A Homosassa businessman who was cleared in February by Citrus County commissioners of illegal tree-removal allegations was cited this week for essentially the same thing.
Citrus County Code Compliance accused Vision VI Investments LLC of illegally removing trees on property adjacent to the Riverhaven community on Halls River Road.
Principal Byron Rogers, who also co-owns Crump Landing at the former KC Crump’s site, will hear the allegations at a June 19 special master hearing. According to the county code, he faces a fine of up to $15,000.
Rogers could not be reached for comment.
Frank Fazioli, who lives in Riverhaven nearby, said he called the county’s code compliance division when he saw trees being removed from the property.
“I’ve complained several times, as a matter of fact,” Fazioli said. “This county commission has rolled over and let them do what the wanted.”
The county earlier this year cited Rogers for clearing property of pine trees with neither permit nor agricultural classification.
The county commission had a hearing to determine whether the county should seek a court injunction stopping Rogers from remove trees. Instead, commissioners voted 3-2 to allow Rogers to continue removing planted pine trees because the property had historically been used to harvest trees.
Rogers later attended a Riverhaven property owners association meeting and said he was clearing the property for an RV storage parking lot, and would be developing some Riverhaven lots for homes, according to residents who attended the meeting.
County code officials observed illegal tree removal on the property on May 14 and issued a notice of violation a week later, county records show.
Fazioli said Rogers is removing more than underbrush.
“He should play by the rules,” Fazioli said. “He should stop what he’s doing.”