December 2017

Déjà vu: Sharks 5th Christmas tourney has familiar champions

When Nature Coast first started their Christmas tournament five years ago, they lost a close finale to Tarpon Springs, 53-50. That was an eight-team tournament, and head coach Dave Pisarcik decided to up the ante by making subsequent tournaments 16-teams separated into two brackets. This was an overwhelming success, and coming into the fifth annual tournament, Pisarcik had some familiar faces come to the Shark Tank, including some former winners.

And after this tournament, it was safe to say that even in year 5, this tournament was just as action-packed as years past.

Hernando County Fine Arts Council welcomes its newly elected officers


From left to right Treasurer, Tina Jarvis; Chair, Emilio “Sonny” Vergara; Vice Chair, Paul Shaskan.

Current Chair, Sonny Vergara announced the candidates elected at the Thursay, Dec. 14 monthly public meeting.

The Chair asked for nominations from the floor for each office. Those with the majority of supporting votes were elected and will assume their roles Jan. 1, 2018. All officers are incumbents.
Chair, Emilio “Sonny” Vergara; Vice Chair, Paul Shaskan; Treasurer, Tina Jarvis; Secretary, open seat.

Boating in Florida license agreement approved through Sept. 30, 2018

In August 2017, the Board of County Commissioners agreed to grant a license agreement to Guest Services LLC, d/b/a Boating in Florida for the use of Roger’s Park as a site for retrieving the canoes and kayaks they launch from Weeki Wachee State Park. Last year, Boating in Florida was awarded a 15 year contract with the state for the launching of canoes and kayaks out of Weeki Wachee State Park.

Language of proposed RV ordinance amendment vague

On Dec. 12, 2017 the BOCC directed staff to make changes to a proposed Recreational Vehicle ordinance amendment prior to public hearings. The amendments are being proposed to reduce incidences of travel trailers/RV’s being used as permanent residences on undeveloped property in the county.

The amendments would change the permitted use of recreational vehicles in all zoning districts where mobile home use is allowed from a period of 6 months to 30 days.

New learning tool for visually impaired

Photos submitted by Maggie LeDoux

Eastside Elementary's 3D printer, newly acquired as part of their makerspace lab, was used to create the tactile cards.

When Moton Elementary School Speech Language Pathologist Maggie LeDoux first met one of her kindergarten students last year, she knew she would have her work cut out for her. The student has cerebral palsy, was on the Autism Spectrum and was born blind. Because of his multiple disabilities, resources that will help him learn are tough to find. “People don’t realize that there is a limited access to materials for multiple disability kids,” said LeDoux.