Starting slow as a result of the recession of 2007-2008, Citrus County saw lots of good things happening again as the end of the decade rolled around.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the county’s population as 147,929 slight increase from the 141,178 in 2010.

In October 2014 Citrus Memorial Hospital was leased to Hospital Corporation of America, a Nashville-based company.

More storms dominated the news.

Hurricane Hermine, while not coming ashore around here, still managed to cause extensive coastal flooding as it went by on its way to the Florida panhandle in 2016

Hurricane Irma came directly at Citrus County in 2017 and despite having to make its way over land from Fort Meyers was still a category one storm when it arrived

The storm created havoc with school and business closures, evacuations, blocked roads and power outages.

In 2015, the restored Valerie Theatre reopened and took its place as a hub for cultural activities in downtown Inverness.

Since the Citrus Memorial Health System YMCA branch opened in 2016, memberships have grown to the point that expansion of the facility was already a necessity a year and half later.

The long-awaited Riverwalk in Crystal River opened in 2018. When completed, it will give local residents and visitors alike an opportunity to stroll along portions of one of the area’s most important attractions – King’s Bay and the Crystal River.

During the decade, the Chronicle continues to go more to the digital aspect of publishing, while still maintaining a strong presence in its printed version.

The British Petroleum (BP) oil rig begin leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in 2011.

The final Space Shuttle mission landed in 2011.

Hurricane Sandy hit the New York and New Jersey area, causing $65.6 billion in damages.

The SpaceX, a private aeronautical firm, engaged in the first reflight of orbiter class rockets in a effort to reduce the cost of space travel.

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