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Editor’s note: The following information on closings and changes by government agencies was accurate as of Wednesday morning, March 18. However, changes are happening rapidly. Please contact the agencies for updates and further information.
Hernando County School District
The Hernando County schools, like all public schools in Florida, are closed through April 15.
Hernando District superintendent John Stratton said he will meet with the school staff on Monday, March 23, so they can train and prepare lessons to deliver to students remotely.
The district has set up numerous locations to hand out free grab-and-go lunches and breakfasts to students.
Starting Monday, all students 18 and younger will be able to pick up the grab-and-go meals, but students must be present to receive them. They’ll be handed lunch and breakfast for the next morning.
Families can drive through to pick up the meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday at: Brooksville Elementary, Chocachatti Elementary, Deltona Elementary, Eastside Elementary, J.D. Floyd Elementary, Pine Grove Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, Suncoast Elementary, Westside Elementary, Challenger K8, Explorer K8 and Winding Waters K8.
Students also can pick up meals at these other locations and times:
- Hammock Ridge Apartments, 11 to 11:30 a.m.
- Bridgewater Club Apartments, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
- Nantucket Cove Apartments, 12:30 to 1 p.m.
- Brookhaven Apartments, 11 to 11:30 a.m.
- Freedom Garden Apartments, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
- South Brooksville Elks Lodge, 12:30 to 1 p.m.
- Delta Woods Park, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
School buses will be running and offer meals at these bus stops:
- Ridge Manor: Snowberry Loop and Sherman Hills Boulevard, 11:30 a.m.; Leisure Street and Pleasant Lane, noon; Evergreen Way and Bobwhite Court, 12:30 p.m.; Laumer Road and Reynolds Street, 1 p.m.
- Hernando Beach: Arbutus Avenue and Westside Avenue, 11:30 a.m.; Gettysburg Drive and Richard Drive, noon; First Baptist Church, 12:35 p.m.; Sea Bass Drive and Cobia Drive, 1 p.m.
- Lake Lindsey, Nobleton: Blackjack Street and Danmar Avenue, 11:30 a.m.; Forbes Street and Edgewater Avenue, noon; Freewalt Street and Stevens Avenue, 12:30 p.m.; and Lake Lindsey United Methodist Church, 1:15 p.m.
Also, the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club will provide before- and after-school care through March 27:
- Boys and Girls Club: Care for school-age, pre-kindergarten and toddlers will be provided at Brooksville Elementary, Westside Elementary and JD Floyd Elementary.
- YMCA: Care for school-age, pre-kindergarten and toddlers will be at Pine Grove Elementary and Deltona Elementary. Care for toddlers and pre-kindergarten only will take place at Springstead High School.
The programs will try to accommodate families who don’t typically use their childcare program if they have openings. Those families are urged to call ahead. For the YMCA, call (352) 686-9622; for Boys & Girls Club, call (352) 666-0068.
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Hernando County government agencies
The March 24 County Commission meeting will take place, but county staff is developing a remote-access plan for public participation. The Hernando County Housing Authority Board meeting scheduled for March 26 and the Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting slated for April 8 have been canceled.
- Hernando County Libraries: All programs and meeting room use has been canceled and all libraries are closed until further notice. Fines are suspended until May 1. Electronic resources will be placed on the front page of the library website. WiFi access outside of library branches remains active.
- Hernando County Parks: Pine Island Park and the beach area of Rogers Park will remain closed until further notice. The boat ramp at Rogers Park will remain open. The Mermaid Chase Paddling Race scheduled for April 18 has been canceled.
- Other meeting and class information:
- All Florida-Friendly landscape classes have been canceled, although on-line options are being developed.
- All Extension Service classes will be postponed to a future date.
Southwest Florida Water Management District
- Brooksville and all other district offices are closed to public access until further notice. Staff will continue to work from alternative locations and will work with the public using remote access.
- All water management district campgrounds will close until further notice.
Other Hernando County announcements
- Withlacoochee River Electric Company: The cooperative will be closing its offices to the public until further notice. This will in no way affect electric service, the agency said. If customers experience a service interruption, please contact your local Cooperative office. Members can also report an outage through our SmartHub app or on wrec.net.
- Events canceled or postponed:
- The Brooksville Pinewood Derby on Saturday is postponed.
- The Central Florida Sportsman’s Expo scheduled for March 28-29 at Tom Varn Park has been rescheduled to September 26-27.
- The Hernando County Fair, scheduled for April 3-ll has been canceled. The Fair board and the livestock committee are discussing accommodations for livestock projects.
- The Brooksville Uptown Art Gallery call for art on April 4 is canceled.
- Friday Night Live in Brooksville on April 10 is canceled
- Brooksville’s Dining on Main Street on April 18 is postponed.
- The Brooksville Blueberry Festival on April 25-26 is canceled.
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