Two businesses are honored by west Chamber
Pasco Camera Exchange and Genesis School were named the top two businesses of the year Thursday evening by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. The chamber announced the awards at its annual Business Development Week banquet. Pasco Camera Exchange, a nearly 14-year-old shop on Main Street in New Port Richey, is owned by Jim Smetzer. The company is involved with West Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the Greater New Port Richey Main Street organization. Smetzer also sponsors the West Pasco Shutterbugs Camera Club, which meets monthly and goes out on field trips. Genesis School, which started with four employees in 1977, now has a staff of 70. The school is involved with many community organizations, including the chamber and the New Port Richey Rotary, and students regularly raise money for the American Heart Association through "Jump Rope for Heart" and collect truckloads of food and toys for the children of Abba Farms, The Salvation Army and others.
Code official quits
With his job on the chopping block, county code enforcement chief Dick Ortiz resigns. Story, Page 4
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