BLUE DISTINCTION CENTER: Florida Blue has selected Oak Hill Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
To receive the distinction, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise in total knee and hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions.
U-HAUL NEIGHBORHOOD DEALER OPENS: Halo Autosports, 15265 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville, has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer.
The business will offer U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes. Hours of operation for rentals are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. After-hours drop-off is available. For information, call (352) 678-6640.
FLORIDA'S ADVENTURE COAST SHOWS GAINS: Tax collections and accommodator data for Florida's Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee reveal double-digit gains entering the second quarter of the year. Up 10.4 percent for April, the year-to-date rise is 16.9 percent over 2015.
The primary metric for measuring tourism progress is the amount of tourist development tax collected on overnight accommodations. Other key performance indicators also reflect increased visitations.
"This impressive performance shows that our destination continues to grow and resonate as a 'vacation spot,' " said Tammy Heon, the county's tourism development manager. "Our nature-based amenities are right for the times, and last year's rebranding initiative helps showcase its growing appeal."
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TO MEET: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Networking Group will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The speaker will be Shannon Sokolowski, Dawn Center executive director. For information, call Lindsey Hack at (352) 796-6000.
POLITICS IN THE PARK: The public is invited to meet 2016 political candidates at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Politics in the Park event from 5 to 9 p.m. July 14 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville.
Local, state and federal candidates will attend and discuss issues important. Those attending may participate in a straw poll administered by the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Office. Voter registration also will be available. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
For information, call (352) 796-0697.
LEE CORSO TO SPEAK AT CHAMBER'S JULY BREAKFAST: Former football coach Lee Corso, currently a broadcaster and commentator for ESPN, will be the speaker at the July Membership Breakfast Meeting of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce.
The breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m. July 27 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, south of Brooksville. There will also be a short meet-and-greet immediately after the meeting.
The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members at the door. Pre-registration is suggested. For information, call (352) 796-0697. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com.
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