Commissioners will seek 50 year lease from state for Chinsegut Hill

November 15, 2017 - 00:05
Chinsegut Manor House during the Music on the Porch event in October

At the Nov. 7, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Meeting, Chinsegut Hill leaders Lisa Callea, President of Friends of Chinsegut, Inc. and Natalie Kahler, Manager of the Chinsegut Hill Retreat and Museum sought a five year renewal of their license.

1st public hearing: County will not ban medical marijuana facilities, state to regulate

November 09, 2017 - 01:28

At the Oct. 24, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the first public hearing was held to repeal a local ordinance governing the licensing and location of medical marijuana facilities. The ordinance that was passed in May 2016 is preempted by a new statute passed last June (2017). Ultimately, future medical marijuana facilities will be regulated by the state regarding licensing, use and location. The statute also includes a clause for cities or counties to ban dispensaries.

CCA Florida donates five tons of oyster shells for habitat restoration in Hernando County

November 02, 2017 - 23:48

by Hernando Co. Gov.

(Brooksville, FL) Earlier this year, the Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA) joined efforts with area restaurants to recycle oyster shells for habitat enhancement. On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the CCA donated five tons of these recycled oyster shells for a habitat enhancement project at Centipede Bay, located in Hernando County's coastal waters.

Commissioners dismayed with state law on brownfield designation

October 26, 2017 - 01:01
Location of Hammock Ridge property

The developer for the Hammock Ridge 104 unit garden style apartment development located on Omaha Circle is seeking a “perceived” brownfield designation from the county in order to be eligible for financial incentives and liability protections by the state in developing the property. The first phase of construction is currently underway and the law does not place a limit on when the brownfield designation must be implemented in order to qualify for the benefits.

Sand restoration project for Pine Island and Roger's Park

October 26, 2017 - 00:50

Hurricane Hermine made landfall to the north of Hernando County in 2016, however, she did bring a lot of wind and rain, and displaced a lot of sand from Alfred McKethan/Pine Island and Rogers Park. As a result, a sand restoration project was approved by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), which will replace 2,214 cubic yards of white concrete sand at the two parks, and cost approximately $70,478, which will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Master Plan Revision for Avalon Phase 4 Passes with further changes

October 26, 2017 - 00:43
Aerial of Avalon Phase 4 location, Hernando Co. Gov.

At the October 10th regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, Assistant County Administrator Ron Pianta brought to the board a master plan revision petition submitted by LandBuilder, LLC., the developer of the Avalon community. The current revisions pertain to Phase 4 of Avalon, which is to contain 135 single-family detached lots and is located west of Avalon Phase 1, at the northern terminus of Sparks Road, north of County Line Road. The proposed entrance is from Sparks Road.

Ingoglia on Red Light Cameras: Taxation by Citation

October 24, 2017 - 21:42

State Representative Blaise Ingoglia is one of the sponsors of a Florida House bill that will get rid of red light cameras for good. The language included in HB (House Bill) 6007 is, “This means local governments will no longer have the authority to implement red light camera programs by local ordinance.”

Natalie Kahler to challenge Jeff Holcomb for District 4 seat

October 24, 2017 - 21:39
 Natalie Kahler is currently a  Brooksville City Council Member

On Monday, October 16th, Brooksville City Council Member Natalie Kahler announced her candidacy for Hernando County Commissioner - District 4. Introduced by Commissioner Wayne Dukes, who “wholeheartedly endorses” Kahler, she addressed a crowd from the front walk of the historic courthouse.

Brooksville City Council hears from Sheriff's Office and Brooksville Police Chief on MSTU

October 24, 2017 - 21:34

The Joseph E. Johnston, III City Council Chambers was full on Monday evening, Oct. 16, 2017 for a presentation on how the county’s potential implementation of a Municipal Service Taxation Unit (MSTU) for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office could affect the city.