Julie B. Maglio

County Considers Settlement in Liquidated Damages Dispute

On April 28, 2020, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners held an Executive Session to discuss settlement details and litigation strategy in a case brought against the county by former employee Thomas Charlow.  The Executive Session was not held in the sunshine as is common for discussions relating to ongoing litigation.  

Thomas Charlow had been an employee in the public works department since 2013. His wife Cristi Charlow served as the Human Resources director beginning in 2015 until her resignation in December of 2019.

Buyer backs out of contract to purchase county surplus property 

On July 30, 2019, Hernando Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the surplus designation and unsolicited purchase offer for a county owned property located at County Line Rd and Cobblestone Drive.  The 5.4 acre property was valued by the property appraiser at $54,000.  Working through realtor Gary Shraut, the buyer, RKM Development Corp submitted a $625,000 offer to purchase the property previously owned by the Deltona Corporation.

March unemployment increase, partial picture of COVID-19 impacts

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The State of Florida unemployment numbers for the month of March 2020 were released by the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) on Friday April 17, 2020. The numbers do not necessarily reflect the full impact COVID-19 has had on state employment rates as many of the regulations and closures started mid March.

According to the DEO, “Florida saw expected changes in employment and unemployment data due to COVID-19 and the state’s effort to mitigate the spread.”

New York Governor's Brother Breaks Quarantine Rule

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On Monday April 20, Chris Cuomo, CNN anchor and younger brother to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his 3 week long quarantine period had officially ended after having tested positive for COVID-19 and he was cleared by the CDC to end his quarantine period.

Chris Cuomo has been hosting his prime time CNN show from his basement while in quarantine, where he shared updates with viewers on his virus symptoms.  

His emergence, the National Review reports, was captured in a video posted to CNN’s website.

COVID-19 impacts on county government so far

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla.-- In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Hernando County administrator Jeff Rogers has placed a hold on hiring with a review for critically needed positions.  He has also evaluated the potential economic impacts on the county.

Rogers remarked that the biggest hit areas will be sales tax, tourism and agriculture.  

“We have a number of $1.6 million lost to the county general fund for the next three months.”