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City's doors may open to for-profits

Jeff Schmucker Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:29 PM

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Government entities and nonprofit groups have long had access to using Brooksville city council chambers for meetings and other types of gatherings while for-profits have been given the cold shoulder.

Now that might change as council members consider opening the doors to businesses and other groups to use the meeting space — for a price.

During Monday's 7 p.m. city council meeting, council members will consider a proposal to allow commercial groups to use their chambers, subject to city manager approval.

Under the proposed policy, groups would be charged $20 per hour and a minimum of $50 to use the facility during the daytime and a $100 security deposit.

Those wanting to use the facility at night would pay $45 per hour and a minimum of $100 with a $250 deposit.

Non-profits currently pay $20 per hour during the day and $45 per hour after work hours.

City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha could add additional fees if other services are required.

"When we discussed it, I was surprised that we were renting the space to government agencies and nonprofits, but no one else," Vacha said. "We realized that we were missing out on potential revenue by keeping these groups from renting out the space."

It's unknown how much in revenue the city might garner by renting out the facility.

Vacha said in the long-term, however, it would at least be something to add to the budget.

In other business, council members are expected to consider:

The event will have live entertainment, food trucks and other vendors.

The recreation department has been planning the event with the intention to eventually have similar get-togethers one evening per month.

According to a staff report, the batting equipment is 13 years old, and there is no staff available to oversee and manage the cages.

Relocating them also would be expensive. (352) 544-5271

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