October 2017

SBA Approves Over $100 Million Disaster Loans in Florida; Physical Damage Applications Deadline Nov. 9


The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that over $100 million in low-interest disaster loans have been approved for Florida businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida.

“Currently, 3,466 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $129,290,900 for affected survivors. The SBA encourages anyone who has not applied to take action right away. Our mission is to help businesses and residents rebuild and resume their normal lives as quickly as possible,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Weeki Wachee shows no drop off from last season

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee's junior Brooke Sereda

(Weeki Wachee)- Not many knew how good Weeki Wachee’s volleyball team was going to be after they lost four seniors from last season’s 21-9 squad.

The Hornets reached the Class 6A region final, losing to Ponte Vedra three sets to one. With the amount of underclassmen Weeki Wachee was going to rely upon, not many were expecting a repeat of the 2016 season. 

Sharks shock Leopards, sets up wild finish to district

photography by Cheryl Clanton

HHS No. 55 Rodney Owens shakes hands with NCT No. 50 Michael Smith before the coin toss on Friday night 10/27/17.  Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Going into Thursday’s pivotal 5A-7 matchup between the Nature Coast Sharks and the undefeated Hernando Leopards, Hernando was attempting to do something that hasn’t been done in three years: dethrone the “Crew from California Street” of the title. A win not only would’ve continued Hernando’s undefeated season, but clinch the district title and a FHSAA home playoff game in two weeks’ time.

Once the game concluded, Hernando (6-1) just couldn’t close the door.

Travelers' Alert: SkyMed to offer free lunch seminars this week in Brooksville and Spring Hill



Representatives of SkyMed, a company based out of Scottsdale, Arizona which provides emergency air medical transportation services to its members will be presenting information about their services during several free lunch seminars in Brooksville and Spring Hill this week.

Winners of Swamp Fest T-Shirt Logo Contest Announced

PHOTOS by Sue Quigley

Swmp Fest committee members during the judging of entries for the 2018 T-Shirt logo design.

Members of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest T-Shirt Contest Committee gathered at the Weeki Wachee Area Club on Shoal Line Boulevard Oct. 12 to select the winners and runners-up of the annual contest.

For the 2018 Swamp Fest logo, entries were required to be in black and white, 8.5 x 11 inches in size and featuring a mermaid in a swamp scene with at least two swamp creatures. A total of 99 entries were submitted.

Obituaries Oct. 17 - 22, 2017

Goldner, Murray, age 101, of Weeki Wachee, passed on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife Marlene, sons, Dean Goldner, Art Hamel, daughters Kim & Ted Hagberg, Tamara & Angelo Sanfilippo, and 4 grandchildren. Src; Pinecrest

Vega Domingo, of Spring Hill, Florida passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Src; Turner

Commissioners dismayed with state law on brownfield designation

Location of Hammock Ridge property

The developer for the Hammock Ridge 104 unit garden style apartment development located on Omaha Circle is seeking a “perceived” brownfield designation from the county in order to be eligible for financial incentives and liability protections by the state in developing the property. The first phase of construction is currently underway and the law does not place a limit on when the brownfield designation must be implemented in order to qualify for the benefits.

Sand restoration project for Pine Island and Roger's Park

Hurricane Hermine made landfall to the north of Hernando County in 2016, however, she did bring a lot of wind and rain, and displaced a lot of sand from Alfred McKethan/Pine Island and Rogers Park. As a result, a sand restoration project was approved by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), which will replace 2,214 cubic yards of white concrete sand at the two parks, and cost approximately $70,478, which will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).