Lisa MacNeil

Moving Forward: Oak Hill Villas plan for residential-only development with larger homesites

By LISA MACNEIL
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Attorney Darryl Johnston appeared before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the regular meeting on January 12, 2021 on behalf of the Benge Development Corporation.  In November 2019, Benge was denied a Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM 1902) by a vote of 4-1 that would have allowed the company to develop the southeast corner of Oak Hills Golf Course for small-footprint homes and townhomes.

Hernando County Health Department COVID-19 Update

Robin Napier, Administrator for the Hernando County Health Department with Danielle Taylor Senior Community Health Nursing Director, updated the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the regular meeting on January 12, 2021 on the current status of of COVID-19 cases in the county, as well as the progress of the new vaccination program, which began on January 4, 2021.

45 residents oppose Spring Hill development's master plan revision

By LISA MACNEIL
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On January 12, 2021 the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hear a request by developer D. Dewey Mitchell to approve a revised Master Plan to allow for 234 homesites to be built north of Village Van Gogh.  The property is located at the northern terminus of Fenian Drive, eastern terminus of Killian Street and south side of Highgrove Road.

Several residents in the area are resistant to this new development, and at least 45 have signed a petition against it. 

Local dignitary passes away at age 92

By LISA MACNEIL
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Charles R. "Chuck" Smith, 92, of Brooksville, Florida, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his home.

The former County Commissioner and member of the Florida House of Representatives was  born January 20, 1928 in Webster, Florida. During his political career, Chuck focused on Florida’s agricultural issues and personally addressed issues in the farming community.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Have Begun

The Hernando County Health Department began its Moderna COVID-19 vaccination rollout  on January 4, 2021.   The Health Department scheduled 100 appointments for the first dose.  Patients will receive the second dose in 28 days, and will be given an appointment card with a date to return.  Robin Napier, Health Department Administrator emphasized the importance of the second dose.  “One dose is good, two doses are much, much better.” 

Lobbyists: online sales tax measure would be a boon for county

At the December 15, 2020 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Meeting, the board heard from the county’s lobbyists, Shawn Foster of the Sunrise Consulting Group and Laura Boehmer of The Southern Group, with discussion focused on the upcoming legislative session. 
The recent designation of the Aquatic Preserve along Hernando’s coast, an outcome of the 2020 session and CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act Funding were briefly mentioned.  

Commission requests audit of Hernando County Fair Association Inc

At the December 15, 2020 regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the board individually listed their requests of items to be discussed at the upcoming Legislative Delegation meeting, scheduled for January 29, 2021.  Commissioner Jeff Holcomb presented a request that the Hernando County Fairgrounds be audited due to the state of the property and its buildings, and questions about accounting practices.