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Commission does U-turn on road vote

Hernando County commissioners on Tuesday reversed the decision made in May to vacate a portion of an Aripeka road that residents and visitors traveled to watch sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. The 3-2 vote came after commissioners agreed to rehear the issue because adjacent landowners along Sunset Vista Drive complained that they did not receive proper notice. Commission Chairman Tony Mosca Jr. and Commissioner John Richardson voted against the reversal, which effectively prevents a family from using a storm-eroded lot in the reconstruction of their home. However, Richardson said the county should reimburse the family for the property and use it as a park for viewing sunsets.

Election cleared on fire service

BROOKSVILLE _ Northeast Hernando County residents may vote later this year on which agency will provide their fire protection. The County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to consider holding a special election on the issue. The referendum would offer residents in Istachatta, Nobleton and Lake Lindsey the option of continued service from the Sumter-based Tri-County Volunteer Fire Department or from the East Hernando Fire Department. Residents contribute to the volunteer fire department, but would be taxed by the county if they chose East Hernando. An election date was not set Tuesday.

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