Local News

Cleaning up Coastal Hernando

The Weeki Wachee chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) has begun a cleanup project that focuses on coastal areas in the county. More than 50 students, teachers and area residents showed up Saturday, March 24, 2018 to remove trash and debris from near the roadway of Shoal Line Boulevard near Linda Pedersen Park and Rogers Park. They’ve recently cleaned up Pine Island and have future plans for the Weeki Wachee Preserve and the Weeki Wachee River.

HCUD penalized by State for sewage overflow during Irma

The state of Florida issued Hernando County Utility Department a violation for sewage overflow due to Hurricane Irma, incurring a $6,000 penalty plus a $500 administrative fee.

In a letter to Chairman Champion and the Board of County Commissioners, Mary Yeargan the Florida Department of Environmental Protection District Director explains that their findings conclude the county released 33,225 gallons of untreated wastewater into the Gulf of Mexico, which then entered into a wetland area.

Commissioners accept changes to Animal Control Regulations in Regard to Public Nuisances Created by Vicious Dogs

A proposed ordinance amending animal control regulation in regard to public nuisances created by vicious dogs was presented to the Board of County Commissioners by animal services manager James Terry, on February 13, 2018.

On March 27, 2018 the following changes to the Hernando County Code Chapter 6 regarding Florida’s dangerous dog law were proposed and were included in the agenda at the Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. Commissioners voted to accept these changes.

Septic to sewer conversions will be expensive. Who will pay for it and will it work?

In 2016, the Florida Legislature passed the Florida Springs Protection Act. The act called for the creation of Basin Management Action Plans for major springshed systems in the state. Each BMAP is created by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection with input from local governments. The purpose of the BMAP is to create a roadmap for “Total Maximum Daily Load” or TMDL pollutant reduction. The main pollutant of concern for the Weeki Wachee Springshed is nitrates and one of the major sources they found to contribute to groundwater nitrates is septic systems.

Southern Hills Development Moratorium Avoided

Southern Hills Plantation aerial and fireflow deficiency area outlined in red

City Attorney Becky Vose opened the March 19, 2018 Brooksville City Council meeting segment describing the hand-delivered submission of a proposal by GreenPointe Holdings, which is the property management company for Southern Hills Plantation (SHP). Vose recommended that the attorneys for Southern Hill and GreenPointe be heard, and she be directed to negotiate a binding agreement to complete and repair the water system in Phase 3 at Southern Hills, without the enacting of a moratorium at this time.

Bomb Threat Caller in Custody

On Thursday, March 22, Central High School in Brooksville received their sixth bomb threat in four days. It came to an end when the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office arrested one of the Central High students, a 17-year-old female, on Friday, March 23.

Starting Monday, March 19, the students and faculty of Central High School have been harassed with the bomb threats, forcing the evacuation of the school and disrupting what normally is a stable learning environment.