Friday, March 23, 2018


Barbara Behrendt, Times Staff Writer

Barbara Behrendt, Times Staff Writer

Barbara Behrendt has been a staff writer covering the North Suncoast since 1983. She currently covers Hernando County government, the city of Brooksville and general assignment stories in Hernando County. A native of Chicago, she grew up in Columbus Ohio and earned her journalism degree from the Ohio State University.

Former Brooksville Police Chief George Turner

Brooksville city manager cites police chief for lack of leadership, improper release of crime scene video

BROOKSVILLE — The Brooksville Police Department still needs someone in charge, even though the City Council is negotiating with Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis to take over the city’s law enforcement.City Manager Mark Kutney delivered that...
Published: 03/22/18
Hernando County commissioned this park concept drawing for the Weekiwachee Preserve. County officials are working with the Southwest Florida Water Management District on a swap of county lands for property in the preserve for the proposed park, which includes a beach, activity areas and more than 500 parking spaces, according to the plan.  Courtesy Southwest Florida Water Management District

A beach in Hernando Beach? What a concept

HERNANDO BEACHHernando Beach residents — tired of telling visitors there is no beach in Hernando Beach — might one day have a new response.The Hernando County Commission on Tuesday will discuss a proposal to create a beach as part of a...
Published: 03/21/18
Charles D. Greenwell

Candidates join County Commission, School Board races in Hernando County

BROOKSVILLE — The list of names set to appear on Hernando County ballots later this year is getting longer as races for a seat on the County Commission and on the School Board have each gained another candidate.A Republican candidate, one who...
Published: 03/16/18
Former Brooksville Police Chief George Turner

Brooksville Police Chief ousted

BROOKSVILLE — The chief of the Brooksville Police Department has been fired as the city considers whether to disband the agency.City Manager Mark Kutney said Thursday that George Turner was relieved of duty the day before.
Published: 03/15/18
Brooksville Fire Department

Brooksville council undecided about hiring county fire service for city

BROOKSVILLE — The city’s cost-cutting exploration continued Monday night with another lengthy workshop by the Brooksville City Council, this time on the future of the city’s fire department.
Published: 03/14/18
Updated: 03/15/18
The Spring Center development is proposed for Spring Hill.

Planning board gives nod to Spring Center project

BROOKSVILLE — The Spring Center mixed-use community proposed for a 450-acre undeveloped area in the middle of Spring Hill got its first nod of acceptance Monday from the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission.But the planning...
Published: 03/14/18
The whooping cranes that winter in Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Citrus and Hernando counties won't be affected by the proposal to move a Kissimmee flock of cranes to Louisiana. [International Crane Foundation]

Whooping cranes didn’t so well in Florida. Next stop: Louisiana.

If you have never seen a stately whooping crane in the wild in Florida, better hurry. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to transplant a bunch of them to Louisiana.The whoopers — as they’re sometimes called — live in a couple of different...
Published: 03/08/18
Hernando County Commissioner John Allocco   |   Times

Hernando Commissioners seek state approval for more business-friendly growth plan

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Commission Tuesday unanimously agreed to seek state approval for its updated comprehensive plan, which will guide the county’s growth through 2040.Commissioners supported changes largely focused on loosening...
Updated one month ago
A backhoe digs deep into soft limerock at Cemex's Brooksville location. The company has asked to expand its operation. Times file

Hernando Commission grants first approval on lime rock mine expansion

BROOKSVILLELike a half dozen public meetings before it, a room full of people with mining interests and their consultants faced off Tuesday against residents and representatives of environmental organizations over the proposed...
Updated one month ago
Brooksville City Hall  DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times

Council moves toward disbanding Brooksville Police Department

BROOKSVILLE — The Brooksville City Council voted late Monday to negotiate with Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis to take over the city’s law enforcement responsibilities. An approved contract would mark the end of the Brooksville Police Department,...
Updated one month ago