Public meeting to Address future of rescue services
Pasco Fire Rescue Chief Anthony Lopinto will discuss the delivery of emergency services amid budget cuts at Thursday's meeting of the Pasco Alliance of Community Associations. "Fire rescue services can be the difference between life and death when Pasco residents face an emergency," said association president Jim Flateau. "It is important that Pasco residents know how these services are being provided when county tax revenue is declining. Chief Lopinto will detail how the county will continue to provide excellent emergency services to our residents across Pasco County." The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (U.S. 41), three miles north of State Road 54. For information on PACA, contact vice president/membership director David Quinones at (813) 991-1505 or visit MyPACA.org. To suggest topics or speakers for future meetings, contact program director Wayne Mooney at (352) 467-9808.
HOLIDAY Register Wednesday to play adult softball
Registration will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday for the adult softball spring season at J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex, 2830 Gulf Trace Blvd. Teams may sign up for the men's, church and coed leagues. Cost is $475 per team for the season, plus a $25 fee due from all teams for the coming year. Checks may be made payable to the Board of County Commissioners. For information, call (727) 942-7439 and (727) 934-4198.
ZEPHYRHILLS Alston Tract will be closed for hog hunt
The Alston Tract of the Upper Hillsborough Preserve will be closed Tuesday through Thursday for wild hog hunts. Only hunters who have already obtained permits for this week will be allowed on the tract at 42144 Deems Road, southeast of Zephyrhills. The Southwest Florida Water Management District periodically allows hunting on its lands to control the wild hog population, which isn't native to Florida. The hogs are omnivorous and feed by rooting with their broad snouts, which can cause extensive damage to the moist forests, swamps and pine flatwoods they prefer. The 150-pound animals can leave an area looking like a plowed field, Swiftmud officials said. Hunts are organized when the damage reaches unacceptable levels. For information, call Swiftmud's Land Resources Department toll-free at 1-800-423-1476.