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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Local government bodies may be in violation of state law

When a government body holds a meeting, that body is required to maintain minutes of the meeting. The minutes document what happened in a meeting which includes the outcomes of votes on the agenda items and relevant discussion by board/council members and members of the public.

The Florida Statute 286.011 states, “The minutes of a meeting of any such board or commission of any such state agency or authority shall be promptly recorded, and such records shall be open to public inspection.”

17th Annual Residents Reception to focus on workforce development

This year the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Residents Reception is trading in mermaids and springs for rolling hills and trees in a tranquil academic setting.
“Even with an event that’s 17 years old,” said Hernando County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Patricia Crowley, “when you move it, it’s a big thing.”

Five physicians request additional time, funds from county to relocate

Due to space constraints to Constitutional Officers at the Courthouse, the county has begun the process of utilizing the Pinebrook Medical Center facility for these offices. Several doctors will have to relocate and current discussions indicate the county may give them six to nine months to do so.

The county owns the Pinebrook Medical Center facility and Bayfront leases the space from the county. The hospital subleases to other parties.

Art Club students to create mural depicting women's club history

Every week approximately 15 students make the trek uphill from Hernando High School through downtown Brooksville to the historic wood framed building which is home to the Historic Brooksville Women’s Club of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).

They file in quietly, but with much anticipation for the work to come. Laying down their backpacks, they partake of home baked cookies, made by club member Tina Dolan along with lemonade.

County to auction 64 properties through tax deed sales

Commissioner Champion took time to explain to the public during the BOCC meeting on Oct. 10, 2017 that the county is looking to sell 64 properties through tax deed sales. He stated that many of these properties are located in the Royal Highlands and Southern Hills developments and are being offered very cheaply (in the range of $1000). He explained that the county does not wish to hold property. The county recently hired the Higgenbotham Auctioneers firm to sell off property.

Brooksville City Council evaluates fire department after arrests

The Sept. 29, 2017 arrests of Brooksville Fire Chief David Freda and Fire Captain David Murdoch and subsequent administrative leave has placed another burden on an already fragile Brooksville Fire Department. Murdoch and Freda were arrested on fraud charges while each separately held the Fire Chief position of the voluntary department in Henrando Beach.

Former volunteer fire department chiefs arrested for organized fraud

On Sept. 29, 2017 we received notification from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office that three former Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chiefs were arrested on organized fraud charges. They include the City of Brooksville Fire Chief David Freda, a City of Brooksville Fire Captain David Murdock and Travis Morris, a current FEMA employee.

Their arrests stem from a 7 month long investigation of the volunteer department’s misappropriation of funds. The investigation began just as the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department was dissolved ( February 14, 2017).

County moving forward with home repair HUD grant

On Sept. 26, 2017, The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved Chairman Wayne Dukes to sign an agreement in association with a federal Housing and Urban Development Grant. The grant is specifically for the repair or demolition of owner occupied single family housing benefitting low to moderate income individuals. One of the conditions of the grant is that any property owner who applies for the grant funding must carry flood insurance if their property is located within a floodplain.

Appeals court dismisses City of Brooksville annexations case

In March 2017, Fifth Judicial Circuit Judge Donald Scaglione ruled in favor of the county in their lawsuit against the City of Brooksville regarding 5 property annexations, invalidating the annexations. The City of Brooksville pursued an appeal with the Fifth District Court of Appeal, filing in April 2017. The appeals court ultimately dismissed the case on August 25, 2017, maintaining Judge Scaglione’s ruling invalidating the annexations.

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