Brooksville, Florida is the Hub of Central Florida - and back when our highways were being developed, Brooksvillian Alfred McKethan made sure they all came through Brooksville. It is a City of Majestic Oaks, Southern Hospitality, brick streets, and surprisingly - rolling hills. In this usually flat state, it is easy to forget you are in Florida when hiking up and down elevations of 194 feet. Brooksville has long been an agricultural community; known as Home of the Tangerine for many years as we provided more tangerines to the Northeast than anyone else! We're also heavily connected to the construction industry, which meant the 2008 Great Recession hit Brooksville hard. Property values are just now returning to pre-recession levels and infrastructure and building renovation investments suffered. In 2017, City Council applied and succeeded in becoming a Florida Main Street program. Through this partnership of the City, County, Brooksville Main Street, private sector, and residents, Brooksville is beginning to see progress, but the slow economy is also impeding that progress. The Arts Community gets stronger every year; monthly guided tours of our historic murals have become hugely popular, City Hall features an Art Gallery, and our Art in the Park brings thousands each year. But our biggest draw to the city is during the Christmas season when we fill the streets with celebrations and decorations. Our 2019 Christmas season drew 13,000 to our little city. We recently expanded that draw with the launch of our Florida Mermaid Trail, a 2.2 mile walking scavenger hunt through the city that ties in with the other city in our county, Weeki Wachee Springs. The smallest city in Florida (population 10), Weeki Wachee is the city of live mermaids and our county's most famous attraction.