The Eyes and Ears
of the Hernando County Sheriff


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2016 Officers

Chuck Morton, President,
Karen Lenhard, 1 st. Vice President
Kathy Edwards, 2 nd Vice President Paula Morton, Secretary
Kay Schaffer, Treasurer

Meeting Schedule

We meet in conjunction with the Hernando Environmental land Protectors on the second Tuesday of each month at the Weeki Wachee Area Club. We alternate programs since many of us are in both groups.

There is a have a pot luck dinner at 6 PM, meat provided, and a program at 7 PM.

In the summer months, June, July and August, we just have an Ice Cream Social at 7 PM on the second Tuesday to pass along relevant information.

It's a good way to come out and have some fellowship with your neighbors; we can always use new members, and all are welcome.

Contact Chuck or Paula at 352-597-4424 for more information or send an E-mail to swampdad@juno.com

NEXT MEETING May 8, 2018

HELP will have the program on Environmental accomplishments in the last year. Speakers from Parks and Recreation, Sea Grant and Aquatic Servces will update us on accomplishments and requests for continuing programs.
I can tell you right now that we ahd hundreds of volunteers assisting with projects which were partially funded by HELP.

Driving record

Patrol times are random so drivers can set thier own times. During December 2017 23 patrols were made with 54 driving hours covering 516 miles.

The Weeki Wachee Crimewatch was established back on the early 1970's to keep an eye out on the neighborhood. Back then there were not many permanent residents, but a lot of folks had get-a-ways for weekends and holidays. There were also a few snowbirds that came down to get away from the harsh winters up north.
Back then the population of Hernando County, Florida was 17,000 or so and the Sheriff was a log way away. Having local residents patroling helped them out quite a bit. Communication then was by Citizens Band radio as cell phones didn't exist and even today in many areas our reception is poor at best.

Today the population of the county is 170,000 and we are pretty well built out. Over the years homes were built, mobile homes and doublewides brought in. Now we are seeing the older structures being removed and new homes being built. We are in a truly unique place in Florida along the Weeki Wachee River which flows 8 miles as he crow flies from the headspring to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the lower river a canal system was built after WW II in order to create homesites. That could never be done today due to environmental restrictions.

The canals offer more habitat for fish and mantatees as well as recreational opportunities for people. We have both marine and streetside patrols. Our members may be walking, bicycle riding, in a car or on a boat. That is what makes us an effective set of eyes for the Sheriff.

It is important that we report anything out of the ordinary in order to be proactive. If we don't pass information along we have no one to blame but ourselves when something bad happens. The Sheriff's Department phone number is 352-754-6850 or 911 in an emergency. That being said don't use 911 for routine communication call 754-6850.