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Rogers Rezoning Petition Approved: a slice of Chocolate pi in Brooksville's future?


Chocolate pi logo

Chocolate pi Bakery Boutique out of Tampa is seeking to purchase a 1300 square foot building in downtown Brooksville in order to open up another location. The property is located at 110 S. Saxon Ave. Owner of Chocolate pi, Kim Yelvington states, “Chocolate pi will offer a nostalgic variety of pies, cookies, ice cream and hand crafted coffee drinks… as well as specialty gift items...”

Pies will be sold by the slice and the store will also feature a soda fountain for “crafted sodas made in house.”

Burn ban no longer in effect

At today’s meeting, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners allowed the temporary countywide burn ban to expire as of today, May 23, 2017. The recommendation came from Deputy Chief Kevin Carroll after consultation with the Florida Forest Service and based on the recent rains and the improvement in the Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) for Hernando County. The KBDI for Hernando County as of May 22, 2017 is 384.

Interstate construction news for night of May 19 - 29, 2017


Construction news in Hernando County

project news: I-75 Widening from south of US 98/SR 50 to the Hernando/Sumter counties line

* Night lane closures on I-75 in northern Hernando County
Brooksville, FL – One lane may be closed in each direction of I-75 from south of SR 50 (Exit 301) to the Hernando/Sumter counties line between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday (May 21 - 25) nights.

Brooksville red light cameras removed


In Brooksville, the red light cameras came down recently. This will make the opponents of the red light camera breath a little easier, since before the red light cameras, radar guns and other equipment was removed the only obstacle to the return of red light cameras was a vote of the Brooksville City Council. Now, with the removal of the equipment, to reinstitute red light cameras would require installing all the equipment again.

It happened again... lucky lady!

Ginny Bennett on her 94th birthday

Ginny Bennett is a member of Brookridge Golf Course, and on Friday, April 14, 2017 she got a Hole in One, a week before her 94th birthday.

What is special this time, she got it almost 10 years to the day from her last hole in one, when she was 84 years old. So this feisty little lady, figures she is due for her next hole in one when she turns 104.

Ginny was awarded a Trophy for her Hole in One, by the Ladies 9 Hole Friday Group. There was a small luncheon and cake wishing her a Happy 94th Birthday.

Hernando County Fire Rescue and Various State Agencies Battling Wildland Fire in The Weeki Wachee Preserve



(Hernando Beach, FL) On April 9th, 2017 Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR) continues to work with the Florida Forest Service and state and local agencies to contain and control the Water Tower Fire in the Weekiwachee Preserve area of Hernando County. Currently the fire is approximately 650 acres in size and approximately 25% contained.

All that remains...

Demolition of the former Tampa Tribune Building Photo by Jack Cormier

The former building of the Tampa Tribune newspaper located on Parker Street in Tampa photographed Sunday, March 19, 2017 as demolition of the building continues to pave the way for riverside condominiums. Sold by its owners Media General of Richmond, Virginia in 2012 to a Los Angeles investment company, the building was then sold to real estate developers who plan a 400-unit residential complex on the site.

Construction to Begin on Quality Drive Sidewalks

The subject of building sidewalks on Quality Drive has been in discussion for quite some time. In February 2016, Congressman Richard Nugent attended a meeting, and asked the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to expedite construction of the sidewalks. At the time, Assistant County Administrator Brian Malmberg explained that the delay was a budget issue.


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