News Brief

Construction to Begin on Quality Drive Sidewalks

The subject of building sidewalks on Quality Drive has been in discussion for quite some time. In February 2016, Congressman Richard Nugent attended a meeting, and asked the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to expedite construction of the sidewalks. At the time, Assistant County Administrator Brian Malmberg explained that the delay was a budget issue.

Private search brings closure for Marvella family

(STAFF)

There was initially a three day search by FHP for 30 year old Paul Marvella who disappeared in January 2017. The Marvella family decided to hire a private dredger to continue the search. They obtained permitting on Friday March 3, 2017 to begin dredging a small area where Paul’s vehicle was found.

On March 7, human remains were recovered from the marshy area, known as Payne’s Prairie (I-75 southbound – west shoulder) and sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification.

Entrance ramp closed early Tuesday 3/7/17

FDOT

SR 50 entrance ramp onto northbound I-75 to be closed early Tuesday

Ridge Manor, FL -- The SR 50 entrance ramp onto northbound I-75 may be closed between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 7 (as Monday night turns into Tuesday morning) to adjust the ramp alignment where traffic enters onto the interstate.

DETOUR: Drivers can enter southbound I-75 and use Exit 293 to CR 41. Drivers will turn right at the end of the ramp onto CR 41, cross over I-75, then turn left and enter northbound I-75.

Homicide on Twigg St in Brooksville

(STAFF)

At 8:13pm Friday evening 3/3/17, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a shooting on Twigg Street in Brooksville, just south of Dr. M L King Jr Boulevard.

The shooting resulted in the death of Marcus Lamar Easterling, 32.

Detectives are requesting anyone who may have witnessed the shooting, or who has information that would be helpful to the case, to please contact Detective Cole Brinson or Detective Chris Vascellaro at 352-754-6830.

SR 50 entrance ramp onto NB I-75 to be closed early Monday 3/6

FDOT

Ridge Manor, FL – The SR 50 entrance ramp onto northbound I-75 may be closed between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Monday, March 6 (as Sunday night turns into Monday morning) to adjust the ramp alignment where traffic enters onto the interstate.

DETOUR: Drivers can enter southbound I-75 and use Exit 293 to CR 41. Drivers will turn right at the end of the ramp onto CR 41, cross over I-75, then turn left and enter northbound I-75.

Dredging boat access to Hunters Lake

Hunters Lake, photography by Elizabeth Dentato

(STAFF) Tussocks, or floating vegetation, has been a problem in Hunters Lake for years. The county has funded 14 acres of tussock removal in the lake ($150,000) and received funding from FWC for an additional 5 acres. Boat access to the lake has been limited by sedimentation.

The county has determined that they are unable to use Environmentally Sensitive Lands funding to complete the sedimentation removal. The canal is to be hydrologically dredged (1632 feet in length) to a width of 20 feet and an elevation of 11.5 feet.

Interstate Construction News

FDOT

2/23/17 - New SR 52 entrance ramp onto southbound I-75 to open tonight

San Antonio, FL -- Weather-permitting, a new entrance ramp to southbound I-75 from State Road 52 is scheduled to open overnight Thursday, February 23 into Friday morning, February 24. This new "loop ramp" is located west of the current entrance and next to the southbound exit ramp. Traffic movements will be controlled by a traffic signal.

Severe Weather Possible Overnight

2/7/17

Overview: A strong storm system will move across the northern Gulf of Mexico and northern Florida late tonight into early Wednesday. A line of thunderstorms is expected to accompany the system, bringing the potential for damaging wind gusts, heavy rain, and potentially small hail.

Areas north of I-4 will hold the greater potential for strong to potentially severe storms between roughly 10 pm and 5 am. Storms should gradually weaken and/or move out of the area by sunrise Wednesday.

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