Citrus County commissioners found plans for an indoor shooting range right on target.
The board on Tuesday, Nov. 18, unanimously approved a request from MC Damron Land Company LLC for an indoor shooting range near Crystal River.
Mallard’s Indoor Range will be on 13 acres of property at the corner of State Road 44 and Pennsylvania Avenue, and about a half-mile east of Turkey Oak Drive.
The 53,467-square-foot shooting range will be built on the northern half of the property to protect a natural wetland on the southern portion, said the applicant’s attorney, Clark Stillwell.
It will employ 100 full- and part-time workers.
Damron requested a zoning change from residential to general commercial on a portion of the property. Stillwell said existing nearby uses — a bowling alley, mini-storage and office complex, are compatible with nearby residential.
“All those have been there a long time,” he said.
Craig said the Mallard Indoor Range is modeled after an indoor shooting range in The Villages that is near a residential neighborhood.
“It is literally flanked by single-family homes,” she said. Buffers and soundproofing protects neighbors from being disturbed, she said.
Access to Mallard’s will be off Pennsylvania Avenue and not S.R. 44, the application states.
The county’s planning commission unanimously recommended the rezoning at its Oct. 1 meeting.