Local News

A Tale of Two Trails

by Julie Maglio

Two bicycle trails were accepted by the Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to close the Hernando County gap in the Coast to Coast Connector bicycle trail connecting St. Pete to Titusville. The gap is between the Suncoast Expressway Trail and the Good Neighbor Trail. The Good Neighbor trail is currently unfinished but will connect downtown Brooksville to the Withlacoochee State Trail several miles east of downtown.

Snow Hill Rd. Winery Meeting Delayed

by Hernando Sun Staff

Twenty-eight rolling acres on Snow Hill Rd in Brooksville is the site of a proposed winery. Mr. Joseph Sparacia, applied for a special exception use permit, but was denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission on October 13, 2014. Although it was denied by P&Z, the special exception permit could be granted by the Board of County Commissioners. They had the choice to review the application or not and they chose to review at the December 9th meeting.

Cemex Mine Expansion Advances

by Julie Maglio

Full House at Hernando BOCC to hear Cemex Expansion decision

For background information, read Cemex Expansion. At the December 9th Hernando Board of County Commissioners meeting, Commissioners Dukes, Nicholson, Adkins, and Holcomb voted to send the issue on to the FDEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) with Commissioner Rowden voting against it. Shortly before they voted Rowden stated that she did not understand why the Commission did not agree with P&Z Commission findings.

Green Light for Brooksville's Red Light Cameras?

The City of Brooksville adopted an ordinance authorizing the use of red light cameras within city limits. When this ordinance passed, the City of Brooksville contracted with SenSys America Inc. to operate and enforce the red light program. Patrick and Shirley Miketinac proposed an amendment to the City of Brooksville Charter that would ban red light cameras and other related devices for detecting traffic violations within city limits. As the amendment is written, it would ban these devices for any current and future use.