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Proposed Use of ESL Funds for Hunters Lake Clean Up

March 29, 2016 - 16:49

Hunters Lake is a 302 acre lake in Spring Hill. The lake is experiencing encroachment by invasive plants including "tussock" (grass-like plants) and build up of organic material or "muck." The result has been a loss of public access into the lake and decreased health of the lake in general due to low oxygen levels.

Rezoning Proposal Approved for Ridge Manor Oaks and Country Club

March 23, 2016 - 20:02
Ridge Manor Oaks and Country Club Rezoning

The Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted 3-2 on March 8 to approve a request (H1510) for Master Plan Revision and rezoning submitted by Just So You Know, LLC. The Hernando County Planning and Zoning commission voted 5-0 to recommend denial of the motion.

The President of Just So You Know, LLC, Bob Carson, purchased the bankrupt golf course at Ridge Manor Oaks and Country Club in 2009,and restored it to a playable course. Carson testified before the BOCC that the plans for the park were purely for the sake of profitability and keeping the golf course viable.

Dukes Proposes ESL Funds to Remove Invasive Plants in Hernando Beach

March 18, 2016 - 09:17

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Hernando Beach, invasive plants

Commissioner Wayne Dukes shared photos with the Board of County Commissioners of lead trees and other invasive plants along canals and marshland in Hernando Beach. The trees are all on county property, growing along the right of way and obscuring the water. Commissioner Dukes stated that property owners usually keep their yards mowed, preventing the trees from taking hold.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis Proposes Percentage Based Budget

March 17, 2016 - 20:53
Sheriff Al Nienhuis

Many may recall that determining the Sheriff's office budget for the current fiscal year was not a smooth process. The county discussed implementing a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for the Sheriff's office on two occasions which would give the office its own line item on the tax bill. The Sheriff has been in opposition to this move, stating it puts all of the burden on those who pay property taxes.

Hernando County Concerned Over Pasco Mine Proposed by Trinity Developer

March 15, 2016 - 16:06

Julie Maglio contributed to this story.

Location of proposed Seven Diamonds Mine 16303 US Hwy 41, Spring Hill

At the February 9, 2016 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, Environmental Services Director Susan Goebel-Canning answered questions relating to Pasco County’s proposed mine which would be located just south of County Line Road (about 5.5 miles north of S.R. 52) and how aquifer water quality in the Weeki Wachee spring shed area might become affected.

Two New Buildings Planned for Airport Complex

March 12, 2016 - 15:26

Following the approval of a program to encourage speculative building development, the Office of Business Development received a request to use the speculative building incentive program to build two industrial facilities planned for the Brooksville - Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center.

Bar room altercation leads to shooting of two men

March 11, 2016 - 08:23

Hernando Sun Staff

Within the parking lot of Bamboo's Bar & Eatery, 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, two men were shot around 1:30am on March 11. One victim was mortally wounded and identified as 34 year old Leo David Yepiz. The other victim, Cesar P. Acosta, 26 of Spring Hill, was transported via Bayflite to a local trauma center and is in critical condition. The shooting was apparently the result of an altercation inside the bar.

Nature Coast Students win scholarship at automotive technology competition

February 29, 2016 - 15:40
L to R: Braedon Santella, Devan Morgan, their instructor Kevin Moglia, Wayne Lehnert, UTI – Orlando, Director of Operations/Education and Steve McElfresh (far right), UTI – Orlando, campus president.

ORLANDO – A two man team from Nature Coast Technical High School, Braedon Santella and Devan Morgan recently placed 10th at the 2016 Top Tech Challenge hosted by Universal Technical Institute – Orlando. Twenty teams from 11 high schools around the state entered the competition, which tested prowess in automotive technology. For their 10th place finish, Santella and Morgan each received a $1,000 scholarship to the Universal Technical Institute in Orlando.

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