Lisa MacNeil

Shooting at Spring Haven Apartments

October 06, 2017 - 13:57
Spring Haven Apartments

Shortly after 9:30 PM on Thursday, October 5th, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) responded to a shooting at the Spring Haven Apartments located on the West side of Mariner Boulevard, just North of County Line Road. The shooting occurred in a public area, between the clubhouse and pool. The victim, described as a female in her late teens, was struck in the face by the bullet. She is reported to be in stable condition and is expected to survive.

Higgenbotham Auctioneers approved to provide realtor and marketing agent services to county

October 04, 2017 - 08:05

During the regular Aug. 8, 2017, meeting the Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 to revise existing ordinances pertaining to the lease or sale of county-owned property, which allows for the county to employ a real estate or other agency in order to sell or lease county property.

County to remove storm debris on private property; may be funded from reserves

October 04, 2017 - 08:01

At the Sept. 26, 2017 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, Chairman Wayne Dukes moved the agenda item regarding storm debris to the first topic of discussion. Mr. Dukes explained the reason for the agenda modification was to save time, and to “get this thing moving right now.”

Few law firms answer to represent Brooksville

September 27, 2017 - 08:58

The Brooksville City Council was disappointed in the number of law firms responding to a recent Request for Proposal (RFP). Earlier this year, Brooksville’s existing legal representation, The Hogan Law Firm, announced their intent to resign.

Mayor Robert Battista began the discussion, updating the council and public that a total of three firms responded, but only one met all of the RFP requirements. It is up to the discretion of the City Council to waive the requirements.

Stranded manatee rescued near Pine Island

September 26, 2017 - 10:27
Shamrock the manatee rescued near Pine Island photo by Deb Brown

Four days after Hurricane Irma caused floods and power outages, The Hernando Sun spoke to Andy Garrett, Manatee Rescue Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

On St. Patrick’s Day, last year, a female manatee with a watercraft injury and her two-year old calf were rescued in Tarpon Springs. Both were taken to Lowry Park Zoo, so the injured mom could be treated for her injuries. After her recovery, both were microchipped, then Shamrock and her calf, Emerald were released together into the open water.

County plans for 7% general fund budget increase and 1% millage rate decrease

September 25, 2017 - 09:01

Hernando County Budget Manager Pamela Lee updated the Board of County Commissioners ( BOCC) at the Sept. 19 meeting with regard to a tentative budget and millage rate reduction. The first budget hearing was held later that day.

Last year the general fund portion of the budget was $103,585,994.

“We didn’t have to cut anyone’s budget,” Ms. Lee said as she showed the figures of the $111,192,906 general fund budget. This amount is roughly 7% greater than FY2017 budget.

The budget includes:

• A 1/10 millage rate reduction: $793,016

County plans for 7% general fund budget increase and 1% millage rate decrease

September 21, 2017 - 11:54

Hernando County Budget Manager Pamela Lee updated the Board of County Commissioners ( BOCC) at the Sept. 19 meeting with regard to a tentative budget and millage rate reduction. The first budget hearing was held later that day.
Last year the general fund portion of the budget was $103,585,994.

“We didn’t have to cut anyone’s budget,” Ms. Lee said as she showed the figures of the $111,192,906 general fund budget. This amount is roughly 7% greater than FY2017 budget.

The budget includes:

Hazel Land’s years of legal service and activism

September 17, 2017 - 10:01
Hazel Land- photo courtesy of Ms. Land

Eighty-five year old Hazel Land has seen a lot of changes. Hazel was born and raised in Brooksville, grew up in the Jim Crow era and attended a segregated high school. The youngest of three girls, Hazel recounts her large family structure, noting that her grandmother had 15 children, which included a set of triplets.

Boating in Florida makes their case for Rogers Park concession license

September 07, 2017 - 00:35

Parks and Recreation Manager Harry Johnson opened the discussion at the August 22, 2017 Board of County Commissioners meeting by introducing Guest Services Management, LLC. Doing business as Boating in Florida, Michael Aghajanian and Matt Smith appeared before the board to discuss their business model and plans for improvements to kayak-renting practices on the Weeki Wachee River. On Aug. 22 the company sought Board approval for a “concession license agreement” to operate at Rogers Park.

BKV to start taxiway repairs, gains tenants

September 06, 2017 - 00:36

At the August 22, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, Airport Manager Kevin Daugherty brought three items of airport business before the board for approval. The first being the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant offer for the repairs of Taxiway B at the Brooksville Tampa Regional Airport (BKV) this fall. The grant of $1,382,517 will cover 90% of the project. Design and permitting phases have already been completed, and the repairs are estimated to take place over 130 days sometime this fall. The approval of the grant offer passed unanimously.

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