Lisa MacNeil

Reinstating music programs discussed during informal meeting

At the Oct. 9, 2018 informal Hernando County school board meeting, Linda Prescott reported that six elementary schools do not have music programs.  She also cited recent research into the benefits of music education for young students.   Mentioning also that there is still a noticeable skills gap in Hernando County students, Prescott asked about the possibility of reinstating music education in schools without it.

Actions to be taken on school district’s weapons policy

On October 4, 2018, Ronald Ralph, a Central High School paraprofessional was arrested for possessing a firearm on school property.  Ralph’s arrest record cites a violation of Florida Statute 790.115, which states in part that one exception is “In a vehicle pursuant to s. 790.25(5); except that school districts may adopt written and published policies that waive the exception in this subparagraph for purposes of student and campus parking privileges.” 

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.