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  • Lighting the menorah
  • Zoning change nixed for Ozello condo plan

    A developer’s bid to build a four-story, 77-unit condominium/hotel, restaurant and conference room in a community that harkens to Old Florida charm was unanimously shot down by county commissioners late Tuesday night.

    The developer, George Decker, through his consultant Bruce McLaughlin, was seeking changes to the county’s Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan so he could build the complex in Ozello, a sleepy fishing village sitting on the western waterfront of the county.

  • Pair arrested on multiple theft charges

    A man and woman arrested by Citrus deputies early Tuesday morning are accused of breaking into three separate cars and a restaurant in the Dunnellon and Citrus Springs areas.

    Alicia Bianca Waterbury, 26, and 43-year-old Alonzo Ruiz were both arrested around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in connection with four separate occurrences of theft uncovered by investigators that morning originating from one phone call, according to the arrest report.

  • Public can comment on transportation projects

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is holding an online public hearing on its five-year work program for projects in District 7, which covers Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

    The Tentative Work Program for fiscal years July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2020, covers preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisition, construction, public transportation projects and Florida Turnpike Enterprise projects.

  • Family donates $1 million to YMCA
  • Fire destroys golf cart storage structure

    A storage building housing 88 electrical golf carts and maintenance equipment for  Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club was lost to a blaze late Monday night.

    No one was injured in or while responding to the fire, according to the fire incident report.

    “It was a total loss at the facility,” General Manager Anthony Lambert said. “It was a little interesting waking up this morning.”

  • Commission OKs legislative plan

    INVERNESS — County commissioners unanimously approved the board’s legislative priorities for the upcoming session, sans a couple of items — the removal of septic tanks and limitations on private wells. 

    Commissioners voted 5-0 to press for support for a King’s Bay restoration pilot program recently unveiled by Save Crystal River Inc. to remove Lyngbya algae from the bay and to re-vegetate with desireable aquatic vegetation.

  • Board backs Lyn for county attorney

    INVERNESS — The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday chose Denise Dymond Lyn as its interim county attorney, despite a grilling by Chairman Scott Adams over a five-year-old court judgment for attorney’s fees that Lyn has not paid.

  • State selling 60 acres in Citronelle

    Approximately 60 acres of state land in Citrus County are up for sale to the highest bidder.

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced this week that some parcels in Citronelle are considered surplus state property and are currently being offered for sale through a competitive sealed bidding process. 

  • Dulcet dulcimers

    Dulcimer players donned antlers, Santa hats, Christmas sweaters and Victorian garb at Citrus County libraries during their annual Christmas performances. 

    The Nature Coast Dulcimer Players is a collective of people who come together to play dulcimer music. During the holiday season, they put on Christmas performances at several different libraries in Citrus County, including Central Ridge and Lakes Region.