Gainesville Butler Plaza Expansion Ok’d

Gainesville Butler Plaza Expansion Ok’d The Gainesville City Commission on Thursday approved the massive Butler Plaza expansion that has been in the works for years, enabling the developer to add a town center-style shopping mall, big-box stores and 500 hotel rooms. Facts How they voted Butler Plaza expansion zoning Yes: Susan Bottcher, Todd Chase, Scherwin…

Reinventing Downtown Brooksville

Reinventing Downtown Brooksville The Brooksville Vision Foundation shares its name, more or less, with a defunct and failed organization called the Visioning/Strategic Planning Initiative. It also has the same goal as that long-gone group — making downtown Brooksville a hub of commerce and culture. But here is what the new foundation does not share with…

DeBary Considering a CRA

DeBary Considering a CRA Seven years ago, DeBary rebelled at the idea of labeling part of the city as “blighted” to qualify for a special taxing program. Back then, objectors knocked the proposal to form a Community Redevelopment Agency out of the water. Now, the possibility has come up again. This time, the proposal comes…

New Port Richey Pushes for Action on Redevelopment

New Port Richey Pushes for Action on Redevelopment City officials are anxious to ramp up redevelopment efforts of the Hacienda Hotel amid fears the historic structure could otherwise deteriorate beyond repair. Five years ago, Community Development Partners of Georgia proposed renovating the city-owned building into a boutique hotel along Main Street. But the city’s agreement…

Sebring Hiring New CRA Director

Sebring Hiring New CRA Director The Community Redevelopment Agency took its first steps Monday, starting the process to replace its outgoing Executive Director Pete Pollard who announced at its last meeting he will retire on Feb. 29, after 30 years of service. The board looked at a revised job description for the executive director position,…

Ponce Inlet Historic Preservation

Ponce Inlet Historic Preservation A rope stretched across a private dirt road blocks access to the Pacetti House — the town’s oldest building. No uninvited visitors are welcome. They haven’t been for decades. But if all goes well for the current owner — the Greenacres Foundation — the secluded road will open in September 2013,…

Enterprise Florida: House & Senate review Florida’s Economic Development Confidentiality Statutes

House & Senate review Florida’s Economic Development Confidentiality Statutes During the final committee week for the 2012 legislative session, lawmakers met to discuss Florida’s current Sunshine exemptions as related to economic development.  The Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism met on December 7 to discussPCB, 7014.  This legislation renews economic development confidentiality statutes that are…