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Bogus bulls tickets bring warning

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 12, 2007


TAMPA

Nearly 50 fans were caught trying to get into the University of South Florida's upset of West Virginia University with counterfeit tickets.

For Saturday's game against the University of Central Florida, athletic officials are warning buyers to consider their source.

"They were pretty good duplications of our tickets," said Chris Freet, a spokesman for the USF athletic department. "But we have ways to tell the difference."

The surest way to get official tickets is through the university or Ticketmaster, he said. Other popular methods, including scalpers or through eBay, are at the fan's own risk.

Students have more opportunity than ever to get tickets, since the athletic department expanded the student section from 8,000 to 12,501 to make it the largest in the Big East Conference, Freet said.

"Ideally, we want to get everybody in to the games," he said. "But if you buy bogus tickets, there's nothing we can do for you."

Robbyn Mitchell, Times staff writer

PASCO COUNTY

Financing wanes for plans to widen I-75

When it comes to state officials' plans to widen Interstate 75, the spirit is willing but the wallet is weak.

Design plans are on the drawing board to widen the highway to six lanes from Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to State Road 52, but only two portions of the project will see the light of day in the next three years.

One of them is a $43-million package to widen and lengthen the bridge over County Road 54, due to begin in 2009. That would allow state traffic planners to later add lanes on the bridge and accommodate Pasco County's plans to widen CR 54.

The other is a $48-million plan to add two northbound exit lanes toward SR 56, due to begin in 2010.

Elsewhere

FIREFIGHTERS TO GET RAISES: Pasco firefighters will get raises of at least 2.5 percent after a state board found that the county improperly excluded them from pay increases last year. The pay will be retroactive to October 2006 and will cost the county $1.1-million, personnel director Barbara DeSimone said.

Residents complain about development: Armed with complaints about plans for the 2,000-acre Epperson Ranch development, Wesley Chapel residents came out to the Pasco County Development Review Committee meeting Thursday. Developers want to bring nearly 4,000 homes and 260,000 square feet of stores and offices to the Curley Road area. However, they have not conducted a neighborhood meeting with existing residents.