1. Hernando

Hernando County news briefs for June 21


Vacancies available on tourist board

The Board of County Commissioners is accepting applications from individuals interested in filling two vacant positions on the Hernando County Tourist Development Council as accommodation owner/operator representatives collecting the tourist tax. The purpose of the council is to promote tourism opportunities in Hernando County and to oversee the collection and disbursement of the Tourist Development Tax.

Applications are available in the County Administrator's Office, 20 N Main St., Room 263, Brooksville; by calling (352) 754-4002; or by visiting the website at Completed applications must be returned to the Administrator's Office no later than 5 p.m. June 27.

All applicants must be residents and registered voters in Hernando County. Additionally, these are voluntary, non-paid positions and may be designated as an alternate member position.

Program needs child advocate volunteers

The Guardian ad Litem program is seeking volunteers to be a voice for abused, neglected or abandoned children whose cases are in the court system. The program is a state- and county-funded, volunteer-based organization that trains individuals to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

Volunteers work as a part of a team. They are assigned to a human service supervisor and attorney. They gather information needed to make sound, common-sense recommendations to the court. Although the child's safety is the top priority, volunteers must consider the importance of familial connections, friendships, and the child's wishes and desires.

Independent research has shown that children with a Guardian ad Litem volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and re-enter care.

There are more than 2,100 children as part of the Dependency Court System in the 5th Circuit, which includes Hernando, Citrus, Sumter, Marion and Lake counties. Due to the lack of volunteers, not all of these children receive services.

Those interested in becoming a Guardian ad Litem volunteer can contact Diana Gisonni at (352) 812-6971 or; to learn more about the program.

Hospitals' auxiliaries need volunteers

The auxiliaries of Bayfront Health Brooksville and Spring Hill need volunteers. Both campuses have openings for volunteers in the gift shop and patient care departments, as well as for golf cart drivers and lobby receptionists.

The nonprofit volunteer associations run the gift shops at the hospitals, with proceeds from the shops going toward scholarships for local high school students pursuing careers in the human medical field. For information about the auxiliary at Bayfront Health Brooksville, 17240 Cortez Blvd., call Alan at (352) 277-6349. For information about the auxiliary at Bayfront Health Spring Hill, 10461 Quality Drive, call Doris at (813) 390-6188.

Residents encouraged to 'wait to water'

The Southwest Florida Water Management District encourages residents who irrigate their lawns to take advantage of the summer rainy season and run their irrigation systems an as-needed basis.

During the summer months (June through September), yards need no more than 1/2 to 3/4 inches of water every two to three days. The easiest ways to determine if the yard needs water include: Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of the yard; grass blades appear blue-gray; and grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.

The District encourages using a rain gauge to determine how much rain the yard received, making sure rain sensors are working properly; making sure gutter downspouts are directed into landscaped areas or lawn and installing a rain barrel to capture excess rainwater.

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THE Bus fares reduced for veterans

Hernando County Transit/THE Bus is no offering a reduced fair rate for military veterans on transit services in Hernando County.

The reduced fair rates are 60 cents for one-way fare and $12.50 for monthly passes. A military ID must be presented to the bus operator upon boarding. For information, call the Hernando County Transit office at (352) 754-4444.

Donate unwanted bicycles to the needy

The Nature Coast Community Foundation is collecting unwanted bicycles and parts that will be reconditioned and given to the needy. The effort is provided in partnership with the Grace Presbyterian Bicycle Ministry.

Those who wish to make a donation can schedule a pick up. Call (352) 600-9555.


Workshop offered on grant writing

The GFWC-Historic Brooksville Woman's Club will host a Grant Writing Workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18 at the clubhouse, 131 S Main St.

Participants learn the secrets of writing a successful grant proposal.

The cost is $50. A portion of the funds will benefit Crescent Community Clinic and help the Woman's Club with clubhouse renovations.

For information or to sign up for the workshop, call Janet at (352) 796-4895 or Jude at (352) 345-2173.

County Recreation office is moving

The Hernando County Recreation Department is moving its offices to 16161 Flight Path Drive, effective June 28.

The office will continue to serve Hernando County residents in receiving boat and parking passes, making reservations for use of its facilities, signing up for summer camps and more. Office hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

For information, email to or call (352) 754-4031.


Parade to celebrate Independence Day

The High Point community will host its annual Independence Day Parade at 9 a.m. July 4. Parade participation is open to residents and organizations, as well as bands and dance groups from throughout Hernando County. Parade entries can be by golf cart, float, truck, walking and other modes of transportation.

The parade line up will be at 8:30 a.m. at High Point Boulevard, just beyond the community information booth. It will travel left down High Point Boulevard to Club House Road and end at the Community center at 12249 Club House Road.

Following the parade, American Legion Post 186 will post the colors in front of the community center. Refreshments will be served in the center. Raffle tickets will be sold to win a patriotic outdoor bench, as well as a number of gift cards donated by local merchants.

For information, a parade entry form, or to donate a raffle gift certificate, contact Toni McCabe at (330) 256-3368, or, or mail to the High Point Community Property Owners, 8008 Baltic St., Brooksville, FL 34613.

Contact Phyllis Day at or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.