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Holiday trash collection schedule

December 25, 2017 - 09:16

The Hernando County Solid Waste and Recycling Department announces the following holiday trash collection schedule. There will be no trash or recycling picked up on: Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2017; New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018. Trash and recycling will be picked up on the next regularly scheduled service date as follows: Christmas trash will be picked up on Thursday, Dec. 28 (double pickup) New Year’s trash will be picked up on Thursday, Jan. 4 (double pickup) Both Christmas & New Year’s recycle will be picked up on Monday, Jan. 8 (triple pickup)

Brownfield designation fails: perceived garbage, no perceived contamination

December 06, 2017 - 09:55

On Tues. Dec. 5, 2017 commissioners made a bold move, denying the brownfield designation for the Hammock Ridge 104 unit garden style apartment development located on Omaha Circle sought by the property’s developer, the Housing Trust Group of Coconut Grove in Miami. HTG hired the Goldstein Environmental Law Firm to represent them in the matter with a long track record of coordinating brownfield designations.

Council votes 4-1 to not send letter to county commission for MSTU

December 04, 2017 - 07:55

Nov. 27, 2017 - Mayor Robert Battista began a special meeting, acknowledging a “real data dump that came in (Monday) afternoon” as he called on members of the council to approve or modify Monday night’s agenda. The agenda was approved as published, with the objective of deciding whether or not a letter would be sent to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) requesting consideration of an MSTU (Municipal Services Taxation Unit) for Sheriff’s Office services. This meeting followed an informational meeting last week (Nov. 22) with Ken Small, an expert on the use of MSTUs.

City hopes workshop sheds light on MSTU proposal

November 24, 2017 - 11:31

One of the top experts in the state of Florida has been called in to shed light on the controversial proposal for implementing a Law Enforcement MSTU (Municipal Service Taxing Unit) in Hernando County. Brooksville mayor Robert Battista told The Sun that Ken Small, formerly of the Florida League of Cities and a specialist on local financing, has agreed to share his expertise at a City Council workshop Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Hunters-Lake-tussock-removal-project-underway

November 22, 2017 - 01:06

By Hernando Co. Gov.

(L to R) Hernando County Aquatic Services Manager Keith Kolasa and Chairman Wayne Dukes spearhead the Hunters Lake tussock removal project.     Photo by Silvia Dukes

(Brooksville, FL) — The Hernando County Aquatic Services and Waterways Division and the Department of Public Works are working cooperatively with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) on a tussock removal project located at Hunters Lake in Spring Hill. This project will improve fish habitat, water quality as well as navigation and recreation within the lake.

Cemex mining expansion resurfaces

November 22, 2017 - 01:00

Cemex mining expansion resurfaces with the yellow rezoning signs re-appearing on Cortez across from Bayfront Hospital. In 2014 and 2015 Cemex went through the process to attempt the rezoning and comprehensive plan amendment for 730 acres along Cortez Blvd (across from Bayfront Hospital) adjacent to their current mining operation. The 730 acres would be leased to Cemex for 20 years for mining purposes. Following the 20-year mining period, the owners, prominent residents including Tommy Bronson, Jim Kimbrough, Robert Buckner, Joe Mason and others, plan to create a residential development.

FDOT looks for ways to speed up roundabout solution to dangerous intersection amid protest

November 19, 2017 - 01:44
July 27, 2015- Citrus Way and 98- crash kills 5 and injures 2 when a box truck traveling south on Citrus Way did not stop at the intersection, barreling over a pick up truck traveling west on US 98. The 5 killed were in the pick up.

She was witness to one of the most brutal and deadliest crashes at the dangerous intersection in front of her store. She saw bystanders snatch the dead, charred body of the driver from the fiery crash of the battered pick-up truck. It was not until 30 minutes later that anyone realized another burnt, dead body was still inside the smoldering truck cab.

I never want to see anything like that again,"says Donna Dilling, owner of Des Champs, the country convenience store at the perilous intersection of US 98 and County Road 491 about eight miles northwest of Brooksville.

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