Friday, May 25, 2018
News Roundup

Arc Nature Coast gets permission to expand

BROOKSVILLE — Dreams for expanded services for Hernando County's developmentally disabled residents got a boost Monday when the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission approved an expansion for the Arc Nature Coast.

The planning board voted unanimously to grant the organization a special exception permit for the construction of a six-bedroom group home on the south end of its 30-acre site on Neff Lake Road. Because that project has received a state grant, construction will begin later this year, Arc executive director Mark Barry explained.

Currently, the site has just offices, a training center and equestrian facilities. Arc operates four other group homes in Spring Hill.

Arc's future plans include construction of a new training center and demolition of the current center, remodeled office areas and, eventually, more group homes. Those projects would likely be funded through a capital fundraising program and possible future state grants, Barry explained.

Adjacent property owner Tasha Byerly expressed concern about existing drainage issues if the Arc expands on the site. Barry told Byerly and planning commissioners that he will work with everyone to try to improve, rather than increase drainage on the site.

"We have no problem cooperating with our neighbors,'' he said.

The community-based organization, founded in 1973, serves about 200 county residents and provides training, employment and residential services, according to Barry.

Planning commissioners questioned whether the organization could meet a condition set by county planning staff to complete the build out on their master plan within five years. Barry said that was the plan and if they could not meet that, he understood the Arc would have to return before the planning commission to modify their permit.

Comments
Country comedy band performs at Dessert Theatre benefit

Country comedy band performs at Dessert Theatre benefit

The Sweeney "Family" Band, a musical comedy act that blends country, folk and gospel music with knee-slapping humor, will perform June 3 at the CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive, New Port Richey. Doors open at 1 p.m., with the show starting at 2...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places, in a city brand-new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world: Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first expansion team to win a championship.And whi...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, threatens to drench Tampa Bay

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, threatens to drench Tampa Bay

TAMPA— The first tropical system of the 2018 hurricane season has formed in the Caribbean and threatens to drench the Tampa Bay area with heavy rains and potential flooding over the Memorial Day weekend.The National Hurricane Center says Subtropical ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Woman, dog die trying to cross U.S. 19 in Hudson

PORT RICHEY— An unidentified 45-year-old Colorado woman and her dog died early Friday morning when they walked into the path of two vehicles on U.S. 19, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The woman was walking her dog around 5:40 a.m. across U.S...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 1 hour ago
Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million cars, warning owners: Don’t use the cruise control

Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million cars, warning owners: Don’t use the cruise control

Associated PressDETROIT — Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. The company is warning owners not to use cruise control until...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Top 5 at noon: Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, threatens to drench Tampa Bay; can group that advocates for LGBT rights make itself heard in today’s GOP? and more

Top 5 at noon: Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, threatens to drench Tampa Bay; can group that advocates for LGBT rights make itself heard in today’s GOP? and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:SUBTROPICAL STORM ALBERTO FORMS IN CARIBBEAN, THREATENS TO DRENCH TAMPA BAYThe first tropical system of the 2018 hurricane season has formed in the Caribbean and threatens to drench the Tampa...
Updated: 2 hours ago
New signs indicate reduced Bayshore Boulevard speed limit after racing deaths

New signs indicate reduced Bayshore Boulevard speed limit after racing deaths

TAMPA — Two days after a mother and daughter were struck by a speeding car Bayshore Boulevard, killing both, city officials on Friday began implementing changes aimed at ensuring safety along the busy roadway.On Friday morning, workers began installi...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rare red wolf pups born at ZooTampa

Rare red wolf pups born at ZooTampa

The pups are an important addition to the populations of this rare Florida species, and the first red wolf births at the zoo since 1993.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Federal Reserve chairman warns his agency must be free from political pressure

Federal Reserve chairman warns his agency must be free from political pressure

Associated PressFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Friday that the Fed’s independence from political pressure must be respected if it is to succeed in controlling inflation, maximizing employment and regulating the financial system. His re...
Updated: 2 hours ago