Community Center Renamed to honor Sarah Davis

July 20, 2016 - 01:44

Hernando County’s Policy 31-01 provides the criteria that must be followed in order to rename any property or building that is owned by the County. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Department requested that the South Brooksville Community Center be named for an individual, so a Naming Committee was formed following the 02/23/16 BOCC meeting.

Phase I of Courthouse Preservation

July 17, 2016 - 03:54

The county is applying for a maximum grant amount of $500,000 to restore the historic Hernando County Courthouse. The grant is the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources special category grant funding. If awarded there is a 50% match requirement. The maximum matching will be 25% in kind services and 25% cash out of the general funds. Cash matching will be due in FY 2018.

Grant for mapping of stormwater infrastructure in the Kass Circle CRA

July 17, 2016 - 03:47

The BOCC voted to establish the Kass Circle Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) on March 22, 2016. At the end of May, the planning department submitted a grant request of $2,250 to the SWFWMD Springs Protection Education Funding Program. The county explains that grant will fund mapping of the stormwater infrastructure in the Kass Circle CRA. In the grant request, County Planner Patricia McNeese states,

Remember Sales Tax Holiday in August

July 17, 2016 - 03:42

This year's sales tax holiday won't last quite as long as last year's 10 day tax holiday, so mark your calendar to make sure you don't miss it. The sales tax holiday will be held between August 5th and August 7th 2016.

The tax holiday will give shoppers a repreive from paying sales tax on clothing worth $60 or less and on school supplies worth $15 or less.

FWC speaks to commission on prescribed burns

June 27, 2016 - 23:35

Photograph by Alice Mary Herden - 2015

Because of recent concerns over controlled burns in the county, as well as the culling of 66 oaks at Chinsegut, Matthew Koenig, a wildlife biologist at Chinesgut Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA), presented Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reasoning behind prescribed burns.

County using claim of racism against city to stop annexations

June 27, 2016 - 23:22

A conflict assessment meeting took place Monday June 20th in effort to avoid litigation between City and County. County asserts City is purposely avoiding annexations of low income areas.

The lawsuit and strong language that have characterized portions of local government meetings lately led to a conflict assessment meeting at the Hernando County Government Center on 06/20/16. Florida Statute 164.1053 states that government entities that have opposing views or conflicts can meet in order to conduct an open discussion of the situation. They are required to get together and try to work it out. This can be done with or without a facilitator.

Rezoning Petitions heard by the BOCC on June 14, 2016

June 27, 2016 - 22:48

Assistant County Administrator Ron Pianta brought three items on the Unified Rezoning Agenda, and all were approved with no comment from the BOCC. The first was to change zoning from Industrial use to Corporate Park along Anderson Snow Road and Corporate Boulevard, a change that will be more conducive to the planned church across the street. The second was to change zoning from C-1 to C-2 on US Highway 19 near Sealawn Drive.

Health Rankings of Florida Counties

June 27, 2016 - 22:33

Jeff Feller, CEO of WellFlorida Council in Gainesville, shared good news about the health of Hernando County residents with the BOCC. The health rankings measure specific health indicators/influences and compare them with other counties in the nation. Each state’s counties are then ranked so that the state can use that information to encourage positive changes (if needed). Two key areas are ranked: health outcomes (how healthy residents are) and health factors (what makes residents healthy). The rankings are from most desirable (1) to least desirable (67).

Help plan the future of Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

June 27, 2016 - 14:36

From Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Photograph by Alice Mary Herden

A 10-year plan for the management of Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area will be presented at a public hearing in Hernando County on Tuesday, June 28. People are invited to the 7 p.m. hearing at The Lake House, a Hernando County Parks & Recreation facility, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.