Government

Moving Forward: Oak Hill Villas plan for residential-only development with larger homesites

By LISA MACNEIL
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Attorney Darryl Johnston appeared before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the regular meeting on January 12, 2021 on behalf of the Benge Development Corporation.  In November 2019, Benge was denied a Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM 1902) by a vote of 4-1 that would have allowed the company to develop the southeast corner of Oak Hills Golf Course for small-footprint homes and townhomes.

Measures would boost riot-related penalties, hinder law enforcement defunding

by Pat Raia
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With violence occurring at protesting events during the summer of 2020 as well as in the nation’s capital on Jan. 6, a pair of Florida state lawmakers filed bills that would increase some penalties for rioters, and make it easier for residents to appeal their local government attempts to defund police.

Bill would protect businesses from some COVID-19-related lawsuits

by Pat Raia
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A pair of measures introduced into the Florida legislature are aimed at protecting business in the state from unscrupulous or opportunistic lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Filed on Jan. 6 by Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes, SB 72, the Civil Liability For Damages Relating To COVID-19 would protect business, charities, educational institutions, “governmental entities” and religious institutions from a COVID-19-related claim.

Hernando County Health Department COVID-19 Update

Robin Napier, Administrator for the Hernando County Health Department with Danielle Taylor Senior Community Health Nursing Director, updated the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the regular meeting on January 12, 2021 on the current status of of COVID-19 cases in the county, as well as the progress of the new vaccination program, which began on January 4, 2021.

Bill would allow permitted guns on campus

by Pat Raia
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Those who have concealed carry gun permits will be allowed to carry firearms on college and university campuses under a measure recently introduced into the Florida House of Representatives.

Filed by Rep. Anthony Sabatini, HR 6001 would amend current Florida concealed carry permit law by deleting the provision forbidding permit holders from carrying a firearm or weapon on the grounds of a public college or university campus.

Bill would exempt certain independent living items from sales, use taxes

by Pat Raia
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Some home improvement items that would help seniors stay in their homes rather than relocate to assisted living facilities would be exempt from sales and use taxes under a pair of bills introduced into the Florida Legislature last month.

Introduced in the State Senate by Sen. Lori Berman on Dec. 7, 2020, SB 244 would exempt bed transfer handles selling for $60 or less; bed rails selling for $110 or less; and grab bars selling for $100 or less from sales tax when purchased for a noncommercial home or for personal use.

45 residents oppose Spring Hill development's master plan revision

By LISA MACNEIL
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On January 12, 2021 the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hear a request by developer D. Dewey Mitchell to approve a revised Master Plan to allow for 234 homesites to be built north of Village Van Gogh.  The property is located at the northern terminus of Fenian Drive, eastern terminus of Killian Street and south side of Highgrove Road.

Several residents in the area are resistant to this new development, and at least 45 have signed a petition against it.