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Garbage hauler curbing service

Waste Management is stopping trash service for almost 20,000 customers as of Jan. 1, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

The company will limit service to the more densely populated area west of the Suncoast Parkway and south of State Road 52. Waste Management said the change will allow it to work more efficiently.

Dropped customers can set up service with one of the other 11 approved haulers in Pasco, but some customers like Bill Turner of Zephyrhills were still upset. "They just decided to dump these people and run," he said.

The move leaves Waste Management's office north of SR 52 outside of its service territory.


Action withheld

on street closing

City administrators on Thursday withheld making a recommendation about closing Lincoln Street for a developer, saying they need more information.

St. Petersburg developer Grady Pridgen wants part of the street to be vacated so he can unite parcels he owns on each side.

Pridgen's representative, Steve Kurcan, says the developer is thinking about building a two- or three-story building with 60 residential units and 60 hotel rooms.

But the city administrators on the Development Review Committee said they need a site plan and an agreement for handling the city's utilities near the street.


Retired lobbyist to fill

City Council vacancy

A former 30-year top city administrator will fill a vacant seat on the City Council.

Retired city lobbyist Herb Polson was selected by the City Council on Thursday to serve the final year of Rick Kriseman's council term in District 1.

Polson, 58, will be sworn in Dec. 14. He was selected on the council's first ballot, beating out former City Council member Bob Kersteen and community activist Thomas Killian.