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Fate of hotel addition may be decided tonight

By PBAILEYN
Published June 12, 2007


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NEW PORT RICHEY

Officials could decide tonight where to put a 40-room addition to the historic Hacienda Hotel. The Community Redevelopment Agency has three options for the expansion of the city-owned hotel: north into Sims Park, west into the playground area or east into Bank Street. A citizens advisory committee last month recommended the easterly direction, which they said would have the least impact on Sims Park. The team of developers working on the plan has said they cannot afford to rehabilitate the hotel without the construction of additional rooms. The Community Redevelopment Agency, made up of City Council members, begins its meeting at City Hall at 7 p.m.

Forum to discuss changes at Citizens

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will have a forum about insurance changes and optional sinkhole coverage June 26 in New Port Richey. Residents will get to ask questions about insurance coverage, including the automatic exclusion of sinkhole coverage for Citizens customers in Pasco and Hernando counties due to start Sept. 1. The hearing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. For more information, call the offices of state Sen. Mike Fasano at (727) 848-5885 or Rep. John Legg at (727) 869-8600.

HUDSON

Seminar will teach business strategy

The Pasco-Hernando SCORE Chapter will present a free seminar 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. This seminar will focus on how to grow a profitable business and how to conduct a growth audit with emphasis on planning, marketing and human resources, and the key factors affecting growth and expansion. Bill Brydia, a SCORE counselor, will cover what is required to write a sales and marketing plan, how to profile customers for target marketing and competitor analysis. The seminar will also include pricing and distribution channels, market research and how to determine market strategies that will provide the best return on investments. Advance reservations are recommended. Call Ann Coppola at (727) 861-3040 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638 or go to www.score439.org.

LAND O'LAKES

Winery hosts festival Saturday

A wine festival is planned for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52 near Land O'Lakes. There will be food, barbecue, arts and crafts, music and an opportunity to sample the winery's offerings. Call (813) 996-2113.

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