A blog written by independent supporters of Brooksville and Brooksville Main Street

The Voices of Brooksville

Welcome to the Voices of Brooksville, a blog we hope you will always find “straight-up” (as my uncle used to put it). By that I mean, we are committed to bringing you facts, figures and opinions about matters concerning the City of Brooksville, as well as our favorite organization, Brooksville Main Street, that are professional, meaningful, accurate, and which sometimes you may find a bit edgy. 
Our goal is to make sure you, as a Brooksville business or property owner, have a voice. So, the Voices of Brooksville is going to express what we find are your voices, and which we’ll share anonymously with others, unless you wish otherwise. 
You will find “first person singular” used freely here because a real person will be writing the words, not an institution or department, a real human, starting with me, but with others who are out in the community, engaged: 
  • working to help revitalize the city by locating and keeping thriving businesses behind the store-fronts, 
  • respecting and protecting its unique historical architectural heritage, 
  • and finding ways to bring the full strength and good-faith commitment of our City Council on board to help Brooksville, our City, achieve the amazing promise it holds.
So, welcome. Come along with me. Get engaged. Speak up. Join the Brooksville parade of voices who support our, and your, goals for the City. 
We Believe in Brooksville!
… stay tuned.
The Voices of Brooksville
An Open Response to Vice-Mayor Battista

by Natalie Kahler, Brooksville Main Street Executive Director At the end of Monday night's Council meeting, Mr. Battista shared his thoughts on the Main Street District and program. He invited us to either attend a meeting to address his ideas or do it another way. I certainly hope to be able to address Council in […]

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An Open Response to Vice-Mayor Battista

by Natalie Kahler, Brooksville Main Street Executive Director At the end of Monday night's Council meeting, Mr. Battista shared his thoughts on the Main Street District and program. He invited us to either attend a meeting to address his ideas or do it another way. I certainly hope to be able to address Council in […]

New Tracks and a New Beginning

Yesterday was a day like all days; only we were there and watched it unfold before us. We could see the demise of the train coming. After huffing through mountains high and valleys low, straining and failing on many levels, it arrived and blew its whistle one last time still claiming all was right when […]

Fluid Facts About the Water Tower Scandal

There are so many puns to be made in this water tower story, you have to forgive me for plugging one into the headline. There is no predicting the outcome of Monday night's City Council meeting. Maybe City Manager Mark Kutney will resign. Maybe City Council will terminate him. Maybe Council will link arms with […]

Maybe It Is Our Fault

Victim-blaming is a diversionary tactic used by those unwilling to take ownership of their behavior. So when I saw that in the Tampa Bay Times article on the accidental sale of the city's water supply, Brooksville City Manager Mark Kutney said the community uproar on the issue was just "sour grapes," I wasn't surprised. It's […]

There Are A Lot Worse Things than Selling a Water Tower

That was never more true than yesterday when I got an education from the Tampa Bay Times.  https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida/2021/06/11/city-of-brooksville-accidentally-sells-its-water-tower/ So what did I learn? 1.  Bad government is offended at being exposed Remember the scene in The Wizard of Oz when Toto pulls back the green curtain to reveal the all-powerful wizard is in reality a little man pulling […]

The City that Sold Itself

You probably grew up on Aesop's Fables like The Tortoise and the Hare and The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.  But have you heard of The City That Sold Itself?  It's a lesser known tale with a too familiar moral. There once was a beautiful city on a hill.  The air was scented with jasmine and […]

Open Minds

Have you watched the latest Brooksville City Council meeting online? The most amazing and rare thing happened: an elected official gathered information and changed his mind after listening to the people of the community! It was so wonderful and refreshing to see City Council Member David Bailey explain how he filled out the annual review […]

Citizen Driven Main Street

After speaking to some residents today I realized that many people don’t understand how truly citizen-driven the Brooksville Main Street program is and how they can get involved. It seems an obvious thing to those of us intimately involved in the various components of the program, so I hadn’t realized that this needs to be […]

Council Member Erhard: “Boycott every establishment that has anything to do with Brooksville Main Street”

City of Brooksville City Council member, Betty Erhard, in a now-removed Facebook message, has called to her Facebook “friends” for a boycott of Brooksville businesses that have shown support for revitalizing and growing their city. She is targeting some 109 or so businesses that have expressed support for Brooksville Main Street, the only existing organized […]

If the city doesn’t support its community the community will not survive

Try as we might, it’s taking some effort to get used to “attending” City Council’s virtual “Zoom” meetings, right? While I was uncomfortable at first, I’m beginning to discover some advantages. For one, you can really see facial expressions. From disdain, disagreement, and discomfort to occasional relaxed smiles, which unfortunately are few, Council meetings have […]

What Your Friends and Neighbors Say About Brooksville Main Street

We have been so pleased with the outpouring of support shown by residents and business owners for the Brooksville Main Street program. They've said everything we'd like to say, ever so eloquently! Enjoy this video slideshow by Brooksville Main Street:

City Council Dumps Funding Support for Brooksville Main Street

The members of the Brooksville City Council are not all that different from most other small towns the size of Brooksville, one would think. But after watching how some council members continue to disparage what Brooksville Main Street has done for the city and what the city itself has not is … the word escapes […]

BMS ED Response to Monday Night's City Council Vote

WHAT LAST NIGHT'S CITY COUNCIL VOTE MEANS TO US: Obviously we're disappointed.  To say less would be disingenuous as well as demeaning to those of you who've joined our movement and spent your time, talent, and treasure alongside us. We believed our successes brought about by so many brilliant members of our community would mean […]

An Open Letter to Brooksville City Council

July 7, 2020 City of Brooksville City Council 201 Howell Avenue Brooksville, FL 34601 RE: Beautification Board/ BMS Dear Council Members: First off, I’d like to say thank you for my appointment to the City’s Beautification Board during last Monday evening’s City Council meeting. I feel strongly that I should support the City I live […]

Biting the Hand that Feeds Them

You know something? There’s a difference between being outspoken because you’re a bully and being outspoken because you’re being bullied. And I guess my last post has some at City Hall feeling that my outspokenness was an attempt by Brooksville Main Street to bully them. Comments at their last council meeting suggested it was akin […]

Why Doesn't The City "Believe In Brooksville"?

If you Google “banner,” you’ll find among other definitions that it is a “a long strip of flexible material displaying a slogan, advertisement, etc., especially one suspended between two points.” You will also find they are typically used to refer to “something that represents a belief or principle.” I don’t know where Google gets its […]

A bit of history about the origins of Brooksville Vision Foundation and Brooksville Main Street

Last week, Brooksville Main Street made its request for funding assistance to the City of Brooksville and Hernando County Governments for the coming year. These are difficult times for all, so we know there are going to be some tough discussions and hard budgetary decisions. It’s appropriate and we expect it.  So, with this in […]

Sincere and Special Thanks to the Council Members Who Supported Us … but geeze

Here’s a rundown on the “virtual” meeting held by the Brooksville City Council Monday evening (5/18). I told you we wouldn’t sugar coat it. _______ Well, Monday night (5/18) the Brooksville City Council graciously approved funding for the second quarter (Jan - Mar) of its grant to the Brooksville Main Street program. The amount was […]

The Voice of Brooksville Main Street: An Introduction

You’re probably a bit surprised receiving this email from Brooksville Main Street so let me say up front, defenders of Brooksville Main Street have decided it needs to speak up. Yes, we want you to know what we’re all about. That’s important. But we also think you deserve to be informed of other matters that […]

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