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Hernando County week in words

Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"Every time we have another issue, it's always, 'I'm sorry. I'll fix it. It's not going to happen again.' At what point is sorry not good enough?''

County Commissioner Jeff Stabins, criticizing County Administrator David Hamilton after an audit report found that he violated protocols while hiring a construction manager for the Hernando Beach dredge project.

"Everyone who touched that has to share responsibility for it. I was surprised that the audit was even done.''

County Commissioner Wayne Dukes, noting that many others besides Hamilton share the blame for problems in the hiring.

"No one can demonstrate to me a criminal act, not even malfeasance. There was no attempt to defraud the public.''

County Commissioner Dave Russell, on the problems related to the hiring of the manager.

"You're in triage now.''

School superintendent Bryan Blavatt, telling the School Board the time is ripe to use reserves to stave off budget cuts in light of dropping revenues.

"Now that everyone understands the whole picture, we will get it done.''

Joe Vitalo, president of the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association, on the continuing contract talks.

"The last thing the district and the board wants to do is eliminate positions. A little bit of cooperation on everybody's part and we can get this done.''

School Board member John Sweeney, urging cooperation between the district and the teachers union on resolving issues related to the budget cuts.

"The main theme here is to interview some of our people who have lived here a long time who have great memories of things, to tell stories to people who haven't lived here as long.''

County Commissioner Jeff Stabins, on the premise of a show he hopes to start on Government Broadcasting.

"If every one of those businesses got a permit to put up a feather sign, it would look like a circus. That's not a vision that people looking to move here want to see.''

Brooksville City Council member Joe Bernardini, opposing a proposed ordinance that would allow signs at new and existing businesses for a short time to help attract customers.

"It's a desperate need for our young people. The children really want to work.''

Mark Drake, who has seen the expected funding from government sources dry up, causing him to cancel a summer jobs program for teens that he has run for 14 years.

Hernando County week in words 06/25/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 25, 2011 10:12am]
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