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Couple to put a B&B on Main Street

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 7, 2002

NEW PORT RICHEY -- A piece of prime river front real estate is about to be roused from its slumber.

The city of New Port Richey has agreed to sell a parcel of land at Main Street and the Pithlachascotee River for $115,000 to a couple that plan to build a bed and breakfast on the site.

John and Jennifer Stuper of Hudson have proposed a Key West-style inn with six to eight bedrooms, each with a private bath. The couple, who own a house painting business, also want to build a gazebo on site to accommodate small weddings.

"We've just thought that it's something we'd like to do," said John Stuper. "We've been looking for a change and something different to do."

The city bought the 0.8-acre parcel four years ago to develop for a recreational use. But it has sat vacant. In September, the Stupers offered $103,000 for the land, equal to its appraised value. City Council members then called for an updated appraisal, which was $115,000. The Stupers agreed to pay that amount.

The City Council accepted the Stupers' revised bid at a meeting Tuesday night.

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