Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014

MICHAEL D. BATES

Hernando Today

Scallop season yields big dividends

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Scallop hunters used to travel to Citrus County to launch their search for the tasty bivalves nestled in shallow sea-grass beds in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hernando works to curb increase in dogfighting

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Davey, a 2 1/2-year-old pit bull, romps around these days in the office of Hernando County Animal Services, tail wagging and affectionate to anyone who pets his black-an...

Hernando commission approves 2014-15 budget

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County commissioners approved the fiscal year 2014-15 budget during Tuesday’s second and final budget hearing.

Hernando considers splitting proposed tourism center

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Turns out, getting the state to allocate $3 million for an educational-tourism center in Hernando County might have been the easiest part of the process.

Hernando commissioners approve 2014-15 budget

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— County commissioners officially put the fiscal year 2014-15 budget to bed at Tuesday’s second and final budget hearing.

Hernando considers spliting proposed tourism center into two concepts

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— Turns out, getting the state to allocate $3 million for an educational-tourism center in Hernando County may have been the easiest part of the process.

Hobby Lobby opening delayed

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The opening of Hernando County’s first Hobby Lobby store has been delayed.

County seeks to alleviate congestion at boat ramp

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Jon Auvil, of Dade City, said he tries to make the trip to Hernando Beach every Saturday to launch his boat into a newly dredged channel leading to the Gulf of Mexico.

Penny for Projects raises $159K

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The Penny for Projects political action committee raised $159,100 from June 1 through Sept. 5, according to Florida elections officials.

Brooksville chief: No excessive force in violent encounter

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Two Brooksville police officers acted appropriately when taking down a man who ended up hospitalized after the violent altercation, Police Chief George Turner said.

County may adopt new minimum operating standards at airport

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Hernando Commissioner Dave Russell said the minimum operating standards for the local airport have not been modified since 1997.

Hernando County’s jobless rate up for fourth consecutive month

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Hernando County’s unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in August, up from 8.5 percent the previous month.

Bike, walking path will connect beach to U.S. 19

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For years bicyclists and pedestrians in this coastal community have pedaled or walked cautiously along Osowaw Boulevard to reach the nearest big-box stores on U.S. 19...

With much on the line, penny sales tax push heats up

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Hernando County has launched a full-court promotional campaign to sell the public on the ‘Penny for Projects’ sales tax initiative voters will find on Nove...

Sheriff : Crime rate fell 40 pct. since 2008

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— About 10,000 more people have settled in Hernando County in the last six years — a 6-percent increase population.

Building permit fees to rise 25 percent over two years

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— The Hernando County building department, hampered in recent years by reduced staff, plans to alleviate that problem by increasing its fees for permits by 12.5 percent fo...

Negotiations help erase Hernando budget deficit

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BROOKSVILLE – Some last minute brainstorming Tuesday between the staff from Hernando County and the sheriff’s office resulted in the near closure of a $548,524 general fund shortfall and allowed county comm...

Dollar General approved for east Hernando

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— County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a rezoning request allowing Dollar General to build a new store at the southeast corner of State Road 50 and Tr...

Lack of consensus on tourism center could lead to its demise, commissioners say

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— The county’s plan to build an educational-tourism center in Hernando County was originally to be a destination spot to draw people to the area.

Board approves property rezoning, storage expansion in Hernando

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It took only about 15 minutes for planning and zoning commissioners to conduct business Tuesday.

Commission to discuss proposed Dollar General

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A proposed Dollar General store in Ridge Manor caused discussion at a recent planning and zoning meeting when the board learned some people who live at an apartment comp...

Red-light camera battle could go to court in December

- A legal fight about Brooksville's much-debated red-light cameras could go to trial in December.

Papa Joe's plans re-opening

- Eight months after a fire destroyed Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, owner Joe Giarratana said people still ask if he plans to re-ope...

County allays meter fears

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An advertisement in this month’s Spring Hill newsletter spurred some people to contact Hernando County commissioners and utility department employees.

