Local News

  • BOCC to take on Pirate’s Cove plan

    At 5:01 p.m. Tuesday, county commissioners will conduct a public hearing regarding a developer’s request for changes to the county’s land development code and comprehensive plan.

    The developer, George Decker, is seeking the changes so he can implement plans for a waterfront condominium complex in Ozello.

    Decker’s plan is to build a four-story condominium complex at the site of the former Pirate’s Cove Restaurant.

  • Rookie board members: More time for attorney search

    The search for a permanent county attorney will not end Tuesday, if the county commission’s newest members have any say.

    Both Commissioners Scott Carnahan and Ron Kitchen say the board should choose an interim attorney and then broaden the search for either an in-house or part-time attorney.

  • Monday Conversation: George Rusaw

    CRYSTAL RIVER  — For 38 years, George Rusaw built homes in Citrus County — 2,256 in his career with Rusaw Homes, with the last one completed in May 2008.

    He retired, and as he says, failed miserably at retirement. After several months of yard work and golf, he was invited to join the board at Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County.

  • Farewell to Nottingham
  • Five men vie for county admin post

    The five finalists for Citrus County administrator all have one thing in common:

    They’ve been on the firing line in local government and have the wounds to prove it.

    Citrus commissioners hope one of the five is best suited for the job to replace Brad Thorpe, who retired in August. Public Works Director Jeff Rogers has served in the interim role since then.

  • Jingle all the way
  • New rules at Three Sisters Springs

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge officials are set to announce plans Monday ostensibly aimed at dissuading the harassment of manatees at a popular springs area.

    The long-anticipated environmental assessment (EA) is expected to recommend the prohibition of vessels and large inflatable floats in the springs and spring run areas of Three Sisters Springs during the winter tourist season when the area is usually teeming with huge herds of sea cows and people.

  • Students learn of government in action

    At the Nov. 4 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved the installation of combat-wounded veteran parking signs to designate parking spaces at Lecanto Government Building, the Citrus County Courthouse and West Citrus Government Center. The signs have been installed at these facilities next to handicapped-accessible parking areas.

  • Wildlife park tops in revenue

    When it comes to total revenue, only five of Florida’s 160 state parks earned more than Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.

    According to Martha J. Robinson, spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the wildlife park brought in $2,234,707, operated at a profit of $621,538 and attracted 314,271 visitors during that period, slightly fewer than the previous year.

  • FWS closes springs during weekend

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has temporarily closed Three Sisters Springs. It is expected to last until Sunday. 

    More than 250 manatees have gathered at the springs during the past few days and are expected to remain in the area throughout the weekend. Due to temperatures around 40 degrees throughout the weekend and high resting manatee numbers, the service has closed Three Sisters Springs.