NEW PORT RICHEY
ban eased to allow smaller fireworks
County commissioners on Tuesday revised the countywide burn ban enacted last week to allow "minor fireworks" such as sparklers and poppers. The ban also doesn't address larger fireworks such as roman candles or cannons that shoot into the sky. Those are banned by state law if used for recreation and cannot be regulated by counties or other local governments. People can buy the larger fireworks at roadside stands by signing a paper saying they will only use them for approved agricultural uses. Sheriff's deputies can still issue a citation if the fireworks are used for recreation on July 4. But commissioner Ted Schrader said he wanted to clarify the ban regarding minor fireworks. He said stands had secured leases and bought inventory and "didn't have any input" in last week's move. Prohibiting minor fireworks, he said, would put an unfair burden on those stands. The ban still covers fires such as bonfires and burning yard debris. Commercial firework displays are allowed with a county permit.
Weatherford to speak at meeting
State Rep. Will Weatherford will speak at the July 14 meeting of the Wesley Chapel Republican Club. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. The group meets the second Thursday of each month at the Hyundai dealership at 27000 Wesley Chapel Blvd., a mile west of Interstate 75.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Habitat to show documentary
West Pasco Habitat for Humanity will show the documentary Visions of Utopia: Experiments in Sustainable Culture at 8:15 p.m. July 7. The film examines the history of "intentional communities," which are groups of people who work or live together in pursuit of a common ideal. This showing, at Habitat's community cener, 4131 Madison St., is part of its free "Movies on Madison" series. Pets allowed if weather permits an outdoor showing. For information call (727) 843-8786 or visit westpascohabitat.com.
Benefit features variety of events
Profits Benefit Children, a community organization, is hosting a fundraiser featuring musicians, dancers, comedy, raffles and more from 6 to 11:30 p.m. July 23 at Lakes of Regency Club, 8330 Civic Drive, Port Richey. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Ticket proceeds benefit the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida. Vendor proceeds benefit the Robin Raina Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged children. For tickets or information, e-mail ProfitsBenefitChildren@gmail.com or call (727) 793-5003; (727) 207-4215 or (727) 372-6507.
A Sunday brief about HPH Hospice's upcoming thrift store sales included an incorrect phone number. The correct phone number is (727) 841-7356.