Government

Dukes Proposes ESL Funds to Remove Invasive Plants in Hernando Beach

March 18, 2016 - 09:17

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Hernando Beach, invasive plants

Commissioner Wayne Dukes shared photos with the Board of County Commissioners of lead trees and other invasive plants along canals and marshland in Hernando Beach. The trees are all on county property, growing along the right of way and obscuring the water. Commissioner Dukes stated that property owners usually keep their yards mowed, preventing the trees from taking hold.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis Proposes Percentage Based Budget

March 17, 2016 - 20:53
Sheriff Al Nienhuis

Many may recall that determining the Sheriff's office budget for the current fiscal year was not a smooth process. The county discussed implementing a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for the Sheriff's office on two occasions which would give the office its own line item on the tax bill. The Sheriff has been in opposition to this move, stating it puts all of the burden on those who pay property taxes.

Two New Buildings Planned for Airport Complex

March 12, 2016 - 15:26

Following the approval of a program to encourage speculative building development, the Office of Business Development received a request to use the speculative building incentive program to build two industrial facilities planned for the Brooksville - Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center.

A $30 Million Government Expansion Project on the Horizon

March 06, 2016 - 15:56

The Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recently created a committee to look into the county's office space needs. This committee has recommended a New Criminal Court Complex, Offices for Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser and Tax Collector. The total cost for all projects is estimated to be $30,000,000.

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Rep. Nugent urges BOCC to hasten construction of Quality Drive sidewalk

February 27, 2016 - 19:33
Sidewalk along Quality Drive in Spring Hill

The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners welcomed U.S. Representative Richard Nugent to their regular meeting on February 23, 2016. Congressman Nugent spoke to the Board on behalf of Arlene Sollis, who traveled to the Congressman’s Washington, D.C. office to plead with him for assistance in expediting construction of a sidewalk and crosswalk along Quality Drive in Spring Hill. The sidewalk and crosswalk are needed for residents of the Vista Grand senior living community and children walking to and from Suncoast Elementary School.

Dispute Resolution Likely Between City and County

February 05, 2016 - 18:24

Hernando Sun Staff

The City of Brooksville annexed 9 properties on December 7, 2015. The County has officially challenged 5 of the proposed property annexations. The annexed properties being challenged consist of the Grace World Outreach Church property, the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church property, the Griffin property and the Hernando County Housing Authority property. The Brooksville Christian Church property is also being annexed by the city and challenged by the county.

Hernando County to Begin Speculative Building Program

February 01, 2016 - 18:42

Hernando Sun Staff

Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport

Back in October 2015, the Board of County Commissioners directed staff to look into a speculative building program aimed at encouraging growth of the manufacturing sector within Hernando County. In speculative building, as the name implies, there is not an end user. There is no designated tenant or business to use the space that was constructed. The end user for the building is found after construction. It is meant to encourage a certain type of economic growth within a community.

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