County adds regulations for tethering of animals

June 09, 2016 - 01:06

There are ordinances which already exist regarding cruelty to animals, but local animal rescue groups wanted something with a little more “teeth” to punish those who mistreat their animals. County attorney Garth Coller stated that staff used ordinances from other counties to draft an amendment to the current ordinance which would spell out what is acceptable for animals who are kept outdoors, pulling largely from St. Johns County.

Zoning change for RV park still stands

June 09, 2016 - 00:56

A proposed RV park in Ridge Manor has been vigorously opposed by residents of a golf community. The plan for intended rezoning would change the area from single family homes and recreation to park model trailer homes and RVs. In March, the BOCC initially approved the request with a vote of 3-2. Due to public concerns that they were not properly noticed and additional information that was learned after the 3/8/16 hearing, the BOCC seemed to change their collective minds and voted 5-0 to have a re-hearing on 5/10/16.

Hernando County legislative update

June 09, 2016 - 00:45

Laura Boehmer (Southern Strategy Group) and Shawn Foster (Sunrise Consulting Group) represent Hernando County interests in Tallahassee. The Florida legislature met in January and February this year. In the report to the BOCC on May 10th, Foster stated that of the 2100 bills filed, only 172 passed. The largest bill (S.B. 1322) was sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala of Pinellas County and concerned cost-sharing payments to DJJ for Juvenile Detention Centers.

Hunters Lake Improvements

June 08, 2016 - 22:50

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

On April 26, Assistant County Attorney Joseph DiNovo briefly explained his prepared report for the BOCC which was summarized in the 5/6/16 issue of Hernando Sun. According to the guidelines, removing invasive species from land designated as environmentally sensitive would qualify as appropriate use of funds. Changing the landscape by dredging would not. Land that has been altered to create roads is not considered environmentally sensitive, so that using ESL funds to remove invasive species from a right-of-way does not meet the guidelines.

Building department reports to BOCC

June 05, 2016 - 21:26
photo credit: Dwight Burdette

James Friedrichs, Building Official for the County, shared a PowerPoint presentation with the BOCC on 05/24/16, comparing residential and commercial permits over the past fiscal year. With four permit technicians and two plan reviewers, his department issues more than 46 permits daily. This means more than 12,000 permits were approved in the past year. Review times have significantly decreased. Permits for single family homes can be approved in 3-5 days, Friedrichs said, and even commercial permits are being approved faster.

School Board counters county's offer on Mobley Road property

June 05, 2016 - 16:22

At the school board workshop on May 17th, board members agreed that the county's offer of $600,000 for the Mobley Road property across from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office is too low. According to the minutes of the meeting, the board agreed to a counter-offer of $850,000 which School district attorney Dennis Alfonso will send to the county. Appraisals on the property ranged from $625,000 to $1,043,000.

County's $4.15 million Utilities Building (former Times Building) in need of $140K in A/C Repairs

June 05, 2016 - 16:15

In August of 2015, the Hernando County BOCC agreed to purchase the Tampa Bay Times building on Highway 50 for $4.15 million to consolidate the Utilities Department offices. The building is not yet occupied by the county and is now awaiting $140,500 in A/C repair which is projected to take 75 days to complete.

Rezoning Petition for Corporate Park at the Airport

June 05, 2016 - 16:07

Railroad tracks intersect US 41 (Broad Street) and curve into the Airport Railpark located just south of the Hernando County Airport and the SWFMWD building. Businesses there are housed in steel buildings and the area is mainly zoned Planned Development Project (PDP) Heavy Industrial. The zoning change request before the BOCC on 5/24/16 was to allow a property on Airport Flyer Way to be developed for corporate park use.

Use of ESL Funds for Hunter's Lake

June 04, 2016 - 11:25

Assistant County Attorney Joseph DiNovo prepared a report for the BOCC to help determine whether using Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) funds for Hunter’s Lake meets the guidelines of the program. The detailed report and supporting documents explained the program beginning with the BOCC Resolution 88-103 and its proposal to the voters to collect a tax for 30 years for the purpose of purchasing, preserving, and maintaining ESL. This was placed on the ballot later that year and approved by the voters.


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