Thursday, November 15, 2018


Barbara Behrendt, Times Staff Writer

Barbara Behrendt, Times Staff Writer

Barbara Behrendt has been a staff writer covering the North Suncoast since 1983. She currently covers Hernando County government, the city of Brooksville and general assignment stories in Hernando County. A native of Chicago, she grew up in Columbus Ohio and earned her journalism degree from the Ohio State University.

James Fine, project manager for the Weeki Wachee River carrying capacity study for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, explains details of the work to Hernando County commissioners John Mitten and John Allocco during a public workshop. BARBARA BEHRENDT | Times

How much is too much use of the Weeki Wachee River? Study is underway.

Residents and officials learn more about soil samples, erosion documentation and cameras posted as part of carrying-capacity study.
Published: 11/14/18
The Hernando County Government Center in downtown Brooksville. [JUSTIN TROMBLY | Times]

Planning commission recommends denial of expanded commercial fish processing in Hernando Beach

Community and company collide.
Published: 11/13/18
Updated: 11/14/18
Pat Brayton is running for a seat on Brooksville City Council. [Times files]

Brooksville City Council: Pat Brayton wins over Frankie Burnett

The latest:In the battle of former city council members, Pat Brayton has won the seat with 53.9 percent of the vote over Frankie Burnett.The results included nearly all the early votes and vote-by-mail ballot...
Published: 11/06/18
Jeff Holcomb

Hernando Commission 4: Jeff Holcomb wins over Nancy Makar

The latest:Incumbent County Commissioner Jeff Holcomb, the Republican, won with 62 percent of the vote over Democrat Nancy Makar.The reported results include nearly all of the early voting and vote-by-mail ballot...
Published: 11/06/18
8/4/2008; Brooksville, FLA;  Wayne Dukes; Candidate for Hernando County Commission  Mike Bates story Hernando Today Staff Photos by Bob East III

Hernando Commission 2: Wayne Dukes wins over Deborah Salvesen

The latest:With all precincts counted, incumbent Commissioner Wayne Dukes wins with 59 percent of the vote over Deborah Salvesen.The reported results include early voting and vote-by-mail ballot and 32 of 32...
Published: 11/06/18
Former Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Freda arrested in Pasco County for battery.

Former Hernando Beach fire chief arrested again

David Freda was arrested Sunday in Pasco County on charges of domestic battery.
Published: 11/06/18
Former Brooksville Police Chief George Turner

Brooksville City Council settles federal lawsuit with former police chief

George Turner's personnel file will now say he retired, not that he was fired by the city manager.
Published: 11/06/18
A cooked large claw of a stone crab gets weighed for bulk distribution to restaurant and seafood markets in the Tampa Bay area by Hernando Beach Seafood during a recent season. The company is seeking a rezoning to move its stone crab operation to a new site, but Hernando Beach residents and the Hernando County Port Authority have raised objections. [OCTAVIO JONES, Times]

Hernando County officials: Expanding Hernando Beach Seafood operations a bad idea

Concerns echo those of community residents.
Published: 11/06/18
BRENDAN FITTERER  |  Special to the Times
Boats and kayaks share the narrow river near Rogers Park on the Weeki Wachee River last year. Shannon Turbeville and others have been working to find solutions for sediment build up in the river, made worse by the county continually adding sand to the park after storms, and crowds of kayaks on the water.

State reduces kayak launches into Weeki Wachee River. Local conservation advocates cheer.

New rule limits paddlers from the state park to 280 per day.
Updated one month ago
Brooksville City Hall

Brooksville voters will be asked to settle fluoride question

Fluoridation supporters and opponents have been busy reaching out to voters and inundating city officials with materials bolstering their arguments.
Updated one month ago