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New Port Richey officials to debate suing Main Street Landing developer

NEW PORT RICHEY

City to debate suing developer of stalled site

City Council members tonight will discuss whether to sue Main Street Landing developer Ken McGurn over his dormant construction site. In a memo to council members, who are sitting tonight as directors of the Community Redevelopment Agency, City Manager Tom O'Neill recommends officials proceed with legal action to force McGurn to "abate the public nuisance" by demolishing the partly completed structures, restoring the site to a safe grade and maintaining the property. O'Neill and City Council members have said the step comes only after nearly two years of seeing no progress at the site, where McGurn shut down construction in the summer of 2006 after failing to win additional public financing. Officials were supposed to talk about the legal action last month but postponed the discussion because the city attorney was not present. McGurn has expressed shock that the city is contemplating a lawsuit. Tonight's meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 5919 Main St.

Stray cat tests positive for rabies

The Pasco County Health Department has issued a rabies alert after a stray cat tested positive for rabies last week. Pet owners should make sure their dogs, cats and ferrets are vaccinated against rabies, and residents should not bring stray or wild animals into their home or unintentionally attract them by leaving out open garbage cans, pet food or litter, the Health Department said. Anyone bitten by an unfamiliar animal should wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water, then seek immediate medical help.

LAND O'LAKES

Car driver hurt in school bus crash

A Pasco County school bus carrying 25 students from Charles S. Rushe Middle School was involved in a collision at Mentmore Boulevard and Manassas Drive about 3 p.m. Monday. None of the students were hurt. The Florida Highway Patrol said the bus, driven by 57-year-old Segundo Rodriguez, apparently made a left turn into the path of a car driven by 42-year-old James Frank, who suffered minor injuries. No charges had been filed in the crash late Monday as the investigation continued, the FHP said.

LUTZ

Man is sought in bank robbery

Police are searching for an armed robber who fled a Lutz bank about 1 p.m. Monday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said the man entered the SunTrust Bank at 21744 State Road 54 and told the teller he had a gun. He didn't display a weapon. The robber ran from the bank with an undisclosed sum of money. No one was injured. Deputies described the robber as a thin white man with gray hair and blue eyes wearing a white shirt and green shorts. He also had an earring in his left ear and tattoos on his ankles and the back of his neck.

Pasco deaths

Fagan, Francis R.

Garcia-Bonilla, Narcisa

Kiefner, Carol L.

Martin, Ronald

Schrader, Joseph

Shields, Jewel Goins

Tornes, Gregory

Woodin, Sandra M.

Yovanovits, Olga

Zwicker, William

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

New Port Richey officials to debate suing Main Street Landing developer 01/12/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 10:02pm]
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