February 2021

County mulls panhandling ordinance

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed, however did not vote on a new panhandling ordinance.  At the February 23, 2021 meeting, the board agreed that they will create a solid plan to limit the areas in which panhandling will be allowed. The main issue to consider carefully is that such an ordinance may be unconstitutional. Panhandling and begging, like other forms of charitable solicitation, is a form of protected speech that occurs in a public forum such as sidewalk spaces. 

Fire causes total loss of residence

(Brooksville, Fla) At 4:14 p.m. Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services (HCFES) received a 911 call for a residential fire in the 9000 block of Erma Rd. The caller reported that a mobile home was on fire.  HCFES responded to the scene within 8 minutes and found heavy smoke and fire in the rear of the double-wide manufactured home.  All 3 occupants evacuated the structure prior to the arrival of the fire department.

Serving up Delicious Eats One Rib at a Time

Eric Riggins, Sr. is just one of many successful entrepreneurs in Hernando County. He established his catering business, Smoking Good BBQ, in March of 2017 and officially launched his “brick and mortar” restaurant last April. 

Opening up a restaurant in the midst of a pandemic was a gutsy move for Riggins, but in the past ten months he has built up a loyal clientele.