BOCC meets as community redevelopment agency

Kass Circle revitalization map

In March 2016, the BOCC approved a document called the Finding of Necessity, which indicates that Kass Circle does meet the definition of a “blighted” area. It also designated itself as the governing agency which would have full control of the redevelopment program. This was accomplished with the BOCC Resolution 2016-44, which was filed with the State of Florida.

Glen Lakes Rezoning Petition


Arial map of property in question, outlined section in the rear of the Glen Lakes development.  From agenda packet.

In June of this year, the Glen Lakes Partnership approached the BOCC with a petition to revise the Master Plan. The developer wanted a 25-foot buffer at the north and west property lines, but Commissioner Nick Nicholson was firm in his recommendation for a 100-foot buffer. The applicant requested that the BOCC postpone the decision to allow time for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Forestry Service to provide testimony about the Firewise Community. The Planning and Zoning Commission heard an amended petition in October.



THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, November 16, 2016.......... Florida state colleges are looking for additional money in the next state budget, with college presidents saying the funding would help more students graduate on time and would improve counseling services at the 28 schools.

The request, which was presented Wednesday to the state Board of Education in Orlando, includes $40 million in performance-based funding and $60 million that would be distributed through a funding formula for the colleges.

Community Outreach Grant Program

PHP's food pantry, photo by Melissa Fordyce

October 28, 2016- Michelle Bishop shared highlights from this year’s community grant program with the BOCC on 10/25/16. Bishop, with the county’s Office of Management and Budget, explained that the program supports the community in three areas: economic viability, environmental stability, and strengthening community. Character, value, safety, environment, health, and recreational opportunities are target areas for the program.

Discussion continues on alternative waste project

More discussion of the Alternative Waste to Energy Project took place at the October 25th, 2016 Commission meeting. The project is estimated to cost nearly $4 million per year, based on the number of tons of class I garbage processed at the facility to be built by Freedom Energy Hernando. The county is to pay Freedom Energy $39/ton to process the garbage- who will turn it into a fuel pellet and sell it to industrial end users. The project was at one point on the verge of cancellation, as the county's financial evaluation of the project determined it to be uneconomical.

Florida Blueberry Festival seeks a 90-year lease on Bud McKethan Park

Sections of Bud McKethan Park.  Sections 1, 1A, 2, 2A and 4 are on the proposed lease agreement.

The Brooksville City Council meeting room was filled almost to capacity for the regular session on 10/17/16. The Blueberry Festival will need a new home in 2018, since the county no longer wishes to pay the bill for street closures. The Blueberry Festival worked with Cliff Manuel, president of the Brooksville Vision Foundation and Coastal Engineering, to help them with a concept they could present to the City Council, providing a permanent home for the festival.

Board considers adding to alternative waste project that was on the chopping block


Hernando County landfill off of US 98

In December of 2015, the county sent out a request for proposals (RFP) for the creation and operation of an Alternative Waste Processing facility that would serve the county in a 20 year contract. In April of 2016, the county selected Freedom Energy Hernando LLC over WastAway LLC and Energy3 LLC. The registered agent for Freedom Energy Hernando LLC is Leland Nathan Mundy. The LLC's effective date is 3/1/16 and the articles of organization was filed on 3/7/16.