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  • FINISHED PRODUCT

    The wait might have been worth the wait, at least Councilman Chuck Dillon believes so when it comes to the much-need renovations at City Beach.

    Marline Marine Construction, tasked with the $93,477 project, completed the project more than two weeks ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline.

  • Council seats up for grabs

    First, there were three; now there are four.

    With Walter Green’s abrupt resignation as mayor at the council workshop last Wednesday, his void not only created a vacancy on the five-member council, but is now requiring the city add Seat No. 1 to the list of spots available to those seeking office in the November General Election.

  • Council OKs removing road barrier

    Blue Cove is about to get the second entrance/exit despite objections of a number of residents in the division.

    The council on Monday voted 2-1, with Councilwoman Valerie Hanchar casting the dissenting vote, to remove the barricade on Short Tower Way as the original road closure did not follow City Code.

    The barricade has been in place for more than 20 years, residents said, providing safety and security.

    It’s a safety thing, Blue Cove resident Helena Caton said.

  • Seeds of expansion

    A new school year abounds and for Riverland Christian Academy, it means changes too.

    A private, Christian-based school is expanding its reach this year, adding K3 and K4 classes, complimenting its kindergarten through 12th grade students. The academy averages between 50-65 students, but are looking to increase to 100 students, according to Principal Denise Aiello. The goal is to provide a good balance of being able to offer a wide range of activities and programs, she added.

  • Administrator, clerk: Council wanted to recognize promotions

    Initially, the city’s “invitation-only party” was supposed to celebrate success the city had achieved in the past year, from a financial emergency, turnover of administrative staff, changes on the council and a

    number of bad operating decisions, according to City Administrator Dawn Bowne’s deposition during a Florida Commission on Ethics investigation.

  • ‘Party’ woes hang over city

    Editor's Note: Moments after the start of Wednesday’s council workshop, Mayor Walter Green resigned effective immediately and walked out of City Hall.

    The mayor told those in attendance he plans to spend more time with family and friends.

    Mayor Green, who was first began serving on council in 2014, ran unopposed for mayor in 2016. His term would have run for two more years.

    Councilman Chuck Dillon called the resignation “shocking.”

  • Elvis Tribute Artist to rock Inverness

    For Cote Deonath, the past six months have been a whole lot of shaking, rattling and rolling as he has been traveling throughout most of the United States, keeping the legacy of Elvis Presley’s music, moves and life in the spotlight.

    Now his travels will bring the Dunnellon-based, born and reared, Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) closer to home, with a performance scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Citrus County Auditorium for a brand new experience, fit for a king.

  • Lightning decimates cypress tree

    Ed Starling wasn’t an hour removed from mowing his neighbor’s yard Sunday in Rio Vista, the task cut short by another round of afternoon thunderstorms, when the 81-year-old was staring out his window when it struck.

    The “it” in this case was the lightning, which decimated a tree in his neighbor’s yard, no more than 75 feet from where he had been mowing the lawn. The lightning strike sent chunks of lumber tumbling to the ground, even sending a few other pieces hurtling around the area.

  • Candidate forum Saturday

    The Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association and the American Legion Post No. 58 will host a candidate forum at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the American Legion, 10730 U.S. 41.

    Candidates will have about 30 minutes to meet with the community before they are each given an opportunity to speak. After all of the candidates have spoken, there will be a brief intermission and then a question-

    and-answer session.

  • FGUA to assume interim control of utilities

    With the sale of the city’s utility system to Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA), the council agreed Monday to allow the agency to assume interim control of operations and management prior to the closing date.

    The agreement would contract with FGUA to take over the operation and maintenance of the utility systems to ensure proper management and technical oversight, transitioning the employees from city employment to US Water employees beginning Aug. 13.