Lisa MacNeil

County to Purchase Property to Realign Petit Lane, Using Gas Tax Funds

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted 4-0 Tuesday, August 27, 2019 to purchase two parcels of property in Hernando Beach in order to realign the intersection of Petit Lane/Caliente Street/Shoal Line Blvd. intersections.  The price of the two parcels is $400,000, and is to be purchased with funds from the gas tax.

Two additional parcels to the north of the parcels currently under contract are also being considered, however it has not been determined if they will be offered for sale. 

Hunter's Lake Residents Continue Removal of Vegetation

In late 2017, Hernando County waterways conducted a 14-acre, $150,000 cleanup of the thick tussocks impeding the “best bass fishing lake,” that is, Hunter’s Lake.

Tussocks are thick floating islands of vegetative “mats” of water plants and other debris.  If left unmanaged, tussocks can expand to levels that may be detrimental to the health of the lake.

Since then, several Hunter’s Lake residents have contracted with a local company to clean up the remaining areas of thick vegetation adhering to their lakefronts. 

Winn Dixie and country music duo give big to Operation HeartF.E.L.T.

The ending initials in Operation HeartF.E.L.T. stand for "Feeding Empty Little Tummies," a local organization founded by educator Pattie Stepbach. Stepbach, who has served in several school districts in Florida saw an increasing need in her own classrooms when she began recognizing some kids were distracted by hunger. "I always had something in my desk for them," Stepbach recalled.

Matters at the Hernando BOCC meeting Aug. 13, 2019

People Matter

Presentation of Plaque in Memory of Utilities Department Employee Laverne “Verne” Dennison

Verne’s career began in 1986, when gas was $0.86 per gallon, and Ronald Regan was president.  His family was present to receive the honor.

Parks Matter

Notice of Acceptance From US Department of Treasury of RESTORE Act Direct Component Multi-Year Implementation Plan Amendment

New school programs for early literacy, teacher cultural exchange and under-served students

By LISA MACNEIL
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Footsteps2Brilliance, an Early Learning Mobile Technology Platform

Gina Michalicka, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning introduced the Footsteps 2 Brilliance program; a community-wide early literacy initiative.  This multi-platform mobile technology is aimed at families with younger students, beginning at the pre-kindergarten level, and seeks to involve kids in a “culture of literacy” before they enter the classroom, and building those skills through early elementary school. 

Hernando County considers TheBus expansion

by LISA MACNEIL
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At the August 13, 2019 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting,  Planning Director Ron Pianta introduced the update to the Hernando County Transit Development Plan (TDP), which is updated every five years, and proposed a plan for the next ten years.  The board voted 5-0 to approve the plan, and to submit to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) no later than September 1, 2019.

What matters at the County Commission Meeting? 07.30.2019

Grants Matter

State grant for building department generator

Through this program, Hernando County will purchase and install a generator at the Building Department on Providence Boulevard which will help to ensure continuity of critical systems and operations in the event of a loss of power.
Brings in $160,558.50 from a federal cost share
Building department must match 25% or $53,519.50

Authorization for state firefighter assistance grant for SCBA gear and protective apparatus

County plans to buy more property to ease Hernando Beach boat ramp parking congestion

by LISA MACNEIL
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The Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 at the July 30, 2019 meeting to pursue purchasing two additional properties near the Hernando Beach boat ramp to remedy the parking congestion seen when the two existing parking lots are full.  Commissioner John Mitten was the one opposing vote, citing the expenditure of $1 million in Park Impact Fees on only one project.