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New Port Richey approves demolition ordinance to combat blight


Demolition ordinance approved

The city now has a demolition ordinance on the books to combat blight. The City Council unanimously passed the measure Tuesday evening that allows building officials to inspect abandoned properties, and if the structures threaten the public's health or welfare they may be slated for demolition. The ordinance, modeled after similar measures by Pasco County government and the cities of Zephyrhills and Port Richey, includes an extensive notification process of property owners prior to demolition. New Port Richey Mayor Bob Consalvo sought the ordinance after the city found itself wrangling with the owners of the dilapidated Walden Pond Mobile Home Park. The city is demolishing dozens of crumbling mobile homes in the park, just west of U.S. 19 at Oelsner Street, under an emergency resolution passed by council last month.


Salvation Army low on supplies

The Salvation Army's Center of Hope faces a shortage of food for the hungry men, women and families seeking assistance in the community. The center is very low on staple items such as canned meats, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oatmeal, rice, pasta, instant potatoes, vegetables, soup, pudding, tomato and spaghetti sauce. Fruit juices, powdered milk, water and instant drink mixes are also needed. Food and monetary donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Center of Hope, 8040 Washington St. For information, call (727) 847-6321.


Thrift shop to host half-price sale

The Thrift Shop at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will hold a special half price sale Dec. 3-7 at 5326 Charles St. Everything in the shop will be sold at 50 percent off, unless marked otherwise, and the clearance rack features two-for-$1 clothing items. The thrift shop is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Call (727) 846-1378 or (727) 849-4330 for information.


Go on a cruise, support a church

St. James the Apostle Catholic Church will have a fundraising cruise on board Princess Cruise Lines' Caribbean Princess, sailing Jan. 26 through Feb. 2. Caribbean Princess will sail round trip from Fort Lauderdale to Princess Cays, Curacao and Aruba. Rates start at $759. The rate includes bus transportation to Fort Lauderdale, all taxes and government fees, tips for bus drivers round trip, and baggage handling upon arrival at the pier. Proof of citizenship is required to travel. Call (727) 862-3595.

New Port Richey approves demolition ordinance to combat blight 11/22/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 22, 2012 8:56pm]
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