March 2015

A Short History of the Camp Castle Mine

by Julie Maglio

The Camp Castle hard rock mine was built in 1925 by the Camp Concrete Rock Company. Much of Brooksville’s history is related to the mining industry which has driven the development of the County and its economy for over a century. The Camp family in particular played a major role in bringing electric power to Brooksville.

Brooksville Council does not take sides on Cemex Expansion

by Julie Maglio

At the Brooksville City Council meeting on March 16th, Council members discussed the possibility of sending a resolution for or against the Cemex mine expansion to the Hernando Board of County Commissioners. After discussion of Council Members and public comment, they decided to not send a resolution at this point, but monitor developments by maintaining communication with County Staff.

Right on Red Speed Change in Brooksville -- Only at Camera Intersections

by Julie Maglio

BROOKSVILLE- Brooksville City Council Members voted to approve an ordinance that redefines “careful and prudent” in regards to right hand turns on red at intersections with red light cameras. During February's regularly scheduled Council meeting, Council members voted to not renew the Sensys red light camera contract and consider a new definition of “careful and prudent” in regards to rights on red at camera monitored intersections. The previous ordinance defined “careful and prudent” as making a right hand turn at less than 5 mph. The new ordinance No.

Review of the Greek City Cafe

They currently have two locations: one at Countryside in Clearwater and one on US 19 in Spring Hill. They are opening a third location at Mariner Square in early April.

The Greek City Cafe is probably as authentic as you will find outside of Tarpon Springs. The gyro meat is sliced as needed from upright spinning spits. Their gyro wrap consists of warmed flatbread, onions, tomato, and tzatziki sauce. You can either have a side of chips or for a few dollars more you can have it as a platter with a small greek salad.

The City of Weeki Wachee’s Massive Growth

Hernando Sun Staff

The City of Weeki Wachee has approved an 86-unit apartment complex. This will result in massive growth for the City, which currently has a population of 3 residents. The current mayor, Robyn Anderson, was the lone vote against the project.

It will be interesting to see if the 86 new residents choose to keep her as mayor or if she will be replaced by the new residents. Also of interest to the new residents will be the debt that the town is carrying. This debt has been a reason why the tiny town has not been swallowed by the county.

FDOT on Cortez Blvd (SR50) Corridor

by Julie Maglio

David Vogel Sr. Project Engineer with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT District 7) addressed the Board of County Commissioners about the status of road improvements on the State Road 50/Cortez Blvd Corridor.

Mr. Vogel stated that they have made good progress with 72% of construction complete. They are on schedule to be finished by fall of this year.

Impact Fee Update

by Hernando Sun Staff

Road and Educational Facilities Impact Fees were once again on the agenda at the March 10th Board of County Commissioner’s Meeting.

Commissioners voted to deny an ordinance that established an effective date for road impact fee implementation for March 17th 2015. They also voted to deny an ordinance that removed the suspension on educational facilities impact fees.

TreeUmph! coming to Hernando?

Julie Maglio

TreeUmph!, a treetop adventure course attraction will be working with the County to create an adventure park on a 46 acre property on Cedar Lane, 6 miles west of I75/SR50 Intersection. The location is nearby another recently approved tourist destination, Zemplen Winery and Cooperage. The project has been in the planning phase or 13 months.

After a presentation by TreeUmph!, the Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the project with financial guarantees to be worked out with the assistance of the County Administrator.