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Air Center might get sold

Hernando Today correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:27 PM

The Hernando County Aviation Authority, which typically meets every second Thursday of the month, has called a special meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The purpose of the special meeting, according to Airport Manager Don Silvernell, is to discuss the possible purchase of the Brooksville Air Center Facility that has recently become available after going into foreclosure.

"Two months ago one of the members brought up the subject of purchasing the facility once the bank got control of it," said Silvernell. "The members thought it would be worthwhile to discuss (the topic) before our regular meeting in December."

The meeting will address the Aviation Authority's next move, focusing on the potential benefit of such a purchase. If the decision to proceed is made, the Aviation Authority could then market the facility for any number of different uses, Silvernell said.

Silvernell said the possibilities could provide much-needed resources, including bringing a customs clearance facility to the airport.

"That could be a big help," he said.

Flight schools or maintenance repair organizations might be other possibilities.

The fact that the former business failed will also be a topic of concern.

"There could be a lack of business support," Silvernell said.

Should the decision be made to proceed with the possible purchase of the facility, Silvernell said the process would then follow several steps.

The staff would be given concurrence to negotiate a contract with the bank, contingent on final approval after review by the aviation authority. Then there would be an appraisal and a final approval by the Board of County Commissioners.

"But every situation is a little different," Silvernell added.

All meetings of the Aviation Authority are open to the public.

Silvernell mentioned receiving a call from a concerned resident that will not be able to attend the meeting due to a prior engagement. Silvernell is hoping to provide a phone link so he can participate.

"We want to hear the voice of the public," he said.

The meeting is scheduled at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Airport Office, 15800 Flight Path Drive in Brooksville. For more information, contact the Airport Administration Office at (352) 754-4061.

Accommodations are made for persons with disabilities and hearing impaired.


Kim Dame is a correspondent for Hernando Today. She can be reached at Damewrites@yahoo.com.
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