Local and State

Desantis signs vaping ban, police dog protection bills

April 29, 2019

by JIM TURNER

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

 TALLAHASSEE --- Floridians will have to keep their e-cigarettes on the shelf while in most enclosed workplaces starting this summer, under one of 10 new laws signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The workplace ban on vapor-generating electronic devices (SB 7012), better known as “vaping,” implements part of a constitutional amendment that also asked voters to ban oil and gas drilling off Florida’s shorelines.

The amendment drew support from more than 68.9 percent of voters in November.

Sinking of the 'Ghost Ship'

Roughly two years ago, Hernando County Port Authority Vice Chairman Steve Barton was working on a boat at the Hernando Beach Marina when he noticed another boat nearby in obvious disrepair.  Barton approached the Marina owner who told him, “Man we’ve been trying to get rid of that for years.”

Barton thought this large vessel constructed of ferroconcrete would make a great addition to the Bendickson reef.

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). 

The Nov. 5 Brooksville City Council meeting run down

APPROVAL/MODIFICATIONS OF THE AGENDA

The council unanimously approved the agenda without modification.

CERTIFICATES AND PROCLAMATIONS

Vice Mayor Robert Battista read the proclamation designating November 24, 2018 as Small Business Saturday.  Pat Crowley, CEO of the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce accepted the proclamation with several business leaders of the county.

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.

Fried maintains hold in Ag race after manual recount

November 18, 2018

by Jim Turner

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE --- Former medical-marijuana lobbyist Nikki Fried is on the verge of being the only Florida Democrat to capture a statewide win, gaining votes over Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell in the race for agriculture commissioner after a manual recount was completed Sunday.

The manual recount also had no effect on the outcome of three razor-thin legislative races, in which Democrat Janet Cruz flipped a state Senate seat and House Republicans picked up one seat and held onto another.