HERNANDO BEACH — A high-profile piece of property at the heart of a hotly-contested rezoning case five years ago was listed for sale this month and has run afoul of state environmental rules -- again.The Southwest Florida Water Management District sent a letter on April 12 to Gordon Wolf, owner of a 17.6-acre parcel at 4545 Shoal Line Boulevard in Hernando Beach, saying Wolf’s boat and trailer storage business on the site is not permitted."In order to bring this matter into compliance, contact me by April 26, 2019, to discuss corrective actions or permit authorization needed to address the additional activities,'' wrote John Powanda, of the environmental resource permit office for the water management district.The permit as written allows only stockpiling of fill.In April 2015, Wolf dumped truckloads of fill dirt onto the site without the required permit. After neighbors raised the alarm, Hernando County code enforcement and the water management district ordered him to stop … [Read more...] about Storied Hernando Beach property draws new environmental permitting concerns
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Next week, Hernando County Commissioners likely will vote to buy land to expand parking for the Hernando Beach boat ramp — less than a month after the board first discussed the topic. That Dec. 18 discussion drew blindsided residents, the return of a political power player and hints of potential conflicts of interest.Commissioners talked about buying land next to the Calienta Street parking lots where boaters park their trailers. They agreed unanimously, with little conversation, that a 4.5 percent increase in county boat registrations between 2008 and 2017 demanded they double the size of the parking lot. The proposed price for the land is $475,000.By agreeing that growth drives the need for more parking, commissioners can use money from impact fees — paid to the county by land developers — to buy and develop the land. The subject already has raised the hackles of Hernando Beach residents, who are skeptical of development after years of controversial commercial … [Read more...] about Hernando County parking proposal raises familiar names — and hints of conflict.
Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:BODY OF MISSING DIVER RECOVERED FROM EAGLE’S NEST UNDERWATER CAVERescue crews have located the body of a 20-year-old free diver who failed to resurface at a dangerous cave in Hernando County, the Hernando County Sheriff’s office said today. Said Marjane was found by a civilian dive team after he was reported missing Wednesday night. According to deputies,, Marjane had been attempting to free-dive, meaning he was not carrying oxygen, with five friends near Eagle’s Nest, a series of underwater caves in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area a few miles northwest of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.BILL NELSON GETS IT FROM BOTH SIDES ON TRUMP’S SCOTUS PICKIt’s a safe bet that Sen. Bill Nelson will vote against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Or is it? Earlier this month, the Florida Democrat made an uncharacteristically strong declaration about opposing anyone who would … [Read more...] about Top 5 at noon: Body of missing diver recovered from underwater cave in Hernando; Bill Nelson gets it from both sides on Donald Trump’s SCOTUS nominee; and more
In a few short weeks, the Suncoast 2 toll road project has gone from boondoggle to folly.State officials pitched the 13-mile extension of the Suncoast Parkway as a step toward eventually linking the road to Interstate 75 near Ocala via a project dubbed the "Coastal Connector."Connecting the parkway to I-75 would help with hurricane evacuations and take some pressure off the interstate, state officials said. It was a main reason for moving ahead with the dubious extension plan.Now even that’s gone. The state scuttled the "Coastal Connector" idea in late June after a sustained outcry from Marion County residents and some businesses.But Suncoast 2 is still a go. Its blacktop and bridges will tear through undeveloped land so that the few drivers who currently use the northern stretch of the Suncoast Parkway can get to and from Lecanto slightly faster. Yes, Lecanto, that mega city in the middle of Citrus County, population 6,000.The road won’t carry on to I-75, nor will it go … [Read more...] about Brink: Extending the Suncoast Parkway has gone from boondoggle to folly
BROOKSVILLE — After seven years of discussion and a mountain of opposition, Cemex Construction Materials Florida and the ownership group of 730 acres of undeveloped property west of Brooksville got the approval Tuesday for a major mining expansion.Hernando County commissioners voted 4-0 to approve a change to the county’s comprehensive plan, designating the site north of Cortez Boulevard for mining and commercial uses rather than the residential and commercial uses designated for decades.Not unexpectedly, the decision came before a standing-room-only crowd of opponents, plus a contingent of Cemex workers showing their support. The approval is expected to extend mining jobs in the area by 20 years.Cemex would have a 20-year lease with the companies that own the land. Afterward, the mined land would be restored and potentially become a residential community, according to the plan presented to county officials.Attorney Jane West, representing the opposition, detailed the … [Read more...] about Hernando Commission says yes to 20 more years of rock mining outside Brooksville