Travelers' Alert: SkyMed to offer free lunch seminars this week in Brooksville and Spring Hill



Representatives of SkyMed, a company based out of Scottsdale, Arizona which provides emergency air medical transportation services to its members will be presenting information about their services during several free lunch seminars in Brooksville and Spring Hill this week.

17th Annual Residents Reception to focus on workforce development

This year the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Residents Reception is trading in mermaids and springs for rolling hills and trees in a tranquil academic setting.
“Even with an event that’s 17 years old,” said Hernando County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Patricia Crowley, “when you move it, it’s a big thing.”

Honoring 20 years of books

The Little Red Schoolhouse located on Kenlake Avenue in Spring Hill. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The month of October marks the 20th Anniversary of the Little Red Schoolhouse, and they are having a 20 percent off sale to celebrate. Prior to becoming the bookstore it is today, it was the original Spring Hill Library Branch before the building of its current location was constructed.

The location served as the library the first 9 years and has only been a bookstore for the past 11 years.

Popular brunch spot opens in Brooksville


First Watch, the popular Sarasota-based breakfast, brunch and lunch concept,opened its newest restaurant on Monday, Oct. 9, in Brooksville. It is located  at 12314 Cortez Blvd. in the new Cortez West shopping center, and will employ about 25 people.

Customers at First Watch in Brooksville will be able to sample the eatery’s innovative menu, including popular dishes like Quinoa Power Bowls, Avocado Toast, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and options from the Fresh Juice Bar, which are juiced in-house daily using high quality fruits and vegetables.

Tijuana Flats continues its expansion plans: Opens new restaurant in Brooksville


The Tijuana Flats located at 12320 Cortez Blvd, a half a mile west of Mariner Blvd in Brooksville is now open for business. The new location is the seventh store that Tijuana Flats has opened this year.

The new restaurant is 2,253 square feet and includes 64 indoor guest seats and 24 patio seats. It will employ 45-50 team members to include management, back-of-house and front-of-house employees. Additionally, Brooksville guests will enjoy a selection of 15 different hot sauces from Tijuana Flats’ Hot Bar.

Hammock Ridge developer requests brownfield designation

At the September 19, 2017, Board of County Commissioners meeting, a request from Goldstein Environmental Law Firm was presented. This request was on behalf of HTG Hammock Ridge, LLC, requesting for the property at 8274 Omaha Circle, Spring Hill be designated as a Green Reuse Area under Florida’s Brownfield Redevelopment Act. Florida Statute 376.80(2)(c).

Cole's Farm Market expands to 3 locations

Hernando Sun Staff

Kim and Jim Cole, owners of Cole's Farm Markets.

To those traveling east on County Line Road or south on US19, Jim Cole’s produce stands are a familiar sight with their bright red and green tents. Now, the Cole’s have opened a new stand located at the junction of Twin Dolphin Drive and Sunshine Grove Road just off Cortez Boulevard.

Cole’s Farm Markets have been in Hernando and Pasco counties selling fresh fruit and vegetables for more than 11 years and have become an important part of local communities.

Cole has been in the business of selling produce all his life.

Fact Check Labels

One of the new additions to the search aggregator Google News, Bing News, and others is a new fact check label. They are using a select group of news sites and including their articles marked as fact checks.

Fact checking can be very subjective, since often the statements are not purely measurable. To determine true or false, there is interpretation that is required to arrive at something that is measurable. This interpretation of the statement and distilling it down into something that can be verified is an area where these fact checkers fail.

Useful Phone Numbers

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) - (352) 754-4083


Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) - (352) 754-6830
Brooksville PD - (352) 754-6800
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) - West: (727) 847-5878 East: (352) 518-5000
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) - (352) 726-4488


Oak Hill - (352) 596-6632
Bayfront Brooksville - (352) 796-5111
Bayfront Spring Hill - (352) 688-8200