Lisa MacNeil

Hernando Beach business wins request for landscape buffer

Commissioners voted 4-1 at the Sep 14, 2021 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting to partially approve a request by Gordon Wolf to revise the Master Plan of approximately 4.5 acres in Hernando Beach.  The property is located on the west side of Shoal Line Boulevard, approximately 1,600 feet north of Petit Lane at 5000 Calienta Street.  The original 2020 Master Plan stipulated a 6-foot tall opaqu

Airport Property to be named Dr. Dennis Wilfong Technology and Government Center

The airport property that will house future government buildings, as well as the planned technical training center, will bear the name, the “Dr. Dennis Wilfong Technology and Government Center.”

The new name replaces the name given earlier this year, Hernando County Citizens Center for Success. 

Hernando Fire Rescue to receive additional PTO

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted unanimously to approve a revised “Health and Safety Continuity Infectious Disease Control Guidance Policy.”  During the August 24, 2021 meeting, commissioners added that Hernando County Fire / Rescue (HCFR) employees will have an additional 96 hours of Administrative Paid Time Off (PTO) in the case that they will need time off without having enough PTO hours accrued. 

County approves ordinance taxing local hospitals to fill federal Medicaid reimbursement gap

Commissioners at the August 24, 2021 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting voted unanimously via a roll-call vote to enact an ordinance that will effectively tax area hospitals and put those funds toward filling a 40% gap in Medicaid reimbursement.  The resulting fund is called the Local Provider Participation Fund (LPPF).  Hospitals are currently receiving 60% of their fees from Medicaid to pay for inpatient care.

BOCC denies rezoning for apartment building near Timber Pines

By LISA MACNEIL 
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The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously voted down a request for rezoning by Roundstone Development to build an apartment complex on property bordering the northeast corner of Trenton Avenue and Forest Road.  The Planning And Zoning Commission voted 5-0 to deny the petition.  Following the planning and zoning decision, Roundstone submitted a formal request on July 12, 2021, to reduce the number of units from 80 to 72.