P&Z board to hear request for storage facility

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Planning and zoning commissioners Monday will consider a request to allow a two-story, 10,200-square-foot climate-controlled storage building inside an existing facility...

Despite I-75 push, county prefers Weeki Wachee for tourism center

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— Despite a push by some to find yet another location for an educational-tourism center, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is still the preferred site for county officials s...

Hernando sheriff returns $1.2 million to county

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— Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced this week that streamlining efforts within his department, combined with a hurricane season that has thus far been quiet, will allow him to...

State Road 50 project three months off pace

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The State Road 50 widening project has been under way for almost two years and motorists have at least another 12 months to endure the cons...

Red-light camera referendum won't make Nov. ballot

- A proposed ordinance that, if passed, would have banned red-light cameras from the city will not be on November ballots, and the matter seems headed for a specia...

Housing market continues to improve

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Single-family home prices are on the rise, short sales are declining and Hernando County’s real estate market generally continues to show modest improvement.

Wawa eyes Cortez Commons site

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The convenience store with the funny name that is proliferating throughout the Tampa Bay region is coming to Hernando County.

Hernando County hires company to develop brand

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Website caused election result delays, Shirley Anderson says

- — It didn’t take Elections Supervisor Shirley Anderson long Tuesday night to realize there were glitches in her department’s website that transmitted t...

Holcomb beats Pizzo by 79 votes for primary win

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— Software consultant Jeff Holcomb won the Republican primary for the Hernando County Commission District 4 seat by 79 votes over real estate agent Laurie Pizzo.

Hernando board approves $24.5 million wastewater plant at airport

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— County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a $24.5 million project that will expand the wastewater treatment plant at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport.<...

Research Hernando candidates before voting today

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A slow stream of voters is drifting into precincts around Hernando County as Election Day continues in Hernando County.

Spring Hill sinkhole report finds potential void beneath surface

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— Hernando County officials will continue to monitor a residential area in Spring Hill where a large sinkhole opened last month, despite an engineering report that recomme...

Details released for proposed tourism center at Weeki Wachee

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State officials wanted details of the proposed $6 million educational-tourism center at Weeki Wachee Springs before committing funding for it.

Penny for Projects wish list released

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The list of projects that would be undertaken if the Penny for Projects sales tax referendum passes in November reads like a litany of campaign promises from a political candidate.

Residents shouldering most of tax base

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Residents continue to bear the largest share of the tax burden in Hernando County.

Three attorneys seek to unseat incumbent in 5th Judicial Circuit

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Three private practice attorneys are vying to unseat incumbent Circuit Court Judge Sandy Kautz.

Five questions for Hernando commission District 4 candidates

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Two seats are up for grabs this year on the Hernando County Commission, but only District 4 is involved in this month’s primary.

Payments increase after garbage bill added to utilities

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To streamline payment collections, Hernando County commissioners in October voted to add people’s garbage collection bills to their water and sewer statements.

Voters get early start

- For whatever reason, voter turnout for primary elections always is light.

Hernando County jobless rate increases

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The unemployment rate in Hernando County shot up to 8.4 percent in July, the third consecutive monthly increase.

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market eyed for Spring Hill Drive

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Hernando County soon might get its first Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, a scaled-down grocery version of the larger superstores.

State advances $89.5 million for I-75 expansion in Hernando

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Cemex expansion discussion delayed until Dec. 9

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— Commissioners accepted a request from Cemex to postpone discussion of a proposed mining expansion north of Brooksville until Dec. 9.

Hundreds of Hernando County employees to get pay raises

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— Hundreds of Hernando County employees are in line for pay raises thanks to a salary study that showed their pay is about 4 percent lower than the pay of industry peers....

Hernando commissioners raise bed tax 2 cents

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— County commissioners voted unanimously to raise the bed tax from 3 to 5 cents on the dollar and use the money to help bolster the county tourism department’s oper...

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