Lisa MacNeil

Hernando Beach Seafood denied rezoning that would facilitate relocating stone crab operation

Hernando Beach Seafood would like to move their stone crab operation from Calienta St. to their property at Nature Coast Marina on Shoal Line Blvd. In order to do that they submitted the rezoning application to allow “seafood products to be taken off of the fishing vessels and to load ice and bait on said vessels.”     The rezoning was met with much opposition from the community and the P & Z Board recommended denial.  The Board of County Commissioners followed the recommendation of denial at the regular BOCC meeting on Dec. 11.

County administrator outlines legislative agenda, 2019 state funding priorities

County Administrator Len Sossamon reminded the board that a Legislative meeting was scheduled for December 3, 2018.  In this meeting, the board presents their requests to the Florida Legislators.   Sossamon reviewed the pending projects with the board, beginning with the airport water reclamation facility expansion.  The completion of this project will allow for the decommissioning of the Osowaw plant.  

Nov. 27, 2018 Hernando BOCC Run Down

FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE 
DANIEL B. MERRITT, JR.

Swearing In of Elected Commissioners

Judge Merritt read the Oath of Office, officially swearing in the incumbent Commissioners Wayne Dukes and Jeff Holcomb for another term serving Hernando County. 

COUNTY ATTORNEY GARTH COLLER

Attorney/Client Executive Session to Discuss Proposed Settlement Related to Case of Christopher Soto vs. Hernando County (Docket No. 18-03-BCC)

Nov. 5, 2018 Hernando BOCC Run Down

CORRESPONDENCE TO NOTE

1. Correspondence From Various Customers Expressing Appreciation for Services Provided by Utilities Department Staff

Several staff members of the Utilities Department received written or verbal commendations.  The employees were recognized by Utilities Business Manager Nancy Stopps-Libengood, who entered her memorandum of recognition into each employee’s personnel file. 

2. Notification From Southwest Florida Water Management District of Proposed 2019 Five-Year Water Resource Development Work Program

Ajudication withheld in Nicholson case

by LISA MACNEIL
Hernando Sun Writer

Judge Kurt Hitzemann ended the seven-month matter on Thursday, in which (suspended county commissioner) Nick Nicholson was initially charged with two counts of purchasing the services of a prostitute and one count of maintaining a place for prostitution.  Nicholson entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest) on November 16, 2018.  Hitzemann formally withheld adjudication, and required Nicholson to pay $729 in court fees.  All three charges were misdemeanors.

Adding 'actual cost' information to the budget sheet

Another item addressed during the Oct. 9 informal Hernando County school board meeting was placing actual cost information on the school district’s budget sheet. Specifically, Susan Duval raised the discussion of including the amount of money that was budgeted for an item in previous years and what the item actually cost.  Duval said the information can currently be looked up, but is time-consuming.  She also noted that for anyone tracking expenses, having the additional information available will make that job easier.

Superintendent search will wait

Susan Duval reported that she may have given “an inaccurate response” in a recent meeting when asked about beginning a search for a permanent superintendent.   According to Duval, the board agreed to begin a search for a new superintendent, who would not have been selected until after the November swearing in of the new School Board members. 

Reviewing the minutes, Duval said that the board moved to begin a search for a new superintendent, the position currently held on an interim basis by John Stratton.  The job posting or call for applicants has not taken place yet.