County okays preserve land use changes
County commissioners approved a series of land use changes at their meeting Tuesday affecting the Brooker Creek Preserve. The changes will allow industrial buildings as tall as five stories for water utility uses and a water reservoir on 260 acres north of Keystone Road. A new land use category allowing the uses will be applied to 894 acres, but county officials have negotiated with environmental groups to limit such use to 260 acres. About 60 of those acres have been chosen already; the land off Trinity Boulevard is cleared and site work is completed for a future water blending plant. An electrical substation also is under construction there. The other 200 acres will be chosen when the need arises for them. The final step will be to apply the county's land use changes to the Countywide Future Land Use plan and map. For more information, call (727) 464-3377.
U.S. 19 crash injures driver
A Dunedin man was critically injured in a car accident Wednesday afternoon after he ran a red light on U.S. 19, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. An FHP report says Enkyrosaum Santa Cruz, 22, was southbound in the center lane on U.S. 19 in an Oldsmobile sedan when he failed to stop at a red light at Innisbrook Drive. He hit 31-year-old Jeffery Zajac of Palm Harbor. Zajac, driving a two-door Honda, was crossing 19 and had a green light, FHP officials said. He received minor injuries. Santa Cruz was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. On Wednesday evening, he was listed in stable condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The accident, which happened at 2 p.m., is still being investigated.
Business Expo has 70 exhibitors
The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business Expo from 5 to 8 p.m. today. More than 70 exhibitors will be on hand. It will be held inside the atrium of HCA Patient Account Services, 31975 U.S. 19 N. Call (727) 784-4287.
Luminaria walk notes cancer's toll
Saturday evening will be a night filled with hope, love and light as neighbors in the Harbor Bluffs community of Largo, off West Bay Drive, join together for a luminaria walk through their community park. Paths will be lined with luminarias placed to honor those who are victims of cancer. It begins at 8:30 p.m. near Palm Drive and Harbor View Lane. To join the walk, e-mail HarborBluffsTeam@hotmail.com.
Pedestrian plans panel has vacancy
Dunedin is accepting applications from city residents to fill a vacancy on the Metropolitan Planning Organization's Pedestrian Transportation Advisory Committee. The group assists with pedestrian planning, education and coordination of pedestrian safety. Meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. on the third Monday of each month. For information and an application, visit www.dunedingov.com or call (727) 298-3035.
John C. Cotey weighs in on the DROP program, 7C.
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