Property Exchange to Benefit Reversion to Two Way Streets in Brooksville

July 01, 2015 - 09:13

Cliff Taylor, City Attorney stated that the City of Brooksville and the Housing authority have been discussing the benefits of the property exchange for roughly a year. The parcels in question are a 3 acre parcel owned by the City and a 10 acre parcel within city limits on the SE side of Hillside Estates owned by the Housing Authority. The 10 acre property borders the Good Neighbor Trail.

City of Brooksville Provides Some Support to HC Fairgrounds July 4th Celebration

June 27, 2015 - 14:17


Richard Klimas with Hernando County Fair Association spoke to the Brooksville City Council about the upcoming July 4th celebration at the Hernando County Fairgrounds.
He stated that they reached out to the community and the community has helped out considerably with the fireworks display. So far they have acquired $11,000 out of the $15,000 they are aiming towards.

Saxon Manor Update: C-4 Zoning Approved for their 7.7 A property

June 26, 2015 - 11:22


Brooksville City Council voted to rezone approximately 7.7 acres located at the south side of E. Liberty Street approximately 265’ east of its intersection with S. Saxon Avenue from the current zoning of R-3 (High Density Residential) to a zoning designation of C-4 (Neighborhood Commercial).

The second reading of the resolution to rezone this property was approved on June 15 giving Saxon Manor the ability to use their newly constructed “Shabby Chic” Barn as a wedding venue.

See related article here .

Commission considers MSTU for HCSO, Sheriff Convinces Otherwise

April 28, 2015 - 00:00

Hernando Sun Staff

Before the April 28th County Commission Meeting, Sheriff Nienhuis sent out a press release stating his position on an agenda item which would discuss creating a Municipal Service Taxing Unit for the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Nienhuis came out strongly against an MSTU and stated that his department was never notified of this matter. Ultimately after hearing from the Sheriiff at the County Commission meeting, Commissioner Dukes dropped the item from the agenda.

Brooksville Council does not take sides on Cemex Expansion

March 26, 2015 - 19:52

by Julie Maglio

At the Brooksville City Council meeting on March 16th, Council members discussed the possibility of sending a resolution for or against the Cemex mine expansion to the Hernando Board of County Commissioners. After discussion of Council Members and public comment, they decided to not send a resolution at this point, but monitor developments by maintaining communication with County Staff.

Impact Fee Update

March 18, 2015 - 14:16

by Hernando Sun Staff

Road and Educational Facilities Impact Fees were once again on the agenda at the March 10th Board of County Commissioner’s Meeting.

Commissioners voted to deny an ordinance that established an effective date for road impact fee implementation for March 17th 2015. They also voted to deny an ordinance that removed the suspension on educational facilities impact fees.

Winery Special Exception Denied by County Commissioners

March 12, 2015 - 10:36

by Hernando Sun Staff

The Board of County Commissioners denied Joseph Sparacia's application for a special exception use permit for a winery on a 28 acre property on Snow Hill Rd. However, Chairman Nicholson and Commissioner Dukes would have been willing to work with Mr. Sparacia if he agreed to meet other conditions such as changing his hours of operation to a 6 pm closing time on Friday and Saturday.

The applicant indicated his hours of operation to be:
Monday through Thursday 1 pm to 6 pm
Friday and Saturday 10 am to 11 pm
Sunday 1 pm to 6 pm

Economic Impact Study for CEMEX Mine Expansion

March 02, 2015 - 14:13

by Julie Maglio

At the Hernando Board of County Commissioners meeting on February 24th, it was decided that the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council will perform a study of the economic impact of the CEMEX mine expansion on the county. Commissioners voted unanimously to proceed with the study. The upper limit cost of the study will be $2500 and is paid for by the county.

Hernando County's Unbuildable Land

February 23, 2015 - 21:11

Rocco Maglio

In Hernando County, there is land that is currently zoned in such a way that it is unbuildable. The land must be rezoned before you can even file a building permit.

Land zoned Planned Development Project (PDP) may have a master plan that is expired. Typically master plans are only valid for one year and unless substantial completion of the master plan is done the end of the year the master plan expires. At that point the land lapses into zoning no mans land.