Lisa MacNeil

Many Facets of a Crisis

By LISA MACNEIL
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...‘fear and anxiety.’  Those aren't good terms to make government policy after… you want to make the most calm,  rational decision that benefits the greatest amount of people.” 

- Commissioner  Holcomb

At the regular meeting on March 24, 2020, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed the latest changes in everyday life for both the county government and the citizens of Hernando county -- as well as the rest of the country.

BOCC Looks to Citrus County for Restoration Ideas

At the request of Commissioner John Allocco, Dr. Michelle Sivilich, Executive Director of Save Crystal River, Inc., provided the Board of County Commissioners with a presentation regarding the Kings Bay Restoration Project on Feb. 25, 2020. Dr. Sivilich discussed the processes used and the efforts of the pilot restoration project, which entails the last five years.  

County still has questions on Aquatic Preserve bill

by LISA MACNEIL
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The Board of County Commissioners  (BOCC) discussed the proposed Legislative bill creating a Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, and what it means for the future of local decision-making and state funding.  Hernando county has several state-funded aquatics projects already pending, and the future of those were also discussed.

Planning and Zoning Board approves 5 of 6 parcels petitioned by Hartland Homes, Inc.

At the regular Planning and Zoning meeting on Feb. 10, 2020 the board recommended the rezoning of 5 of the 6 parcels petitioned by Hartland Homes, Inc.  Hartland Homes is owned by State Representative Blaise Ingoglia (R - Spring Hill). The sale and potential development of the properties has been opposed by residents, most of them neighboring the various properties.   

The board recommended against the rezoning of a parcel bordering Holiday Drive and Trafalgar Drive.

Weeki Wachee River Capacity Study

The long-awaited results from the Weeki Wachee River carrying capacity study conducted by an independent third-party consultant group were presented in a public workshop on February 5, 2020.  Human traffic -- which rose significantly in 2016 -- is shown to be the primary stressor, causing bank erosion and a decline in water quality.  No policies were made or changed during the meeting.

County Approves Rezoning for RV Storage

by LISA MACNEIL
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At the regular BOCC meeting on February 11, 2020, the commission voted unanimously to approve the small-scale Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM1904) that will allow for the rezoning of an 8.8-acre parcel located on the northeast side of Ponce De Leon Boulevard, approximately 447 feet southeast of Landfill Road.  The parcel will be rezoned from AG (agricultural) to C-2 (commercial), allowing for the development of an outdoor boat and RV storage area.

License agreement approved for Weeki Wachee dredging project

By LISA MACNEIL
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At the Jan. 28, 2020 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the county voted 4-0 to approve the license agreement between the county and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)  for the Weeki Wachee River dredging project. If funding is approved, dredging could begin in the spring of 2021. Commissioner Jeff Holcomb was absent during this meeting.