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Bowen: Activist wonders: Native Florida or cookie-cutter communities?


Dell deChant is chairman of the city’s Environmental Committee. 

New Port Richey approves urban agriculture ordinance, including residential sales

NEW PORT RICHEY — "Let our city grow." That was the ultimate applause line Tuesday night from New Port Richey Environmental Committee chairman Dell deChant, which had a couple of dozen supporters clapping as the City Council pondered whether to give final approval to an urban agriculture ordinance allowing sales of …


  1. Tight Tampa Bay area primary races will divide Democrats this summer


    It's looking to be a long, hot summer for a number of mostly Democratic Tampa Bay politicians battling it out in the Aug. 30 primary.

    Kevin Beckner, one of the party’s young stars, and Pat Frank, a legendary longtime Democratic politician, are locked in Hillsborough County’s most contentious race, for clerk of the Circuit Court.
  2. Walmart Pay feature now live in Florida


    Florida Walmart stores can now take payments through the retailer's mobile app, which will allow many customers to bypass the card reader at the register.

  3. Tampa Bay Partnership 2.0: To meet regional challenge, economic advocacy group reinvents itself

    Economic Development

    As Tampa Bay struggles to meet growing regional challenges, the need is greater than ever for a reinvigorated economic development group that can transcend parochial city and county borders.

    Rick Homans, the new CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership, is leading an effort to re-invent the group's leadership. SKIP  O'ROURKE  |  TImes

  4. Bowen: Activist wonders: Native Florida or cookie-cutter communities?


    The townhome community within the Lexington Oaks subdivision in Wesley Chapel looks like a typical Florida development. Well-manicured lawns, rear views of the drainage pond and golf course and lots so snug that a vehicle in the driveway blocks the sidewalk leading to the door.

  5. Pasco teen dies during trip with friends to Gilchrest County spring


    A Pasco High School student died over the weekend after he injured himself while visiting a spring in Gilchrest County.

  6. A Sinatra tribute, art exhibits and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast


    Turn up the 'beet'

    West Pasco Habitat for Humanity, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey, will host a fundraising event, "Lettuce Turnip the Beet," from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The event will feature food and drinks, music and entertainment, a nighttime tour of Habitat's urban farm, events for kids, a 50/50 raffle, a …

    Eve Edelheit   |   Times
  7. Pasco Business digest for June 24


    Business digest

    Who's news

    FINANCE DIRECTOR NAMED: John Ancona was recently promoted to finance director at Sun Toyota in Holiday. Ancona has worked in the dealership's finance department for five years. As director, he will be responsible for department staffing, training and …

    THRIVE DINING TRAINING: The Watermark at Trinity recently hosted chefs and dining directors from across the Southeast for the organization’s Thrive Dining training. The program, which was developed using the patent-pending Grind Dining process, takes traditional meals and transforms them into handheld portions that can easily be eaten by people who may struggle at mealtime, including individuals with cognitive and neuromuscular disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis. In back, from left, are: Josh Marlowe from the Watermark at Trinity, Rob Bobbitt from Watermark Retirement Communities and Jim Bain from the Watermark at East Hill in Southbury, Conn. In front, from left, are: Pradeep Shankar from the Watermark in Bridgeport, Conn.; Sarah Gorham and Stone Morris, co-founders of Grind Dining; Robert Clinton from Watermark at Trinity, and Russell Moore from the Fountains at the Albemarle in Tarboro, N.C.