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Michael Harrison Troop 442 is now an Eagle Scout

STAFF

Appreciation for the accomplishments and public service by Michael Harrison in achieving the rank of Eagle Scout was officially proclaimed in a resolution by the Hernando Board of County Commissioners on May 26th, 2015. Mr. Harrison is a Senior at Springstead High School and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 442. He recently refurbished the wooden platform, bench and fencing at Spring Hill Botanical Garden.

His Court of Honor ceremony will be held on June 6, 2015 at Community Fellowship Church in Spring Hill.

SWFWMD Staff Recommending Headquarters Move to Tampa

STAFF

An email sent out by SWFWMD Executive Director Robert Beltran, P.E., BCEE, on Friday May 15 informed staff there will be a presentation and resolution on the agenda to designate the Tampa Service Office as the District’s headquarters. Currently, the Hernando County Office serves as the District’s principal office and has been for over 50 years.

Legislative Update

The lobbyist for the City of Brooksville, Shawn Foster of Sunrise Consulting Group stated at their Council Meeting, “I’ve been doing this for 18 years and this was the most interesting session I think we’ve ever had.” Very few bills were actually passed due to a dispute between the House and Senate over medicaid expansion. The session was dismissed without passing a budget and the deadline to pass the budget is June 30th.

Time Crunch for the Half Cent Sales Tax Special Election

STAFF

At the May 5th School Board Workshop, school board members debated what type of election to run for the half cent sales tax referendum. Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson stated that she could do a special election in early September 2015 but it is not feasible for her to do a special election any later since she has to prepare new voting machines for the 2016 primary elections and it takes at least 6 months to train poll workers after they acquire the machines.

Weekend Arrest Reports

STAFF

DISCLAIMER: All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

HARTWELL, SARAH MARIE born 1997, UNEMPLOYED and JAMISON, CARL EVAN
7/17/1996 were both arrested for domestic battery at 01:48 on 5/1/2015. The pair had been living with eachother for a year and a half. An altercation arose due to Mr. Jamison text messaging another. Both are being held at the county jail.

Kass Circle Revitalization

In 2014, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity provided a $20,000 grant for the development of a revitalization plan for Kass Circle in Spring Hill, “the first mixed residential multi-family neighborhood and business district laid out in the original Spring Hill master plan.” The focus area is part of the original Spring Hill platted by the Deltona Corporation in the 1960’s. The other multi-family commercial center platted by Deltona in the 1960's is located at Mariner and Northcliffe.

Commission considers MSTU for HCSO, Sheriff Convinces Otherwise

Hernando Sun Staff

Before the April 28th County Commission Meeting, Sheriff Nienhuis sent out a press release stating his position on an agenda item which would discuss creating a Municipal Service Taxing Unit for the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Nienhuis came out strongly against an MSTU and stated that his department was never notified of this matter. Ultimately after hearing from the Sheriiff at the County Commission meeting, Commissioner Dukes dropped the item from the agenda.

Redistricting Postponed

Hernando Sun Staff

Overcrowding is currently being felt by several schools in the Hernando County School District. In the recent past, several new schools were built which had to be filled with students. When they first opened the schools, the district boundaries covered a large area. Now, some of these new schools are feeling the effects of a large district boundary. Shrinking these boundaries to a reasonable size will ease overcrowding.