WEEKI WACHEE - Hernando County will host its 12th annual 2013 residents reception Thursday at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, welcoming new and native residents alike with a plethora of information and local contacts firsthand.
New residents and attendees will learn about Hernando schools, services, parks, roads, shopping, safety and hurricane information, health care and law enforcement, among other things.
More than 100 local merchants and businesses will be in attendance at the free event, said President and CEO of the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Pat Crowley.
"We brand it and market it to be an opportunity for the residents of Hernando County to meet the businesses of Hernando County and build relationships and see the services they have to offer," Crowley said. "Maybe they'll find someone with a restaurant on the east side if they live on the west side, or a retail service with a product they weren't aware of, or a business owner they never got to meet before."
Residents can also apply for homestead exemption while at the park and receive free samples of signature items from local restaurants.
New subscribers can also receive two months free for Hernando's local newspaper, Hernando Today, as well as a one-year half-price subscription.
"We've been very fortunate that we've always had great weather," Crowley said. "I would guesstimate 300-400 people will attend."
The residents reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, at the intersection of U.S. 19 and State Road 50.
To RSVP or for more information, call (352) 796-0697, ext. 224