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Brooksville City Council Opts Against Local Construction Regulation Board

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The city of Brooksville won’t create a local construction regulation board after all. That was the determination made at the April 15 meeting of the city council.

Ordinance 974 was brought before the council after discussion at the previous meeting on April 1 about contractors who repeatedly failed to obtain required building permits before beginning construction projects. The ordinance would have provided for the creation of a regulatory board that would have had the power to deny, suspend or revoke building permits or limit the ability for violating contractors to obtain permits.

After discussion with community development director David Hainley from the Planning and Zoning Commission, Ordinance 974 was allowed to die when no motion to approve was made.

Hainley initially expressed the discomfort his department had with the wording of the ordinance, but it was eventually suggested to simply do nothing as there are only a small number of repeat violators. All of those violators to date have obtained proper permits and paid double the fees as punishment.

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“It’s very few that we have that do this and we can deal with those individuals as currently constituted,” Hainley said. “It’s not widespread.”

Brooksville Mayor Blake Bell agreed with Hainley’s point, leading to the decision not to make a motion
“I at the last meeting did not feel there was a need for this new regulation to be put into place,” Bell said. “That is why I don’t support it moving forward.”

Chris Bernhardt
Chris Bernhardt
A resident of Spring Hill since 1986, Chris graduated from Springstead High in 1999 before moving on to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Central Florida. In summer of 2003 he joined the staff at Hernando Today, working at the paper for 11 years as a sports reporter, the last three as sports coordinator in charge of the paper’s sports coverage. After an initial 3-year stint with Hernando Sun, he spent four years as a staff sports reporter at the Citrus County Chronicle. Follow on X @cpbernhardtjr.
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