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City considers increase to overtime parking fees

On May 15th, the Brooksville City Council held a meeting to discuss current parking and fine policies through the Brooksville Police Department. Cliff Taylor, on behalf of Hogan Law Firm, went before the Council to propose an ordinance regarding an increase to parking fees from five dollars to ten.

The ordinance would apply to all municipal city lots and will include any overtime parking.

From Hernando County to Mars; an interview with astronaut Shane Kimbrough

This photo was taken by astronaut R. Shane Kimbrough on the International Space Station.  You can see Southern Hills Plantation on the bottom right corner and the CEMEX-Brooksville Mine in the center.

On Friday May 12th, while his colleagues Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer were performing the 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station, astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough was able to find some time to speak with us at The Hernando Sun. We ran an article last month about his time on the International Space Station.

Shane Kimbrough has a lot of family in the area. James Walt Kimbrough came to Hernando County in the early 1900’s and was a cattle and citrus farmer in Spring Lake. Recently, many of Shane’s cousins have appeared in The Hernando Sun high school sports section.

Burn ban no longer in effect

At today’s meeting, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners allowed the temporary countywide burn ban to expire as of today, May 23, 2017. The recommendation came from Deputy Chief Kevin Carroll after consultation with the Florida Forest Service and based on the recent rains and the improvement in the Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) for Hernando County. The KBDI for Hernando County as of May 22, 2017 is 384.

Pickup truck loses control, plows into parked car, car hits house

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photo by HCFR

(Spring Hill, FL) At 1:40 p.m. today May 22, Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR) received reports of a truck hitting a house at 11094 Tilburg St. A pickup truck had lost control and hit a car inside the garage. The pickup hit the car with such force that it pushed the car "into the residence." The resident who was home at the time of the accident, fortunately did not suffer any injuries.

The driver of the pickup, a middle aged male is reported as stable but in guarded condition.

Rezoning approved for microbrewery

Former Mobil station, Spring Hill Drive and Barclay

On April 10th, David Peitzman of the Tidal Brewing Company appeared before the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission to request rezoning of the former Mobil station on the corner of Spring Hill Drive and Barclay Drive in order to open a small microbrewery.

A microbrewery is a limited-production brewery, typically producing specialty beers and often selling its products only locally. Rezoning is necessary in order to dispense alcoholic beverages, as well as to allow for warehouse facilities and local distribution at this location.

Film brings closure to Tampa Tribune family

The former building of the Tampa Tribune newspaper located on Parker Street in Tampa photographed Sunday, March 19, 2017 Photo by Jack Cormier

It was a bittersweet evening. I attended the showing of "Stop the Presses" at the Tampa Theatre this past week on May 3rd. Filmmaker Deborah Kerr intended it to be a documentary about the Tampa Tribune, filming a day in the life of a newspaper. However, it became much more than that. She was able to chronicle the last press run at at 202 S. Parker Street (March of 2016) and follow the last few months of the Tampa Tribune. Her husband Buddy Kerr, a 30 year operations employee, had a front row seat for the end of the paper.

City of Brooksville volunteer appreciation reception

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On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the City of Brooksville held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception. This reception recognizes individuals who graciously donate their time and talents to the City of Brooksville. This year the City was very fortunate to have approximately 122 volunteers who provided valuable service to our community.

Special Awards were given to:

FIVE YEARS OF
SERVICE

Rezoning approved for farm to table destination

Location map, via Hernando County BOCC agenda packet

Coastal engineer Don Lacey, on behalf of Bantam Realty, appeared before The Board of County Commissioners to propose the rezoning of 25 acres of agricultural land into a “Combined Planned Development Project.”

The rezoning was recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The intent of the presentation was to showcase the potential for a farm-to-table restaurant utilizing the local farmlands. The parcel being looked at currently sits in the Airport Planned Development District near the intersection of 41 and Powell and allows everything except residential construction.

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