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Pinebrook Pharmacy relocates and other Hernando business news

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Michael Higgins, DO [Vince Vanni]
Michael Higgins, DO [Vince Vanni]
Published Dec. 8, 2019
Updated Dec. 11, 2019


PHARMACY RELOCATES: Pinebrook Pharmacy has relocated to 14111 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, next to Glory Days restaurant. The pharmacy is open seven days a week and now offers a drive-thru window for customer convenience. Pinebrook Pharmacy, owned by Gautam Thakkar, has four locations in Hernando County. Other locations include 11373 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill (inside Oak Hill Hospital); 5340 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; and 10507 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 610-4347, email to or visit

DOCTOR RECEIVES ‘FELLOW’ RECOGNITION: Michael W. Higgins, DO, recently attended the 2019 fall meeting of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, which recently recognized the local physician as a fellow. Dr. Higgins is a senior board examiner for the academy and provides training for residents in the Oak Hill Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program. Dr. Higgins specializes in non-operative and operative management of general orthopaedic conditions and the spine. He sees patients at 4055 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Visit

BUSINESSES COLLECTING FOR TOYS FOR TOTS: The following businesses are collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign to benefit less-fortunate children in the area during Christmas:

• The Wireless Zone, 7272 Broad St., Brooksville

• Discovery Point Silverthorn, 14281 Odyssey Road, Spring Hill.


CHAMBER HAPPENINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will conduct the following:

• Operation Outreach Committee meeting, 9 a.m. Dec. 17, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville. Call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.

• Ribbon-cutting at Life Primary School, noon Dec. 19, at 6001 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Frank Zayas, (352) 488-8850

Networking opportunities

• Nature Coast Business Professionals: 7:30 a.m. Fridays, IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Those attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip, (352) 293-4317.

• Brooksville B2B (Business to Business) Networking, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free for Chamber members, $5 for non-members. To register, visit or call (352) 796-0697.

• BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Dan Brown, (262) 676-2776.

• Keep It Local — Spring Hill/Brooksville Chapter: 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Call Melanie Grossi, (352) 263-7749.

• Keep It Local — Hernando Business Professionals Chapter: 11:15 a.m., second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 14387 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Lauren Jolly, (352) 610-3435.

• BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. No cost for first-time visitors. Call Chris Dyer, (352) 849-5353.


  1. Hernando officials will close the Spring Hill recycling center at Walmart due to too much contamination of materials.
  2. Brian Davison is chief executive officer of Equialt, which bought this Safety Harbor home in a tax deed sale. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission contends in a new lawsuit that EquiAlt is a Ponzi scheme, and Davison has diverted investor funds for his own lavish personal spending. Times (2015)
  3. Associate professor of biology Caitlin Gille leads the Pasco-Hernando State College faculty union, which challenged the school's public comment rules.  (Photo Courtesy of Caitlin Gille)
  4. Jacqueline Ortiz and Francisco Medero were the first couple to exchange wedding vows during a special Valentine's Day ceremony held in historic Courtroom 1 at the Hernando County Courthouse in Brooksville. County judges Kristie Healis (pictured) and Kurt Hitzemann took turns officiating the ceremonies that were scheduled at 15-minute intervals throughout the day.
  5. Iriann Paynewhite of Dade City enjoys a ride on a lady bug on opening day at the Pasco County Fair. The fair continues through Feb. 23 at the county fairgrounds in Dade City.
  6. Hernando County community news
  7. Luis Espel, 22, uses the Cass Street bike lane to commute to work in Tampa. Times (2019)
  8. Handsome Boy, Harry, Sasha and Eden are looking for their forever homes.
  9. Adisa Dzudza-Sunjic, MD, (on left) and Carla J. Danesi, registered and licensed dietitian, have joined Access Health Care Physicians.
  10. Artist's rendering of the proposed new Hernando County government center which could be built at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport.
  11. Country crooner Doug Stone headlines this weekend's Florida Bluegrass Classic at Florida Classic Park in eastern Brooksville. Stone performs at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22. He is known for hits such as "I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)" and "A Jukebox With a Country Song."
  12. The Hernando Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Michele DiLuzio, will present the Spectrum concert this weekend at the Central High School theater. Courtesy of Jeff Turner