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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

County continues to assess storm damage


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BROOKSVILLE - Emergency Management Director Cecilia Patella, updating the county commission board on the effects of last week's heavy rains, said the damage assessment continues.

To date, there have been 45 homes with damage, six of which were destroyed. That doesn't include damage at Brooksville's Campers Holiday, a mobile home park still underwater and still being assessed.

Patella said she is applying for a local disaster declaration and other means for financial aid.

"Hernando County seems to be the only county that had this much rain," she told board members at their Tuesday meeting.

Three roads remain closed due to flooding: Rackley Road, Endsley and Saturn roads, Culbreath Road and Race Horse Lane.

v vAlso Tuesday:

County commissioners voted unanimously to sponsor and commit $1,500 to the 2013 Veterans' Appreciation parade, tentatively planned for Nov. 9 in downtown Brooksville.

Parade coordinator Anna Liisa Covell told board members it has been difficult organizing the event because of obstacles faced from the Brooksville City Council.

County Commission Chairman Dave Russell said sponsorship by the county should help to increase future cooperation with the city.

Commissioners said they will sponsor subsequent Veterans' Appreciation parades as well.

Commissioners received a letter from Florida Blueberry Festival President and event coordinator Michael Heard, thanking them for their support of the 2013 festival held May 4-5.

The festival registered more than 46,000 attendees, supported multiple nonprofit partners, and awarded just under $5,000 to participating artists in continuing promotion of cultural arts, Heard wrote.

The festival's committee will be putting together sponsor packages for the 2014 festival and Heard said it will "count on Hernando County's continued support."

Commissioners said they were disappointed in the recent resignation of Office of Business Development Director Mike McHugh and wished him well.

County Administrator Len Sossamon said he believes McHugh will do well in his future endeavors.

McHugh is leaving his post Sept. 13 after 11 years with the county.

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