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Hernando County Future Land Use Map

In reading and reviewing the Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan for Hernando County, we would recommend major changes in language, format and content.

In comparison to neighboring counties, as well as communities across this country, this plan presents itself as a legislative document, which tends to inhibit business and economic growth, one of the areas it claims to encourage.

Teamwork leads to unusual drug bust

photography by Beth Anslow

200lbs of Marijuana seized from airplane

Some fast acting and lots of cooperation between local and federal agents led to the seizure of 197 pounds of marijuana in Brooksville late Monday night. Around 10:30 pm, The Department of Homeland Security Investigations Department alerted our Hernando County Sheriff’s Office of a suspicious aircraft entering the airspace over our county. By 10:45 pm, a sheriff’s deputy searching Brooksville-Tampa Bay regional airport spotted the 1979 Beech Baron Twin engine plane pulling into a hangar and the door shutting. Backup arrived shortly thereafter. Homeland Security showed up as well.

Spring Hill native receives Phil Royal Scholarship

Cristian Miller accepts the $4000 Key Center Phil Royal Scholarship on Feb. 22, 2017. Photo submitted.

Nature Coast Tech Alum and Spring Hill native, Cristian Miller, 20, was bestowed a high honor on February 22. He was the recipient of the first Key Center Phil Royal Law Enforcement Academy Community Service Scholarship to Withlacoochee Technical College. The Key Center serves individuals with developmental disabilities and Phil Royal served on the Board of Directors for 19 years.

County contract with Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department terminated

On February 14th, Hernando County Board of County Commissioners agreed to terminate their agreement with Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department that had started on June 10th 2014. The termination came after substantial amounts of evidence of mismanagement surfaced. Given Hernando Beach’s location, relative to all of Hernando County, it proved difficult early on to provide services like fire and police to that area; and as a result, a volunteer fire department was created.

10 Hernando County students make All-State Ensembles

10 Hernando County students chosen for All-State Choir/Band Ensembles with their choir/ band directors.  Photo provided by the Hernando County School District

(STAFF) Ten students in the Hernando County School District were selected to perform with the Florida All-State Ensembles in choir and band.

Chorus teacher and director at Powell Middle School Dave Pletincks explained the rigorous statewide audition process. At the band level they go to a location where they record auditions. There is a sight reading audition and scales audition. Each student audition is loaded online and judges go through them to determine the best ones.

Some ensembles and honor bands are selected through recommendations.

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.

Funding to replace Bayport Pier

Photo of the damaged Bayport Pier by Hernando County Parks and Rec

(STAFF) Commissioners voted on Tues. Jan 14th to complete an overhaul of the Bayport Pier which sustained quite a bit of damage during Hurricane Hermine and has been closed since then. They will remove the entire dock, except piles and throw away. Then re-construct the dock back onto existing piles. The project includes providing new cap, frame, stringers, decking, handrail and x-bracing each bent. The cost will run from $71k - $78k total. The funding will come from the Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) funds. Permitting will take at least 10 months.

Hernando County man terrorizes shoppers with sword play


Shannon Schenck

Feb. 23, 2017 0130 hours - Shannon Schenck, 44, swung two swords, terrorizing shoppers at the Brooksville Walmart parking lot located at 7305 Broad Street. Appearing to be under the influence or drugs and or alcohol, Schenck threatened shoppers getting out of their vehicles. The store manager called the Brooksville Police Department who responded to the scene.

School Board Student Rep Update: February 14, 2017


Allison Selg, Nature Coast Technical High School Senior, is the School Board Student Representative photo by Karsen Nielsen

Allison Selg, School Board Student Representative presented elementary, middle and high school updates to the school board on Feb. 14th.

Elementary Schools

February is Micro has heart month at Chocachatti Elementary School. The school has held various celebrations including Valentine flower deliveries and wear your favorite football jersey day.


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