ROCCO & JULIE B. MAGLIO

"Focus on the things above"

by JULIE & ROCCO MAGLIO

The Easter and Passover holidays of 2020 will be remembered for the virtual lockdown that the nation was under. People celebrated the holidays in different ways. Some celebrated at home talking to family over video chat, attending online services and some went to drive-in church services. 

Normally holidays are a chance to reconnect with family and friends. Holidays mark the few times a year that many extended families get together. This year there were few of these family gatherings as the families stayed apart to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Hernando Sun all local Christmas gift list

Finding a gift is often a difficult task, many of the people we buy gifts for can afford to buy any of these gifts themselves, so if they really wanted it they probably already have it.  One way to find a unique gift is to stay local. A gift from where you live will be unique in another area, so it is more likely to be appreciated. Local gifts are usually handmade by individuals living in your community or are the products of small businesses.

Community's Response to Hurricane Dorian

Hernando County is usually threatened by at least one storm forecast during the hurricane season. Often the storms are steered elsewhere, although it has been only two years since a weakened Irma directly hit this area. Last year the community came together to deliver supplies to Mexico Beach, Florida and surrounding communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. There were many local businesses and organizations that delivered needed supplies. The constant threat of being hit by a hurricane, leads residents of this area to feel a kinship with the victims of a hurricane.

Harbor Lights Restaurant & Lounge

Harbour Lights Restaurant & Lounge is a quaint little restaurant with a beautiful view of Lake Panasoffkee with impressively large cypress trees lining the embankment.

Harbour Lights is a great example of ‘old Florida’ and not much has changed in the past 30 years including the prices. An old Daily Sun article hangs on the wall and mentions that their buffet price is $13.95.  Today it is still $13.95.   

New county government center back in play

by ROCCO & JULIE B. MAGLIO

On January 18, 2019, the Hernando County Board of County Commission (BOCC) received a “Confidential” Unsolicited Proposal with Application Fee from a private entity pursuant to F.S. 255.065 (Chapter: Public Property and Publicly Owned Buildings - Section: Public-private partnerships; public records and public meetings exemptions). 

SWFWMD donates shoes to Moton Elementary

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) Employee Committee completes a couple of community outreach projects per year.  This year, one project was the “Starting Off on the Right Foot Sneaker Challenge” where employees donated sneakers for students during a three week collection period. The 646 pairs of shoes collected were split between two schools where more than 74 percent of the students come from low-income families- one was Moton Elementary in Brooksville and the other was Gocio Elementary in Sarasota.