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Hernandez elected mayor in Dade City

DADE CITY - For the first time in eight years, someone other than Scott Black was sworn in as mayor. Commissioners unanimously elected Camille Hernandez as mayor after longtime Commissioner Eunice Penix declined a nomination to serve. "Camille is very civic minded," Commissioner Bill Dennis said. "She'll do a good job." Hernandez is in the middle of her second term on the city commission. She was re-elected in 2010 without opposition. Jim Shive, her one-time campaign manager, took his seat on the dais Tuesday after being sworn in as the city's newest commissioner.
Shive defeated Jeanie Germain on April 10 in the race to succeed outgoing Commissioner Curtis Beebe. Dennis and Penix also won re-election and were sworn in Tuesday for four-year terms. Commissioners also voted unanimously to suspend transportation impact fees for two years. The city charges $5,223 in transportation impact fees for each single-family home built in the city limits. The fees for businesses vary based on the use and size of the building. Banks and fast-food restaurants pay the highest impact fees – around $46,000 per 1,000 square feet. "Our impact fees are high," City Manager Billy Poe said, noting that a few years ago a new Taco Bell restaurant paid more than $100,000 in transportation impact fees. Last year the city collected just $26,115 in transportation impact fees, less than a tenth of what it collected in fiscal 2008. In the current fiscal year, the city has collected $10,446 in transportation impact fees for two new houses. "Hopefully, it will attract more industry or homebuilding," Dennis said. "We won't really lose much because we aren't getting any."

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