Friends of Chinsegut Hill Report to BOCC

Chinsegut Hill

Sherry Pedonesi, President of Friends of Chinsegut Hill delivered her semi-annual update to the BOCC. In their second year of being open to the public, Pedonesi believes that it would not take much to bring Chinsegut Hill on par with other historic attractions or retreats. In the past year, the retreat has been host to a number of different events including yoga, meditation, birders, and church groups, with some already reserving dates for the next year.

Hernando County Plans for Passing of Medical Marijuana Amendment

To be ready for the possible passing of Amendment 2 (Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative) in November, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) held the first public hearing on April 26th to consider an ordinance amending land development regulations to provide requirements for growers of medical marijuana.

Sea Grant Program in Hernando County

 Floridian seagrass bed

Aquatic Services Manager Keith Kolasa presented the overview of the new marine program and the sea grant to the BOCC in a recent meeting. According to the Florida Sea Grant website (, the program exists as a partnership between Florida’s local governments, Board of Education, and NOAA. The program utilizes the UF/IFAS Extension offices.

At Least Two More Years for Osowaw Plant

Osowaw Water Treatment Facility

In the morning session of the BOCC meeting on 4/26/16, several citizens from Timber Pines came forward to speak to the Board. Bob Robertson invited Commissioner Nick Nicholson to attend meetings at Timber Pines as some residents did not know who he was. That way he would understand the problems in the community of approximately 7,000 citizens. Commissioner Nicholson stated he has been in contact with leadership at the community and is aware of the concerns of the citizens.

Library Time Limited by Lack of Media Specialist

The public school system within Hernando County has been struggling with funding despite the implementation of a half cent sales tax this year. Karen Jordan, Public Information Officer with the school district explains, "essentially, the state has reduced funding, other funding sources have not rebounded from the recession and enrollment has not increased significantly across the district."

City of Brooksville Dedicates Council Chambers to Late Vice Mayor Joe Johnston III

Brooksville City Council Members and Mr. Johnston's family members unveil a plaque in his honor  on April 20th, 2016.

Mr. Joe Johnston III, served the city of Brooksville for a twenty year period of time as council member, mayor as well as vice mayor. He passed away in July of 2015 while serving as vice mayor.

The city issued the following statement in April, "The City was very fortunate to have had the dedicated service of Joe Johnston and we wish to cherish his memory by dedicating the City of Brooksville Council Chambers in honor of his service and friendship. The Chambers will be known thereafter as the Johnston Council Chambers.

Troubleshooting Hernando County Government Broadcasting

Hernando Sun Staff

Video down Saturday April 26, 2016

Hernando County Government Broadcasting has been facing difficulties keeping county meetings available online for public viewing. Often videos go down over the weekend which is problematic because there is no one available to troubleshoot the issue. Citizens who work during the week and wish to view the videos over the weekend are out of luck until the problem can be fixed on Monday. The problem has been ongoing for months.

Kass Circle Community Redevelopment Area (CRA)


SPRING HILL - The Hernando County BOCC held a second public hearing on the proposed changes to Kass Circle in Spring Hill on March 22, 2016 to determine whether or not to adopt a resolution stating that Kass Circle qualified as an area for Community Redevelopment under the Florida Statues. A Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) is designed to help revitalize certain portions of a community which are considered “blighted” (generally deteriorated or extremely run down) or a “slum area” (which has a prevalence of higher crime statistics, lower property values, and economic distress).


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