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North Suncoast events and meetings for Dec. 11

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HERNANDO COUNTY

Open mic night with Terry Cole: 7:30 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209: 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.

Steak shoot: 1-3 p.m., Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. The first card is $8. (352) 597-7979.

PASCO COUNTY

Photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elf Nicholas: Noon-6 p.m., Santa's Florida Home, 5752 Main St., New Port Richey. $12, two for $20. (727) 808-2707.

'PHCC Waypoints — A 40-year Journey': 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Alric C.T. Pottberg Library art gallery, Pasco-Hernando Community College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The exhibit celebrates the college's evolution and history through photographs, news clippings and artifacts. The exhibit closes Thursday. (727) 816-3231.

Today's meetings

HERNANDO COUNTY

Hernando County Commission, 9 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Hernando County School Board, 2 p.m. strategic plan workshop, 6 p.m. public hearing on search to replace retiring superintendent Bryan Blavatt, 7 p.m. board meeting, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville.

Citizens Advisory Task Force, 5:30 p.m., meeting and fair housing workshop, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

PASCO COUNTY

Dade City Commission, Community Redevelopment Agency work session at 5:30 p.m., followed by commission meeting, City Hall annex, 14150 Fifth St.

New Port Richey City Council, work session, 7 p.m., City Hall, 5919 Main St.

Port Richey City Council, 7:30 p.m., City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road.

North Suncoast events and meetings for Dec. 11 12/10/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 10, 2012 10:45pm]
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  1. White nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida tonight and the school is on high alert for tensions. [Associated Press]
  2. Bowen: Park land deal raises Penny for Pasco questions

    Environment

    The Penny for Pasco is unambiguous.

    At least it is supposed to be.

    There was no equivocating in 2004 when Penny for Pasco supporters detailed how the sales tax proceeds would be spent: schools, transportation, public safety and environmental lands. No money for parks. No money for recreation.

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[Douglas R. Clifford, Times]
  3. Another Tampa Bay agency loses tax credits worth millions in dispute over application error

    News

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  4. Live blog: Many unknowns as Richard Spencer speaks in Gainesville today

    College

    GAINESVILLE — A small army of law enforcement officers, many of them from cities and counties around the state, have converged on the University of Florida in preparation for today's speaking appearance by white nationalist Richard Spencer.

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  5. As Clearwater Marine Aquarium expands, it asks the city for help

    Growth

    CLEARWATER — When Clearwater Marine Aquarium CEO David Yates saw an architect's initial design for the facility's massive expansion project, he told them to start all over.

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium Veterinarian Shelly Marquardt (left), Brian Eversole, Senior Sea Turtle and Aquatic Biologist (middle) and Devon Francke, Supervisor of Sea Turtle Rehab, are about to give a rescued juvenile green sea turtle, suffering from a lot of the Fibropapillomatosis tumors, fluids at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Wednesday afternoon. Eventually when the turtle is healthy enough the tumors will be removed with a laser and after it is rehabilitated it will be released back into the wild.  -  The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is launching a $66 million renovation to expand its facilities to take in injured animals and space to host visitors. The aquarium is asking the city for a $5 million grant Thursday to help in the project. American attitudes toward captive animals are changing. Sea World is slipping after scrutiny on the ethics of captive marine life. But CEO David Yates says CMA is different, continuing its mission of rehab and release, it's goal is to promote education, not exploitation. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times