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School Board considers hiring company to help develop and streamline emergency response plan

During a School Board Workshop held on March 6, 2018, the Hernando County School Board (HCSB) spoke with Brad Spicer regarding a proposal put forth by Bill Hall, the director of Fire Safety and Security, that would implement a formal emergency response plan intended to streamline the measures taken by schools during an active emergency. The emergency response plan would be developed by an outside company, SafePlans.

Hernando County: a leader in artificial reef development

Since 1990 Hernando County has been active in artificial reef development. Funding is provided by a combination of federal, state and local government, as well as private funds. This is done through the Division of Marine Fisheries Management of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC assists in developing these reefs, enhancing existing reefs that are already successful and to monitor and assess artificial reefs.

Commissioners send CEMEX comp plan amendment to state agencies

proposed comprehensive plan designation

The Board of County Commissioners heard a lengthy series of CEMEX expert witnesses in support of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment from a Residential and Regional Commercial Overlay to Mining and Commercial on a 730 acre tract of land across the street from Bayfront Hospital on Cortez Blvd in Brooksville. More specifically, a 573 acre portion of land is proposed for mining designation and a 156 acre tract along Cortez is proposed for commercial designation.

City council decides to pursue HCSO interlocal agreement for law enforcement

Several Brooksville residents spoke before the agenda item was addressed at the March 5, 2018 meeting, urging the City Council to keep the Brooksville Police Department (BPD), rather than enter into an interlocal agreement with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) to provide law enforcement services.

The subject has been discussed at length recently, due to Brooksville’s budget problems.

Keeping tabs on our ecosystem

Florida Sea Grant Agent Brittany Hall-Scharf heading out to the Gulf to take monthly water samples to measure salinity, dissolved oxygen and clarity. Photos by SUE QUIGLEY

The climate and scenery of the “Sunshine State” has made Florida a very desirable place to live and attracts an enormous number of tourists each year.

Most of Florida’s nearly 20 million residents live close to its 1,800 miles of coastline and another 100 million tourists are drawn here every year because of its bountiful ocean resources …and the numbers are still rising.

Purchasing and Contracts Department relocating

(Submitted by Hernando Co. Gov)

(Brooksville, FL) The Hernando County Purchasing and Contracts Department announces it will be relocating from the Government Center located at 20 North Main Street in Brooksville to the Building Department located at 1653 Blaise Drive in Brooksville.

Beginning March 1, 2018 at noon, the Purchasing and Contracts Office will be closed and reopen with limited staff beginning March 5 and with all staff March 6.

The Purchasing and Contracts Office phone (352) 754-4020 and fax (352) 754-4199 will remain the same.

Commissioners vote in favor of submitting $1.4 million proposal for taking over city's fire service

On Feb. 15, 2018 Brooksville City Manager Mark Kutney, contacted Hernando County Administrator Len Sossamon at the direction of the City Council for the purpose of having Hernando County propose provisions and terms connected with Hernando County providing fire and rescue services to the incorporated areas of Hernando County.