Local News

BKV aircraft self fueling facility, no longer a ‘no go’

by JULIE B. MAGLIO

This article corresponds to the following consent agenda item from the Jan. 29, 2019 Hernando BOCC meeting, which was pulled for discussion:  

Reconsider Recommendation for Aircraft Self Fueling Facility Project at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport 

On Dec. 18, 2018, Commissioners voted 3-2 to not approve the award of Contract No. 18-CG0117/BH to GLF Construction Corporation for Aircraft Self Fueling Facility Project at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport and Associated Budget Resolution (Cost: $1,255,770.00).

Tampa Bay Extreme Adventure Course to lease former TreeUmph! Park

By LISA MACNEIL

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a one-year lease with Tampa Bay Extreme Adventure Course (TBEAC) on Feb. 12, 2019.  

Following the TreeUmph! closure in August 2018, the Board of County Commissioners decided to seek bids from interested entities to continue operations at the 36-acre adventure course at 6440 Cedar Lane, featuring ziplines, ladders, nature trails and balance beams in a natural environment.

Viral report of pork chop attack

by ROCCO MAGLIO

The arrest of a “Brooksville Woman” Jennifer Brassard made news last week. She was charged with Domestic Battery for throwing a frozen pork chop at her boyfriend during a verbal argument causing a ½ inch laceration below his left eye.

The story was carried on a number of national news sites including Newsweek, Fox News, and the Smoking Gun as well as international news sites from Canada and Cuba. The Smoking Gun story even made the front page of the most widely read online news aggregator, the Drudge Report.

Getting them out of the woods

By JULIE B. MAGLIO

The Hernando Sun’s series on the homeless population within Hernando County and the various organizations helping to mitigate the problem begins with a feature on the Nature Coast Community Services Foundation, directed by Ellen Paul.

Nature Coast Community Services Foundation (NCCSF) is a 501c3 organization which operates through the Unitarian Universalist Church in Weeki Wachee.  There is a core group of volunteers including Ms. Paul: Mary and Bob Tokar, Rose Beal, Evangeline Reid and Dennis C. and Gunnell Perez.

New county government center back in play

by ROCCO & JULIE B. MAGLIO

On January 18, 2019, the Hernando County Board of County Commission (BOCC) received a “Confidential” Unsolicited Proposal with Application Fee from a private entity pursuant to F.S. 255.065 (Chapter: Public Property and Publicly Owned Buildings - Section: Public-private partnerships; public records and public meetings exemptions). 

'Growing' solar

By ROCCO MAGLIO

On September 1, 2015, the USDA Agricultural Research Service transferred their 3800 acre research facility in Brooksville to FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University). It was reportedly “one of the single largest land transfers to a Historically Black College or University in history from the USDA.”