Ordinance puts limits on local pain clinics
Pasco County commissioners gave final approval Tuesday to a new ordinance that requires local pain management clinics to register and blocks new ones from opening for up to a year. The measure requires the existing 35 local clinics to register with the county. The ordinance's first draft set a 30-day registration window but the one approved Tuesday extended it to 90 days. The ordinance also imposes a one-year moratorium on new clinics. County officials can't ban clinics outright, but say they will use the moratorium to develop ways to regulate such things as parking and operational hours through land use codes. Neighboring counties have adopted similar measures with the hope of cracking down on the so-called pill mills that attract addicts and dealers, including from other states.
Seafest co-founder Kathy Meyer dies
Kathy Meyer, a co-founder of Hudson Seafest and a former co-owner of the Port Hudson Marina and Hudson Utilities, died Saturday morning. She was 87 years old. Mrs. Meyer and her husband, Al, moved to Hudson in 1969 from their native Ohio, and bought the first house built near the marina. They also ran the Seaport Inn restaurant for years. Married for 60 years, they have four children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 8014 State Road 52.
Homeless health fair set for July 30
St. Jude's Homeless Veterans Resource Center, in conjunction with James A. Haley Veterans Hospital Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program, will host a homeless health fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 30 at Holiday United Church of Christ, 4826 Bartelt Road. Information, counseling, referrals, backpacks, personal hygiene kits and health screenings will be available. A cookout will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information call the Rev. Morson Livingston at (813) 951-2288.
Basic babysitting class on Aug. 8
A Red Cross Babysitter's Training class will be 1 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Seven Oaks Clubhouse, 2910 Sports Core Circle. The course, which costs $85, includes babysitting fundamentals, first aid (including choking and rescue breathing), a CPR re-breather, book, backpack, lunch and certification. It is for 11- to 15-year-olds. For questions, please call Lonnie Clark at (813) 784-0381 or e-mail Lonnie@safead.com. To preregister, send payment to SAFE, P.O. Box 1778, Land O'Lakes, FL 34639.
Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.