Julie B. Maglio

Kass Circle Revitalization

In 2014, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity provided a $20,000 grant for the development of a revitalization plan for Kass Circle in Spring Hill, “the first mixed residential multi-family neighborhood and business district laid out in the original Spring Hill master plan.” The focus area is part of the original Spring Hill platted by the Deltona Corporation in the 1960’s. The other multi-family commercial center platted by Deltona in the 1960's is located at Mariner and Northcliffe.

Karst Underwater Research: Exploring the Sanctums Beneath Us

How many people driving down US 19 are aware of the vast cavern system beneath them? Brett Hemphill and the Karst Underwater Research (KUR) Team know the system very well. Mr. Hemphill jokes that every time he drives a certain portion of US19, he holds his breath because he knows that the only thing between the car and a vast underwater cavern hundreds of feet deep and large enough to hold a jumbo airliner is just feet of limestone rock.

Restaurant Revitalized in Hernando Beach

A restaurant location in Hernando Beach formerly called Swanie’s was in drastic need of renovations after being bought and sold several times. Shrimp boats unloaded their catch at the former restaurant’s dock, which made for an authentic dining experience. Business partners Scott Morano and Marc Delape decided to purchase the restaurant and clean things up. At first Delape thought his partner Scott Morano was a bit crazy, but after weighing out the pros and cons, both decided to give it a go.

TreeUmph! coming to Hernando?

Julie Maglio

TreeUmph!, a treetop adventure course attraction will be working with the County to create an adventure park on a 46 acre property on Cedar Lane, 6 miles west of I75/SR50 Intersection. The location is nearby another recently approved tourist destination, Zemplen Winery and Cooperage. The project has been in the planning phase or 13 months.

After a presentation by TreeUmph!, the Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the project with financial guarantees to be worked out with the assistance of the County Administrator.

The Conversion of a Church and Restoration of a Cemetery

Howell Family Cemetery on Olive Street

Jack and Jeanne Lovelace live in the former St. Anthony the Abbott Catholic Church on Olive Street in Brooksville. Behind their home is an old cemetery that was forgotten and neglected for decades. The cemetery was never a part of the church, but a family plot, part of the 160 acre Howell Plantation. In 1907, Robert J. Mickler sold a small piece of property from the Howell Estate, which he inherited from his late wife Mary Howell, to establish a much needed Catholic Church.