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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One tenth of a mill reduction may come from county’s share of Federal Inmate Housing dollars

September 06, 2017 - 00:32

“I am proposing a tenth of a mill rollback of the property tax rates to be shared evenly between the General Fund and the Sheriff’s Department,” said Chairman Wayne Dukes at the Aug. 22, 2017 regularly scheduled County Commission meeting.

He said this would be just under $800,000.

Dukes cited the Sheriff’s Office return of funds during the past three years: $1.3 million, $1.3 million and $800,000. “So if we do that, he won’t have to turn back so much,” said Dukes.

Commissioners disagree on five year Federal Inmate program capital plan

September 06, 2017 - 00:28

On July 11, 2017 the Board of County Commissioners instructed Sheriff Nienhuis to transfer revenues from the Federal Inmate Housing program to the county, due to concern over state statutes mandating the monthly remittance of earned revenues. The Sheriff’s Office followed through with this request on July 14, 2017, transferring $2.2 million in Federal Inmate Housing program revenues to the county’s General Fund.

Bayfront Baby Place renovations complete

September 03, 2017 - 09:06
In attendance at the Baby Place renovation celebration;  From left to right: Jillian McClare, WEHR, Joe Hall Bayfront Director of Plant Operations and Scott Thompson, Superintendent of WEHR

Bayfront Health Spring Hill recently completed $3 million renovation covering 23,000 square feet on their campus at 10461 Quality Dr. It was a four phase project which began in December of 2016. The first floor labor and delivery unit was renovated along with the 2nd floor Maternal Child Unit (MCU). In the OB department, the revamp included new flooring, lighting, new casework, added aesthetics and flat screen televisions in the maternity rooms. Newly purchased equipment includes maternal-fetal monitors. There is a new nursing area as well.

Providence Blvd project waiting on Peck Sink watershed study

August 31, 2017 - 09:41
Aerial showing Providence Blvd penciled in running adjacent to Cortez, acting as a frontage road; from Amended Agenda-August 21, 2017 Council Agenda Packet

Cliff Manuel, Coastal Engineering, spoke to the Brooksville city council on the Providence Blvd project which would create a frontage road for businesses and properties along Cortez Blvd including Suncoast Credit Union, Tractor Supply, Sims Furniture and the Post Office.

There is property acquisition involved in the project so it has not moved forward for a number of years. Mr. Manuel explained that the project would encourage commercial infill in that area.

Coach Ernie Chatman chosen as 2017 Great Brooksvillian

August 29, 2017 - 10:36

The Great Brooksvillian selection committee brought their top three candidates to the city council on Aug. 21, 2017. Coach Ernie Chatman (1949 - 2016), former Mayor and city councilman Joseph E. Johnston, III (1952 - 2015) and owner of Stewart Tree Service, Jimmy Stewart (1941- ) made the top three picks.

Public works officials resign in wake of BRW Inc. lawsuit

August 29, 2017 - 10:31

On Aug. 3, 2017, county engineer Mark Guttman and Public Works project manager Al Toler resigned given the outcome of a recent lawsuit in which the county settled with BRW Inc. for $250,000. On the same day, County Administrator Len Sossamon prepared letters for Guttman and Toler, informing them of employment termination due to information “disclosed during a recent lawsuit that has resulted in the County having a lack of confidence in you performing your duties.”

Click bait article exploits areas with high poverty and drug use

August 27, 2017 - 10:19

Recently a self categorized ‘infotainment’ article listed Brooksville as the number 2 “white trash” city in Florida and Spring Hill as number 5. The article explains that they examined,

“Cities where there are lots of white people

Cities where residents are poorer than average

Cities where a high number of residents are high school dropouts

High drug use

Higher than average Payday Loan Outlets and Dollar Stores

Violent cities (measured in aggravated assaults)

Cities with a high number of residents on welfare”

A divided city council votes not to send letter in support of MSTU

August 22, 2017 - 10:26

In an effort to consider their options for reducing the tax burden on their constituents, the Brooksville City Council discussed sending a letter to the county in support of the county adopting a Municipal Service Taxation Unit (MSTU). The city of Brooksville residents currently pay for both the city and county law enforcement. While the city uses most of the Sheriff’s Office services, it was specified during the meeting that the city does not rely on the Sheriff’s Office for scheduled patrol services, which the city taxpayers end up paying for.

Lake Lindsey Mall under new ownership

August 20, 2017 - 08:57
Billy and Bridie Jones and their family. The Jones’ and their family are the new owners of Lake Lindsey Mall.

The iconic neighbor-hood store, Lake Lindsey Mall and Deli, is now under new ownership. Billy and Bridie Jones are the new owners. Billy is an electrician by trade who grew up down the road and always wanted to run the store. His wife Bridie is an 18-year veteran of the school system who taught first grade. The couple has 7 children, many of whom are helping out at the shop.

Brooksville Tampa-Bay Airport receives “Airport of the Year” designation, but financial situation could be better

August 18, 2017 - 16:18

Recently, the Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport was “Airport of the Year” by the Florida Department of Transportation.

“We are very proud of this recognition from FDOT,” County Administrator Leonard Sossamon said. “With FDOT and FAA assistance, we have worked hard to make airfield safety improvements and infrastructure upgrades for development.”

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