Julie B. Maglio

17 years serving the tiniest most fragile lives

Premature infants are those born before the beginning of the 37th week of pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic. They are susceptible to many health issues including respiratory and circulatory problems, jaundice, and difficulty feeding.  They have difficulty regulating their body temperature and may have metabolic issues.  It is also common for premature infants to have an underdeveloped immune system.   

Celebrating Sukkot

SPRING HILL, Fla. -- The members of Temple Beth David gathered outside the synagogue on Saturday evening Oct. 3, celebrating Sukkot, a Jewish holiday that spans one week and honors the harvest. It is also symbolic of the Israelites’ time spent wandering in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt. 

Candleglow Apartments Complex sells for $13.82 million

The Candleglow Apartments in Brooksville located at 1071 Candlelight Blvd (off of State Rd 41)
recently sold for $13.825 million to Beachwold Residential. The apartments and clubhouse
were constructed in 1987 and the property is 10.20 acres. The Candleglow complex is
described as a 152 unit garden-style apartment complex and amenities include a swimming
pool, sundeck, grilling and picnic area, dog park, and racquetball/tennis courts.
The apartment complex last sold for $7.3 million in 2015 to CSRA Candleglow

City of Brooksville Ad Valorem Millage Rate Approved at 5.9000 in final hearing


On Sept. 16, 2020 city council members approved the ad valorem millage rate of 5.9000 which will result in a tax decrease for the citizens of the city.  This millage rate is a 2.30% decrease over the current year’s rolled–back rate of 6.0389. The final vote was 3-2 approving the millage rate with council members Betty Erhard and Kemerer voting against it.  Erhard adamantly disapproved of the $22,000 in funding going to the Brooksville Main Street organization.  There were several citizen comments against the BMS funding as well.

County's First FY 2021 Public Budget Hearing

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County Commissioners approved a millage rate reduction of .25 mills over last year’s millage rate during the first budget hearing on Sept. 9, 2020. Because of an increase in property values, this will result in an increase in property tax revenues for the county.  The fiscal year 2021 tentative budget is $537,678,748 with 25.99% coming from the general fund.

Five Year Capital Improvement Plan includes 239 projects, totals over $410 million

Ahead of the next evening’s first public budget hearing, Budget Director Stephanie Russ delivered a presentation on Capital Improvement Projects completed in FY 2020 and those that are budgeted for FY 2021 on Sept. 8, 2020.  She brought attention to several projects that are currently unfunded in FY 21 but remain a priority to the county such as the $14.5 million radio system overhaul for the Sheriff’s Office and the courthouse remodel.

Adding Restrictions to Fertilizer Ordinance

The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners discussed changes to the county’s fertilizer ordinance for nearly three hours on Sept. 1, 2020, in a public workshop.  The changes to the fertilizer ordinance were requested by the Hernando County Association of Realtors and would further restrict fertilizer application by homeowners during the summer months.  During this time, homeowners would have the option of hiring a professional company to properly assess lawn conditions and apply fertilizer.