Weeki Wachee Cave Diving

Exploration of the cave system below Weeki Wachee Springs in Hernando County. Divers Brett Hemphill and Matt Vinzant explore the cave system to locate a possible connection to other springs such as the well-known Hospital Hole on the Weeki Wachee River.
Entry to the cave system is made at Twin D’s, located 0.5 mile southwest of the main spring. Continue reading Weeki Wachee Cave Diving

Hernando County Fertilizer Ordinance

Hernando County has a “black out period” from January 1st thru March 31st in which lawns may not be fertilized.

fertilizeThis local ordinance came about as a measure to protect the Weeki Wachee River. As this waterway’s watershed extends to a large part of the county, run-off will greatly affect the quality of its water.
Currently, the Weeki Wachee River exceeds its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of nitrates. The source of that can be found in the over-application of fertilizers. This results in excessive algae growth and can ultimately lead to lower oxygen levels in the water and potential fish-kill.

This river is dear to us locals and complying with the ordinance is a simple way to improve our environment and secure a better future for this unique spring-fed river.

The full ordinance is available at extension.hernandocounty.us.

26th Annual Halloween Harvest Festival

halloweenSafe family fun for all ages!
No parking fee – No entry fee.
Pay as you play

  • hay rides $3.00 pp
  • haunted house (NOT recommended for the young) $4.00 pp
  • children’s games 4 tickets for $1.00. Most games require one ticket
  • wrist bands for games only $5.00
  • all inclusive wrist bands for hay ride, haunted house & games = $10.00
  • pet costume contest Friday-registration begins 6:30pm with contest starting at 7pm.
  • costume contest for children ages 0-12 is on Saturday. Registration is 6pm-7pm. Contest begins 7pm
  • entry fee for contests: $2

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Hog Hunting On The Nature Coast

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has organized a new series of Hog hunts during the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

Wild hogs are a non-native species can have a negative impact on our preservation lands. This includes:

  • Preying on native wildlife, competing with native species for food and transmitting diseases to other wildlife, livestock and humans.
  • Damage with their broad snouts can leave an area looking like a plowed field.
  • Wild boars may facilitate the spread of exotic plant species by transporting seeds and/or providing germination sites through rooting.

This Feral Hog Dog Hunt Incentive Program is put together to reduce the wild hog population or to at least keep it within manageable numbers on District lands. Continue reading Hog Hunting On The Nature Coast

Native Plant Society Plant Sale at Chinsegut Hill

The Hernando Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will be sponsoring a Native Plant Sale, Exhibit and Tour at Chinsegut Hill on Saturday, September 24, 2016. This is free family-friendly fun for citizens of Hernando county and visitors to the area.

The Florida Native Plant Sale will feature plants suitable for fall planting from Rita Grant, Rick McDonnell from Hickory Hill, and David Barnard, Cypress Acres Nursery.

Information about invasive exotics plant removal, gardening tips, Florida-friendly landscaping practices and more will be available.

Tours of the Chinsegut Hill grounds beneath the live oaks and magnolias will be given from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

Manor House Tours are also available and are $5 per person.

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16th Annual Hernando County Residents Reception

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Celebrate Hernando County at the 16th Annual Hernando County Residents Reception

As a resident, we’re sure you have many questions about Hernando County. Questions about schools… safety and law enforcement… roads and local government… healthcare… and naturally… where to shop, eat and play.

To help answer these questions, plan on attending the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Hernando County Residents Reception at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
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Enjoy the hidden gems Weeki Wachee has to offer.