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Commissioners to get update on Chinsegut Hill

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Published:   |   Updated: February 9, 2014 at 11:51 AM

BROOKSVILLE - County commissioners Tuesday will get an update on the restoration of Chinsegut Hill Manor.

County Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes said Chinsegut Hill can be a tourism draw for Hernando County because some people plan vacations or getaways to view historic homes.

"It is an asset to the county - once it's done, up and running, restored and marketed correctly," Dukes said.

When restored, the historic manor house and spacious grounds north of Brooksville will be available for weddings and group stays. People will be able to use the cottages and meeting rooms.

The restoration is being done by the nonprofit organization Friends of Chinsegut Hill.

Dukes said he visited the site recently and saw the restoration is moving forward.

The Friends of Chinsegut Hill recently received a $50,000 matching grant from the Felburn Foundation. The money was used for operational costs, including needed upgrades to the cottages.

The group also received a $1.5 million state grant restricted to restoration of the historic manor house.

County Tourism Coordinator Tammy Heon has said the restoration will help draw tourists to the area.

"Located within some of our most pristine bird-watching territory, the retreat of Chinsegut Hill is certain to add to our ecotourism efforts; it's a natural fit for our programs," Heon said.

The county commission meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 North Main St. in downtown Brooksville.

Also on Tuesday's agenda:

? ?Assistant County Administrator Ron Pianta will give an update on the educational impact fee study.

The collection of educational impact fees on new residential development has been suspended since Nov. 15, 2011. That is scheduled to end May 9.

The Hernando County School District, with supplemental funding from the county, hired a consultant to complete a study to update the educational impact fee.

? ?Organizers of the Blueberry Festival will ask permission to use THE Bus during the annual event scheduled for April 12 and 13.

The estimated cost to provide promotional outreach for the festival is $1,975, and fares cannot be collected during such events. But the festival organizers have bought advertising on the mass transit buses, which should provide revenue and offset operation costs, according to a staff report.

To view the entire agenda, visit http://hernandocountyfl .iqm2.com/citizens/.

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