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  • Too good to be true? Beware

    Chuck Swett knew it was too good to be true — an assumption that stopped him from going further into a potential scam originating on Craigslist.

    “I’ve heard some horror stories, but that never happened to me until this time,” Swett said about the website.

    As a retiree living in Inverness, Swett wanted to buy a tractor to help him with yard work around the house.

  • County to sell property, not lease it

    INVERNESS — Nature Coast Ministries will have to continue its search for a new dental clinic site.

    Citrus County commissioners on Tuesday decided not to rent out the old Homosassa Springs Chamber of Commerce office on U.S. 19 to the nonprofit group.

    Instead, commissioners said it made better sense to sell the property because it doesn’t serve a public purpose.

  • One injured in officer-involved shooting

    HERNANDO -- Citrus County Sheriff's deputies serving an arrest warrant Wednesday morning in Hernando shot the suspect after he struck an officer and K-9 dog with his vehicle, the sheriff's office said.

    Steven Degennaro, 43, is being treated for his wound in an Ocala hospital, according to the sheriff's office Facebook page.

  • Tap the top draw in promoting county

    THE ISSUE: Branding Citrus County.

    OUR OPINION: Build on popularity of manatees.

    No doubt, Citrus County has a lot to offer tourists, but — what’s the one big, big thing we’re known for? Manatees.

    Where do most tourists go for manatee encounters? Crystal River.

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  • School board hears impact fee report

    Carly Zervis

    Correspondent

    The Citrus County School Board (CCSB) on Tuesday heard a presentation by Clancy Mullen, vice president of Duncan Associates, the firm that performed the impact fee study for Citrus County government.

    The presentation, very similar to the one by Mullen that the Board of County Commissioners heard Nov. 4, explained the data that was used and the conclusions that Duncan Associates reached.

  • Impact fee snafu could cost projects

    INVERNESS — Citrus County commissioners on Tuesday righted a procedural wrong from a year ago that places a pair of impact fee-funded projects in jeopardy.

    Commissioner Dennis Damato refused to support the vote because of its impact on the Crosstown Trail project in Crystal River.

  • Study gives Inverness high marks

    INVERNESS – When it comes to retiring, there are few places better than right here in Inverness.

    A new study ranking the 10 best places to retire in Florida placed Inverness second, beating out such higher-profile tourism areas as Pompano Beach, Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale, which came in at No. 8, 9 and 10 respectively.

  • Stone crab season off to slow start thanks to weather

    According to veteran crabber Kelly Kofmehl, this stone crab season started off slow. He shared his insight on the industry and the big factor weather plays.

    “Statewide, there has not been an overabundance of crabs this year, and a lot of it is due to the weather,” he said. “We just started getting the right kind of cold fronts that we need to make the crabs move, so through the holidays was a big push for the stone crab month.

  • Fresh from the sea

    Fresh-off-the-boat seafood is the stock-in-trade at The Crab Plant Seafood Market.

    Its Crystal River waterfront location is epicentral to the county’s seafood industry in terms of heritage, ambiance and production. 

    And while there is plenty of choice in the local catch, the market is full service seafood, bringing in popular varieties from outlying areas and other states as necessary.