Rocco Maglio

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Rocco Maglio is a former Town Commissioner and Mayor of Melbourne Beach, FL. He grew up in Brooksville and is a graduate of Hernando High School as well as PHSC. He current works as a software architect with a strong interest in computer security.

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Brooksville: 'UFO Capital of the World'

Replica UFO where Western Way Plaza now sits, Photo Courtesy of Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories, Bob Martinez

Near where the Western Way Plaza now sits, in Brooksville, there was a replica UFO. It was built by John Reeves who reported that he frequently saw UFOs in that area.

He enjoyed taking walks through the sandy pine covered area around his home. He reported that on March 2, 1965 in the woods he came across a strange object sitting on the ground. The object was disc shaped and held up with four stilts keeping it a few feet off the ground. The disc was 40 feet in diameter and 9 feet tall at the center.

Relying on public key encryption for business


Many years ago, we lived and worked in the same town. Everyone knew you and business was conducted because of your reputation. As time went by, people were able to do business across longer distances and, today, we conduct business with people from all around the world.

We don’t personally know the people we are working with and they do not know us. We rely on public key encryption to verify from whom we are receiving information and to whom we are sending information.

Hernando Civil War Conflicts: The Battle of Bayport & The Brooksville Raid


On Jan. 21st, before the skies darkened and winds picked up, the 37th Annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment took place. The re-enactment was supposed to continue on Sunday, but was unfortunately cancelled due to inclement weather. To coincide with this Civil War Battle re-enactment, one of the largest in the country, this article describes the primary conflicts that occurred in Hernando County.

Sheriff Nienhuis objects to county’s sanctuary status

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, Hernando is one of the 7 out of 67 counties in Florida that are sanctuary counties. The Center for Immigration Studies defines a sanctuary county as one that refuses requests from the federal government to detain individuals for possible deportation from the country. There are other jurisdictions that go even further and will not even allow the Federal government into their jails or support them in any way.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening soon


Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening in just a few weeks. Barring any delays, the restaurant will open at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 and normal hours of operation will be 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week. They are located at Coastal Way Plaza at 13208 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601

There are still a number of crew member positions available. You can apply to these jobs by going to


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