Julie B. Maglio

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Julie B. Maglio has experience in art, graphic arts, web design and development. She also has a strong scientific background, co-authoring a scientific paper on modeling the migration and population dynamics of the monarch butterfly, while attending the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Cornell University. She holds a B.A. from New College of Florida, majoring in Biology.

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Click bait article exploits areas with high poverty and drug use

Recently a self categorized ‘infotainment’ article listed Brooksville as the number 2 “white trash” city in Florida and Spring Hill as number 5. The article explains that they examined,

“Cities where there are lots of white people

Cities where residents are poorer than average

Cities where a high number of residents are high school dropouts

High drug use

Higher than average Payday Loan Outlets and Dollar Stores

Violent cities (measured in aggravated assaults)

Cities with a high number of residents on welfare”

A divided city council votes not to send letter in support of MSTU

In an effort to consider their options for reducing the tax burden on their constituents, the Brooksville City Council discussed sending a letter to the county in support of the county adopting a Municipal Service Taxation Unit (MSTU). The city of Brooksville residents currently pay for both the city and county law enforcement. While the city uses most of the Sheriff’s Office services, it was specified during the meeting that the city does not rely on the Sheriff’s Office for scheduled patrol services, which the city taxpayers end up paying for.

Lake Lindsey Mall under new ownership

Billy and Bridie Jones and their family. The Jones’ and their family are the new owners of Lake Lindsey Mall.

The iconic neighbor-hood store, Lake Lindsey Mall and Deli, is now under new ownership. Billy and Bridie Jones are the new owners. Billy is an electrician by trade who grew up down the road and always wanted to run the store. His wife Bridie is an 18-year veteran of the school system who taught first grade. The couple has 7 children, many of whom are helping out at the shop.

Brooksville Tampa-Bay Airport receives “Airport of the Year” designation, but financial situation could be better

Recently, the Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport was “Airport of the Year” by the Florida Department of Transportation.

“We are very proud of this recognition from FDOT,” County Administrator Leonard Sossamon said. “With FDOT and FAA assistance, we have worked hard to make airfield safety improvements and infrastructure upgrades for development.”

Richloam General Store aims for designation on the National Register of Historic Places

The Board of County Commissioners received a letter from Ruben A. Acosta, Florida Department of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation, informing the county of the Richloam General Store’s nomination for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The nomination proposal will be in front of a review board on Thurs. Aug. 10. If the board finds that the property meets the criteria, then a formal nomination will be submitted to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington D.C. for a final decision.

Sheriff’s Office MSTU concept re-emerges with Brooksville budget woes

During Correspondence to Note of the Tuesday Aug. 4, 2017 BOCC meeting, Commissioner Champion brought up for discussion the recent financial turmoil in the City of Brooksville. The subject rehashed some old turmoil among commissioners in relation to a potential Sheriff’s Office Municipal Service Taxation Unit (MSTU).

$50 million from the state for springs across Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Water Management Districts have identified 40 springs projects that will receive $50 million as part of the 2017-2018 state budget. While none of the 40 projects appear to be in Hernando County, there are projects in neighboring counties that have been funded. Hernando County did receive a $400,000 allocation for a Weeki Wachee River channel restoration project which does not seem to be part of 40 projects.

Commission reverts select FBO minimum operating standards to 2004 requirements

During the July 25, 2017 Commission Meeting, Jet ICU came before the board asking for a determination on whether they could become a Fixed Base Operator (FBO). Since the time of their last application, the Minimum Operating Standards have been increased. Technically the county could not consider their last application since the denial was never appealed and their current application is under the new standards which the company cannot meet. This brought to the forefront the issue that opponents of the new standards warned of.

Commission will give Jet ICU shot at becoming airport FBO

Worldwide Aircraft Services, Inc. dba Jet ICU has been attempting to become a fixed based operator (FBO) at the Brooksville Tampa-Bay Regional Airport for approximately five years. Currently there is only one FBO at the airport, American Aviation. The county previously denied Jet ICU’s application to become a FBO in March 2015 due to an incomplete application.

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