June 2016

Cupcake Heaven

Diane Falco Leavitt, owner of Diane's Cupcake Heaven shows off her freshly baked and decorated strawberry cupcakes.

She and her husband Patrick bake everything from scratch and daily, Diane's Cupcake Heaven is located at 2721 Forest Rd. in Spring Hill across from Chili’s in the Timber Pines shopping plaza.

To order or for a special occasion, call (352) 610-4433.

County using claim of racism against city to stop annexations

A conflict assessment meeting took place Monday June 20th in effort to avoid litigation between City and County. County asserts City is purposely avoiding annexations of low income areas.

The lawsuit and strong language that have characterized portions of local government meetings lately led to a conflict assessment meeting at the Hernando County Government Center on 06/20/16. Florida Statute 164.1053 states that government entities that have opposing views or conflicts can meet in order to conduct an open discussion of the situation. They are required to get together and try to work it out. This can be done with or without a facilitator.

Rezoning Petitions heard by the BOCC on June 14, 2016

Assistant County Administrator Ron Pianta brought three items on the Unified Rezoning Agenda, and all were approved with no comment from the BOCC. The first was to change zoning from Industrial use to Corporate Park along Anderson Snow Road and Corporate Boulevard, a change that will be more conducive to the planned church across the street. The second was to change zoning from C-1 to C-2 on US Highway 19 near Sealawn Drive.

Health Rankings of Florida Counties

Jeff Feller, CEO of WellFlorida Council in Gainesville, shared good news about the health of Hernando County residents with the BOCC. The health rankings measure specific health indicators/influences and compare them with other counties in the nation. Each state’s counties are then ranked so that the state can use that information to encourage positive changes (if needed). Two key areas are ranked: health outcomes (how healthy residents are) and health factors (what makes residents healthy). The rankings are from most desirable (1) to least desirable (67).

Retired Army Colonel, Former West Point Faculty Member Named as Saint Leo’s Director of Veteran Student Services

SAINT LEO, FL – Retired U.S. Army Colonel Pamela Martis has been named the director of Veteran Student Services for Saint Leo University, effective June 20, 2016.

Martis brings more than 25 years of leadership experience to the university, along with a desire to serve fellow veterans and their families.

Help plan the future of Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

From Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Photograph by Alice Mary Herden

A 10-year plan for the management of Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area will be presented at a public hearing in Hernando County on Tuesday, June 28. People are invited to the 7 p.m. hearing at The Lake House, a Hernando County Parks & Recreation facility, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

Tropical Storm Colin Impact

Whenever there is a local emergency declared, such as from a severe weather event, the county’s Emergency Management Director is required by municipal code to give a report to the BOCC at their next meeting. Cecilia Patella, Hernando County Emergency Management Director, described the “minimal impact” from Tropical Storm Colin as compared to the potential effects that were expected. Some of the earlier forecast tracks predicted landfall along the Adventure Coast, with anticipated wind speeds of up to 50 mph and a storm surge of four feet.