Rocco Maglio

Spec house to help fund Nature Coast Builders Association


One of the houses featured in the 2019 Nature Coast Builders Association (NCBA) Parade of Homes is a spec house built by NCBA. The sale of this home will help to fund the Nature Coast Builders Association. 

The spec house was built by members of the association and some non-members under the management of Joe Mazzucco of Royal Coachman Homes. Pro-Line Tile donated the tile for the home, while the cabinets were donated by Cabinets Etc. Many of the other contributors donated time or provided a discount on their services.

Proposed public notice legislation, costly for local governments?


The Public Notices Reform Bill has been introduced in both the Florida House of Representative and the Senate. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) introduced House Bill 1235 and Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) introduced Florida Senate Bill 1676. These bills would allow governments in the state to advertise their own legal notices on their websites as well as open up the ability to private entities to contract for this service.

Fort Dade Capitulation


An important event that happened nearby but has has been largely forgotten is the “Fort Dade Capitulation.” In March of 1837 General Thomas S. Jesup and the Seminole Chiefs Jumper and Alligator met at Fort Dade and signed the Capitulation. The agreement was to end the fighting associated with the Second Seminole War; with the Seminoles agreeing to be relocated to a tribal area in the Oklahoma Territory.

Viral report of pork chop attack


The arrest of a “Brooksville Woman” Jennifer Brassard made news last week. She was charged with Domestic Battery for throwing a frozen pork chop at her boyfriend during a verbal argument causing a ½ inch laceration below his left eye.

The story was carried on a number of national news sites including Newsweek, Fox News, and the Smoking Gun as well as international news sites from Canada and Cuba. The Smoking Gun story even made the front page of the most widely read online news aggregator, the Drudge Report.

'Growing' solar


On September 1, 2015, the USDA Agricultural Research Service transferred their 3800 acre research facility in Brooksville to FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University). It was reportedly “one of the single largest land transfers to a Historically Black College or University in history from the USDA.”

‘Big Data’ Correlations

 ‘Big Data’ is a term for the large amounts of data that is collected and then sorted through. Sometimes the results can be very intrusive. An excellent example is the purchasing history data that Target used to determine if someone would be interested in baby products, since they were most likely pregnant. A father was upset when Target started sending his teenage daughter baby products.

The Brooksville Raid's "Fighting Parson"

Hernando Sun Writer

This year marks the 39th Annual Brooksville Raid reenactment. The raid commemorates the  1864 Civil War raid of the Hernando County area by the Union army. The purpose of the Brooksville Raid was to disrupt the supplies that were coming from the region to support the Confederate army. Some of the targets of the raid were local cattle herds, crops, and a salt works.The raid did not burn the major settlements, but the homes of prominent citizens were burned and their crops and cattle were taken.