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Health Department warns of poor water quality at Pine Island Beach

The Hernando County Health Department has announced that bacteriological test results show the water quality at Pine Island Beach is in the poor range. An advisory has been issued, which means water contact may pose an increased risk of infectious disease, particularly for susceptible individuals. There were a lot of sea gulls on the beach when the samples were taken, said environmental manager Albert Gray. "We don't know for sure. But we think there is a correlation between the birds and the tests," Gray said. "It's probably because of bird feces." The department will take new samples on Monday and, depending on the results, will rescind or continue the advisory, Gray said. For information, call Gray at 540-6802.

Local government groups meet to discuss land issues

The Hernando County School Board will meet with County Commissioners and the Brooksville City Council at 1:30 p.m. Monday to discuss land issues, especially the need for new schools in the fast-growing county. The meeting between the three major government bodies will be held at the School Board offices and is open to the public.

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