Local News

Funding for Bayport Pier, kayak pull-out and observation deck projects approved

At the May 8, 2018 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve funding from the Quality Of Life fund to replace the Bayport Pier, fix the Pine Island Observation Deck and construct a service road for a kayak pull-out area two miles from the headspring, where Flohana and Boating in Florida conduct commercial kayak-rental businesses.

 

Artificial Oyster Reef Deployed in Centipede Bay

 The first man-made oyster reef was built with the help of numerous volunteers and boat captains on April 14, 2018 in Centipede Bay off the coast of Hernando County. Throughout the day a total of 98 volunteers and 12 boat captains helped to build the reef. Eighty percent of the reef was built with over 2400 bags of oyster shell placed. Hernando County, Aquatic Services Manager, Keith Kolosa, reports they are in the process of scheduling when the remainder of the work will be completed.

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.