Barbara Behrendt, Hernando County Reporter

Barbara Behrendt

Hernando County Reporter

The North Suncoast and the Times have been my home since I graduated from the Ohio State University 35 years ago. Every day I get to come work for one of the country’s finest newspapers with talented co-workers who share my passion for informing our readers about their community. From the latest development plan near their neighborhood to the price of their garbage service, there is no more relevant journalism than what we do here in Hernando County. I cherish your input, suggestions and story ideas.

Planning commission recommends approval of zoning for machine shop and truck repair business in Ridge Manor

Hernando County Government Center
Final decision on heavy commercial zoning rests with Hernando County Commission.

Storied Hernando Beach property draws new environmental permitting concerns

The Southwest Florida Water Management District determined that the boats and trailers stored on property owned by Gordon Wolf on Shoal Line Boulevard in Hernando Beach did not comply with his current permit on the site. Wolf filled the property in 2015 and was cited for not getting permits first. Now he has the land up for sale, touting how it provides a monthly income because of the boat and trailer storage there.
Owner dumped unpermitted fill on the site in 2015 and is marketing it as a place to make money storing boats. The Southwest Florida Water Management district is crying foul.

Yes, Hernando County commissioners. You have a budget problem

Hernando County Courthouse in Brooksville. JUSTIN TROMBLY | Times
Clerk and auditor repeat their concerns that the county has been spending more money than it brings in

Local engineering firm loses its fight to get jobs at Brooksville airport

Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport
Hernando County will stick with its plan to hire two other firms for the job rotation.

Talk of merging Brooksville and Hernando County housing authorities rises again.

LUIS SANTANA   |   Times 
Buildings that once housed low-income families in Brooksville at Hillside Estates have been abandoned for years. At the urging of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Brooksville Housing Authority recently advertised for proposals to take over the site.
Merger could finally resolve problem of abandoned low-income housing developments