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February 16, 2003

Got ideas on growth? Speak up now
Hernando County wants residents -- and not just developers -- to be involved and voice their opinions on growth-management issues.

Jan Glidewell: Taping up our nervous nation
It seems that when I wrote a few months ago about the many uses of duct tape, I left some out.

Jeff Webb: Don't put gag on fire commissioners
Some folks over at the Spring Hill Fire Rescue District apparently don't like the way they have been portrayed in the press lately. That's understandable, considering that most of the headlines about the fire commission have been necessarily negative, revolving around such unflattering issues as criminal investigations, immoral behavior, sexism and conflicts of interest.

Letters: Deputy should have had support
Editor: Re: Deputy cleared in October fatal shooting, Feb. 6 Times.

Business
Developer works to turn doubts into dollars

Hernando Oaks had a bumpy start. Now the large, luxury subdivision looks to take advantage of a spike in home construction, access to the parkway and the natural beauty of rolling hills. If it succeeds, it could change the county.
Surviving the economy
EDITOR'S NOTE: It's tough out there. The economy is in a down cycle, and the effects are being felt everywhere. For this year's Hernando Business section, the Times asked several business people how the economy has affected their business during the past year and what their outlook is for 2003. We also asked if they had any specific business goals for the coming year.
County's salesman also chief optimist
After 19 years as an industrial executive, Mike McHugh knows what businesses want in relocating.
Airport soars; sprawling industrial parks chug along
Stagnation and deterioration cause a bit of concern, but a marketing push is afoot and officials are optimistic about the potential.
Many residents find it pays to commute
As unemployment rises a full percentage point, workers continue to leave the county for better jobs and better pay.
They will have to find time for their own ribbon cutting
The organization plans for a bigger home while expanding its reach in the business community.
Hospitals scrambling to meet growing demand
Expansions are in the works, but officials wonder whether the additions will be sufficient by the time they open.
Farm acres shrink as land prices soar
Developers can afford to pay top dollar for farmland, which drives away farmers who lease.
Banks set sights on bigger market share
New branches to capture more of the county's business are planned by some institutions.
New homes mushroom countywide
Hernando Oaks isn't the only hot spot for home construction in the county.
It's a hot sellers' market here, too
Low interest rates and the Suncoast Parkway have boosted not only the sale of new homes in Hernando County but the resale of existing homes.
Insurance headache more like a migraine
Home buyers and owners deal with sinkholes, the State Farm freeze and spiraling premiums. And one word has become more familiar: Citizens.
Building spares mining sales from the pits
The recent residential construction boom is keeping Hernando County's mining industry steady.
Subdivisions act as catalyst for growth
Projects now in the pipeline are expected to increase development in Brooksville for years to come.
Thought all that road work was done? Think again
The county is planning the next phase of projects that would improve intersections, add turn lanes and widen roads.
Not a vacation mecca, but it pulls in visitors
A drive-to destination without beaches and theme parks, the county dangles nature-based tourism and Brooksville's charm as a magnet.
Expect more options for spending your money
The retail business is booming as the county's shopping centers expand and new ones are planned.
 


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