Mother of twins dies after casino boat fire; donations sought

A GoFundMe account has been set up to aid the children of Carrie Dempsey. The 42-year-old woman, who lived in Lutz, died Jan. 14, hours after a fire engulfed a casino shuttle boat ferrying about 50 passengers to a casino ship in the Gulf of Mexico. She was the sole fatality among about 15 passengers who needed medical attention, according to news reports. Dempsey leaves behind … [Read more...]

Swiftmud hosting open houses to update floodplain maps

The Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly known as Swiftmud, is working to identify flood-prone areas in parts of Pasco County during two upcoming open houses. The events will take place at River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey, on April 29 and May 1. Start time each day is 4 p.m. The open houses are focused on residents who live within the … [Read more...]