Crystal River

Springs activist Mercer honored at SWFWMD meeting

Phillis Rosetti-Mercer was presented with the Springs Community Partner award in memory of the late springs activist, Bob Mercer of Crystal River (SWFWMD photo on August 29, 2017).

The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District today recognized Bob Mercer, who passed away in January, for his passion and dedication to improving the Crystal River/Kings Bay spring system.

Mercer’s wife of many years, Phillis Rosetti-Mercer, accepted the Springs Community Partner Award in her husband’s memory.

“Bob would have loved this so much,” she said during the Governing Board presentation, as she wiped away tears.

Apollo Beach woman drowns while scalloping in Crystal River

On Monday evening, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) contacted the Citrus County Sheriff's Office about a drowning that occurred earlier in the Gulf.

The CCSO was told that 47-year-old Tammy Barth and her husband Mark Barth, from Apollo Beach, had been scalloping in Crystal River all day.

Former Presbyterian worship leader arrested on sex charges

Chad Robinson, 36, of Hernando
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office announced today the arrest of a former worship director on several sex charges, including video voyeurism, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.
 
Arrested was Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando, who was worship director at Seven Rivers Presbyterian from 2011 to 2017.
 

Accused burglars caught red-handed in Crystal River

LEFT: Christian Wein, 38. RIGHT: David Paul Curry, 46.

Two men were apparently caught red-handed on Monday morning as sheriff's deputies responded to a burglar alarm alert at Natalia's Restaurant, 771 N.E. 5th St. in Crystal River.

According to the arrest report, a deputy responding to the alarm spotted a suspicious vehicle behind the business with a towel covering the license plate of a red Ford Escape.

Woman found dead in Crystal River Motel

John Richard Lagnos
Citrus County deputies on Sunday questioned a person of interest in connection with a Floral City woman's death on Saturday at the Crystal River Motel.
 
Deputies were called to the Crystal River Motel before noon after motel staff found a  deceased female.
 

Fort Island Gulf Beach Park closed until further notice

Damaged building and grounds at  Fort Island Gulf Beach Park and Boat Ramp in Crystal River. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald, BOCC PIO on Sept. 3, 2016)

The Fort Island Gulf Beach Park and Boat Ramp has been closed until repairs can be completed from Hurricane Hermine damage.

West Fort Island Trail has been closed just west of the Marine Science Station at the Salt River Bridge.

Closure postings have been placed on West Fort Island Trail just west of U.S. 19, and at the closure location.

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