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Shortage of water brings restrictions

Published January 29, 2007


Hernando County is under modified Phase II, or severe water shortage, restrictions imposed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. These restrictions apply to all water users in the county, including the use of water from public and private water utilities as well as the use of all wells and surface water sources such as ponds, and rivers. All watering must be done either before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

- Addresses that end in 0 or 1, water only on Monday

- Addresses that end in 2 or 3, water only on Tuesday

- Addresses that end in 4 or 5, water only on Wednesday

- Addresses that end in 6 or 7, water only on Thursday

- Addresses that end 8 or 9, and locations without a discernible address, water only on Friday

Hand-watering and micro-irrigation or drip irrigation of nonlawn landscape, such as flower beds and vegetable gardens, can be done at any time on any day, as necessary. New plants, including sod, may be watered daily for up to 60 days after the new plants are installed.

Citations and fines for violating the watering restrictions do not require notice. Water Shortage Order SWF 07-02 and the district's water shortage plan are available for review online at

Those interested in water conservation tips may contact the water conservation coordinator at Hernando County Utilities at 540-4368, ext. 35139, or call the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service at 754-4433.

To report violations: Call the county Code Enforcement Department at 754-4056 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, call the Sheriff's Office at 754-6830 or leave a message at 754-4005 or 520-4015. To report violations in the city of Brooksville, call the city Code Enforcement Department at 754-6800.


Take pride and pick up trash in neighborhood

The annual Operation PRIDE neighborhood cleanup of Hernando County will be Feb. 10.

Participants are needed to help with the cleanup. Bags and gloves will be supplied. Those interested must sign up by Saturday. For information, call 796-4986, e-mail to or visit the Web site at

Picnic gathers folks of Sussex County, N.J.

Residents and former residents of Sussex County, N.J., are invited to the 14th annual reunion picnic, which will be 11 a.m. to dusk March 3 at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 S Battlefield Drive in Bushnell.

For information, call Fran at (352) 860-0940 or Ruth at (352) 726-9587.


Set your course for model ship display

The Suncoast Ship Model Society will host its annual ship model display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Center, 3357 Susan Drive.

The show will include ships dating from the 18th century to the present, and will include ships in bottles, frigates, merchant ships, whalers, warships, river boats, tugboats and fishing schooners. Some boats will be radio-controlled. There will also be a display of ships under construction. This year's featured models will be several large and highly detailed military ships, including a 6-foot-long World War II light cruiser.

Modelers will be on hand to answer questions. A suggested $1 donation is requested. For information, call Jim at 592-6419.


Charity auction helps fund women's shelter

An "Open Your Hearts for Mary's House" charity auction fundraiser will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 17 at Glen Lakes Country Club, 10485 Glen Lakes Blvd.

Admission is $25, which includes hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Glen Lakes chef. Funds raised will benefit Mary's House Women's Shelter, a mission of Jericho Road Ministries.

For information, call Pat at 597-7604, Mary at 596-6888 or Cheryl at 797-5503.


Oldies and goodies mix at Elks Lodge

A "Goodtimes Oldies" Revue will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m. March 4 at Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd.

The show will star Tommy Russo, John Timpanelli and the Tin Pan Alley Players.

Doors will open at 12:30, with open seating. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $13 for Elk members and $15 for nonmembers, and must be purchased by Feb. 11. Reservations are available for a limited number of ringside tables of six.

For tickets or information, call Rose at 684-9154 or 686-8831.

[Last modified January 28, 2007, 23:20:37]

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