Hernando Sheriff Expands Patrol on Weeki Wachee River
The Hernando sheriff has added a second deputy dedicated to patrolling the Weeki Wachee River.
HERNANDO COUNTY – The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on Friday (March 1) officially expanded its marine unit with the addition of a full-time deputy dedicated to patrolling the Weeki Wachee River.
The HCSO marine unit now consists of two full-time law enforcement officers.
The additional deputy was made possible by Guest Services, a kayak rental vendor that operates on the grounds of the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Guest Services recently entered into a contract with Hernando County to fund the new marine deputy, which the Sheriff’s Office agreed to fill.
While Guest Services is funding the new marine deputy, the Sheriff’s Office is paying for a new personal watercraft, trailer, and the various other equipment needed to patrol the river.
The new marine deputy assigned to the river is Steve Snell, a 30-year veteran of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. He will patrol the river 40 hours per week. His patrol area spans from Bayport to Weeki Wachee State Park. Snell’s previous assignments included patrol, COPPS, selective enforcement and civil. Most recently he served as a school resource officer. From 1998-2010, Snell also served as a member of the marine unit.
“This new marine deputy, who is exclusive to the Weeki Wachee River to provide law enforcement, was made possible through our partnership with the kayak vendor at the Weeki Wachee State Park, the board of
county commissioners, and the sheriff,” Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis said.
“This deputy’s salary will not cost the local taxpayers any additional money. Here is another example of county officials coming together to implement creative and cost effective solutions. I am excited that this has been accomplished before the upcoming boating season.”
Photo of marine Deputy Steve Snell courtesy of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
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