JASPER — Florida’s front porch is looking for a more visible welcome to visitors on Interstate 75.
The Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners expressed concerns at its Aug. 20 meeting with the county’s billboard sign near the Florida Welcome Center on I-75, just north of the Jennings exit.
The sign is nearly impossible to see due to the growth of the trees located near the billboard.
Discussions between the county commission, Hamilton County Development Authority and the Tourism Development Council about a joint sign are underway.
It was also announced during the meeting that the TDC will be hiring a new person to fill the director position. No timeframe was announced.
Also during the county meeting, the board unanimously approved a Land Development Regulation ordinance that pertains to code enforcement. The Planning and Zoning board recommended approval, per Megan Carter, and several community members expressed their favor of the new ordinance as well.
Shonda Werts, code enforcement officer for the Town of White Springs, also was in favor of the ordinance. Werts told the board that while she is a “responsive” code enforcement officer, she is “proactive” in dealing with hazardous issues in the community.
The board also approved upgrading the wireless internet at the Hamilton County Courthouse as part of the courthouse renovations. The upgrade will cost $28,109 and will bring the internet up to speed and increase the amount that may be accessed to improve efficiency for staff working throughout the day.
The board, which held a budget workshop prior to the meeting, announced that more than $1 million was cut from the budget, which will be finalized in September, and all departments had been working diligently on the budget.