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Second hotel will add to the mix on State Road 56

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 7, 2007


WESLEY CHAPEL

Thriving State Road 56 is about to score another first in commercial development. Land clearing has begun for a 100-room Hampton Inn & Suites at Cypress Creek shopping center, just northeast of Interstate 75 and State Road 56. It's only the second hotel so far on Pasco's busiest east-west road. The Hampton Inn project is due to be completed by the year's end, said A.C. "Chip" Skinner, of Skinner Bros. Realty of Jacksonville, which represents the landowners. Skinner said they also closed a deal two weeks ago to add an 8-acre office center near the hotel, which would include a Synovus Bank.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Tickets might make life better ...

Mayor Cliff McDuffie will draw 10 names for free Tampa Bay Lightning tickets from 267 residents who responded to a recent satisfaction survey. The drawing will be 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 5335 Eighth St. The survey, conducted by Zephyrhills and students at the University of South Florida, asked about quality of services and life in the city. The results are being tabulated and will be presented to the City Council on April 9. Those who entered the Lightning drawing are invited to attend the meeting Monday. Tickets will be mailed to winners who are not present. For information, call (813) 780-0004.

COUNTYWIDE

Want to vote? You have to register

Monday is the deadline for people to register to vote in the April 10 municipal elections. People in Zephyrhills, New Port Richey and Port Richey are picking council members, and Port Richey voters will choose a mayor and vote on a nonbinding referendum on dissolving the city. Voter registration forms must be received or postmarked by Monday. Information is available at pascovotes.com or toll-free at 1-800-851-8754.

OLDSMAR

Animals seized from flea market

The Humane Society of Pinellas seized 22 animals Sunday from an Oldsmar Flea Market vendor, citing concerns with overcrowded living conditions. The society's representatives, citing a state law that allows such groups to intervene in the case of neglect or cruelty to animals, took three pigeons, six rabbits, four guinea pigs, eight exotic birds and a rooster from B and G Pets. No charges have been filed against the animals' owner, Robert Liu of Zephyrhills, who said he's sold animals at the same location for 12 years. Liu, 43, said he's in full compliance with all state laws.