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.

BOCC Limits Hours on Hitching Post Wedding Barn and Church Services

January 15, 2016 - 11:12
Hitching Post Barn 27151 Soult Rd Brooksville, Florida

The discussion of the Batten's Hitching Post Barn wedding venue and church services continued on January 12th, 2016 with the return of James Adkins to the dais. He provided the vote to decisively close the matter with the county, although the Battens may not see the matter as truly resolved. In November, Commissioners came to a standstill on determining hours of operation for the wedding venue. Commissioners Rowden and then Chairman Nicholson were in favor of an earlier closing time, while Commissioners Holcomb and Dukes were amenable to allowing a later closing time of 11pm.

The New Mayor of Brooksville on her Goals for the City

January 08, 2016 - 12:55

Special to Hernando Sun, Natalie Kahler

Natalie Kahler, Mayor City of Brooksville

I was honored to be selected as Mayor for this term. It has been a whirlwind year - I took office as a councilman in December, was elected Vice Mayor in July, and then Mayor in December. It’s quite something to have 3 different business cards in one year! Regarding my goals, for several years, I have wanted to see the 2nd floors of downtown businesses utilized (possibly as residences) because I am convinced that evening foot traffic will make all the difference to our downtown business vitality.

Progress on 360 Evaluation for Superintendent?

December 14, 2015 - 16:32

Hernando Sun Staff

The school board is still in negotiations on the Superintendent's contract. They have also been working since June on developing a survey in order to evaluate the superintendent. It was decided by the board not to tie the survey to the Superintendent's contract.

The previous survey was flawed according to school board members, as well as Dr. Romano. Additionally, all agree that the survey referred to as a "360" evaluation could be a powerful and helpful tool.

Correcting the Historical Mistake at Lake Townsend

November 24, 2015 - 08:44
Lake Townsen Sign

Istachatta Historian Melba Ward recently passed away. She left behind her book Istachatta: History of the First Hundred Years 1850-1950 as well as a corresponding genealogical anthology of the area that outweighs her history book by hundreds of pages. A few months ago, she remarked that something she wanted to see fixed was the name of Lake Townsen near Istachatta. The lake was named after the town’s founder and postmaster Francis M. Townsend. He built a ferry across the Withlacoochee River in hopes of getting a stagecoach to go through.

Supervisor of Election's Budget Funded

September 29, 2015 - 21:04

Hernando Sun Staff

Supervisor of Elections, Shirley Anderson, explained her fiscal year 2015-2016 budget at the September 3rd budget hearing and warned Commissioners that not properly funding the office could have negative consequences beyond the county and the state. After not much comment by the Commission, the Board decided to provide her with the $1,247,539 she requested for her office at the final hearing on September 22nd.

Commission May Fund Sheriff's Budget Increase Through Sheriff's Excess Fees and Fines

September 15, 2015 - 10:13

Sheriff Al Nienhuis presented his case to the BOCC for the $770,000 net increase to his budget at the first budget hearing on September 3rd. No increase for the Sheriff can come from property taxes, as Commissioners agreed to not raise the millage rate this year. At the end of each fiscal year, the Sheriff’s Office returns a certain amount of excess fees and fines to the County. The Commission voted 4-1 for Assistant County Administrator Zoettlein to discuss with the Sheriff’s Office the dollar amount that is being returned to county from the Sheriff’s Office for FY 2015.

Voters Pass Half Cent Sales Tax in Special Election

Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 8:15am

Hernando County School District

BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County voters approved the return of a one-half cent sales tax Sept. 8th 2015. The return of the sales tax means that starting in January 2016, the district will receive approximately $8 million per year that will be used for repairs to school facilities, maintenance, and capital improvements.