May 2020

Tech Talk: Google Broke the Internet’s News

Google is known as a search engine, but that is not where they derive most of their revenue. Their business relies on selling ads. Google figured out how to auction ads on the Internet and became one of the most valuable companies in the world based on their ability to broker the sales of ads. They used the metric of impressions or the number of people who viewed the page with the ad to price ads. Each impression costs a small amount, but they quickly add up. By auctioning these small chunks it enabled them to sell the same ad to many people.

The Ever Changing Landscape of Hernando County Newspapers

Over the five and half years that the Hernando Sun has been in existence the newspaper scene has changed tremendously. We went from two regional newspapers to a single regional. The Tampa Bay Times purchased the Tampa Tribune and shut it down. Several newspapers have come and gone during that time including a semi-regional conservative newspaper, The Suncoast Standard. 

Property Assessed Clean Energy loan program discontinued

The BOCC voted 3-2 at the regular meeting on May 26, 2020 to discontine the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan program in Hernando County.

The program came under fire recently and was featured on WFLA Channel 8’s “8 on your Side,” with two segments shown during the meeting.   Commissioner Jeff Holcomb opened the discussion by describing problematic aspects of the program.

Hernando County School Board Health Insurance Update

On May 12th, the Hernando County School Board (Board) continued to workshop the decision of how to proceed with health insurance coverage for the Hernando County School District.  Lisa Becker, Director of Business Services presented to the Board with Shawn Flemming from the Gehring Group, an independent consulting firm. Robin MacDonald, representative for Florida Blue, was unable to participate in the workshop as planned due to technical difficulties.  

Gulf Coast 8 All-Conference Baseball Team 2020

Though spring sports have come and gone throughout the state of Florida and nationally for that matter, coaches still have gone ahead to name all-conference selections for their respective sports. For Citrus and Hernando counties, the eight high schools between the two make up the Gulf Coast 8 conference and they have officially announced the selections for baseball.