ON MONDAY GOV. RICK SCOTT SIGNED THE NEW STATE BUDGET, WHICH INCLUDES $3 MILLION FUNDING FOR HERNANDO COUNTY TO BUILD A NATURE COAST EDUCATION AND TOURISM CENTER ON A LOCATION WITHIN THE WEEKI WACHEE PRESERVE.
The county plans to match these funds. The new tourism center will feature the history and beauty of Hernando County and will be housed in an old Florida cracker-style home with a wrap-around veranda.
In addition, the county is revisiting the idea of a 20 ac beach, well inside the preserve. This would include designated parking areas, a shallow kiddie pool, pavilions, cabanas and a boat launch for non-motorized boats. This development within the preserve is more controversial as it clearly affects the designated use of this natural area.
County staff is scheduling public meetings to gather input from the general public , including local conservation groups. The County Commissioners must first ratify the concept so it can be presented to SWFTMD.
Wednesday, June 11 – 4 pm to 6 pm
Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary
4340 Calienta Street
Thursday, June 12 – 4 pm to 6 pm
Hernando County Transportation Services Department
1525 East Jefferson Street
Tuesday, June 24 – 9 am
The Board of County Commissioners
To ratify the concept to be presented to SWFTMD.
Hernando County Government Center
20 North Main Street
Monday, July 21
Tampa Service Office
7601 US Hwy. 301