BROOKSVILLE - Hernando Today is on the move.
This week, the newspaper will relocate to its new temporary office at 12973 Cortez Blvd. in the Western Way Plaza.
Located near two major intersections, the newspaper staff believes it is the ideal site to welcome more walk-in customers. It is also centrally located between Brooksville and Spring Hill, which will allow reporters to reach breaking news sites even faster.
The former Hernando Today office, at Wiscon Road and Winter Street, will soon be occupied by BayCare Behavioral Health.
The new location will only be home for about 30-45 days. Hernando Today will then be moving into a larger space in Western Way Plaza. Work crews are busy renovating the permanent site to better serve customers, advertisers and staff.
Telephone numbers will remain the same.
This will be only the third move in Hernando Today's history. The paper began more than 30 years ago when it operated out of an office just west of the Suncoast Parkway. In 1992, it moved to a larger site at 15299 Cortez Blvd.
"Hernando Today has been a strong voice of the community for over 30 years and we plan to continue to be that for years to come," Hernando Today editor Michael Terry said. "Our move puts us in a better position to serve our readers and our advertisers."
He said the move is a win-win situation for Hernando Today and BayCare, as both will be able to more effectively meet the needs of Hernando County.
"We're excited about moving and updating our facilities and renewing our commitment to Hernando County as their hometown newspaper," said Bill Barker, publisher of Tampa Media Group, which includes the Tampa Tribune and Hernando Today.
Pat Crowley, president of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, said she is excited about Hernando Today's move and believes there will be a greater synergy between staff and customers, being at Mariner Boulevard and State Road 50.
"It's a good move for (the newspaper)," Crowley said. "(It) will be right in the thick of things."
Beth Hardy, spokeswoman for BayCare Behavioral Health, said she is also excited about the move and the company will be offering outpatient services in the former Hernando Today site.
"We're always looking for ways to improve our services to the community," Hardy said.
An open house is tentatively planned in November in Hernando Today's permanent location.