The Hernando County Port Authority is a five member board appointed by the Board of County Commissioners of Hernando County. Members are appointed for a period of four years.
Members of the Port Authority function as the liaison between members of the public and county staff regarding concerns relating to the Weeki Wachee River, Withlacoochee River, Hernando Beach Channel, Bayport Channel, tributaries and canals connecting all other navigable waterways, lakes, and water bodies within the county which are also used by the public for any recreation including, without limiation, boating, fishing, swimming, bathing,commerce and transportaions which fall under the purview of the Department of Public Works Aquatic Services division. Port Authority members are:
Frank Santo, Chairman Steve Barton, Vice Chairman Chuck Morton, Member Paul Pelletier, Member Valerie Shelter, Member
Wayne Dukes is the county commission liaison to the Port Authority Board.
The Hernando County Port Authority Board holds monthly meetings at the Hernando Beach Recreation Building, located at 6340 Shoal Line Blvd.
Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend these informative meetings.
For further information or to contact the Hernando County Port Authority, please call Hernando County Department of Public Works at (352) 754-4060.
Keith Kolasa recently joined Hernando County as the Aquatics Services Manager overseeing construction of artificial reefs, lake management projects, development of a marine enhancement plan, and general maintenance of the County’s waterways and its offshore and inshore navigation aids markers. Keith is a biologist with 26 years of experience in freshwater and marine resource management, including experience in water quality monitoring, water quality enhancement and lake restoration, natural system restoration, GIS mapping, and establishment of Minimum Flows and Levels. As a native to Hernando County and having managed the seagrass mapping project of Florida’s Adventure Coast and surrounding counties, he is knowledgeable of the marine systems of this region. Keith has served as a volunteer scientist for Scubanauts International since 2009, and currently serves as the Science Education Outreach Coordinator, is a licensed 50 ton boat captain, and a scientific diver.
Link Article in the Hernando Sun Newspaper: Click Here -- Hernando County: A Leader In Artificial Reef Development
Hernando Beach Property Owners Association