Patrick Rodia, 50, was killed early Thursday after losing control of an all-terrain vehicle he was driving in Northwest Hillsborough, sheriff's officials said. Rodia, whose address was unknown Friday, was eastbound on Tarpon Springs Road, east of Wayne Road, when his truck ran onto the shoulder of the road about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. The vehicle hit a telephone pole and flipped over, Sheriff's Capt. Roger Dixon said. Dixon said Rodia was driving fast, but did not say whether he was speeding. When he got to the curve, deputies say they think, he lost control of the vehicle. Flea market hearing delayed
TAMPA _ Country Village Market's hearing Friday before a county board was postponed because one of the key witnesses was ill. The flea market has been violating county ordinances since 1979; the ordinances require that the market be enclosed rather than open, county officials say. But the market's owner, Ferris Waller, says he and his merchants have been in business about 15 years, and they are seeking the right to stay open. The county zoning board of adjustment hears appeals of zoning decisions by the Hillsborough County Commission. Labor organizer Randy Cecil, who represents many of the merchants, was ill Friday and couldn't appear before the board. The adjustment board has its next scheduled meeting March 13.
Walden Lake to get gates
PLANT CITY _ The Walden Lake Community Association on Thursday night approved a plan to install security gates at the entrances to the Walden Lake subdivision. The gates would control traffic entering Walden Lake between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Roughly 85 percent of the nearly 500 members who voted were in favor of the gates after an incomplete vote count, according to Margie Adams Martin, spokeswoman for Walden Lake Inc., the developer. The plan must now be approved by the Plant City Commission.