In a press conference last week, Governor Rick Scott stated, “Last year, our state was impacted by two hurricanes … We haven’t experienced something like this in over a decade. These hurricanes clearly heighten the awareness for everybody in our state about the need to be prepared, and the damage it can do to your house, or to your business and our economy.”
With so much at stake, a solid preparedness plan is important.
Will you need to evacuate? Do you have pets? How much food and water will you need for an extended power and water outage?
In numerous discussions and hearings over the past three years, Freedom Energy Hernando, LLC has been selected as the top choice to design, build and manage a material “Waste to Energy” facility, which would ultimately reduce the amount of waste going into the County landfill.
I spoke with the Executive Director of the Dawn Center, Shannon Sokolowski recently about about new additions and programs coming to the center. The new additions include facilities for dogs and cats, a financial literacy program and a pro bono attorney designated for Hernando County victims of domestic violence. The owners of the Brooksville Florist building in downtown Brooksville have donated the property to the Dawn Center to use as their legal services office.
On April 10th, David Peitzman of the Tidal Brewing Company appeared before the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission to request rezoning of the former Mobil station on the corner of Spring Hill Drive and Barclay Drive in order to open a small microbrewery.
A microbrewery is a limited-production brewery, typically producing specialty beers and often selling its products only locally. Rezoning is necessary in order to dispense alcoholic beverages, as well as to allow for warehouse facilities and local distribution at this location.
The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met on Tuesday, April 26th to consider a second amendment to the agreement between the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and Hernando County to address the need for a revised budget and extended contract period due to unavoidable delays encountered by SWFWMD in finalizing design plans and procuring a construction contractor.
Assistant County Administrator Ron Pianta and Pat McNeese with the Hernando County Planning Department presented the Comprehensive Plan on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Board of County Commissioners Workshop. The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to provide a “blueprint for growth and land use development going into the future.”
The Brooksville City Council heard a presentation on April 17th from engineers of the Tindale Oliver firm to consider the feasibility of two-way street reversion on Broad Street and Jefferson Street. The firm gave a similar presentation to the Metropolitan Planning Organization on April 18th.
On Tuesday, April 11th, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recognized members of the Hernando County’s Canvassing Board and Poll Workers.