Government

County responds to Sheriff's Budget Appeal

Sheriff Nienhuis explains his budget appeal at a press conference in October

Sheriff Al Nienhuis recently appealed to the State of Florida Administration Commission on the matter of the funding of his FY 2017 budget. Sheriff Nienhuis requested a $1.7 million budget increase to pay for an additional detective to monitor sexual predators, a mental health worker for the jail, and an additional K9 officer. The Sheriff's Office feels that they need the additional detective to monitor sexual predators, since a few years ago there were 285 sexual predators and now there are over 400 in the county.

COURT REQUIRES STATE TO PROVIDE LETHAL INJECTION DOCUMENTS

By DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 27, 2016.......... Rejecting arguments that the records must be kept secret, a federal magistrate has ordered the Florida Department of Corrections to give a decade's worth of documents about drugs used in the state's lethal-injection procedure to lawyers representing seven Arizona Death Row inmates.

Emergency Management Report on Hurricane Matthew

Hernando County has been fortunate again this season with minimal impact from tropical storm systems. Cecelia Patella, Emergency Management Director, shared a presentation of the actions taken by the Hernando County EOC during the time Hurricane Matthew threatened Florida, from 09/26/16 when it was an intensifying low pressure system to the tropical storm warnings issued through 10/07/16.

Project nominations for RESTORE Act funding

Oyster reef in South Carolina by JStuby

It has been six years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and while many improvements have been seen, the effects on the Gulf states continue to be felt. Under the RESTORE Act signed by President Obama in July 2012, money from the trust fund set up by BP is dispersed through five avenues, or “pots” of money. Florida’s Gulf Coast counties can obtain funding through direct funding to the county (Pot 1) via the treasury department, or through the Gulf Consortium (Pot 3) to the Gulf Council.

City and County headed to mediation

Hernando County Courthouse

Readers of the Hernando Sun may recall that the County filed a lawsuit against the City of Brooksville which alleged that the City had been selective in annexing property. The County stated this created pockets (enclaves) of properties belonging to African American residents.

The County believes this amounts to racial discrimination, since the City was expanding, but without the need to provide services for those residents. The City denies the allegation, saying that it welcomes anyone who wishes to be included in the City, regardless of race.

SUPREME COURT REQUIRES UNANIMOUS JURIES IN DEATH SENTENCES

By DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Florida Supreme Court Building by Bruin79

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 14, 2016.......... The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ruled that jury recommendations must be unanimous for the death penalty to be imposed, delivering a blow to prosecutors and the Legislature by striking down a new law aimed at fixing the state's death penalty scheme.

Friday's 5-2 ruling came in the case of Timothy Lee Hurst, whose appeal spawned a U.S. Supreme Court decision in January that found Florida's death-penalty sentencing process was unconstitutional because it gave too much power to judges, instead of juries.

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