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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Three former Fire Chiefs arrested for misappropriation of funds

Late last night we received notification from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office that three former Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chiefs were arrested. They include the current City of Brooksville Fire Chief David Freda, the current City of Brooksville Fire Captain David Murdock and Travis Morris, a current FEMA employee.

Flagstone Pavers applies for voluntary annexation into City of Brooksville

Flagstone Pavers off of Cobb Road has applied to the City of Brooksville for the voluntary annexation of 5 parcels totaling 27.7 acres of land (between Fort Dade Ave and Cobb Rd) as well as for an additional 1.3 acres (the semicircular piece of land surrounded by Cobb Rd and Old Cobb Rd). A portion of the 1.3 acres does appear to be wetlands. The company intends to incorporate the properties in their current industrial operation, which would require future land use/ comp plan and zoning changes through the City of Brooksville.

Emergency Management Director gives briefing to County Commission

Cecilia Patella, Emergency Management Director

Cecilia Patella Hernando County Emergency Management Director addressed the County Commission on Sept. 19 to give them a briefing on the Emergency Operations Center/ Emergency Management efforts prior to, during and in the days following Hurricane Irma.

All commissioners expressed their gratitude and satisfaction with the collaborative efforts between county departments and across agencies, coordinated through Emergency Management.

Prior commitments prevent Ridge Manor Community Center from opening as shelter; Brooksville Enrichment Center still open

Photo by Hernando Co. Gov.

The Red Cross and the Hernando County Emergency Management have been attempting to coordinate with the Ridge Manor Community Center to open as a shelter through the weekend, giving residents in the Ridge Manor area a place to take refuge close to their homes as has occurred in past disasters.

Brooksville City Council sorts through City Manager applicants

During a special meeting on Aug. 28, 2017, the Brooksville City Council had a brief discussion on applicants for the city manager position. There was “extraordinarily good complements of candidates to consider,” said Lyndon Bonner, Interim City Manager. Council Members settled on 5 candidates out of the 18 who had sent in applications.

The short list consisted of:

Arrington, Amy E
Cannon, Bill Ed
Kutney, Mark A.
Walker, Dale M.
Whitson, William R.

Brooksville council members leave 'all options on table' to improve budget outlook

The budget before the Brooksville City Council on Sept. 5, 2017 is the “stepping stone” for council to make the necessary changes in order to preserve the “long term stability of the city of Brooksville,” explained Interim City Manager Lyndon Bonner.

“We’ve listened to what the experts have told us. We’ve listened to what the citizens said and we’ve acted upon all the input of the professionals. It has yielded you a document I’m very proud to say works from all the perspectives I can come up with,” Bonner continued.

One tenth of a mill reduction may come from county’s share of Federal Inmate Housing dollars

“I am proposing a tenth of a mill rollback of the property tax rates to be shared evenly between the General Fund and the Sheriff’s Department,” said Chairman Wayne Dukes at the Aug. 22, 2017 regularly scheduled County Commission meeting.

He said this would be just under $800,000.

Dukes cited the Sheriff’s Office return of funds during the past three years: $1.3 million, $1.3 million and $800,000. “So if we do that, he won’t have to turn back so much,” said Dukes.

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