D.A.B. mess

The U.S. 19 widening project has come to a jarring halt after the company contracted to do the work, D.A.B. Constructors, Inc., suddenly closed shop. The county will soon discuss hiring a bankruptcy attorney to litigate on its behalf following the abrupt work stoppage. Additionally, the commission will discuss possible litigation against Nature Coast EMS. The county recently took over ambulance service due to issues by the private company charged with ambulance service.

D.A.B. Constructors filed for bankruptcy early last month. Nature Coast EMS filed for bankruptcy Oct. 2, the same day the county took over ambulance services.

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County Attorney Denise Dymond Lyn

In the wake of these two high-profile bankruptcies, County Attorney Denise Dymond Lyn — in a memo attached to the Oct. 12 commission agenda - is recommending the board retain Largo bankruptcy consultant Jake Blanchard as an assistant.

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Blanchard, in a memo to Lyn, said his hourly billing rate is $300 for government work. His fees are not expected to exceed $8,000, according to Lyn.

It’s been quite a month for Citrus County regarding these two high-profile companies. 

D.A.B. Constructors announced last month it was filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and the unexpected closure left a huge dent in county road projects.

D.A.B. was already behind schedule to finish the still-incomplete widening segments of U.S. 19 in Homosassa and Crystal River. The sureties are scrambling to find a replacement company.

D.A.B. also had a $3.4 million contract to resurface Citrus County neighborhood roads.

Then came the county’s sudden decision last month to end its contract with Nature Coast EMS  and take over the service after the private, nonprofit kept returning for additional financial help to keep it operating and give staff raises.

The commission meeting begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the courthouse in Inverness.

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