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Watering rules need more details

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 13, 2001

Editor: On most days in the paper is noted the days and time lawn watering is permitted, although no one evidently pays any attention to it, as is noted by all the green lawns.

However, nothing is ever mentioned of the other uses that are permitted. Are they? Namely, car washing, house window washing, sprinkling of ornamental shrubbery, uses of a hose with manual shut-off at the nozzle.

I believe this information would be helpful.
-- George Peterson, Spring Hill

Editor's note: Following are lawn watering rules for Hernando County residents.

If your street address ends in 0 or 1, you may water on Monday. If your address ends in 2 or 3, Tuesday is your day. If your address ends in 4 or 5, it's Wednesday. If your address is 6 or 7, it's Thursday, and if your address ends in 8 or 9, or if you have no formal address, Friday.

In addition, no watering is allowed on Saturday or Sunday, and all watering must take place before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

Hand watering of plants, shrubs and gardens is permitted at any time with soaker hoses or a nozzle.

Hand watering of lawns is permitted only on the designated watering day.

Car washing is permitted with a nozzle to control water flow.

New lawns may be watered up to 60 days consecutively. However, the watering must take place between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

To report violations, call the county Code Enforcement office 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 520-4014.
Academy shed favorable light on Sheriff's Office
Editor: We recently attended the Hernando County Sheriff's Office's Citizen's Academy program. The program was outstanding, consisting of presentations given by the heads and various members of each department.
We learned a great deal about their duties and responsibilities and were very impressed with the expertise and professionalism of the entire team.
The presentations covered the day-to-day activities of the various departments as well as some of their history and accomplishments.
Hernando County can be very proud of our sheriff and all of the department's law enforcement officers. We highly recommend all residents take advantage of this opportunity and attend the six-session course. It was very enjoyable and extremely interesting. Special thanks are due to Tracy DiMuro, community relations specialist, for an extremely well-organized program.
Dolores and Lawrence Rosen, Spring Hill

HubCap Corral continues to be a cluttered eyesore

Editor: On April 29 my companions and I took a ride north on U.S. 19 to Cedar Key. We passed the HubCap Corral about noon and there was a truck unloading junk. I was under the impression this place was told to clean up and get rid of its trash.

Didn't the county spend quite a bit of money hiring prisoners from Sumter County to help remove this junk? Also, didn't they get a warning 18 years ago to clean up this place?

When is the county going to crack down on this place? Isn't 18 years long enough for them to take care of this notice, or does the owner have a good connection in Hernando County?
-- William Hughes, Spring Hill

What this county needs is to control sheds

Editor: Re: Forget sheds; let's focus on real problems, May 4 letter to the editor from Jon Knudson:

Mr. Knudson, fear not. Like you, I once thought the Hernando County Commission had no comprehensive plan for water, sewer and roads. I was cooking supper the other night and looking for a can of corn in the pantry. I cracked my head on the side of the cabinet.

Once the pain subsided, I suddenly saw the commission's plans.

It's shed control. Prospective home buyers see by this just what a no-nonsense county we are -- and look elsewhere to live. "Whoa, Mary, if I can't have a shed bigger than my house, Hernando County is off the list." It's kind of growth control in reverse.

Now I understand that they want to disguise the cell phone towers.

I thought Brazilian pepper trees would be nice planted around them, or maybe we could get Martha Stewart to knit something.

My head is starting to hurt again. I think I'll lie down.
-- Jim Marsh, Spring Hill

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