Today's News http://www.chronicleonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en ‘A good problem’ http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/%E2%80%98-good-problem%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1221_a1_nz_three_sisters_land_access.jpg" alt="Visitors to Three Sisters Springs watch from the boardwalk as a kayaker passes into the springs area Wednesday afternoon. " title="Visitors to Three Sisters Springs watch from the boardwalk as a kayaker passes into the springs area Wednesday afternoon. " align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> CRYSTAL RIVER -&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">As the Gulf of Mexico gets colder during the winter months, manatees and humans alike migrate to one of Crystal River&rsquo;s most sought-after&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">waterways: Three Sisters Springs.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Opening day for public access into the springs was Nov. 15, but visitations from people are still climbing to a peak.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> No happy trails for bicyclists http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/no-happy-trails-bicyclists <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1221_a1_nz_bike_crossing_dominant.jpg" alt="Floral City resident Bob Butterfield and other bicyclists aren’t happy with the new Withlacoochee State Trail configuration at North Independence Highway. “They never seem to consult with people who ride bicycles,” he said of state transportation planners." title="Floral City resident Bob Butterfield and other bicyclists aren’t happy with the new Withlacoochee State Trail configuration at North Independence Highway. “They never seem to consult with people who ride bicycles,” he said of state transportation planners." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> INVERNESS &mdash; Four days a week, Harry and Mary van den Berg take their tandem recumbent bike out on the Withlacoochee State Trail for 40 miles of leisurely riding.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The van den Bergs, who moved to Floral City because of its access to the state trail, enjoy the pure simplicity of the trail. Miles of straight ride, with no inconveniences other than stopping for vehicle traffic at intersections.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> That was until the North Independence Highway project came along.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Crystal Automotive shows support for Citrus County YMCA http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/crystal-automotive-shows-support-citrus-county-ymca <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1221_a1_nz_crystal_ymca_donation.jpg" alt="Pictured, from left, are Suncoast YMCA CEO Scott Goyer, YMCA capital co-chair Gerry Mulligan, Citrus YMCA Executive Director Joanna Castle, and Steve and Jewel Lamb. " title="Pictured, from left, are Suncoast YMCA CEO Scott Goyer, YMCA capital co-chair Gerry Mulligan, Citrus YMCA Executive Director Joanna Castle, and Steve and Jewel Lamb. " align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> The Crystal Automotive Group has become one of the largest supporters of the capital campaign to build a YMCA in Citrus County. The owners of the company have pledged $750,000 toward the construction of a new Y.</div> <div> The facility will be built on County Road 486 in Lecanto. Steve and Jewel Lamb, the owners of Crystal, have been supporters of the Citrus County Y effort from its inception.&nbsp;</div> <div> Publix supports YMCA http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/publix-supports-ymca <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1220_a3_publix_donates_to_y.jpg" alt="The Publix Foundation announced last week that it will contribute $100,000 to the effort to build a new YMCA in Citrus County. The Publix Foundation, based in Lakeland, represents the interests of all of the Publix Supermarkets in Citrus County. Members of the leadership team of each of the Citrus County Publix Supermarkets were on hand to present the check to representatives of the Citrus County YMCA. Front row, from left, are: Don Taylor, Y board member and executive director of the EDC; Jim Bergman, assistant manager at the Homosassa Publix; Bill Fenton, assistant manager at the Sugarmill Woods Publix; Ray Parrish, manager at the Citrus Hills Publix; Jack Daniel, district manager representing Publix out of Lakeland; Joanna Castle, the executive director of the Citrus Y; and Joe Cappuccilli, vice chair of the Citrus Y board. Back row, from left, are: Gerry Mulligan, co-chair of the Citrus Y capital campaign; Y board member Bonnie Rybak; Jay McAvoy, manager of the Crystal Springs Publix; Kenny Parrish, grocery manager at the Inverness Publix; and Y board members Mike Busler and Doug Lobel. Construction is set to begin on the Citrus County Y in early 2015. http://www.spiphotos.smugmug.com/" title="The Publix Foundation announced last week that it will contribute $100,000 to the effort to build a new YMCA in Citrus County. The Publix Foundation, based in Lakeland, represents the interests of all of the Publix Supermarkets in Citrus County. Members of the leadership team of each of the Citrus County Publix Supermarkets were on hand to present the check to representatives of the Citrus County YMCA. Front row, from left, are: Don Taylor, Y board member and executive director of the EDC; Jim Bergman, assistant manager at the Homosassa Publix; Bill Fenton, assistant manager at the Sugarmill Woods Publix; Ray Parrish, manager at the Citrus Hills Publix; Jack Daniel, district manager representing Publix out of Lakeland; Joanna Castle, the executive director of the Citrus Y; and Joe Cappuccilli, vice chair of the Citrus Y board. Back row, from left, are: Gerry Mulligan, co-chair of the Citrus Y capital campaign; Y board member Bonnie Rybak; Jay McAvoy, manager of the Crystal Springs Publix; Kenny Parrish, grocery manager at the Inverness Publix; and Y board members Mike Busler and Doug Lobel. Construction is set to begin on the Citrus County Y in early 2015. http://www.spiphotos.smugmug.com/" align="left" hspace="6" width="139" height="85" /> City, water district work with U.S. Fish and Wildlife http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/city-water-district-work-us-fish-and-wildlife <div id="cke_pastebin"> CRYSTAL RIVER &mdash; Crystal River might own 70 percent of the 57-acre refuge that is Three Sisters, according to the Three Sisters land-management agreement.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> However, the city and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) defer to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service&rsquo;s (USFWS) expertise when it comes to actually managing the refuge and the waters within.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Three Sisters land access off to roaring start http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/three-sisters-land-access-roaring-start <div id="cke_pastebin"> More than 1,100 tourists have been shuttled to and from Three Sisters Springs&rsquo; boardwalk since Nov. 15, when manatee-peeping season began, according to&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">officials.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> And, according to Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Manager Andrew Gude, an old adage applies to the maiden season of land access by the public at the popular destination for viewing or swimming with the manatees.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Fire Services wants help keeping wreath green http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/fire-services-wants-help-keeping-wreath-green <div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Christmas wreaths have a whole new meaning this holiday season.</span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Citrus County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office Fire Rescue division personnel hung wreaths at fire stations in Beverly Hills, Crystal River, Inverness and Homosassa &mdash; each with 24 green bulbs.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> New child restraint law begins Jan. 1 http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/new-child-restraint-law-begins-jan-1 <div id="cke_pastebin"> Beginning Jan. 1, every motor vehicle operator in Florida will be required to use a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint for children until age 6, but the right seat for each child really depends on height, weight and correct fit.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">