Local government bodies may be in violation of state law

October 24, 2017 - 01:35

When a government body holds a meeting, that body is required to maintain minutes of the meeting. The minutes document what happened in a meeting which includes the outcomes of votes on the agenda items and relevant discussion by board/council members and members of the public.

The Florida Statute 286.011 states, “The minutes of a meeting of any such board or commission of any such state agency or authority shall be promptly recorded, and such records shall be open to public inspection.”

Five physicians request additional time, funds from county to relocate

October 17, 2017 - 23:34

Due to space constraints to Constitutional Officers at the Courthouse, the county has begun the process of utilizing the Pinebrook Medical Center facility for these offices. Several doctors will have to relocate and current discussions indicate the county may give them six to nine months to do so.

The county owns the Pinebrook Medical Center facility and Bayfront leases the space from the county. The hospital subleases to other parties.

Draft comprehensive plan revisions: compromise sought between environmentalism and property rights

October 17, 2017 - 10:09

Assistant County Administrator Ron Pianta began by informing the Board that Pat McNeese, Hernando County Planner will be leaving the Planning Department in order to care for her mother in Pinellas County. In conjunction with that Michelle Miller, Senior Planner and Cayce Dagenhart, Planner, are new hires for the Planning Department. Miller will be running the Kass Circle Project.

USGS evaluates Withlacoochee high water marks

October 11, 2017 - 07:51
USGS Hydrologist Andy Knaak hammers a nail into a post to mark the seed line on flooded Cyril Drive in Ridge Manor.

Eight USGS field crews traveled around the Jacksonville, Tampa and Fort Myers areas last week looking for evidence that tell scientists how high the flood waters and storm surge from Hurricane Irma reached. A crew was able to make it to Hernando County to evaluate the Withlacoochee River. Andy Knaak, USGS hydrologist worked his way down river from Trilby, stopping in Ridge Manor at Cyril Drive and Highway 50. (The Withlacoochee runs north.) On that day, the river had already receded a couple feet from the high water mark.

Brooksville City Council selects city manager

October 11, 2017 - 07:43

On September 28th, the Brooksville City Council met with each of three candidates for the city manager position which included Bill Ed Cannon- Wildwood City Manager, Mark A. Kutney and William R. Whitson formerly Hapeville, GA city manager. Each council member then in turn conducted an individual interview with each candidate. Ultimately, Mark Kutney, formerly of Palm Beach was chosen for the position. Kutney is the former town manager of Loxahatchee Groves, FL (2011 - 2014).

Brooksville City Council evaluates fire department after arrests

October 11, 2017 - 07:37

The Sept. 29, 2017 arrests of Brooksville Fire Chief David Freda and Fire Captain David Murdoch and subsequent administrative leave has placed another burden on an already fragile Brooksville Fire Department. Murdoch and Freda were arrested on fraud charges while each separately held the Fire Chief position of the voluntary department in Henrando Beach.

Hammock Ridge developer requests brownfield designation

October 08, 2017 - 00:31

At the September 19, 2017, Board of County Commissioners meeting, a request from Goldstein Environmental Law Firm was presented. This request was on behalf of HTG Hammock Ridge, LLC, requesting for the property at 8274 Omaha Circle, Spring Hill be designated as a Green Reuse Area under Florida’s Brownfield Redevelopment Act. Florida Statute 376.80(2)(c).

County moving forward with home repair HUD grant

October 05, 2017 - 08:12

On Sept. 26, 2017, The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved Chairman Wayne Dukes to sign an agreement in association with a federal Housing and Urban Development Grant. The grant is specifically for the repair or demolition of owner occupied single family housing benefitting low to moderate income individuals. One of the conditions of the grant is that any property owner who applies for the grant funding must carry flood insurance if their property is located within a floodplain.

Hernando County 2017 population estimates

October 05, 2017 - 08:09

The University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR), under contractual agreement with the State of Florida, conducts annual population estimates. The population estimate produced by BEBR in turn is “one factor used in determining the distribution of state revenue-sharing funds…”

Appeals court dismisses City of Brooksville annexations case

October 04, 2017 - 08:09

In March 2017, Fifth Judicial Circuit Judge Donald Scaglione ruled in favor of the county in their lawsuit against the City of Brooksville regarding 5 property annexations, invalidating the annexations. The City of Brooksville pursued an appeal with the Fifth District Court of Appeal, filing in April 2017. The appeals court ultimately dismissed the case on August 25, 2017, maintaining Judge Scaglione’s ruling invalidating the annexations.