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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Ebb and Flow of Aripeka's Artists

ARTWORK BY NEUMANN, ROSENQUIST, STACK, ERDRICH, CAPARELLO, MCCALLUM

A small coastal community on the border of Pasco and Hernando County has been called home by several major contemporary artists. The alluring nature of Aripeka, resides in its beauty and isolation, both especially appealing to artists seeking a place for inspiration and contemplation. At one point at least six highly successful artists lived in Aripeka but not many remain. Like the ebb and flow of the Gulf waters, Aripeka is awaiting new talent to emerge from the tide. Leslie Neumann who is an artist as well as a land conservationist still lives and works in Aripeka.

Legislative Update

The lobbyist for the City of Brooksville, Shawn Foster of Sunrise Consulting Group stated at their Council Meeting, “I’ve been doing this for 18 years and this was the most interesting session I think we’ve ever had.” Very few bills were actually passed due to a dispute between the House and Senate over medicaid expansion. The session was dismissed without passing a budget and the deadline to pass the budget is June 30th.

Kass Circle Revitalization

In 2014, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity provided a $20,000 grant for the development of a revitalization plan for Kass Circle in Spring Hill, “the first mixed residential multi-family neighborhood and business district laid out in the original Spring Hill master plan.” The focus area is part of the original Spring Hill platted by the Deltona Corporation in the 1960’s. The other multi-family commercial center platted by Deltona in the 1960's is located at Mariner and Northcliffe.

Karst Underwater Research: Exploring the Sanctums Beneath Us

How many people driving down US 19 are aware of the vast cavern system beneath them? Brett Hemphill and the Karst Underwater Research (KUR) Team know the system very well. Mr. Hemphill jokes that every time he drives a certain portion of US19, he holds his breath because he knows that the only thing between the car and a vast underwater cavern hundreds of feet deep and large enough to hold a jumbo airliner is just feet of limestone rock.

Restaurant Revitalized in Hernando Beach

A restaurant location in Hernando Beach formerly called Swanie’s was in drastic need of renovations after being bought and sold several times. Shrimp boats unloaded their catch at the former restaurant’s dock, which made for an authentic dining experience. Business partners Scott Morano and Marc Delape decided to purchase the restaurant and clean things up. At first Delape thought his partner Scott Morano was a bit crazy, but after weighing out the pros and cons, both decided to give it a go.

The Conversion of a Church and Restoration of a Cemetery

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Howell Family Cemetery on Olive Street

Jack and Jeanne Lovelace live in the former St. Anthony the Abbott Catholic Church on Olive Street in Brooksville. Behind their home is an old cemetery that was forgotten and neglected for decades. The cemetery was never a part of the church, but a family plot, part of the 160 acre Howell Plantation. In 1907, Robert J. Mickler sold a small piece of property from the Howell Estate, which he inherited from his late wife Mary Howell, to establish a much needed Catholic Church.

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