Lisa MacNeil

Active member of Enrichment Centers, Nellie C. Johnston, turns 99

Article and Photography by LISA MACNEIL
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Nellie Johnston of Brooksville turned 99 Nov. 2, 2019, surrounded by friends and colleagues of The Enrichment Center, where she’s volunteered for several years.  She became a member in 2015.

Originally from Alabama near Dothan, Nellie was also active in the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization.  “I was Commander for many years.  I came all the way up through the Chairs, then I was Commander, then just a member, then Commander again!”

Comprehensive Plan Amendment for Oak Hill Villas Denied

By a 4-1 vote, the  Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) turned down the request of the Benge Development Corporation to change the Future Land Use map for the property partially located at the north corner of Northcliffe Boulevard and Puritan Lane.  Benge had planned to build a residential community of 90 homes currently designated as Oak Hill Villas.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval to the Comprehensive Plan, as well as rezoning the 20-acre parcel preliminarily termed  “Oak Hill Villas.”

Commission to Consider Bid by Hartland Homes

An agenda item that was not heard during the previous (October 22, 2019) Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting and generated provocative reports in traditional and social media was finally heard and discussed at the November 5, 2019 meeting.  After the legal department deemed the action appropriate and proper, the board voted unanimously to approve consideration of the offer submitted by Hartland Homes to purchase six parcels of land currently owned by the county.  The bid for the parcels is $408,000.

Planning and Zoning Moves Oak Hill Villas Forward

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously at the October 14, 2019 meeting to approve the Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM1902) to amend the Future Land Use Map from Recreational to Residential for a 20-acre property near Oak Hills Golf Course.  The property, partially located at the north corner of Northcliffe Boulevard and Puritan Lane is planned to be a residential community of 90 homes currently designated as Oak Hill Villas.

Bayport Pier Work to Begin October 28, 2019

Work will begin to replace the Bayport Pier on October 28, 2019.

Purchasing and Contracts Manager James Wunderle explained that the differences in estimated completion time and cost are a result of the shipwreck that was discovered after the Bayport Pier was being assessed for damages following hurricane Irma in 2017.

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."