Local News

Peck Sink improvement grant approved

County commissioners voted unanimously to accept a state grant to make access improvements at Peck Sink Trail and construct an overlook platform.  The grant application was originally approved in 2019.  The project is expected to cost the county $41,240 of the estimated $206,200 total.  The $164,960 grant is offered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Recreational Trail Program.  The county’s match will come from District 2 parks impact fees.

Waterways Advisory Committee formed

At the February 23, 2021 Board Of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, an ordinance to form the Waterways Advisory Committee was unanimously approved.  This new advisory board will be composed of members of the current Port Authority and will largely act in the same capacity.  The BOCC will act as the Hernando County Port Authority, announcing during regular meetings when they are voting as that entity.

Small Business Recovery Grant Phase 3

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Hernando County Government will provide a grant program to further enhance the recovery of small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Phase 3 of the small business grant program will provide grants of $3,500 to brick-and-mortar small businesses and nonprofits to stimulate the local economy. 

Notes From the Enrichment Centers Director: The Quilters of the Nature Coast

It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge a group of ladies who are working hard at recognizing the heroism of those who served and are still serving our country and community. These ladies put their creativity to work as they create an incredible tapestry of vivid colors and warmth. This group is known as The Quilters of the Nature Coast. 

Hernando County 2021 prep baseball preview

With all the winter sports now officially concluded in Hernando County, we move into the spring  season of athletics and it brings on baseball and softball. Along with baseball and softball is track and field and spring football. The 2020 season was cut short due to the onset of the novel coronavirus and teams were not able to complete a full campaign. We take a brief look at all the prep baseball teams across Hernando County and what to look forward to this upcoming 2021 campaign. 

Commercial Fire at Palm Island Car Wash causes extensive damage

(Spring Hill, FL) At 3:05 a.m. Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services (HCFES) received a 911 call for a commercial fire at the Palm Island Car Wash at 190 Mariner Blvd. A passerby called and reported smoke and flames from the eves of the building.  HCFES responded to the scene within 9 minutes and found heavy smoke and fire in the mechanical/storage room, office, and attic of the structure.