BROOKSVILLE — The adventure park previously known as TreeUmph! this week won a one-year lease with Hernando County that could allow it to open for business again by the end of the month.
Tampa Bay Extreme Adventure Course, whose owners operate similar ropes courses and zip-line parks throughout the country, won the bid for the apparatus installed in the trees on county property at 6440 Cedar Lane east of Brooksville. For the one-year lease, the company will pay the county $1,000 a month.
County commissioners on Tuesday questioned why the lease payment was so small; the previous owner paid four times that amount. The new owner said he could not make the park's finances work with a $4,000-a-month lease, according to county business development coordinator Valerie Pianta.
Pianta said the hope was that the lower lease amount — for the immediate future — would allow the business to bring people on board and begin marketing. In the coming months, the company plans to negotiate a long-term lease that could include an option to buy the 36-acre property.
"This has already failed before, and we want it to succeed,'' said Commissioner John Allocco.
Background materials provided to commissioners before their vote said that owners "expect to be fully operational by the end of February."
TreeUmph! was set to open in September 2017, but Hurricane Irma damaged the course and the trees in which it was built. The company was not able to recover, and the commission declined to defer its lease payments. TreeUmph! closed in August.
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