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.
Updated 9:58 am CST, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Supporters of Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., watch early results on a smart phone at an election party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Supporters of Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., watch early results on a smart phone at an election party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Photo: John Raoux, AP Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, right, and his wife Casey wave to supporters as they walk onto the stage after he was declared the winner of the election at his party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, right, and his wife Casey wave to supporters as they walk onto the stage after he was declared the winner of the election at his party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, second from left, thanks … [Read more...] about The Latest: US Sen. Bill Nelson getting ready for recount
Updated 8:26 pm CST, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Election Day in Florida (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Most Florida felons who have finished their sentences will be able to vote again in future elections. Voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 4, which says that most felons will automatically have their voting rights restored when they complete their sentences or go on probation. The amendment exempts those convicted of sex offenses and murder. Supporters said the state's current system was too onerous. It required felons to wait at least five years after completing their sentence before they could file a request with the governor and Cabinet. About 1.5 million people are affected. Nearly all states allow felons to vote after completing their sentences. Opponents argued that the measure treats all felons alike and takes away the ability to judge each individually. The measure was placed on the ballot by petition. ___ 9:10 p.m. … [Read more...] about The Latest: Florida will restore felons’ voting rights
Tampa Electric Co. has said its Mountain View Solar project near Dade City represented a $75 million investment in alternative energy. The investing began in earnest last week when the utility paid more than $6.8 million for 382 acres in the rural community of Blanton.The largest beneficiaries were Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, and his wife, Kathy. The Simpsons nearly tripled their 2016 investment, selling 252 acres for just less than $4.45 million. The couple bought the land, targeted previously for residential development, from a subsidiary of Wells Fargo in May 2016 for $1.5 million.The Tampa Electric transactions, recorded Sept. 17 in Pasco County, also included $885,800 to James Grove and Ranch for 60 acres; $887,000 to William and Alice Jordan for 43 acres and $613,400 to Edwards Stacey Mignon Jordan for nearly 28 acres. Overall, the utility paid approximately $17,800 per acre for the land along both sides of Blanton Road and south of Frazee Hill Road.Simpson noted the solar … [Read more...] about Solar farm land price is $6.8 million, including $4.4 million to state Sen. Wilton Simpson