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City of Brooksville volunteer appreciation reception

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On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the City of Brooksville held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception. This reception recognizes individuals who graciously donate their time and talents to the City of Brooksville. This year the City was very fortunate to have approximately 122 volunteers who provided valuable service to our community.

Special Awards were given to:


Rezoning approved for farm to table destination

Location map, via Hernando County BOCC agenda packet

Coastal engineer Don Lacey, on behalf of Bantam Realty, appeared before The Board of County Commissioners to propose the rezoning of 25 acres of agricultural land into a “Combined Planned Development Project.”

The rezoning was recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The intent of the presentation was to showcase the potential for a farm-to-table restaurant utilizing the local farmlands. The parcel being looked at currently sits in the Airport Planned Development District near the intersection of 41 and Powell and allows everything except residential construction.

Commissioners repeal supermajority requirement to change comp plan

Much public comment was heard during the second public hearing to adopt an ordinance repealing the supermajority rule requirement to change the comprehensive plan. Arguments against the supermajority repeal emphasized the importance of retaining it in order to limit power grabs from those with financial influence. Also mentioned was the stability the supermajority gives to zoning. Those in favor of the repeal pointed to greater flexibility, the preservation of personal property rights and promotion of economic growth.


TreeUmph! representatives toss shovel loads of dirt in the air in celebration of their Brooksville location ground breaking on Wednesday May 3rd.

On Wednesday, May 3, an enthusiastic crowd was on hand to witness the groundbreaking of TreeUmph! Adventure Course’s newest expansion located on a 46 acre property on Cedar Lane, 6 miles west of I75/SR50 Intersection. Modeled after their Bradenton park, the Brooksville location will feature over 130 games, including wobbly bridges, hanging nets, bungee swings, ZIP lines and more. Children over the age of seven can participate in age appropriate activities and adults can choose activities to match their skill or bravado level.

HCSO Assisting the FHP in Locating Fleeing Suspect


May 18, 2017- Hernando County Sheriff's deputies, K-9 Units, and Aviation Unit are currently on scene in the area of Cortez Boulevard and Portage Path (eastern Hernando County) assisting the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) in locating a fleeing suspect.

The male suspect, who was driving a stolen vehicle, fled from FHP Troopers when they attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

Complicated task looms: septic to sewer conversions

Outline of area that will require septic to sewer conversions.  May 2, 2017 Workshop packet

On the 2nd of May, a workshop was held to discuss Hernando county’s conversion from septic to sewer systems within the Weeki Wachee springshed. As mentioned by Utilities Director Gordon Onderdonk, the only reason this conversion is taking place is because the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection (SAP) Act of 2016 is requiring it. The act provides protection and regulation for impaired springs in Florida and calls for the cleanup to be completed within 20 years.

HCSO Arrest Summaries

compiled by STAFF
An arrest is not a conviction.

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Arrested on 05/08/2017 16:09 at 13300 CORTEZ BLVD, BROOKSVILLE
Arrest Summary Excerpt: "On 05/08/2017 at approximately 1515 hours I responded to Walmart Supercenter located at 13300 Cortez Boulevard in response to a retail theft.

Deputies assist Care Line participant


On the morning of May 8th, Hernando County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence in the Heather subdivision after phone calls placed by HCSO Care Line clerks to a Care Line client went unanswered.
Upon arrival, deputies found the garage door partially open and made entry into the home. The female client was discovered on the floor of her bedroom, having fallen off of the bed hours earlier. She was unable to get up on her own.

Hernando County Fire Rescue was summoned to the scene.

The female was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Brooksville city council on the search for an interim city manager

City of Brooksville Seal

Readers may recall that the annual February evaluation of Brooksville City Manager T. Jennene Norman-Vacha was a topic of debate this year. Norman-Vacha, who accepted the position in 2007, has enjoyed automatic renewals of the contract from 2009 until this year. Opinions were divided, and the City Council voted 4-1 against renewing her contract.


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