Dogs Rescued; Stormwater Fees Rise In Pasco County 

Posted: 4:06 am Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

By Ann Kelly

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Top photo – rescued dog before grooming. Below after the grooming. Photo Suncoast Animal League & Island Dog Outfitters

The Suncoast Animal League rescued five very neglected Lhasa Apso dogs. There fur was so matter Executive Director Rick Chaboudy said you could hardly tell they were dogs. With the help of Island Dog Outfitters Rick and volunteers spent over 8 hours grooming the dogs who are now recovering at the shelter and will be placed in foster homes before adoption. You can help the shelter by clicking here.

Pasco County Commissioners voted to raise stormwater fees by $38, and that will bring the annual per-home assessment from $57 to $95. That increase will go into effect with the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1st, unless further action is taken before then.

More wreckage and a another body have been found in Cedar Key, close to the area when a small plane went down with three on board. Recovery crews have already found Hue Singletary and the pilot, Jasper Jerrels. Jerrel’s son Jasper is still officially listed as missing. Investigators will examine the plane in Jacksonville.

Red tide is still a problem from Pinellas County and all the way to the south in Charlotte County. Florida Fish and Wildlife found the red tide at medium levels, so if you have respiratory problems it’s best to stay away from the beach. You can see how things are where live at the Mote Marine Laboratory site.

Should diapers be tax-free? Torrie Jasuwan, the creator of Babycycle thinks so, and apparently so does the Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee that voted unanimously to eliminate the 6 percent sales tax for diapers and wipes. Now, a similar bill will soon go before the House.

If you want to live in one of the least polluted cities in America, try top-ranked Naples. A survey from realtor.com looked at criteria like Superfund sites, greenhouse gas emissions and water quality. The state of Florida also takes the number one spot in air quality. The other top five cities across the US were Anchorage, Alaska, at # 4 and Santa Rosa, California, at # 5. The dirtiest city? Philadelphia.