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CRITIQUE OF THE HERNANDO COUNTY 2040 DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

by PAT AND SHIRLEY MIKETINAC

Hernando County Future Land Use Map

In reading and reviewing the Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan for Hernando County, we would recommend major changes in language, format and content.

In comparison to neighboring counties, as well as communities across this country, this plan presents itself as a legislative document, which tends to inhibit business and economic growth, one of the areas it claims to encourage.

Spring Hill was almost named Spring Lake

Spring Lake?

The waterfall on US19 almost had a different name on it. Spring Hill was not the first choice of the developers. The original name of the development was Spring Lake after the twenty mostly spring fed lakes that were scattered throughout the development’s property.

Spring Hill was developed by the Deltona Corporation. The Deltona Corporation was the development company that was formed by the Mackle Brothers: Elliott, Robert and Frank Jr. They had developments started in Marco Island and Deltona Lakes at the time, but their main focus was Spring Hill.

The Flight of a Lifetime

Collings Foundation B-17, photo by Sarah Nachin

Imagine yourself as a twenty-nine year old in 1944, getting ready to be shipped overseas to be part of a B-17 crew. You’ve finished training as a ball turret gunner (one of the most dangerous jobs on the plane) convinced that you are a “coward” but knowing it’s too late to change your mind. You stop at home for a two week leave , maybe the last time you’ll ever see your family, sure that you are “headed for an eventual death in aerial combat.” You stop and visit a friend who’s married and has a son.

Addressing methamphetamine usage in Hernando County

HCSO PHOTO- Sheriff's Deputy holds drugs seized from a chop shop and meth house raided in September 2016.

It’s no secret- Hernando County has a huge Meth problem. It’s been growing rapidly and giving the county a bad reputation. A quick scan of local news headlines shows how prevalent this problem is. In December, a meth lab was found inside a local retirement community and a patient in the Intensive Care Unit of Bayfront Hospital was seen smoking meth in her hospital bed- while on oxygen. In January, a father and daughter team in Brooksville were arrested for meth-related crimes and the county had more than 10 separate arrests made for possession of methamphetamine.

Brooksville: 'UFO Capital of the World'

Replica UFO where Western Way Plaza now sits, Photo Courtesy of Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories, Bob Martinez

Near where the Western Way Plaza now sits, in Brooksville, there was a replica UFO. It was built by John Reeves who reported that he frequently saw UFOs in that area.

He enjoyed taking walks through the sandy pine covered area around his home. He reported that on March 2, 1965 in the woods he came across a strange object sitting on the ground. The object was disc shaped and held up with four stilts keeping it a few feet off the ground. The disc was 40 feet in diameter and 9 feet tall at the center.

Two murders, many links

Tammy Jo Alexander, school photo

A couple of years ago, Laurel Nowell a high school friend of Tammy Jo Alexander decided to look her up and see how she was doing. She could not find information on her friend and finally called the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to report her as missing on August 14th, 2014. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Nowell said Alexander, who attended Hernando High School, went missing sometime between 1977 and 1979.

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