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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Sossamon eyed for permanent economic development director


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County commissioners Tuesday will consider making their administrator the permanent economic development director and increasing his base pay to $168,750.

In January commissioners agreed to hand over the economic reins to Len Sossamon on a six-month trial basis and pay him an additional $3,333 per month to take on those extra duties. Board members liked what they saw and will vote to amend Sossamon’s contract, raising his base pay about $40,000 per year.

After failing to find what he thought was a qualified candidate to replace former Economic Development Director Mike McHugh, Sossamon told his bosses last year he would be willing to take on those responsibilities.

All five commissioners gave Sossamon high marks on his recent performance evaluation.

He has worked to establish more collaborative efforts with the school district and city of Brooksville. He was also instrumental in recent efforts to establish an educational-tourism center near the Hernando Beach area.

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:

♦ Brothers Ron and Gordon Wolf will ask the county’s permission to expand their Blue Pelican Marina at 5000 Calienta Street in Hernando Beach. Originally the brothers had presented to the board a concept that included a partnership with the county for an educational-tourism center near their facility.

That idea recently was put on hold after commissioners expressed more interest in locating that facility in Weekiwachee Preserve.

♦ Commissioners will continue discussing options for keeping open the tourism information center at Interstate 75 on the county’s east side. Tourism Development Coordinator Tammy Heon had recommended closing it because of a falloff in visitors. Commissioners have said they want to keep it open because it is in a vital tourism corridor.

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

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