Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Pasco receives second-straight 'One Bay' award

COUNTYWIDE

Pasco receives second in row 'One Bay' award

Pasco has picked up its second-straight "One Bay" award from the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. The county also won the award last year, the first time it was given. The award was created to encourage bay area governments to create sustainable plans for business and residential growth. This year, Pasco won for its innovative "mobility fee" that charges lower transportation fees to developers in urban areas in an effort to concentrate new growth. The mobility fee also won first place in the planning council's development and infrastructure category. "It reinforces the county's efforts," said growth management director Richard Gehring. Pasco picked up another first-place award for its work on the Starkey Wilderness trail project, and the county's elderly nutrition program earned an honorable mention. The awards were announced Friday during a luncheon in St. Petersburg.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Lots of music on tap at Chasco

Singer-songwriter Julie Black and Journey tribute band Odyssey Road will take the stage tonight at the Sims Park amphitheater for "A Grateful Nation," a free concert honoring the military, first responders and their families. The 6 p.m. concert, sponsored by the Sand Soldiers of America, is part of the continuing lineup of live music at Chasco Fiesta, which runs through Saturday in downtown New Port Richey. Blues Masters night ($5) kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with Steve Arvey, the Shawn Paige Blues Band and headliners Southern Hospitality, a trio of renowned bluesmen Damon Fowler, J.P. Soars and Victor Wainwright. Friday brings True Oldies Night ($5) from 6 to 11 p.m. with Jonathan Cortez, the Crests featuring Tommy Mara and special guest Joey Dee. And the festival wraps up Saturday with the big Country Concert at 5:45 p.m., featuring Little Texas, the LoCash Cowboys and the Desert Rain Band. Tickets for the County Concert are $10-$20 in advance, $15-$25 at the gate. The carnival and midway will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. tonight and Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. For information visit www.chascofiesta.com.

SAN ANTONIO

City candidates appear at forum

The city will host a candidate forum at 7 tonight at City Hall, 32819 Pennsylvania Ave. There are five candidates running for three City Commission seats. Running for re-election are Mayor Roy Pierce and Commissioners Heiskell Christmas and Richard Gates. The two challengers are Elayne Bassinger and Timothy Franke. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 10. Voting is open only to city residents.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Mayoral hopefuls will debate

Zephyrhills voters also have a race to decide April 10: Who will be the next mayor? Candidates Steve Van Gorden and Michael Payne will participate in a debate at 7 p.m. Monday at Alice Hall Community Center, 38116 Fifth Ave.

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