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Tax 'holiday' to trim cost of stocking up for storms

TALLAHASSEE --- With a sales-tax “holiday” starting next week, retailers are expecting big spending on disaster-preparedness supplies by Floridians who have fresh memories of Hurricane Irma.

The six-month hurricane season arrives June 1, along with a weeklong period in which state and local sales taxes will be lifted on a list of disaster supplies. The discount period, for example, means about 90 cents to $1.05 in sales taxes will not be applied to a $15 package of batteries or $45 to $52 is left off the purchase of a generator that costs $750.

Planning and Zoning Board gives green light for ‘Spring Center’ comp plan amendment

An aerial view of the Spring Center

In a 4-1 vote during their March 12, 2018 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) recommended approval of a comprehensive plan amendment for the planned development, Spring Center. The Board of County Commissioners will consider the P&Z recommendation at an upcoming regular meeting.

The P&Z board discussed the rezoning of the 450-acre tract, currently zoned Agricultural (AG) to Planned Development District (PDD) to properly meet the intended requirements of the town-center style development that is currently being called Spring Center.

Construction Crew Punctures Gas Line in Spring Hill Neighborhood.

(Spring Hill, FL) @ 1:02pm Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR) responded to a reported gas leak in the area of Mariner Blvd and Marquette St, a residential area of Spring Hill. Initial reports stated that a construction crew working in the area hit a gas line. No explosion or fire at the time of the incident. No reported injuries to construction crews or citizens in the area.

HOUSE MOVES FORWARD IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FEUD

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 8, 2017.......... A House proposal that would kill Gov. Rick Scott's prized economic-development and tourism agencies began moving forward Wednesday over Scott's growing public objections.

The House Careers & Competition Subcommittee voted 10-5 to back a 172-page proposal (PCB CCS 17-01) that would eliminate the public-private Enterprise Florida and tourism marketer Visit Florida, along with a lengthy list of tax-credit and grant programs designed to attract companies to relocate and build in the state.

Local Roots Cafe & Coffee House

Hernando Sun Staff

Local Roots Cafe & Coffee House bills itself as a local farm to table coffee house. They offer a selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. For breakfast they have coffee, sandwiches, and baked goods. They offer regular coffee, cappuccino, and mocha. Hernando Sun tried their cappuccino and it compares favorably with Starbucks.

On Tuesday’s they sell hot pasties. On the other days you can purchase frozen pasties to take home and cook. To many who were fond of the pasty store from the 1990’s on 98 just North of West Jefferson Street, this is a welcome return.