BOCC to discuss Hoggetowne Faire, Indian heritage

A permit for three weekends of medieval entertainment, trunk radio system and various appointments round out the agenda for the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regular meeting on Tuesday.

The board will select up to three individuals from the applications received to recommend to the Gov. Ron DeSantis for possible appointment to the Children’s Trust of Alachua County for a term ending Dec. 31, 2025.

A presentation featuring sites on the trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage will include details about promoting visitors to learn about native history in Florida.

Alachua County has three entries on the Florida State Parks map including the Florida Museum of Natural History, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, and Micanopy Historical Society Museum and Archives.

Items pulled from consent for discussion include Alachua Conservation Trust efforts to access federal grants for land conservation. A recommended action would dedicate up to $10 million designated for land acquisition in Fund 021 Wild Spaces Public Places to be used as a match for grants to acquire lands within RCPPs sponsored by the Alachua Conservation Trust.

The Trunk Radio System (TRS) discussion will focus on directing staff to engage the consultant, Federal Engineering, to implement Phase 3 (Project Management and Implementation Support Services) in order build out a stand-alone county P-25 radio system that is owned and operated by the BOCC.

And a request for a temporary use permit to allow an outdoor festival (Hoggetowne Medieval Faire) for three consecutive weekends with overnight camping will be addressed in a quasi-judicial session.

The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. The public may attend and participate in this meeting virtually or in-person. Public comment will be taken both virtually and in-person. The public may submit comments and written or photographic documents to the Board via email (bocc@alachuacounty.us) before the meeting or by participating when prompted by the Chair of the Board. Virtual participation is available through the public comment message line. Callers will be put in a queue, and prompted when it is their turn to speak.

The Commission will take public comment in-person or by calling (800) 741-8011.

To attend virtually, the public may view the meeting on Cox Channel 12, Facebook, and the County’s Video on Demand website.

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