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Flagstone Pavers applies for voluntary annexation into City of Brooksville

Flagstone Pavers off of Cobb Road has applied to the City of Brooksville for the voluntary annexation of 5 parcels totaling 27.7 acres of land (between Fort Dade Ave and Cobb Rd) as well as for an additional 1.3 acres (the semicircular piece of land surrounded by Cobb Rd and Old Cobb Rd). A portion of the 1.3 acres does appear to be wetlands. The company intends to incorporate the properties in their current industrial operation, which would require future land use/ comp plan and zoning changes through the City of Brooksville.

Rogers Park will temporarily close for water quality improvement project

by Hernando Co. Gov.

Image provided by the Southwest Florida Water Management District

(Brooksville, FL) The Rogers Park beachfront, park and boat/kayak ramp will be closed to the public starting Monday, October 9, 2017, for approximately three months to complete a parking lot improvement project. Led by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District), this cooperative project with Hernando County will ultimately improve water quality in the Weeki Wachee River.

Few law firms answer to represent Brooksville

The Brooksville City Council was disappointed in the number of law firms responding to a recent Request for Proposal (RFP). Earlier this year, Brooksville’s existing legal representation, The Hogan Law Firm, announced their intent to resign.

Mayor Robert Battista began the discussion, updating the council and public that a total of three firms responded, but only one met all of the RFP requirements. It is up to the discretion of the City Council to waive the requirements.

Centralia sawmill site in Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area

by CYNTHIA TAYLOR, Florida Forestry Service
Photos courtesy of Cynthia Taylor and Frasier Mountain

Centralia sawmill while in operation 1910-1922

It was a short-lived logging town to harvest 15,000 acres of monster red Tidewater Cypress trees from the Gulf’s edge. To drive to Centralia, travel CR 476 west and take Centralia Road. When you reach US 19 you are “downtown” Centralia (June 1910 till the Post office closed December 11, 1922). Known locally as the Central Cypress Company, (J. C.) Turner Lumber Company moved here from Michigan by way of Donna, Louisiana and Coleman, Florida where they owned previous mills. About 1200 laborers and their families and support, numbering another 300, occupied the “boom town”.

Hurricane Irma Support for the Florida Keys


Wider Horizon School students and girls from Girl Scout Troop 4421 bringing donations

A local student and his family are joining forces with the Rotary Club in Key West to help the families affected by Hurricane Irma.

Donation items will be collected at Wider Horizons School today through tomorrow morning Wednesday September 27th.  

Wider Horizons School is located at 4060 Castle Ave. in Spring Hill.

The Hatfield family has acquired a Uhaul truck to personally deliver all the items to Key West.

Any support that you can offer to these families in need would be greatly appreciated.

Stranded manatee rescued near Pine Island

Shamrock the manatee rescued near Pine Island photo by Deb Brown

Four days after Hurricane Irma caused floods and power outages, The Hernando Sun spoke to Andy Garrett, Manatee Rescue Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

On St. Patrick’s Day, last year, a female manatee with a watercraft injury and her two-year old calf were rescued in Tarpon Springs. Both were taken to Lowry Park Zoo, so the injured mom could be treated for her injuries. After her recovery, both were microchipped, then Shamrock and her calf, Emerald were released together into the open water.


SATURDAY, SEPT. 30, 2017
9 AM TO 2 PM

Enjoy vendors with antiques, crafts, and model train supplies. Enjoy the Running Train layouts. Lunch foods available for purchase. Free parking, indoor exhibit area. Early bird admission, 7:00-8:00am, $7.00 per person. Admission: Adults, $5.00; age 12 & under, free. Contact 727-244-1341 / regalrailways.com

Hernando County Fairgrounds is located at 6436 Broad Street (US-41), Brooksville, FL 34601

Emergency Management Director gives briefing to County Commission

Cecilia Patella, Emergency Management Director

Cecilia Patella Hernando County Emergency Management Director addressed the County Commission on Sept. 19 to give them a briefing on the Emergency Operations Center/ Emergency Management efforts prior to, during and in the days following Hurricane Irma.

All commissioners expressed their gratitude and satisfaction with the collaborative efforts between county departments and across agencies, coordinated through Emergency Management.


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