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

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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. 

County leases building for relocation of several county offices

For the moment, the county is veering from the path of constructing a new government center at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Airport Industrial park.  They will temporarily lease an 18,000 square foot building from Dennis and Pamela Wilfong also located at the Airport Industrial Park (15470 Flight Path Dr.) for several government offices being displaced by the courthouse expansion project.  The leased building will house County Administration, Human Resources, Public Information, Purchasing and