, in May 2011 for a possible airport expansion, and agreed to a land swap for the remaining 24.5 acres. City Council member Lance Smith and others said the swap was contingent on approval from the Federal Aviation Authority, which eventually nixed the exchange. Smith, who voted against drawing up an agreement Monday, previously said he thinks the city abided by the original agreement.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Daylong benefit to aid Sandy victims
Bourbon Street presents "Gimme Shelter," a benefit to aid the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Doors open at noon Sunday at 4331 U.S. 19. Headlining act will be local band Circle Sky. Eight bands with ties to New York and New Jersey will play throughout the day. All proceeds will go to the Hope for Stanley Alliance, which sends students to Sandy-affected areas to help with the relief efforts. There will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing, among other fundraising activities. The event is expected to last until 11 p.m.