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Miami-Dade police have the option of issuing citations for small amounts of marijuana.Associated Press

Peer pressure: What will Tampa Bay do now that Miami-Dade made pot possession a civil infraction?

Starting this month, people caught with small amounts of marijuana in Miami-Dade County could walk away with a civil citation and no criminal charge. The Miami-Dade Commission passed an ordinance Tuesday giving police the option to issue a civil citation, which brings a $100 fine but no criminal record, for possess …


  1. FHP trooper rescues toddler from moving vehicle


    SAN ANTONIO — A state trooper rescued a 2-year-old from a moving car on Interstate 75 that didn't have a driver in it, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  2. Consultant tells Pasco to focus on indoor sports to lure tourists


    WESLEY CHAPEL — More than three years ago, the Florida Sports Foundation offered Pasco County commissioners some free advice: Invest in a multipurpose gymnasium with accompanying outdoor fields to lure sports-related tourism to the county.

  3. Summer program at Fox Hollow Elementary aims to prevent backsliding


    PORT RICHEY — Dylan Harris grabbed a title from his favorite Henry and Mudge series and settled in beside learning design coach Chrissie Roppolo in the media center at Fox Hollow Elementary School.

  4. Couple hope to spread their love of music, art with new Inspire Studios

    Music & Concerts


    A whiff of fresh paint hung in the air as Cristine Rhodes doled out rhythm sticks to the outstretched hands of children who had arrived with their parents to give her free class a shot.

    Traeh Carrington, 8, from left, Asher Carrington, 7, teacher Cristine Rhodes and Chelsea Miller, 5, take part in a class.
  5. Bowen: Abandoned buildings detract from all that's good along central Pasco corridor

    Local Government

    Land O'Lakes has a lot going for it.

    Just ask Sandy Graves, a director of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, a member of that group's Community Affairs Committee, champion of the Heritage Park Foundation's successful push for funding for a stage and amphitheater at the rebuilt Land O'Lakes Community Park, and …

  6. Water park in Aripeka to open July 4


    ARIPEKA — SunWest Park will open to the public for a soft launch Saturday with limited water activities, two swimming areas and 250 parking spaces.

    Employee Austin Runman tries the Wibit Aqua Park, a floating obstacle course, at SunWest Park in Aripeka on Wednesday. The park in Pasco opens Saturday with water activities and 250 parking spaces. A cable system for wake boarding is planned.
  7. Father of Scientology leader has reported book deal

    Special Topics

    The father of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige has reportedly signed a deal to write a book about his son's life. But the working title, If He Dies, He Dies, suggests the story may not be a flattering one.

    The working title of Ron Miscavige’s book is If He Dies, He Dies, referring to a 2012 incident in Wisconsin.