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Weeki Wachee student artists recognized by Congressman Webster

Congressman Webster with Roxanne Campbell's 2D art class

Weeki Wachee High School art teacher, Roxanne Campbell was beaming with pride on Friday morning April 21, 2017. Fourteen of her 2D art students were personally recognized by US Congressman Dan Webster for participation in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Winners of the competition were selected from more than 86 high school students in Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Citrus and Marion Counties. Two of the 14 Weeki Wachee students who submitted entries placed in the competition.

Changes for Hernando/Citrus Under Proposed TBARTA Legislation

TBARTA’s Executive Director, Ray Chiaramonte, spoke to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) last week to share potential changes to the structure and members of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority. His legislative update briefly explained what is in the bills being considered.

Additional funding for several programs is anticipated through one bill. This includes the Vanpool program and One Bus Away, which uses a cellphone app to tell riders when the next bus will arrive, and the Regional Fare card, which can be used like a debit card to purchase bus tickets.

SWFWMD declares phase I water shortage

Lilly Browning is the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has declared a Phase One Water Shortage. For the homeowner, this is more or less a warning phase, to prepare you for tighter restrictions if the dry weather continues. But one look around at the brown, crunchy lawns can tell us that we need to start thinking seriously about water conservation.

Advanced life support options for Brooksville

A special meeting of the Brooksville City Council was held on March 27th to discuss the results of a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued on February 16th to explore options in providing an equal or increased level of service, including Advanced Life Support or ALS. ALS vehicles have specialized equipment and are staffed with personnel who are specifically certified in providing ALS care, primarily paramedics.

P & Z recommends rezoning approval for brewery

Potential brewery location on Spring HIll Drive

In an attempt to rezone the available commercial land to build a small brewery with a tavern, a petition was put before the Planning and Zoning Commission on April 10th. The requested parcel would only total about 2,100 square feet and includes an abandoned gas station with a car wash facility- which is planned to house the equipment needed to brew the beers they will be serving. The parcel is located just west of Barclay Ave on Spring Hill Drive. The plaza is also home to Rice and Beans and Marco's Pizza.

Sunshine concerns about school board 'retreat'

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On March 22nd, School Board Members, Superintendent and Superintendent’s staff participated in a board 'retreat' at Silverthorn Country Club from 10AM to 3:30PM. Concerns arose over potential Sunshine violations due to the district’s failure to publish a public notice for the training session.

At the Regular School Board meeting on April 11th, School District Attorney Dennis Alfonso commented that it was less of a retreat and more of a board training program, which was discussed at a public meeting months earlier “and several dually noticed public workshops.”

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