Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival

The Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Lake Hernando Park.

The Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Lake Hernando Park. Free admission. Gatekeepers accepting donations for CCEF.

Paddling teams can register as club or community teams, on either an 11- or 21-person boat. To man the larger, 40-foot, 600-pound dragon boat, a team of 21 must pay a registration fee of $750; for the smaller vessel, 0. Proceeds go to area schools.

To register or sponsor, visit or call 352-726-1950, ext. 2240.

CR planning board delays vote on project

Crystal River’s planning commission agreed to delay voting for variances on a proposed boutique hotel on a vacant, waterfront property along U.S. 19.

In a unanimous decision at the Thursday evening meeting, the city’s citizen advisory board tabled the variance hearing on the address at 300 S. U.S. 19 for 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 7. 

A trust controlled by former major league pitcher Mike Hampton owns the 1.35-acre lot. Partners of Bent Twig Properties entered into a contract with Hampton trust to finalize a development plan for the property in exchange for its purchase.

Bent Twig Properties requested variances to reduce the perimeter’s landscape buffer, decrease the waterfront setback and lower the number of minimum parking spots and their size.

Before they make a vote, planning commissioners said they wanted city staff and the developer to firm up designs for the five-story, 55-unit condo hotel; a 2,450-square-foot restaurant; and a parking lot of at least 75 spaces.


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