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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.

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.

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