Government

Mosquito Control's Proactive Efforts

At the request of BOCC Chairman Jim Adkins, Mosquito Control Director Sandra Fisher delivered impromptu remarks at the 09/12/16 BOCC meeting. Rainfall in early August exceeded the total rainfall for the entire month of July, she said, which provided multiple breeding areas for mosquitoes along the coast and inland as well.

Aggressive spraying reduced the number of adult mosquitoes before Hurricane Hermine’s approach. Fisher stated that pre-treatment of known breeding grounds began early, with pesticides applied to the water to prevent mosquito larvae from becoming adults.

Brooksville council members remain steadfast on reverting one way streets

by Hernando Sun Staff

Dennis Dix, Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, addressed the Brooksville city council On September 19th in regards to the project of reverting the one way streets back to two way in the City of Brooksville: The one way streets are Broad Street and Jefferson Street.

SENATE BUDGET CHIEF BACKS SCOTT ON INCENTIVES

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 30, 2016.......... A fight involving the next state budget is already taking shape after Gov. Rick Scott called for lawmakers to provide economic-incentive money to help recruit businesses.

A day after incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran said he views incentives as "corporate welfare," incoming Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala said he intends to work for the governor's $85 million proposal if the money is available.

Death penalty on hold as court looks for answers

By DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 27, 2016 .......... Throughout this year, Florida's death penalty has been in a state of limbo.

Executions are on hold, judges across the state are postponing death penalty cases, and defense lawyers are seeking additional reviews in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in January that struck down Florida's death-penalty sentencing process.

Legislation aims to decrease nitrogen levels in springs

Weeki Wachee Springs, photo by Robert Stein

BOCC Regular Meeting 9/12/16 - Terry Hansen, who is an Enviromental Consultant with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), discussed the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act, which was passed by the legislature in 2016. This law has guidelines for protecting the Everglades and Florida’s springs, particularly the 33 first magnitude springs, which includes Weeki Wachee.

Justices clear hunter on muzzleloader charge

By JIM SAUNDERS
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 22, 2016.......... Christopher Weeks donned camouflage and an orange vest and went hunting in February 2012 with a muzzleloader rifle that had been a Christmas gift from his wife.

Then the problems started: A state wildlife officer saw Weeks' pickup truck parked along a road in the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area in Santa Rosa County. And it turned out that Weeks had been convicted of a felony in the past, which led the officer to charge him with violating a law that bars convicted felons from possessing guns.

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