September 2019

The fruits of their labor

On the fourth Saturday of September, many volunteers participate in National Public Lands Day. It’s a day to bring together hundreds of thousands of volunteers to help restore the country’s public lands. On Saturday, September 28, 2019 many volunteers from individual and organizational groups gathered at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park to help with much-needed landscaping and general clean-up.

Laura Basamania maintains landscaping areas at the park and has been doing so for the past four years. Volunteers contributing their time is much appreciated.

Wait… A Horseshoe Crab is not a Crab? Things you learn when you volunteer!

On September 13, 2019 the University of Florida/IFAS Extension at Hernando County offered a training program for participation in the Horseshoe Crab Watch Citizen Science Program. Volunteers had the opportunity to learn about the program and especially about horseshoe crabs, which are not crabs. They are closely related to spiders and other arachnids. We all reacted the same way. See what you can learn when you volunteer!

A homecoming celebration for Nature Coast football and fans

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. --- The music from the big black speaker perched from the press box invited everyone to join the party!

That is exactly what Nature Coast Tech High School did. They not only joined the celebration but they provided the evening’s entertainment.

With the jams pumping down toward the grass and floating on the air across the field, the confetti and the colored smoke shot up into the air as the celebration of the 2019 edition of Homecoming was completed, with a 28-6 victory over Crystal River High School.

Weeki Wachee Invitational Results

Cross Country Results Varsity Girls 5000 Meter Run| Weeki Wachee Invitational

Springstead placed eighth with  256 points

Weeki Wachee placed fifteenth with 373 points  

Cross Country Results Varsity Boys 5000 Meter Run | Weeki Wachee Invitational

Nature Coast Tech placed fifth with 171 points

Weeki Wachee place eighth with 233 points

Springstead placed thirteenth  with 367 points

Hernando High placed sixteenth at 391 points


Brooksville seeks legislative funding for public works and fire department projects

The City of Brooksville (City) met with their lobbyist group, Sunrise Consulting Group, on the 16th of September 2019 to discuss the possibility that some of the upcoming utilities projects may qualify for legislative funding. The Public Works products proposed for funding during the Sept. 16th Brooksville City Council meeting are the Brooksville Sewer Rehabilitation Phase VI, Reuse water to Cascades Residential, and Lamar Drinking Water Plant. In addition, one (1) Fire and EMS project proposal was discussed.   

Sewer Rehabilitation Project

City will retain PRM as insurance provider

The City of Brooksville requested Public Risk Management of Florida (PRM) to present before the city council on Sept. 16, 2019. PRM is an association of 60 self-insured public entities within Florida, including the City of Brooksville (City). The City and PRM are engaged in a two year fixed rate contract, entering the second year. The City has been a member of PRM, since 2004. As such, the City has earned $510,000 as credit toward the renewal premium. PRM is a subsidiary of World Risk Management (WRM) and as such are able to access resources beyond their size.

City council takes no action on golf cart issue

The City of Brooksville (City) has been engaged in discussion regarding how to address the use of golf carts on portions of the public roadways within the city. During the September 16, 2019 Brooksville City Council meeting the discussion came to fruition. In 2016, the now disbanded Brooksville Police Department’s Chief of Police designated specific segments of Barnett Rd. as lawful areas for golf carts to cross. This was in response to several requests by residents of the Southway Villas Development.