Rocco Maglio

Rocco Maglio is a former Town Commissioner and Mayor of Melbourne Beach, FL. He grew up in Brooksville and is a graduate of Hernando High School as well as PHSC. He current works as a software architect with a strong interest in computer security.

The Fabulous Mizells

As you drive down Culbreath Road shortly after you pass the sign for Fort Taylor Cemetery there is a road off to left called Mizell Road.The Mizell’s were a prominent early family in Hernando County.

The Florida Mizells are descendants of Huguenots who migrated to the North Carolina area before the Revolutionary War. In 1838, David Mizell Sr. moved to Lake City with a large family. His sons spread out across Florida.

Hernando Youth League Ponytails will represent Florida at World Series

The Hernando Youth League Girls Softball Ponytails (under 13) are headed to the World Series representing Florida. The 2018 Dixie Softball World Series is being held in Alexandria, Louisiana from July 27 through August 1, 2018.

In the State Finals they defeated the home team Lake Placid. They played Lake Placid twice at State winning both times. In fact they are undefeated so far at both the district and state tournaments.

Politicians are people too

It is important to remember that politicians are people. They have children and pets. They have worries and hopes. They have faced obstacles and suffered losses.


Too often we gain only a very shallow understanding of who the politicians are. If you know that a politician has lost a child or survived cancer, it makes it easier to see them as a person. Even if you do not agree with them politically you may find that you have a lot in common.


Tech Talk: Chrome Will Begin Marking http Sites Not Secure July 24

Chrome will begin marking sites not secure with the release of Chrome 68 on July 24. This is a major change that is causing many website owners problems trying to figure out how to add https to their websites. Websites can either be http or if they add a secure (SSL) certificate they can be https. If the website is https all communications between the website and the user are encrypted.

Fort Taylor: Third Seminole War Fort

The one historical fort in Hernando County that we have sign for, indicating its location  is Fort Taylor. The sign does not actually list the fort but rather Fort Taylor Cemetery. Fort Taylor appears to have been mainly a Third Seminole War fort which lasted from 1855 to 1858. 

It is not mentioned in the list of Second Seminole War forts in Hernando County from the 1830s and 40s which were Fort Cross, Fort Annutteliga, and Fort De Soto. The Second Seminole War lasted from 1835 to 1842.

The astronaut and the soccer ball

About a year ago our own Julie Maglio interviewed astronaut Shane Kimbrough on his return form the International Space Station. Shane Kimbrough has a lot of family in the area. James Walt Kimbrough came to Hernando County in the early 1900’s and was a cattle and citrus farmer in Spring Lake. The family grew and became prominent in Hernando County. Our sports pages often list the accomplishments of Shane’s cousins. Most recently, Karli Kimbrough was featured as the 2018 Salutatorian of Hernando High School.