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Rogers Park parking lot improvements delayed until September

will require additional funds to avoid busy season

Rogers Park

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on Tuesday, April 26th to consider a second amendment to the agreement between the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and Hernando County to address the need for a revised budget and extended contract period due to unavoidable delays encountered by SWFWMD in finalizing design plans and procuring a construction contractor.

Army Veteran, Adult Learner Gives Saint Leo University Commencement Farewell


Photo by Saint Leo University Mercy Figueroa addresses fellow Class of 2017 members during the Saint Leo WorldWide commencement, Friday, April 28, in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Spring Hill’s Mercy Figueroa Graduates Summa Cum Laude

ST LEO, FL - More than 1,100 new degree recipients celebrated their success on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at University Campus during Saint Leo’s commencement ceremonies. Friday’s commencement speaker resides in Hernando County, FL.

Partial implementation of free meals program adopted by school board

During the April 25th regular school board meeting, the school board adopted a partial implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision. The Provision would set out to allow certain schools within a distinct grouping to receive free breakfast and lunch for their students for the upcoming 17/18 school year. Along with this, the provision would also allow for the district to receive reimbursement from state funding sources.

Inmates prepare for their future

Hernando County Detention Center aims to curb recidivism rate

Top Row (left to right) Jennifer Johns, Patricia Gioia and Patricia Dickensheet receives their restart certificates  Bottom row (left to right) Janice Sandoval; Lisa Collier and Jenne Barker receive their certificates.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has inaugurated a program that aims to curb recidivism for prisoners who are released from jail. Project Restart is a joint venture between CareerSource Pasco/Hernando and the Hernando County Detention Center.

According to Major Michael Page, Detention Center Administrator, “People being released from jails and prisons, recidivate far too frequently. This is attributable to a lack of follow-up programs in the community that were started while the offender was incarcerated.”

In the weeds: BOCC considers amendments to property management ordinance


The Board of County Commissioners approved a public hearing to amend the property maintenance ordinance in two areas during their April 28th, 2017 regular meeting.

The first amendment aligns the ordinance with current county policy, which has been handed down by the court system. The amendment would clarify that dead, decaying, or living trees would be a public code violation only if they pose an actual threat of damage to public property, rights-of-way, or utilities (not private property).

PRMG, Inc. completes financial analysis on alternative waste processing project

Chairman Dukes will travel to Elk River, MO to tour waste-to-energy power plant.

Readers of the Hernando Sun may recall the articles about the long-proposed contract with Freedom Energy Hernando, LLC (“Freedom”), an untested company that was selected to provide landfill management and waste disposal using a waste-to-energy process. Multiple questions and incorrect figures during contract negotiations prompted the BOCC to request a feasibility study (financial evaluation) which was completed by Public Resources Management Group, Inc. (PRMG).

Brooksville red light cameras removed


In Brooksville, the red light cameras came down recently. This will make the opponents of the red light camera breath a little easier, since before the red light cameras, radar guns and other equipment was removed the only obstacle to the return of red light cameras was a vote of the Brooksville City Council. Now, with the removal of the equipment, to reinstitute red light cameras would require installing all the equipment again.


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