Lisa MacNeil

Boating in Florida makes their case for Rogers Park concession license

September 07, 2017 - 00:35

Parks and Recreation Manager Harry Johnson opened the discussion at the August 22, 2017 Board of County Commissioners meeting by introducing Guest Services Management, LLC. Doing business as Boating in Florida, Michael Aghajanian and Matt Smith appeared before the board to discuss their business model and plans for improvements to kayak-renting practices on the Weeki Wachee River. On Aug. 22 the company sought Board approval for a “concession license agreement” to operate at Rogers Park.

BKV to start taxiway repairs, gains tenants

September 06, 2017 - 00:36

At the August 22, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, Airport Manager Kevin Daugherty brought three items of airport business before the board for approval. The first being the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant offer for the repairs of Taxiway B at the Brooksville Tampa Regional Airport (BKV) this fall. The grant of $1,382,517 will cover 90% of the project. Design and permitting phases have already been completed, and the repairs are estimated to take place over 130 days sometime this fall. The approval of the grant offer passed unanimously.

Fee increase for Pine Island Park

September 06, 2017 - 00:34

Parks and Recreation Director Harry Johnson appeared before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) seeking modification of the parking fee structure at Pine Island Park.

The board voted unanimously to increase parking fees at Pine Island park from $3.00 to $5.00 during winter months, resulting in the same fee year-round. Fees will not be collected after 4:30PM, leaving 3.5 hours of free parking during summer months, and an extra hour during the winter.

Expanding Bendickson Reef

September 05, 2017 - 10:16

Photography by LISA MACNEIL lisa@hernandosun.com

A barge is loaded with cement structures ready to deploy into the water at Bendickson Reef on Friday Aug. 25, 2017.  Photo by Lisa MacNeil

The Hernando Sun has been following the building of artificial reefs under the direction of Aquatic Services Manager Keith Kolasa. According to several members of the Hernando County Port Authority who were present at the Bendickson Reef on August 25, 2017 the reef project’s history began more than twenty years ago.

Loan reduction for airport water reclamation facility expansion

August 31, 2017 - 10:00

Hernando County received approval for a $50,255,000 construction loan from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in State Revolving Funding (SRF) for the expansion of the Airport Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) and associated projects. The disbursed amount for the loan has now been reduced to $35,408,299.

BOCC loosens restrictions on All Terrain Vehicle use on unpaved county roads

August 30, 2017 - 08:00

The Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance on Aug. 22, 2017 allowing All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) to “be operated upon any unpaved roadways in Hernando County where the posted speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour,” thus opting out of the state’s statute restricting ATVs from county roads. ATV operation is restricted to daytime hours.

Readying reef balls for the water

August 27, 2017 - 10:31
Finished reef balls of differing sizes to accommodate a range of marine life

On August 4th, The Hernando Sun published an article featuring 19 year old Cole Kolasa and his family. Cole kayaked 788 miles from Pensacola to the Everglades to raise awareness for artificial reefs, and raise money to purchase reef ball molds to create new artificial reefs off the coast of Hernando County. According to the Reef Ball Foundation, “Reef Balls are made of a special, marine friendly, concrete and are designed to mimic natural reef systems. They are used around the world to create habitats for fish and other marine and freshwater species.”

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