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A short line of vehicles forms in the only lane open Jan. 27 at a Suncoast Parkway toll plaza in Tampa. Zack Wittman | Times

Getting it wrong: Suncoast Parkway set to expand even as it fails to meet projections

Before the Suncoast Parkway opened, a consultant predicted that it would be so full of cars its toll booths would rake in $150 million a year by 2014. That forecast wasn't close. Nor were the next two. The consultant eventually settled on a forecast of $38 million a year. But when 2014 rolled around, the road was s …

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  1. Brooksville man convicted of second-degree murder

    Criminal

    BROOKSVILLE — A man who shot and killed a friend before what authorities called "a drug ripoff" was convicted of second-degree murder Friday.

    Daniel Brian Brunette, 35, of Brooksville was convicted of second-degree.
  2. Getting it wrong: Suncoast Parkway set to expand even as it fails to meet projections

    Growth

    Before the Suncoast Parkway opened, a consultant predicted that it would be so full of cars its toll booths would rake in $150 million a year by 2014.

    A short line of vehicles forms in the only lane open Jan. 27 at a Suncoast Parkway toll plaza in Tampa.
  3. Art exhibits, a Greek fest and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast

    Events

    On stage

    Lovers and street gangs: West Side Story continues with Thursday matinee, Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday brunch performances through Feb. 14 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $49.50, plus tax and tip. Call (727) 863-7949 or visit …

  4. Neighbors implore officials to reject increase in number and size of fishing boats in Hernando Beach

    Local Government

    HERNANDO BEACH — More and bigger shrimp boats could be headed to a portion of Hernando Beach, and neighbors are in an uproar.

    Daniel Ebbecke is asking for a zoning change to allow up to six boats of up to 45 feet at his site on Calienta Street at Gulf Coast Drive, which was limited to two shrimp boats years ago by the county, and the current zoning limits the size of boats to 26 feet.
  5. Cold case committee helps Pasco, Hernando detectives as they seek resolutions

    Crime

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Wilma Ida Woods was wearing only high heels when her body was found dumped in Wesley Chapel.

    Janis McDonnell, 59, of Hernando Beach, was carjacked and killed in 1997.
  6. DeWitt: Need for additional dollars continues for Hernando County schools

    K12

    You voters out there who passed the half-cent school sales tax last year might have figured you were done.

    Jo Ann Hartge, president of the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association, left, and teacher Lucy Tucker wave signs in support of the half-cent sales tax for schools referendum, which voters passed. Still, the county schools’ financial woes continue.
  7. Editor's note

    Business

    Editor's note

    The boxes have been packed. The technicians are at work. And the Hernando Times will be in its new home next week.