Live Oak Theatre’s $500,000 offer for county building approved

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on January 28, 2018

At the January 23, 2018 meeting, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the Live Oak Theatre Company’s purchase contract of $500,000 for the former Utilities Department Administrative building located at 21030 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville. The building has been for sale since 2016 following the Utilities Department’s relocation to the former Tampa Bay Times building at 15365 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville.

Pending the closing of the sale, this building will be transformed into a performing arts center.

“This performing arts center for children and adults, will offer not only an expanded season of family-friendly entertainment, but also a variety of other opportunities,” Live Oak Theatre’s Vice President Vince Vanni explained.

The Live Oak Theatre Company is a not-for-profit (501c3) company that exists to enrich families, individuals and the community by providing a positive and professional environment through which fine arts students are enabled to develop and sharpen their performance skills as they participate in large-scale musical theatre productions alongside seasoned performers/mentors.

“We have grown our audience to the point where our last production of Annie drew a full house for eight performances,” Live Oak Theatre President Randi Olsen stated. “We realized this fall that we have out grown our current facility and we feel that it is very important that we continue to rehearse and perform here in Brooksville.”

Proceeds from the tentative sale of this property will be deposited in the “Sales and Surplus Land” account of the Hernando County Utilities Department.

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