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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. Hernando commission moves forward with ambitious plan for added space

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — After receiving an 85-page report detailing the need for approximately $30 million in new construction to provide expanded office space for Hernando County government employees, the County Commission agreed Tuesday to study the idea further.

  2. Hernando planning commission okays shrimp boat expansion, but not everything applicant seeks

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County planning commissioners on Monday found themselves with a challenge — finding a balance between two competing tenants of the county's comprehensive plan — as they debated an application to expand commercial boat traffic in a Hernando Beach canal that currently sees little …

  3. Cast delivers comedic treat at Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre

    Stage

    Studio Theatre founder/owner Jimmy Ferraro was beaming about 9:30 p.m. Friday as still-chuckling patrons filed past him for hugs and handshakes on their way out the door. Ferraro knew he had just opened a blockbuster hit at his small theater, and he was basking in the glow.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 …

  7. 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.