Hernando Sun Staff

Delights of the Sea

Gene Werbe with a freshly caught Amberjack which he will clean and filet ready for sale at Trader Bay Seafood

If you're a seafood lover there's little that can compare to fresh, salty, delicacies handpicked at your local seafood market.

The Trader Bay Seafood Company, located on Shoal Line Boulevard in Hernando Beach, is one of those local seafood markets and has been in business for over 18 years. The popular market lures in hungry fish devotees every day and has been serving up fresh fish, smoked fish and shellfish for years.

County’s $4.15 million Utilities Building (former Times Building) in need $116,505.00 partial roof replacement

times building

In August of 2015, the Hernando County BOCC agreed to purchase the Tampa Bay Times building on Highway 50 for $4.15 million to consolidate the Utilities Department offices. In the December 13, 2016 BOCC meeting a request was brought by Budget Manager Pamela Lee for $116,505 to perform a partial roof replacement of the building. The roof replacement is in addition to the $140K in Air Conditioning Repairs that were approved at the May 24, 2016 meeting.

Discussion on taxes that support infrastructure

The Hernando County School Board voted to approve the tentative millage rates for fiscal year 2016-2017 at the first public budget hearing on July 19th.

One segment of the property tax is the 1.5 mill capital outlay tax, which will generate $12,420,332 in revenue during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Similar to the half cent sales tax revenue ($7.5 million for FY 2016-2017), the capital outlay tax can only be spent on capital projects which include expenses such as construction, remodeling, maintenance and technology. It cannot be spent on teacher salaries or benefits.

Hernando County School District is serious about coffee

Photography by Anaya Coffee

The Hernando County chool Board voted to approve a one year contract with Jaguar Coffee Co, Inc, based in Spring Hill to provide coffee and espresso products for four high schools: Nature Coast Tech, Hernando High School, Central High School and Springstead. Although the documentation in the agenda packet only includes the first three, during the meeting it was stated that Springstead would be included as well.

New press box for Hernando High School

The Dant Clayton Corporation out of Louisville, KY was chosen to provide a prefab press box, including 42" guardrail, intermediate steps with hand rails; enclosed pressbox understructure; steel angle frame understructure; slanted front tinted windows; (2) HVAC units; additional uplift roof strapping per Florida code.

School Board Member Gus Guadagnino was concerned about why the school district was not choosing to use a local builder to construct the new press box at Hernando High School.

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