Floral City Community Building changes owners

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday handed over the keys to the Floral City Community Building and the land it sits on to the Floral City Lions Foundation, Inc.
 
The Lions have leased the building from the county for about 20 years.
 
The property was given outright to the Lions "for the purpose of promoting community interest and welfare." And the vote to approve the giveaway was 5-0 in favor of the action.
 
John Wade, president of the Citrus County Council, was the only member of the public to question to the transaction, had a list of questions, especially the county administrative regulation that required the county to advertise the building in case someone else wanted to take it. He also questioned if the county had even thought of selling it, instead of giving it away.
 
Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan asked if the county could waive its administrative regulation, and County Attorney Denise A. Dymond-Lyn said the county was allowed to waive it.
 
The only commissioner to question the giveaway was Commissioner Ron Kitchen, who thought that just giving the building away might be sending mixed signals over what the county does when getting rid of real estate. Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith said that doing so, in this case, was not setting a precedent, and the other commissioners agreed.
 
At voting time, Kitchen voted with other commissioners to transfer the building and property to the Floral City Lions Foundation, Inc. (February 28, 2017)
 
VIDEO:
 

Floral City Building

Location: