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Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, already planning a $78 million expansion, could be one of the beneficiaries if medical tourism becomes more common in Pasco County and the Tampa Bay region. SKIP O’ROURKE | Times (2011)

County explores stronger ties to medical tourism

DADE CITY — Pasco County is seeking to lure more tourists beyond young athletes and nature lovers, and the courted audience could include people with bad hearts and poor eyesight. It is part of a Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council planned study of medical tourism in which Pasco County is being asked to pony up $25 …

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  1. Mom of epileptic son caught in Charlotte's Web medical marijuana bureaucracy

    Human Interest

    LITHIA

    Just as 13-year-old Branden Petro flops into the passenger seat of his mom's car, his eyes roll back. His face twitches uncontrollably. He curls into a fetal position.

    In a rare quiet moment, Renee Petro kisses her son, Branden, 13, who suffers from febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome. She says medical marijuana helps him.
  2. New Port Richey man dies in crash on Rowan Road

    Briefs

    new port richey

    55-year-old man killed when car leaves road

  3. Cause of violence still unknown in deadly Hudson shooting involving three brothers

    Public Safety

    HUDSON — A tragedy Wednesday that left two brothers dead and another injured might not have been precipitated by an argument, as initially stated by Pasco County sheriff's officials.

    Kevin Pimentel, 12, shot his brothers, deputies say.
  4. Developers moving in on Florida mobile home parks (w/video)

    Real Estate

    ZEPHYRHILLS

    Not so long ago, Rainbow Court mobile home park was a peaceful, pleasant community of senior citizens.

    Development surrounds the old mobile homes in Rainbow Court in Zephyrhills on Tuesday. Pretty Pond Road, center, runs along the north side of the recently sold park.
  5. County explores stronger ties to medical tourism

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Pasco County is seeking to lure more tourists beyond young athletes and nature lovers, and the courted audience could include people with bad hearts and poor eyesight.

    Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, already planning a $78 million expansion, could be one of the beneficiaries if medical tourism becomes more common in Pasco County and the Tampa Bay region.
  6. Port Richey passes on business partnership funding

    Local Government

    PORT RICHEY ‑– The City Council, for the time being, won't subsidize a Port Richey business association that is becoming increasingly vocal about improving the city's waterfront district.

    Mayor Eloise Taylor proposed that the city get cost information on waterfront projects.
  7. New PHSC president's goal: nation's top community college award

    College

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Dr. Tim Beard's head was still in the clouds 30 hours after winning trustees' nod to become Pasco-Hernando State College's fourth president.

    “I believe if you want something, you need to ask for it and you need to do it assertively. If I represent this college, I want to be at the table fighting for it.”
Dr. Tim Beard, incoming PHSC president