County agrees to buy land for conservation
Pasco commissioners agreed this week to pay $600,000 for a 28-acre conservation tract. The property is located along the Five-Mile Creek Corridor and is adjacent to conservation property that the county got through the development of the Tierra del Sol subdivision off U.S. 41. Officials with the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program say the property is valuable because of its proximity to other protected properties, its breeding population of gopher tortoises and its use by bobcats. The seller is developer Tierra del Sol LLC of Tampa. The land purchase will be financed with Penny for Pasco dollars.
New Port Richey
New path opens for bikes, people
The Starkey Park multi-use path from Congress Street to Starkey Boulevard along Massachusetts Avenue and Decubellis Road is now open to pedestrians and cyclists. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. June 22 on the southeast corner of Keena Street and Massachusetts Avenue to officially mark the opening of this path, which connects New Port Richey with Starkey Park and ultimately the Suncoast Trail. This project was one of several improvements identified for funding through Penny for Pasco. However, the county applied for and received federal funding for the project through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, enabling the path to be completed sooner than expected.
Clinic will offer hearing services
St. John's Hearing Institute and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Florida will hold a hearing clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 28 at the CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive. The services to be provided include ear wax checks, ear wax removal, hearing screenings and the cleaning and servicing of hearing aids. Participants who wear hearing aids will receive one free package of batteries. Amplified telephones will be provided at no charge to qualified Florida residents who are hearing impaired. No appointment is needed. For information, call the center at (727) 847-1290.