Lisa MacNeil

Peck Sink improvement grant approved

County commissioners voted unanimously to accept a state grant to make access improvements at Peck Sink Trail and construct an overlook platform.  The grant application was originally approved in 2019.  The project is expected to cost the county $41,240 of the estimated $206,200 total.  The $164,960 grant is offered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Recreational Trail Program.  The county’s match will come from District 2 parks impact fees.

Waterways Advisory Committee formed

At the February 23, 2021 Board Of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, an ordinance to form the Waterways Advisory Committee was unanimously approved.  This new advisory board will be composed of members of the current Port Authority and will largely act in the same capacity.  The BOCC will act as the Hernando County Port Authority, announcing during regular meetings when they are voting as that entity.

Small Business Recovery Grant Phase 3

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Hernando County Government will provide a grant program to further enhance the recovery of small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Phase 3 of the small business grant program will provide grants of $3,500 to brick-and-mortar small businesses and nonprofits to stimulate the local economy. 

County mulls panhandling ordinance

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed, however did not vote on a new panhandling ordinance.  At the February 23, 2021 meeting, the board agreed that they will create a solid plan to limit the areas in which panhandling will be allowed. The main issue to consider carefully is that such an ordinance may be unconstitutional. Panhandling and begging, like other forms of charitable solicitation, is a form of protected speech that occurs in a public forum such as sidewalk spaces. 

Southern Hills expansion denied

A hotly contested rezoning petition was denied at the February 1, 2021 Brooksville City Council meeting.  By a vote of 3-2, the council denied the petition to rezone approximately 413 acres in Southern Hills from RPDP (Residential Planned Development Project) to PDP-MU (Planned Development Project-Mixed Use) to allow for originally planned 925 single-family homes in addition to 26 villa/duplex units and up to 15,000 square feet of floor space for office and professional use.

Civil Air Patrol is Granted 90-days to Secure Funding for Hangar Access

The Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 08301, a non-profit organization, has operated at the Brooksville - Tampa Bay Regional Airport since 1990. The squadron occupies the 1,960 square foot facility located at 3151 Air Commerce Boulevard, directly next door to the Florida Army National Guard. The squadron is requesting the Board's approval of a below-market ground lease agreement and the continued free use of a dome hangar.

Mourning the loss of a local veteran and young mother

Her estranged husband, Raul Hernandez Perez has been charged with her murder.  While her family, friends, and community await justice, we highlight the life of Army Private First Class Selena Elizabeth Roth.

Selena began accomplishing many things early in her 25 years.  She earned her associate’s degree prior to graduating from high school, becoming a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.  During high school, she was very active in multiple sports including soccer, swimming, golf, and track.