August 2017

Local Hernando High Football Coach Debuts Family Sports Bar & Grill

Article & Photography By CHERYL CLANTON

On July 7, 2017, a local high school football coach opened Kaz's Family Sports Bar & Grill in downtown Brooksville, 4 N. Broad St. Brooksville, Fla 34601, right across from the courthouse.  

Owner Robert Kazmier is known as ‘Coach Kaz' to the community &  Hernando High School athletes. Coach Kaz said he sees endless opportunity in Downtown Brooksville. “It has so much charm and history.  Once support increases and our community sees what is possible here, I envision this place flourishing and becoming a truly special location for commerce and gatherings,” he said.  

Safe Route to School sidewalk projects scheduled for FY 2022

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a board of combined Hernando and Citrus County elected officials. The federal government mandates that a local planning board helps in overseeing that transportation projects are designed and completed.

On Aug. 15, 2017, the MPO received an update on upcoming Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) projects in the Citrus and Hernando County area. The first project, set for Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) fiscal year (FY) 2019 will be in Crystal River, on Turkey Oak Drive, for a sidewalk leading to Crystal River High School.

Loan reduction for airport water reclamation facility expansion

Hernando County received approval for a $50,255,000 construction loan from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in State Revolving Funding (SRF) for the expansion of the Airport Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) and associated projects. The disbursed amount for the loan has now been reduced to $35,408,299.

Law enforcement take precautions to protect Confederate statue, ensure peaceful protest

Photography by CHERYL CLANTON

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017- In front of the Hernando County Courthouse

On Friday August 18, 2017, the Hernando County Sheriff and Brooksville Police Department prepared for what would hopefully be a peaceful protest. The object of this protest was protection of the 100-year-old Confederate soldier statue at the southeast corner of the courthouse. The monument which has stood since 1916 was commissioned by the Brooksville Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Would the statue be standing after the protest? Would it be peaceful?

Providence Blvd project waiting on Peck Sink watershed study

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.

BOCC loosens restrictions on All Terrain Vehicle use on unpaved county roads

The Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance on Aug. 22, 2017 allowing All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) to “be operated upon any unpaved roadways in Hernando County where the posted speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour,” thus opting out of the state’s statute restricting ATVs from county roads. ATV operation is restricted to daytime hours.