County to rely on state for regulating medical marijuana facilities

November 16, 2017 - 10:11

The second and final public hearing was held at the Nov. 7, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting regarding the repealment of an earlier ordinance (2016-05) which allowed for county control of medical marijuana growing and dispensing facilities. New legislation by the state preempts counties and municipalities from regulating the facilities.

Agenda item on county's 2018-19 appropriation requests leads to discussion on Withlacoochee flooding fix

November 15, 2017 - 00:16
Cyril Dr in Ridge Manor after Hurricane Irma

Len Sossamon introduced the appropriation Requests for 2018-19 State Legislature at the regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on October 24th.
State Representative Blaise Ingoglia asked the board to add two projects to the existing requests, due to his ability to secure funding for renovations to two existing firehouses. The money cannot be used to buy new apparatus or equipment, and cannot be used to build new stations.

Commissioners will seek 50 year lease from state for Chinsegut Hill

November 15, 2017 - 00:05
Chinsegut Manor House during the Music on the Porch event in October

At the Nov. 7, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Meeting, Chinsegut Hill leaders Lisa Callea, President of Friends of Chinsegut, Inc. and Natalie Kahler, Manager of the Chinsegut Hill Retreat and Museum sought a five year renewal of their license.

1st public hearing: County will not ban medical marijuana facilities, state to regulate

November 09, 2017 - 01:28

At the Oct. 24, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the first public hearing was held to repeal a local ordinance governing the licensing and location of medical marijuana facilities. The ordinance that was passed in May 2016 is preempted by a new statute passed last June (2017). Ultimately, future medical marijuana facilities will be regulated by the state regarding licensing, use and location. The statute also includes a clause for cities or counties to ban dispensaries.

CCA Florida donates five tons of oyster shells for habitat restoration in Hernando County

November 02, 2017 - 23:48

by Hernando Co. Gov.

(Brooksville, FL) Earlier this year, the Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA) joined efforts with area restaurants to recycle oyster shells for habitat enhancement. On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the CCA donated five tons of these recycled oyster shells for a habitat enhancement project at Centipede Bay, located in Hernando County's coastal waters.

Commissioners dismayed with state law on brownfield designation

October 26, 2017 - 01:01
Location of Hammock Ridge property

The developer for the Hammock Ridge 104 unit garden style apartment development located on Omaha Circle is seeking a “perceived” brownfield designation from the county in order to be eligible for financial incentives and liability protections by the state in developing the property. The first phase of construction is currently underway and the law does not place a limit on when the brownfield designation must be implemented in order to qualify for the benefits.

Sand restoration project for Pine Island and Roger's Park

October 26, 2017 - 00:50

Hurricane Hermine made landfall to the north of Hernando County in 2016, however, she did bring a lot of wind and rain, and displaced a lot of sand from Alfred McKethan/Pine Island and Rogers Park. As a result, a sand restoration project was approved by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), which will replace 2,214 cubic yards of white concrete sand at the two parks, and cost approximately $70,478, which will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Master Plan Revision for Avalon Phase 4 Passes with further changes

October 26, 2017 - 00:43
Aerial of Avalon Phase 4 location, Hernando Co. Gov.

At the October 10th regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, Assistant County Administrator Ron Pianta brought to the board a master plan revision petition submitted by LandBuilder, LLC., the developer of the Avalon community. The current revisions pertain to Phase 4 of Avalon, which is to contain 135 single-family detached lots and is located west of Avalon Phase 1, at the northern terminus of Sparks Road, north of County Line Road. The proposed entrance is from Sparks Road.

Ingoglia on Red Light Cameras: Taxation by Citation

October 24, 2017 - 21:42

State Representative Blaise Ingoglia is one of the sponsors of a Florida House bill that will get rid of red light cameras for good. The language included in HB (House Bill) 6007 is, “This means local governments will no longer have the authority to implement red light camera programs by local ordinance.”


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