Springs

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.

Water District buys portion of Rainbow River Ranch property

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board has approved a contract for the purchase of a significant portion of the eastern bank of the Rainbow River.

The parcel proposed for acquisition consists of nearly 115 acres, and includes nearly a half mile of river frontage.

The contract also contains provisions to protect an additional 620 feet of shoreline associated with existing private landholdings.

Drugs, guns, money seized in Citrus Springs search

Duane Dylan Starkey

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office Tactical Impact Unit Narcotics Division on Tuesday arrested a man in Citrus Springs after executing a search warrant at a home there.

The TIU served a search warrant at 9909 N. Cherry Lake Drive in Citrus Springs regarding a complaint of ongoing narcotics sales at the home.

Springs restoration projects funded for $15 million

Seven springs restoration projects in Citrus and Hernando Counties will receive $12 million in state funding from Legacy Florida through the department's Division of Water Restoration Assistance program. This funding is expected to leverage nearly $3 million in matching funds for a total of $15 million. (PHOTO: SWFWMD) CLICK PHOTO TO SEE LARGER  IMAGE

Seven springs restoration projects in Citrus and Hernando counties will receive $12 million in state funding from Legacy Florida through the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Division of Water Restoration Assistance program.

This funding is expected to leverage nearly $3 million in matching funds for a total of $15 million.

The District’s projects are part of 35 springs projects across the state to receive more than $56.6 million included in the 2016-17 “FLORIDA FIRST” budget, the highest amount ever provided for Florida’s springs.

Suspect arrested in Citrus Springs drug case

Cordero McKinnon, Citrus Springs

Citrus County deputies on Monday found a number of illegal drugs inside a Citrus Springs home, and arrested a man there.

The Sheriff's Office Tactical Impact Unit conducted a search warrant at 3897 W. Wilburton Drive, having previously learned the residence was used to sell illicit drugs.

Damato honored for springs efforts

Citrus County Commissioner Dennis Damato

Citrus County Commissioner Dennis Damato was recently recognized by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) Governing Board for his service on the Springs Coast Steering Committee.

Damato serves as the representative for Citrus County on the Steering Committee, which was formed by SWFWMD in 2014 to address management of spring systems within the district.

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