A developer filed suit Tuesday to stop Pasco County from ordering it to redesign a construction plan to accommodate a neighborhood park. Meadows Construction Co. charged that the county first waived a requirement to develop a 1-acre park at its Leisure Beach Townhomes project, then issued another legal opinion that effectively said the park would be required after all. Shelly May Johnson, attorney for Meadows, said in the lawsuit that the cost of redesigning the plan would top $43,000, excluding the cost for additional studies and revised permitting. Meadows wants the existing construction plan to go ahead. "Plaintiff relied in good faith on the representations of Pasco County that it was not required to comply" with the park requirement, Johnson said.
Teen charged with burglarizing homes
A 14-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed burglary and several counts of burglary and grand theft after officials say he broke into at least three Zephyrhills homes. The burglaries occurred during the daytime on three separate dates in November 2007. The Zephyrhills Police and Pasco Sheriff's deputies said the teen stole more than $13,000 worth of jewelry, electronics, alcohol and several firearms. Because of his age, the Times is withholding his name.
Public meeting on state road projects
The state Department of Transportation is holding a public awareness meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. today on the expansion of State Roads 54 and 56. The four-lane portion of the east-west road, from just east of U.S. 41 to Interstate 75, will be enlarged to six lanes. Construction starts Sunday night. Today's meeting is conducted by the planning firm WilsonMiller, Pasco County and the state DOT at Myrtle Lake Baptist Church, 2017 Riegler Road, Land O'Lakes.
Resort plans open house for Feb. 9
Lake Como Family Nudist Resort just opened a new village for RVs and mobile homes. The 4-year-old redevelopment project now features 33 new mobile home spaces, 39 new RV spaces with full hookups and a new bathhouse with indoor laundry facilities. Lake Como is showing off the new village at a free open house 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 complete with music, hot dogs, beer and soft drinks. The redevelopment project was launched to meet the needs of nudists who want a higher standard of living and camping options, a news release said. Identification is required for the open house.