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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Bayport: Once a Thriving Port Town

Bayport Hotel, Courtesy of Frasier Mountain

Proceeding on in our journey of historical locations in Hernando County, we visit the flourishing town that once was Bayport. At its peak in history it was a small but beautiful city on the water, which catered to Northerners in the winter, and locals in the summer. Its position at the mouth of the Weeki Wachee River made it an ideal resort town as well as a port for trade both in and outside of the state.

Commission May Fund Sheriff's Budget Increase Through Sheriff's Excess Fees and Fines

HCSO

Sheriff Al Nienhuis presented his case to the BOCC for the $770,000 net increase to his budget at the first budget hearing on September 3rd. No increase for the Sheriff can come from property taxes, as Commissioners agreed to not raise the millage rate this year. At the end of each fiscal year, the Sheriff’s Office returns a certain amount of excess fees and fines to the County. The Commission voted 4-1 for Assistant County Administrator Zoettlein to discuss with the Sheriff’s Office the dollar amount that is being returned to county from the Sheriff’s Office for FY 2015.

Learning and Creativity Abound at Library's Makerspace

Working on a cell phone

A makerspace is a do it yourself (DIY) place for people to create, learn and invent independently or collaboratively. The popularity of makerspaces have been on the rise for several years. It seems like a number of makerspaces have been popping up all over America following the establishment of the Fayetteville (New York) Free Library Makerspace in 2011. However, the general idea is centuries old. Today makerspace workshops are equipped with a wide variety of tools and resources for DIY projects.

Three Little Words: A Good Book and Essay Contest

Three Little Words is eye-opening, breathtaking and painful. A young woman tells her story of growing up in the foster care system here in West/Central Florida, eventually ending up at Tampa Children’s Home before she is finally adopted after spending nearly 10 years in foster care. The memoir account of Ashley Rhodes-Courter has been widely acclaimed since it was published in 2008. She tells her unique story, but thousands of others must have their own variations, some happier, some more tragic than others.

Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee Re-Established with Caveat

Little Withlacoochee Riverine Corridor Project

The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) dissolved the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee, then they re-established it.

The Environmentally Sensitive Land (ESL) Program was created in 1988, when voters approved a referendum levying one tenth of a mill for 30 years for the acquisition and management of environmentally sensitive lands. The levy ended prematurely in 2011. In 2012, a continuation of the levy was put on the ballot, but was rejected by voters. There is currently $6.1 million in the ESL fund.

County Commission Dissolves Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee

The Environmentally Sensitive Land (ESL) Program was created in 1988, when voters approved a referendum levying one tenth of a mill for 30 years for the acquisition and management of environmentally sensitive lands. The levy ended prematurely in 2011. In 2012, a continuation of the levy was put on the ballot, but was rejected by voters. Commissioner Wayne Dukes put an item on the agenda for the July 28th meeting to discuss the ESL program.

The Arc Nature Coast Celebrates the Opening of their Neff Lake Group Home

The Arc Nature Coast recently opened a new 6 bedroom group home on their 30 acre Neff Lake Campus. They were awarded a $350,000 grant through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for the construction of the home built by Palmwood Construction and originally designed by PAR drafting. They also received supplemental SHIP funding through the Hernando County Housing Authority. The Arc Nature Coast has been serving intellectually and developmentally challenged individuals and their families in Hernando County since 1973.

SWFWMD Headquarters Not Moving to Tampa Yet, but Resources Are

On July 17th, Robert Beltran sent another memo to SWFWMD employees explaining that the Headquarters of SWFWMD will not be moved to Tampa due to the ample feedback they received from cities, counties and organizations against the move. Beltran wrote, “After completion of our budget process and further discussions with our Business Plan consultant, local officials and community leaders, staff concurs with the Governing Board’s action to approve the Business Plan except for the designation of the District headquarters.”

Removing Lyngbya from Weeki Wachee

Spring Hill Central Rotary and Brooksville Rotary started a program at Weeki Wachee to keep an algae called lyngbya under control. The algae has the potential to actually restrict water flow in a spring essentially stifling it. They work with SWFWMD for guidance on which areas to remove the harmful algae from. Not only could it potentially clog the spring, it also forms floating mats which prevent light from reaching the beneficial eel grass below. It frequently entangles within and directly over the grass, smothering it.

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