Lisa MacNeil

Former Superintendent appeals termination

On October 3, 2018, former Hernando County School District Superintendent Dr. Lori Romano appeared before the Hernando County School Board to appeal her termination, which was effective June 31, 2018.   Romano appeared with her attorney, Kathryn McHale.  The school board was represented by Tammie Rattray.  Dennis Alfonso was present for the appeal, facilitating the procedure, however did not present any arguments.  There was no board discussion.

Sept. 25 County Commission Meeting Run Down- part 1


Recognition of Weeki Wachee River Rangers for Volunteer Cleanup Efforts Along Weeki Wachee River
RES-2018-129 : Resolution Proclaiming October 5, 2018 as Florida Manufacturing Day
RES-2018-130 : Resolution Recognizing Emilio "Sonny" Vergara for Years of Service on Fine Arts Council
RES-2018-131 : Resolution Recognizing Terlep Chiropractic for Significant Contributions to Hernando County


Veteran's Special Forces ring recovered by Utilities Department

Army Special Forces veteran, Lieutenant Colonel David Keith, had a ring made in Thailand in 1971.   From a solid block of 18 karat gold, the ring originally had a black star sapphire stone set in the center.  "(The sapphire) proved to be soft, split, and fell out," Keith recalled as he told the story of the ring and how he lost it at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on September 25, 2018.

The new stone is jade, that he had carved in Mexico. 

Contract with Boating in Florida renewed with LEO stipulation

At the end of the September 25, 2018 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve Boating in Florida’s license agreement, allowing the company to continue kayak retrieval at Roger’s Park.  The vote was held at the end of the eight-hour meeting, to allow for county staff to modify sections of the contract.

Brooksville City Council approves FY 2019 budget

Brooksville City Council held its final public hearing to present the FY 2019 budget on September 12, 2018.  Without citizen comments, and little discussion at the dais, Resolution 2018-14,  the balancing of the budget at the 6.2000 millage rate was approved unanimously.  The new millage rate is an 11.14% decrease from the prior year’s rollback rate of 6.9775 mills.

Community gathers to say farewell

Family, friends and regulars of Becky Jack’s Seafood Shack gathered on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 to celebrate the life of owner Joe Foster, who passed away earlier in the week. Joe ran the restaurant with his wife Kim Curtis, who died in 2015. 

Inside the restaurant, Doug Swan told the story of a photo of Joe smiling and holding a large grouper.  A longtime friend, Swan reminisced of fishing and boating with Joe and Kim, whom he’d met at Newk’s Cafe in Tampa over a decade ago.  Joe and Kim became regulars of Newk’s, and formed many friendships there.  

Pizza Villa 30th Anniversary

Pizza Villa, the well-known restaurant with two locations celebrated its 30th year in business in Hernando County. Chamber of Commerce members Danny and Angela Leporino with their family posed for photos during a ribbon-cutting ceremony while a steady stream of customers quickly filled the restaurant during the early dinner hour.  

Danny said, “Hernando County’s been very good to us, and we appreciate our customers.”  As he gestured to regard his customers who were occupying most of the seats at the tables, he said with a grateful smile, “Thirty years, what more can I say!?”  

Hernando Commission approves Spring Center property rezoning with modifications

Spring Center, the 440-acre planned development project in Spring Hill will undergo rezoning to accommodate the town center, with surrounding multi-family and single-family homes.  In a 5-0 vote, the Board of County Commissioners voted on September 11, 2018 to approve the rezoning petition with modified conditions and clarifications of language in some portions of the development’s plan.

City water and sewer rates, non-management staff salaries increased

In a special meeting held on August 27, 2018, the Brooksville City Council met to discuss items stemming from the previous budget meeting on August 13, 2018.   Included in this meeting were results of a water and sewer rate study performed by the Florida Rural Water Association, the usage of enterprise fund reserves, and employee salary increases.   Water and sewer rate increases were passed as well as 5% salary increases for non-management city staff.


Water and Sewer Rates