Julie B. Maglio

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Julie B. Maglio has experience in art, graphic arts, web design and development. She also has a strong scientific background, co-authoring a scientific paper on modeling the migration and population dynamics of the monarch butterfly, while attending the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Cornell University. She holds a B.A. from New College of Florida, majoring in Biology.

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Three Little Words: A Good Book and Essay Contest

August 28, 2015 - 09:13

Three Little Words is eye-opening, breathtaking and painful. A young woman tells her story of growing up in the foster care system here in West/Central Florida, eventually ending up at Tampa Children’s Home before she is finally adopted after spending nearly 10 years in foster care. The memoir account of Ashley Rhodes-Courter has been widely acclaimed since it was published in 2008. She tells her unique story, but thousands of others must have their own variations, some happier, some more tragic than others.

Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee Re-Established with Caveat

August 10, 2015 - 17:57
Little Withlacoochee Riverine Corridor Project

The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) dissolved the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee, then they re-established it.

The Environmentally Sensitive Land (ESL) Program was created in 1988, when voters approved a referendum levying one tenth of a mill for 30 years for the acquisition and management of environmentally sensitive lands. The levy ended prematurely in 2011. In 2012, a continuation of the levy was put on the ballot, but was rejected by voters. There is currently $6.1 million in the ESL fund.

County Commission Dissolves Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee

August 05, 2015 - 08:35

The Environmentally Sensitive Land (ESL) Program was created in 1988, when voters approved a referendum levying one tenth of a mill for 30 years for the acquisition and management of environmentally sensitive lands. The levy ended prematurely in 2011. In 2012, a continuation of the levy was put on the ballot, but was rejected by voters. Commissioner Wayne Dukes put an item on the agenda for the July 28th meeting to discuss the ESL program.

The Arc Nature Coast Celebrates the Opening of their Neff Lake Group Home

August 03, 2015 - 16:16

The Arc Nature Coast recently opened a new 6 bedroom group home on their 30 acre Neff Lake Campus. They were awarded a $350,000 grant through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for the construction of the home built by Palmwood Construction and originally designed by PAR drafting. They also received supplemental SHIP funding through the Hernando County Housing Authority. The Arc Nature Coast has been serving intellectually and developmentally challenged individuals and their families in Hernando County since 1973.

SWFWMD Headquarters Not Moving to Tampa Yet, but Resources Are

July 22, 2015 - 13:08

On July 17th, Robert Beltran sent another memo to SWFWMD employees explaining that the Headquarters of SWFWMD will not be moved to Tampa due to the ample feedback they received from cities, counties and organizations against the move. Beltran wrote, “After completion of our budget process and further discussions with our Business Plan consultant, local officials and community leaders, staff concurs with the Governing Board’s action to approve the Business Plan except for the designation of the District headquarters.”

Removing Lyngbya from Weeki Wachee

July 19, 2015 - 16:26

Spring Hill Central Rotary and Brooksville Rotary started a program at Weeki Wachee to keep an algae called lyngbya under control. The algae has the potential to actually restrict water flow in a spring essentially stifling it. They work with SWFWMD for guidance on which areas to remove the harmful algae from. Not only could it potentially clog the spring, it also forms floating mats which prevent light from reaching the beneficial eel grass below. It frequently entangles within and directly over the grass, smothering it.

Sheriff Substation Opens in Kass Circle

July 19, 2015 - 15:48

In the photo above from Left to Right: Pat McNeese HC Planning, Bindu and Steve Eriksson (plaza owners), Lil Smith of Papa Clyde's, Donald Wagner Owner of Papa Clyde's Ice Cream, Ginger Latinka Habitat for Humanity Assistant Manager, Chad Shaver Habitat for Humanity Manager, Lynn Van Meter Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Sheriff Nienhuis, Beatrice Hernando Sun-Shine Kid

County Welcomes Commercial Jet Retrofitting Company to Airport

July 17, 2015 - 20:59

Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has approved a lease agreement at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport to Project TAS (Transportation Aviation Services), a company that retrofits commercial aircraft for corporate or head of state use. The lease agreement provides TAS with a 3 year payment incentive with a total value of $377,028. Funds are available through the economic improvement fund and will be paid directly to the airport.

Brooksville Vice Mayor Joe Johnston III Remembered

July 16, 2015 - 15:20

The City of Brooksville as well as Hernando County at large lost an upstanding citizen and public servant on July 5th 2015. Brooksville Vice Mayor Joe Johnston III passed away after a long battle with cancer. From 1993 to 2006, he served as council member, Vice Mayor, as well as Mayor. He took a 2 year hiatus and served on the council again from 2008 to the present time.

Fire MSBU Budget Increases 3% per Year for Next 5

July 15, 2015 - 21:08

The Board of County Commissioners heard hours of comment from concerned citizens regarding the Hernando County Fire Rescue MSBU assessment increases.

Attempting to quell the oncoming storm, Chairman Nicholson stated,
“Before we get started we had to advertise in the newspaper, correct me if I’m wrong, what the maximum rates could be. By law that’s what we have to do… I don’t believe anybody on the board wants to do that, but it’s what we had to advertise.”

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