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Council votes 4-1 to not send letter to county commission for MSTU

December 04, 2017 - 07:55

Nov. 27, 2017 - Mayor Robert Battista began a special meeting, acknowledging a “real data dump that came in (Monday) afternoon” as he called on members of the council to approve or modify Monday night’s agenda. The agenda was approved as published, with the objective of deciding whether or not a letter would be sent to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) requesting consideration of an MSTU (Municipal Services Taxation Unit) for Sheriff’s Office services. This meeting followed an informational meeting last week (Nov. 22) with Ken Small, an expert on the use of MSTUs.

Local girl performs in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

December 04, 2017 - 07:32
Emma Bolton

Every year millions of Americans watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It has become a tradition for most, and is pure magic seeing all the floats, dancing, singers and music. Knowing that each person who takes part must have put in a lot of hard work to get there and seeing the end result is magical.

President Emeritus Katherine M. Johnson receives 2017 Wattenbarger Award

December 02, 2017 - 00:51


Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) President Emerita Katherine M. Johnson, Ed.D., was recently honored with the Dr. James L. Wattenbarger Award by the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) Council of Presidents. The AFC Council of Presidents select a recipient annually who has advocated for affordable, convenient open access to higher education and who has made significant contributions to Florida’s higher education system. The award is named for James L. Wattenbarger, renowned as the architect of Florida’s internationally recognized community college system.

City of Brooksville against CRA bills that increase 'unnecessary regulatory oversight'

December 01, 2017 - 11:03

House and Senate bills dealing with Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) are currently working their way through committees in the Florida Legislature. CRAs are used by government entities to provide public monies as an incentive to encourage private investment in areas. In Brooksville these monies are provided to local business to encourage them to undertake renovations the the exterior of their buildings.

County plans to purchase generators for traffic signals

December 01, 2017 - 10:58

Hernando County plans to purchase 25 generators (for $896 apiece) in order to maintain the functionality of traffic signals during prolonged power outages. The county states, “Due to vast power outage caused by Hurricane Irma, the Department of Public Works (DPW) Traffic division was unable to maintain functionality of many traffic signals throughout much of Hernando County. There are currently 85 operational traffic signals in Hernando County, with an additional two signals going into service later this fiscal year (Mariner/W Landover and US19/Toucan).

Hernando Beach Shallow Reef Project

December 01, 2017 - 01:06

The Hernando County Port Authority in cooperation with the Aquatics Services Department deployed more reef balls off the shore of Hernando Beach last Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

The reef locations are only seven miles offshore, in fairly clear water. Due to the close proximity to shore, and the Weeki Wachee and Hernando Beach boat ramps, the reefs are anticipated to provide an immediate benefit to anglers, as well as recreational and educational benefits to divers and students.

Council talks Quarry Golf lawsuit in closed session

November 30, 2017 - 01:53
Scenes from the now defunct Quarry Golf course in Brooksville.

In its 21 years, no one ever accused Quarry Golf Course of being an Augusta play-alike. Unfortunately the Masters never came calling to consider a change in venue from Georgia to Brooksville.

Now defunct since a late 2014 squabble between the operator and the city, the ignominy of going to the dogs, and/or to the discs, may be the final step for this once-entertaining golf course in the rolling hills and woods of Hernando County.

Niger Innis, Richard Corcoran keynote speakers at Reagan Day Dinner

November 30, 2017 - 01:39
Niger Innis speaks at the Annual Reagan Day Dinner, Hernando County Republican Committee

The 9th Annual Reagan Day dinner took place on Nov. 17 at the Silverthorn Country Club in Brooksville, Florida.  Reagan Day celebrations are fundraising events for the Republican party on local and state levels, and Friday’s speakers set the tone of diversity, with unified philosophy within the party.  


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