Hernando County is situated near the southern portion of Florida's famous "Nature Coast," which encompasses 8 counties along Florda's west coast plus the City of Dunnellon. Miles of unspoiled coastline along the Gulf of Mexico make up Hernando County's west border. The area's glorious temperate climate invites year round outdoor activities by both residents and tourists.
The City of Brooksville, the County Seat, is the site of Brannen's main office of the Hernando County Bank. The West Hwy 50 office is located on Highway 50 West near Brookridge in the Spring Hill area. Historic downtown Brooksville brings back the old town southern spirit of the 1800s with antebellum homes, antique shoppes, and scenic brick lined streets. The Heritage Museum enhances Brooksville by preserving the treasures of Hernando County's past. Other museums and many historical sites further enhance the area's southern charm.
Hernando County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Throughout its period of growth, the old and new have been combined intelligently to allow this area to become one of Florida's fastest growing counties, yet without sacrificing its natural beauty. The population in 2005 was 156,584 with a projection of 190,800 by the year 2020.
Fishing, boating and other leisure time activities are enjoyed by people from all walks of life and all age groups. Golfers love Hernando County because of the ten public and five private courses that offer varying challenges to both serious and casual golfers. The business environment is healthy, community developments abound and numerous shopping centers offer everything you could ever need or want. Hernando County has it all: cultural events, entertainment, sports, history, medical facilities and desirable quality of life ... all with true Southern charm.
The Hernando County School system includes three high schools, four middle schools, ten primary schools, adult education programs and the highly-rated Pasco / Hernando Community College. The University of South Florida / Tampa, the University of Central Florida / Orlando, the University of Florida / Gainesville and St. Leo College / St. Leo are all located within a 90 minute drive of Hernando County.
Transportation to and from Hernando County is efficient, with many major highways including US Hwy 19 along the west coast, and US 98, US 41, US 301 and I-75 inland. State Road 50 is the major east-west highway through the central part of the county and winds it way throughout many cities and towns in central Florida. The Hernando County Airport is located 5 miles south of Brooksville. Tampa International Airport is less than an hour away on the scenic Suncoast Parkway (toll) and Orlando International Airport is slightly more than one hour away.
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