City honors police detective and his fiancée for efforts in assisting needy children during Christmas

January 29, 2018 - 11:02


L-R: Sergeant Jason Matheson, Chief Turner, Council Member William Kemerer, Council Member Joe Bernardini,Detective Tracey Schofield, Jillian Rose, Mayor Betty Erhard, Council Member Natalie Kahler and Vice Mayor Robert B. Battista.

The City of Brooksville honored Brooksville PD Detective Tracey Schofield and his fiancée Jillian Rose with a proclamation on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 for their assistance of needy children during the Christmas holiday. Schofield is the President of the nonprofit charity Police & Kids Foundation which helps underprivileged children and those of fallen law enforcement officers.

Review of the Brooksville Police Pension Plan

January 15, 2018 - 23:24

Patrick Donlan with Foster and Foster, the actuary for the city of Brooksville police pension plan, presented a summary of the police department’s pension fund to the city council on Jan. 8, 2017.

He explained that that back in 1996, everyone was in the Florida Retirement system and then the state allowed cities/ municipalities to opt out of the Florida Retirement system. New employees went to the locally controlled retirement system and existing employees would stay in the Florida Retirement system if the municipality decided to maintain a local pension plan.

City stakeholders fight for Brooksville PD

December 19, 2017 - 00:05
Petitions to recall Robert Battista, Betty Erhard and  William Kemerer

While council members emphasize that disbanding the Brooksville Police Department is not something they are seeking to do, asking the Sheriff’s Office about what it would cost them to provide a level of service equivalent to the city police force would imply that the option may be on the table. Many community stakeholders came to that conclusion following the Nov. 27 special meeting. Council members stated on Dec. 4 that the inquiry is part of their thorough evaluation of the costs relating to law enforcement, due to the worrisome budget situation.

City of Brooksville against CRA bills that increase 'unnecessary regulatory oversight'

December 01, 2017 - 11:03

House and Senate bills dealing with Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) are currently working their way through committees in the Florida Legislature. CRAs are used by government entities to provide public monies as an incentive to encourage private investment in areas. In Brooksville these monies are provided to local business to encourage them to undertake renovations the the exterior of their buildings.

Council talks Quarry Golf lawsuit in closed session

November 30, 2017 - 01:53
Scenes from the now defunct Quarry Golf course in Brooksville.

In its 21 years, no one ever accused Quarry Golf Course of being an Augusta play-alike. Unfortunately the Masters never came calling to consider a change in venue from Georgia to Brooksville.

Now defunct since a late 2014 squabble between the operator and the city, the ignominy of going to the dogs, and/or to the discs, may be the final step for this once-entertaining golf course in the rolling hills and woods of Hernando County.


November 03, 2017 - 00:12

Every six years, the City of Brooksville’s City Charter is required to be reviewed. In January, 2018, Council will appoint a committee of seven (7) members who shall review the charter. The seven members are required to be City residents and their term of office shall run only through the 2018 Charter Review Process.

To apply, please fill out an application and return it to the City Clerk’s office:

Ernie Chatman honored as 2017 Great Brooksvillian

November 01, 2017 - 23:49
Coach Ernie Chatman by Alice Mary Herden

It was a bittersweet gathering as friends and family of the late Coach “Ernie” Chatman met to honor him with the 2017 Great Brooksvillian Award. The ceremony took place at City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.

Ernie passed away last year of a heart-attack at the age of sixty-six. His widow, Linda; their children and grandchildren were there to hear the accolades and anecdotes related by various individuals who knew the popular coach.

Brooksville Vision Foundation strives to improve our community

November 01, 2017 - 01:06
MIke DeFelice speaks at the BVF meeting on Oct. 17, 2017.  Attorney Darryl Johnston appears in the background

The Brooksville Vision Foundation (BVF) is a nonprofit corporation that, according to its mission statement, “... works side by side with local partners to promote and implement positive economic development while preserving the historical and architectural integrity of Brooksville.”

Flagstone Pavers applies for voluntary annexation into City of Brooksville

September 28, 2017 - 09:56

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.


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