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By JACKIE RIPLEY, BILL COATS and LOGAN D. MABE

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001


Residents can shape Citrus Park Village

CITRUS PARK -- Here's your chance to have a say in what your community could look like in the coming years. A draft of the Citrus Park Village master plan will be unveiled during a meeting Saturday from 8:45 a.m. until noon in the cafeteria at Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway.

County officials, consultants and residents spent last year working on a blueprint of how they think Citrus Park should look in the future. Prominent in that look is a pedestrian-friendly, neo-traditional neighborhood. Residents are urged to attend the meeting, if only for a short time, so they can provide input.

Hearing postponed so Pasco can be included

LUTZ -- A hearing on an upscale subdivision proposed off Newberger Road was postponed at the last minute Monday after county staffers concluded that nearby Pasco County residents should have been notified and weren't.

The issue was raised by Gaye Townsend, president of the County Line Coalition, which has members on both sides of the Pasco-Hillsborough line. "It works both ways," she said. "Hillsborough has to notify Pasco residents. Pasco has to notify Hillsborough residents."

The hearing was rescheduled for May 15.

Garden group donates crepe myrtles for park

NORTHDALE -- The Northdale Garden Circle is donating about 10 Natchez crepe myrtles for the park surrounding the Northdale Community Center. Special tax district member Bill Castens and his wife, Ann, will be planting the trees at 3 p.m. Monday.

The crepe myrtles, selected by Hillsborough County as the Millennium Tree, are raised by students in the agricultural department at Durant High School in Plant City. The trees are available for sale to the public through Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful.

- Compiled by Times staff writers Jackie Ripley, Bill Coats and Logan D. Mabe

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