Commissioners delay decision on sports plan
Pasco commissioners put off a decision Tuesday until later this month on whether to shelve a sports complex plan for Trinity. Commissioners decided to give more time to the owners of three properties under consideration for the project. Last week, a commission majority was poised to put the Sportsplex USA plan on the back burner until the budget season is over in the fall but decided to wait until Tuesday, the deadline for owners of the three properties to submit their plans. The properties include 30 acres just east of the hospital under construction on State Road 54; 25 acres off Community Drive, near the Trinity Memorial Gardens cemetery; and a 40-acre site at Starkey Ranch. Commissioner Michael Cox tried to get the cemetery site removed from consideration, saying it was not worth the potential legal battle with residents from Heritage Springs, who already succeeded at keeping the project off the original site. But only Commissioner Jack Mariano supported Cox's motion. The other commissioners said they should treat all three property owners equally. Commissioners will take up the matter again at a June 23 special meeting, beginning at 6 p.m., at the West Pasco Government Center, 7530 Little Road, in New Port Richey.
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Donations sought for students' prom
More than 100 disabled students at the Red Apple Adult Training Center will go to prom for the first time ever this month — but only with help from the community, a Red Apple instructor's aide says. Red Apple's staff trains developmentally disabled students 18 and older in daily living skills, such as cooking and shopping. This spring, a few students asked administrators if they could hold a prom just like the proms at other schools, instructor's aide Katina John said. To make the dance on June 25 a success, Red Apple needs donations of prom dresses, tuxedos and suits, corsages and boutonnieres, decorations and food gift cards, she said. Donations should be sent by June 11 to one of Red Apple's campuses at 6640 Kentucky Ave. or 6527 Jefferson St., both in New Port Richey. For information, call the school at (727) 847-2555.
The Pasco teachers' union has rejected a proposal for an end-of-year furlough day, sending the School Board looking for other places to cut spending. Story, 5
More than 100 events are scheduled for the USA Roller Sports' Southern Regional Championships later this month at Spinnations Skating Center in Port Richey. Story, 7
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