Lisa MacNeil

Tampa Bay Extreme Adventure Course agreement back to drawing board

At the October 8, 2019 Board of County Commissioners meeting, the commission did not vote on the ground lease agreement with Tampa Bay Extreme Adventure Course.  The applicant, Paul Kent will review the options suggested at the meeting.

Kent, described himself as “the person in charge” of the Tampa Bay Extreme Adventure Course or TBEAC.  Kent’s company reopened the former TreeUMPH! Park in April of 2019.

Brooksville Defers Outside IT Consult

The Brooksville City Council concurred at the regular October 7, 2019 meeting that they would table the decision on hiring an outside consultant to guide their Information Technology (IT) decisions at the present time.

Council Member Robert Battista read a portion of the Request for Proposal (RFP) and said, “I think this is premature.  We've used the county for quite a while.  We just approved a position for a technology person to be on staff.  It just seems that we had a great working relationship with the county.  It worked for us."  

Superintendent, school board members urge county commission to raise school impact fees

At the regular meeting on October 8, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) agreed to vote on the Hernando County School District’s (HCSD) request to increase their impact fee funding at a future joint meeting.  For reasons that were not clear at the Tuesday meeting, the agenda and public advertisement showed the topic as an update, and therefore not subject to a resolution.  The board concurred to defer the vote to the joint meeting, with a date to be determined. 

Golf Tournament to Benefit HPH Hospice

Not very long ago, Patrick Hramika was a hospice patient.  Given a terminal diagnosis, and perhaps a year to live, Hramika and his family made arrangements with the HPH Hospice for his care during that time.

The remarkable part of Hramika’s story is; few hospice patients make a full recovery and go on to lead a charity golf tournament to benefit their local hospice. 

BarbieCue vs. Mattel

If you’ve visited BarbieCue, the food truck that resides next to Marker 48 on Cortez Blvd, you have probably been in search of ribs or brisket.  In her four years in business, Laurie-Ann Wilkens has never had a patron approach her window asking what the iconic doll with the same first name is doing these days.

We checked. Mattel’s Barbie has been working in marine biology, beekeeping and even photojournalism, but she’s not been creating spice rubs or perfecting her “Hot and Fast” method of smoking meat.

Wilkens, however has been.

Commission Votes 3-2 to go Forward with 1 mill Property Tax increase

After a contentious 4 hour meeting on September 11, 2019, The Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 to both approve the proposed 1 mill increase and the tentative budget.  Commissioners Steve Champion and Wayne Dukes opposed both measures maintaining that more expenses could be cut, rather than increasing the millage rate. 

 

The tentative millage rate will apply only to the BOCC General Fund.  Other funds’ rates are listed as follows:

 

BOCC General Fund 7.8912

BOCC Transportation Trust 0.7091