Part of I-75 closes after semi overturns
Part of southbound Interstate 75 was closed for two hours Wednesday afternoon after a semitrailer truck hauling a load of dirt overturned. The semitrailer truck was traveling in the inside lane about 2:45 p.m., just north of State Road 56, when it started to change lanes, striking a Toyota Prius in the outside lane, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the semitrailer truck, Julio Rosario Alicea, 45, of Riverview, over-corrected, causing the truck to spin and then overturn, the FHP said. The trailer full of dirt hit the guardrail in the median. The occupants of the Prius, 40-year-old Thea Moore and 4-year-old Zuri Moore of Wesley Chapel, suffered minor injuries, the FHP said. Alicea, who also received minor injuries, was cited with making an improper lane change.
Commission seeks annexation plan
City commissioners want to see a plan for expanding the city limits — or, in some cases, straightening boundary lines — with voluntary annexations. The commission gave unanimous consent Tuesday to having community development director Michael Sherman begin work on an annexation strategy. He expects to have a time line for the plan ready for commissioners at their Nov. 13 meeting. The focus will be on nonresidential and commercial areas, Sherman said, but residents living in enclaves — sections of the county surrounded by city-governed property — will be approached. There are only two such areas, he added. Residents who signed utility service agreements with the city and live on property contiguous to the city limits will also be targeted, Sherman said. Commissioners stressed that annexations will happen only with the consent of property owners.
City wants ideas for improving park
Got ideas for the city's Waterfront Park? Port Richey will host a design session from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the park, 8119 Old Post Road, to hear residents' suggestions. Officials say community input is an essential part of the master planning process to ensure that improvements made to Waterfront Park reflect community interests and include a variety of perspectives. City Council members, staff and representatives from consulting firm Wade Trim will be available to discuss plans and answer questions. For more information, call City Hall at (727) 816-1900.
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Vendors sought for November festival
Greater New Port Richey Main Street is seeking vendors for the Eco-Fest/Harvest Fest, which will be held Nov. 9-11 in Sims Park. The three-day festival will include live bluegrass and Florida folk music and a kids fun zone. Barbecue food vendors and people who wish to sell their arts and crafts may call Main Street at (727) 842-8066 for information about having a booth at the event.