Rocco Maglio

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.

Preparing for hurricane season: Backing up your computer

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Hurricane season is almost here, so it is a good time to think about computer backups. Backups are usually out of mind until you need them and then it is too late. If you have set up a backup, verify that you can restore a file. It is quite common to go to the backup and find them completely blank.

Review Florida Cracker Kitchen

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Rocco Maglio

BROOKSVILLE - The Florida Cracker Kitchen is a great place to satisfy your cravings for southern cuisine. It is quickly becoming a fixture in Brooksville.

The restaurant is owned and run by Blair and Ethan Hensley. Blair formally had Coney Island Drive-Inn which is a few doors down. Being a Restaurateur must run in their blood as their mother Larie Hensley owns Mallie Kyla's Cafe just up the Hill next to Saxon Manor.

School System and the Different Colors of Money

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Rocco Maglio

BROOKSVILLE - The expression "Color of Money" is used to describe the situation where money has strings attached and can only be spent in certain ways. The way that the Hernando County School System raised money determines how it can be spent. Money collected through sales tax can only be used for capital expenses (e.g., facilities, buses, or technology). Money taxed through Impact Fees can only be used for new growth or paying off the debt created by building to support new growth.

The Founding of Spring Hill

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The community of Spring Hill was founded in 1967 by the Mackle Brothers’ Deltona Development Corporation. The Mackle Brothers had already successfully started developments in a number of areas: Key Biscayne, Marco Island, Deltona, and many others. The main entrance to the original development was at the Spring Hill waterfall located at Spring Hill Drive and US 19 (Commercial Way). The original master plan only included 15,000 acres. The plan included seven school sites, 23 church sites, 500 acres of commercial property, and 2 golf courses.

Hernando County's Unbuildable Land

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Rocco Maglio

In Hernando County, there is land that is currently zoned in such a way that it is unbuildable. The land must be rezoned before you can even file a building permit.

Land zoned Planned Development Project (PDP) may have a master plan that is expired. Typically master plans are only valid for one year and unless substantial completion of the master plan is done the end of the year the master plan expires. At that point the land lapses into zoning no mans land.

Wrestling Wrap-Up

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by Rocco Maglio

Wrestling season will soon be coming to an end. With the success that Hernando county had last year there are high expectations.

For the last six years Springstead High School has finished in the top five at state for the Class 2A field. In 2014, they finished third. Three of the four wrestlers they brought reached the finals with two winning state titles (Mike McDonald and Jordan Rivera).

Last year Hernando High School surprised with an eighth place finish with both of their wrestlers who made state reaching the finals. They won one state title (Jesse Gaudin).

The Lykes Brothers and the Original Spring Hill

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Rocco Maglio

More than 100 years ago, Dr. Howell Tyson Lykes moved to Brooksville to get into the cattle and citrus business. He had seven sons and they each joined the family business which was incorporated in 1910 as the Lykes Brothers. The main operations were moved to Tampa and they shipped cattle to Cuba aboard a three-masted wooden schooner.

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