Hernando Times

Hernando County Parks and Recreation worker Denny Mitchell spreads sand as part of the Pine Island beach restoration process at Alfred McKethan Pine Island Park in Spring Hill on Tuesday. Last month, city officials held meetings to assess public opinion about the development of a new tourist area and heard concerns about the erosion problem and high tide issues at the existing beaches. The county has spent about $12,500 in using its stockpile of sand to improve the Pine Island and Rogers Park seawalls and reclaim sand washed over the seawall. DEMETRIUS FREEMAN | Times

Hernando trucking in sand to improve beaches

PINE ISLAND — When Hernando County officials held meetings last month to assess public opinion on the development of a new tourism center, some residents questioned why a new beach was being considered when the county's existing beaches were not getting the attention they need. Improvements are on the way. Late las …