Lisa MacNeil

Malik Nance's golf cart

“I originally wanted to go to Hawaii,”  Malik Nance, 10, explained when asked about his request to the Make-A-Wish foundation for a street-legal golf cart.

A trip to Hawaii was not possible due to COVID restrictions that were in place for much of 2020.  It was also the year Malik spent a great deal of time in the hospital battling leukemia.

CARES funding benefiting startups, existing businesses

Economic Development Director Valerie Pianta reported that the county’s Let’s Grow Hernando program, funded by the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act will be using the services of Innovation Collective (IC), an organization based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that has recently established a presence in Brooksville.  IC is listed as a contractor on the county’s agreement with Let’s Grow Hernando.

Internet cafes & gambling under scrutiny

Sheriff Al Nienhuis presented to the Board of County Commissioners on May 25, 2021 an item on area internet cafes and “simulated Gambling Devices and Internet Cafes.” Defined as an “educational presentation,”  no ordinances have been developed, and there was no vote on the subject.  The matter at this point is a dead issue, unless the board decides to resurrect it at a later time. 

Impact Fee Study Approved, Predicts 52K New Residents by 2045

County Planning Director Ron Pianta kicked off the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)  workshop held on May 4, 2021.  The impact fee study was approved by the board in February 2020 for the purpose of studying the impact fees for the service areas of fire / rescue, EMS and public buildings, correctional facilities, law enforcement, library facilities and parks and recreation.

Hernando County Fair Association members address County Commission

At the regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting held on May 11, 2021, members of the Hernando County Fair Association addressed the board to answer allegations brought forth during recent meetings by parents, volunteers and exhibitors.  Two non-board representatives of the Association defended the practices and policies of the fair, giving accounts of inspections that were passed, and how the livestock weigh-in was conducted on April 11, 2021.