Rezoning approved for microbrewery

Former Mobil station, Spring Hill Drive and Barclay

On April 10th, David Peitzman of the Tidal Brewing Company appeared before the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission to request rezoning of the former Mobil station on the corner of Spring Hill Drive and Barclay Drive in order to open a small microbrewery.

A microbrewery is a limited-production brewery, typically producing specialty beers and often selling its products only locally. Rezoning is necessary in order to dispense alcoholic beverages, as well as to allow for warehouse facilities and local distribution at this location.

City of Brooksville volunteer appreciation reception

brooksville city council

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the City of Brooksville held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception. This reception recognizes individuals who graciously donate their time and talents to the City of Brooksville. This year the City was very fortunate to have approximately 122 volunteers who provided valuable service to our community.

Special Awards were given to:


Rezoning approved for farm to table destination

Location map, via Hernando County BOCC agenda packet

Coastal engineer Don Lacey, on behalf of Bantam Realty, appeared before The Board of County Commissioners to propose the rezoning of 25 acres of agricultural land into a “Combined Planned Development Project.”

The rezoning was recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The intent of the presentation was to showcase the potential for a farm-to-table restaurant utilizing the local farmlands. The parcel being looked at currently sits in the Airport Planned Development District near the intersection of 41 and Powell and allows everything except residential construction.

Commissioners repeal supermajority requirement to change comp plan

Much public comment was heard during the second public hearing to adopt an ordinance repealing the supermajority rule requirement to change the comprehensive plan. Arguments against the supermajority repeal emphasized the importance of retaining it in order to limit power grabs from those with financial influence. Also mentioned was the stability the supermajority gives to zoning. Those in favor of the repeal pointed to greater flexibility, the preservation of personal property rights and promotion of economic growth.

Complicated task looms: septic to sewer conversions

Outline of area that will require septic to sewer conversions.  May 2, 2017 Workshop packet

On the 2nd of May, a workshop was held to discuss Hernando county’s conversion from septic to sewer systems within the Weeki Wachee springshed. As mentioned by Utilities Director Gordon Onderdonk, the only reason this conversion is taking place is because the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection (SAP) Act of 2016 is requiring it. The act provides protection and regulation for impaired springs in Florida and calls for the cleanup to be completed within 20 years.

Brooksville city council on the search for an interim city manager

City of Brooksville Seal

Readers may recall that the annual February evaluation of Brooksville City Manager T. Jennene Norman-Vacha was a topic of debate this year. Norman-Vacha, who accepted the position in 2007, has enjoyed automatic renewals of the contract from 2009 until this year. Opinions were divided, and the City Council voted 4-1 against renewing her contract.

Eliminating Comp Plan supermajority requirement gets no support from P&Z Commission

On March 13th, the Planning and Zoning Commission weighed in on an item that would eliminate the the need for a supermajority in order to make amendments to the current Comprehensive Plan.

The supermajority ruling that is currently in place requires that four out of the five commissioners vote in the affirmative on any proposed amendment that is brought up for consideration for the Comp Plan or Land Use Plan. The ordinance, proposed by County Attorney’s office, would seek to change that number to three affirmative votes needed to make changes.