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New Port Richey endorses land-use changes for downtown

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City endorses tweaks to land-use code

The City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday night to a number of tweaks to the land-use code that establishes what kinds of businesses may — or may not — locate downtown. The changes include adding consignment clothes shops, vegetable and fruit markets and licensed massage therapy and hypnotherapy to the list of permitted uses. The proposal also includes adding thrift stores and shops that sell drug paraphernalia to the list of prohibited uses. Businesses that are neither explicitly permitted nor prohibited must make their cases before the City Council, which requires two hearings. The city added the restrictions in 2005, with the hopes of keeping certain "undesirable" businesses — think adult entertainment clubs and pawn shops — out of the downtown district. But since then, some businesses, such as a kayak shop, that are not on the "permitted" list have complained about the long process to win City Council approval. Those complaints prompted the changes approved Tuesday. A final hearing is scheduled for next month.

Woman accused of battering deputy

A woman causing a disturbance at a Ridge Road restaurant was charged with battering a deputy after she resisted his attempts to escort her out, according to the Sheriff's Office. Christy Marie Punturo, 27, had been asked to leave by the owner of Stassi's at 11406 Ridge Road, a report says. Thomas Stubblefield, a sheriff's deputy, was at the restaurant off-duty Monday evening. He identified himself to Punturo as an officer and showed her his badge. As he was walking her outside, the report says, Punturo turned and pushed him and smacked him on his face and ear. Stubblefield detained her until backup arrived. Punturo, of 10821 New Brighton Court, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. She remained in jail Tuesday in lieu of $1,000 bail.

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Chasco talent show to audition

Auditions for the Chasco Fiesta Talent Search show will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 3 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Singers, dancers, musicians, bands, comedians and other performers ages 5 through 25 are eligible. Those chosen will perform at Chasco Fiesta in Sims Park at 11 a.m. March 22. For applications and instructions, visit, click on "Talent Search" and "Audition Application." All applicants must schedule an audition time by calling (727) 842-7651.

Pasco deaths

Bart, Thaddeus Walter

Dickens, Michael

Donnelly, Faye M.

Farchione, Ronald Carol "Chip"

Funda, Anna C.

Gallarello, Gloria M.

Hatton, Elisabeth H.T.

Lake, Robert

Lipinsky, Henry J.

McClain, Samuel S. Jr.

Menard, Joseph Raymond

Michaels, John

O'Shea, William Leo

Peabody, Evelyn M.

Pyers, Robert E.

Swank, Elaine "Chicken Bone"

Xeron, Peter L.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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