Lisa MacNeil

Oct. 23, 2018 Hernando BOCC Meeting Run Down


Resolution Proclaiming October 2018 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month -  Brooksville Mayor Betty Erhard accepted


Please note that this is an abbreviated list of citizen comments.

Frances Monzo brought to the BOCC's attention the erection of an 18-foot high shed in her neighbor's yard in back of her property.

Park users capped to reduce traffic on Weeki Wachee River

On October 25, 2018, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Deputy Secretary of Land and Recreation, David Clark sent an email to Senator Wilton Simpson regarding the latest steps in reducing traffic on the Weeki Wachee River.  The following day, Clark’s office sent a directive to the park’s concessionaire Guest Services, Inc., doing business as Boating in Florida. The directive will cap the number of “users” that can enter the river from Boating in Florida at 280 per day, regardless the number of vessels.

Sept. 25 County Commission Meeting Run Down Part 2

Change in Board of County Commissioners meeting format:  

Starting with the October 9, 2018 meeting, 
citizens comments will be heard immediately following Resolutions and Proclamations, except when citizens are commenting on specific items on the meeting agenda for that day. 


• Hernando County 2040 Comprehensive Plan Adoption Public Hearing

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.