Barbara Behrendt, Hernando County Reporter

Barbara Behrendt

Hernando County Reporter

The North Suncoast and the Times have been my home since I graduated from the Ohio State University 35 years ago. Every day I get to come work for one of the country’s finest newspapers with talented co-workers who share my passion for informing our readers about their community. From the latest development plan near their neighborhood to the price of their garbage service, there is no more relevant journalism than what we do here in Hernando County. I cherish your input, suggestions and story ideas.

Brooksville Main Street program loses director but hopes to gain new focus

One possible view of the future of downtown Brooksville through the eyes of designers for the Brooksville Main Street Program. Renderings were done by Randy Wilson of Community Design Solutions and Andy Kalback of Kalback Design Studio.
Finding a new leader and funding the program will be the biggest hurdles.

More trees, fewer tortoises: Tree clearing to end at Lake Townsen after community protests and compromise

Hernando County is working to create a gopher tortoise relocation site at Lake Townsen Preserve. The work has required removing vegetation and cutting trees which has some wondering if this is really an ecological benefit. Courtesy Hernando County
New habitat area for gopher tortoises in eastern Hernando County, which required the tree clearing, will be smaller than previously planned.

Hernando County commissioner: Are we rewarding property owners for not following the law?

Hernando County Government Center
Hernando County officials question whether code violators should get a permanent pass on their zoning errors.

Hernando County Commission says no to another community seeking to build houses on smaller lots

Hernando County Government Center
Developer wanted to build 223 homes in the second phase of the Village Van Gogh subdivision, instead of the 170 previously approved.

Hernando County Commission taps Jeff Rogers as their new county administrator

Acting Hernando County Administrator Jeff Rogers
BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County commissioners didn't have to look far to find their next county administrator. On Tuesday, they tapped acting Administrator Jeff Rogers. Rogers, 47, has..