City lauds revamped website
NEW PORT RICHEY - City officials have redecorated their cyberspace. The overhaul of the New Port Richey municipal website dramatically alters the online face of the city from the staid look of the old system. City council members said they liked the facelift of the website during a presentation by Clark Jones, the city's information technology and communications director. "I feel like a proud mama," Councilwoman Judy Debella Thomas said with a chuckle about the rebirth of the city website.The color scheme practically screams Florida, Thomas said. Background photos change from one section to the next. City Clerk Doreen Summers guided the project with help from Annais Scott, the New Port Richey Public Library's events and community outreach director, and others. New Port Richey borrowed concepts from the website of its sister city in France, Cavalaire sur Mer, Summers added. Residents and businesses will gain many more online options as well, Jones said. Bid postings are now included under a new section on the home page, "Open for Business." In the future, the city will add online forms where residents can make requests. The home page features four other main sections, Community, City Departments, Visitors and How Do I? Web surfers then can choose items from drop-down menus. Check out the new features at www.cityofnewportrichey.org.