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Despite rain, Zephyrhills okays restrictions on water, fireworks

The City Council tightens the rules for watering lawns. The city also approves a ban on the private use and sale of fireworks.


© St. Petersburg Times, published June 14, 2000

ZEPHYRHILLS -- The drought may be loosening its grip on the region, but the City Council isn't taking any chances.

Council members on Monday night approved emergency ordinances that further tighten watering restrictions in Zephyrhills and temporarily ban the private use and sale of fireworks.

Council members approved both ordinances unanimously and without comment.

City Manager Steve Spina suggested that council members adopt the ordinances to eliminate any disparity in drought-related emergency measures between Zephyrhills and the county.

The watering ordinance approved Monday night spreads out the one-day-a-week watering schedule in the city over the five weekdays, mirroring the schedule already in place in unincorporated Pasco. The new schedule allows city residents to water on Monday if their address ends in 0 or 1, Tuesday if it's 2 or 3, Wednesday if it's 4 or 5, Thursday if it's 6 or 7, and Friday if it's 8 or 9.

The measure also restricts city residents to watering only once on their assigned day, either before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.

The City Council voted to automatically adopt any future changes in the county's watering restrictions.

The ban on the residential use and private sale of fireworks in Zephyrhills lasts for a week, and can be extended in 72-hour increments at Spina's discretion.

Professional fireworks displays are still permitted in the city and county.

County commissioners on Tuesday extended the county ban on the residential use and sale of fireworks for another 72 hours. Also on Monday, the City Council:

Adopted a resolution praising the members of the Zephyrhills High baseball team. The team advanced to the state Final Four for the first time in 30 years and set the high school record in Florida for the most home runs in a season.

Accepted a 52-page report from a Tampa engineering firm detailing the city's stormwater drainage problems. The report identifies 19 trouble spots in the city, the five most serious of which will cost an estimated $500,000 to fix. Council members asked Spina to explore whether the city is eligible for state grant money to fix the worst flood-prone areas.

Formed a committee to study whether city workers should be required to undergo customer service training.

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