The Board of County Commissioners recently approved an incentive package for CSC Holding Group, LLC, d/b/a TreeUmph! Adventure Course of Bradenton, Florida to expand to Brooksville. The attraction plans to open by November 2016.
TreeUmph! plans to lease with an option to purchase approximately 47 acres owned by Hernando County which is located in east Hernando County on Cedar Lane. The attraction will feature different skill levels of zip lines, bridges, bungee swings with hanging nets in conjunction with a base camp that includes ticket sales, visitor’s center, concession, gift area and a picnic area(s) for ages seven and up.
TreeUmph! has developed expertise in creating and operating treetop adventure/obstacle courses in Florida that have proven to be very popular with residents and tourists alike. The destination park will attract tourists and residents from the Greater Gainesville to Orlando to Sarasota area, with an estimated annual draw of 25,000 to 40,000 people to the Hernando County area.
TreeUmph! intends to make an investment of approximately $1.1 million dollars and create approximately 15 new full-time jobs.
The Board approved the following incentives:
• A reimbursement to TreeUmph! of up to $650,000 for site preparation and improvement expenses which may include, but not be limited to, infrastructure, fencing, parking and picnic areas, and planning fees.
• Years one and two of the land lease shall be at a rate of $1 per year.
• The right to purchase the property from the county in the amount of $100, provided the economic development and tourism incentives have been reimbursed in full with credits applied for lease payments rendered.
According to a Regional Impact Analysis provided by the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, the local economic impact for this project, with 15 direct new jobs, is estimated to generate an additional 12 induced and indirect jobs within Hernando County. Combined, these jobs will generate an average of $1.24 million in personal income annually. At full employment, these combined jobs also contribute approximately $1.3 million to the Gross County Product each year.