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P & Z recommends rezoning approval for brewery

Potential brewery location on Spring HIll Drive

In an attempt to rezone the available commercial land to build a small brewery with a tavern, a petition was put before the Planning and Zoning Commission on April 10th. The requested parcel would only total about 2,100 square feet and includes an abandoned gas station with a car wash facility- which is planned to house the equipment needed to brew the beers they will be serving. The parcel is located just west of Barclay Ave on Spring Hill Drive. The plaza is also home to Rice and Beans and Marco's Pizza.

Sunshine concerns about school board 'retreat'

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On March 22nd, School Board Members, Superintendent and Superintendent’s staff participated in a board 'retreat' at Silverthorn Country Club from 10AM to 3:30PM. Concerns arose over potential Sunshine violations due to the district’s failure to publish a public notice for the training session.

At the Regular School Board meeting on April 11th, School District Attorney Dennis Alfonso commented that it was less of a retreat and more of a board training program, which was discussed at a public meeting months earlier “and several dually noticed public workshops.”

Firefighter Union- County Collective Bargaining Agreement

Florida prides itself on having transparent, open government where its records (including emails and meeting minutes) are public. Florida’s “Sunshine Law” is designed to make government officials more accountable. According to the Florida Attorney General, the “public has the right to know how government officials spend taxpayer dollars and make the decisions affecting their lives.”

Teacher terminated for inappropriate survey

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Fox Chapel Middle School

A Fox Chapel Middle School teacher, Daryl Cox, recently distributed a questionnaire to her sixth grade “Leader in Me” students. The questionnaire contained inflammatory questions on race, religion and sex. Cox was terminated by the Hernando County School District. The story was picked up by two local television stations as well as The Blaze.

A reporter for WTSP, found that many of the questions were taken straight from a book called “Exploring White Privilege” by Robert Amico.

Brooksville - Tampa Bay Regional Airport Master Plan update met with citizen concerns

Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport

The Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV) Master Plan Update took place at a workshop on Tuesday, April 4th. Senior Vice President of Aviation Planning, Philip Jufko from Michael Baker International reviewed the planning process with the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and presented the update.

The Master Plan is divided into three timeframes or phases. The group of projects is still in Phase 1, which is estimated to complete in 2019. Phase 2 is estimated to span from 2020-2024, and Phase 3 to span from 2025 - 2034.

Commissioners approve 2nd public hearing for comprehensive plan supermajority repeal

On March 13, 2017, the Planning and Zoning Commission held a meeting to discuss the necessity of a supermajority- that is, needing 4 votes in the affirmative- to make any changes to the Comprehensive plan that Hernando County uses for its land development. After multiple testimonies from citizens of Hernando County, the commission agreed with the arguments presented and it was passed unanimously that they would favor keeping the supermajority intact.

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