Gary Bartell Jr. temporarily closed his Greenhouse Farmers Market on U.S. 19 after the county threatened him with fines for code violations. The county said the “Welcome to Homosassa” sign, which Bartell said was painted by local artists, is illegal.
Owner: ‘Harassment’ closes market

Near the small sign advertising duck eggs, Gary Bartell Jr. has erected another one.

“Temporarily closed,” it reads, “due to county harassment.”

Bartell, son of the former county commissioner with the same name, has feuded with Citrus County code compliance officials since January, when he opened the Greenhouse Farmers Market on U.S. 19 near Homosassa Springs.