Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco School Board plans workshop on safety and bullying

LAND O'LAKES

Workshop will address school bullying

With conversations in the Florida Legislature as a backdrop, the Pasco County School Board plans to take a hard look at how it deals with safety and bullying during a workshop Tuesday. District officials started talking about the issues months ago, also taking such steps as school risk assessments with law enforcement and making plans for an anti-bullying summit in the early summer. Superintendent Kurt Browning also has made clear that while he takes the matters seriously, he doesn't want to go as far as having armed guards at elementary schools. The staff has prepared a three-page action plan to cope with bullying. It calls for, among other things, revising anti-bullying presentations to students and tying those to the Code of Conduct more closely, and creating new structures to provide students with ways to raise concerns and help solve them within their schools. It also has listed several areas of need when it comes to improving school safety. Those include training for personnel, added funding to improve facilities, and reviewing response procedures to ensure they match current trends. Board members called for this workshop, which will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday. No action is scheduled to be taken, although the board can give the staff directions on how to proceed.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Ridge Road deadline extended

The elusive push to extend Ridge Road has been extended. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had given the county a Feb. 13 deadline to submit all requested material for its permit application. But county officials asked for more time, saying the wildlife studies the corps requested have to be done in certain seasons of the year. The corps then gave the county until Sept. 30 to finish its application. The proposed limited-access road would connect heavily populated west Pasco with the Suncoast Parkway and eventually link to U.S. 41 at Connerton. The county has long argued the road is a vital link in the county's transportation system that would provide a new evacuation route during a major storm. Environmentalists object that the road would cut through the 6,500-acre Serenova preserve. The federal Environmental Protection Agency considers the tract's wetlands to be an "Aquatic Resource of National Importance." That designation provides higher legal protection.

ODESSA

Pet adoption fees reduced Saturday

Pasco County Animal Services will offer dogs and cats at the reduced adoption fee of $17 on Saturday, in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Regular adoption fees are $70 for dogs and $40 for cats. Pets are spayed or neutered, come with a vet check, are microchipped and have been vaccinated. Credit cards are accepted. Adoptable dogs and cats will be at the Odessa Petco, 16248 State Road 54. For information, call (727) 834-3216.

Comments

The Daystarter: Scott touts term limits in D.C.; Hillsborough teachers get day in court; All Children’s Heart Institute had ‘challenges’; Lightning tickets on sale today

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll have highs today ranging from the lower 80s to upper 80s with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.• As you h...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
PolitiFact Florida: Does Gov. Rick Scott want to privatize Social Security?

PolitiFact Florida: Does Gov. Rick Scott want to privatize Social Security?

The president of a PAC that works to protect Social Security says Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t have the backs of senior citizens.Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, the president of the Social Security Works PAC (and a former member of the band Sha Na Na), blast...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hooper: Leader’s vision may lead to new Woodson Museum spot

Hooper: Leader’s vision may lead to new Woodson Museum spot

Premier Eye Care CEO Lorna Taylor received the inaugural Winnie Foster Lifetime Achievement Award at a Carter G. Woodson Museum event Sunday in St. Petersburg.The award is as much about what she hopes to do as what she’s already done for the museum. ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Can New Tampa handle nearly 700 more homes? Not without major changes, council member says

Can New Tampa handle nearly 700 more homes? Not without major changes, council member says

TAMPA — New Tampa was built on sprawl. Big houses, often in gated communities with lots of green space, are the operating principle for developing the area Tampa annexed in pieces starting in the mid 1980s.But residents who love the good schools and ...
Published: 04/23/18
Lightning Round 2 playoff tickets on sale Monday

Lightning Round 2 playoff tickets on sale Monday

Single-game tickets for the Lightning's Eastern Conference semifinal series go on sale to the general public at 1 p.m. Monday at nhl.com/lightning/tickets.The Lightning plays the winner of the Bruins-Maple Leafs series. Game 6 of that series is Monda...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Developer Bill Bishop created

Developer Bill Bishop created "walkable communities"

Bill Bishop was a developer by definition, but those who know him best considered him to be an artist whose canvas was Hillsborough County.Among the communities he created from scratch are Pebble Creek, Westchase, Waterchase and Highland Park. He als...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Editorial: Pruitt sets new low for ethics at EPA

Editorial: Pruitt sets new low for ethics at EPA

Not too many people took then-candidate Donald Trump seriously when he famously campaigned to "drain the swamp" as president. But that shouldn’t give this administration a free pass to excuse the behavior of Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Env...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: St. Petersburg man on LSD knocks out teen girl at RaceTrac while her parent pumps gas

Deputies: St. Petersburg man on LSD knocks out teen girl at RaceTrac while her parent pumps gas

ST. PETERSBURG — A man punched a 13-year-old girl inside a RaceTrac convenience store Saturday, knocking her unconscious as her parent pumped gas outside, Pinellas deputies reported. Kolbe Wayne Smith, 27, of St. Petersburg now faces charges o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
How Baker Mayfield can benefit the Bucs

How Baker Mayfield can benefit the Bucs

TAMPA — The buzz surrounding this year's NFL draft is a class of talented quarterbacks deep enough to challenge the record six taken in the first round in 1983, a group that included future Hall of Famers John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino.Th...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Andrei Vasilevskiy and the universal language of playoff hockey

Andrei Vasilevskiy and the universal language of playoff hockey

TAMPA — As usual, Andrei Vasilevskiy didn't speak in front of the cameras after the game. He has been like that since he hit the NHL. He still isn't comfortable with his English on TV.But Vasilevskiy spoke loudly and clearly in the first-round ...
Updated: 7 hours ago