Government

HCUD launches new online billing and payment service

(Brooksville, FL) Hernando County Utilities Department (HCUD) announces the launch of its new online billing and payment service through Invoice Cloud. This service will offer HCUD customers greater flexibility to view and pay their water bills online. This new, easy-to-use payment portal provides customers with quick access to their account to view bills, check their balance, make payments and enroll in paperless billing.

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.