1121 Chronicle Week in Review: Let the Splatter Begin, Goodbye Duke’s Coal-Fired Power Plant Smokestacks, a No to Buying Pirates Cove, and the Teenager Continues to Struggle with Rare Form of Epilepsy | Local News

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On Friday, November 12, four-year-olds Thomas Bleakley and Charlotte Bolin walk through the new Crystal River Splash Pad, as city officials staged a unique “ribbon cutting”. The place opens its doors to the public on Tuesday 23 November. Thomas is the son of Meredith Linley, Executive Director of Crystal River Main Street, and Charlotte is the daughter of Leslie Bolin, Director of Events and Marketing for the City of Crystal River.



Crystal River unveils a water play park with a soft opening; public reception on November 23

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After conceptualizing the idea about four years ago, Crystal River unveiled its Splash Pad Park on the morning of Friday, November 12, next to its water tower on the northeast corner of Northeast First Avenue and Northeast Fifth. Street.

November 23 is the first day the park is open to the public.

Along with Town Square and Crystal River’s Riverwalk, this park is another part of the city’s plans to better weave business and convenience along Citrus Avenue.

“Today it has become a reality, and I am so excited to be here,” said City Manager Ken Frink, introducing observers to the park’s smooth opening. “What you are seeing now is the next step in transforming downtown Crystal River into a destination the whole state can enjoy. “

Duke coal-fired power plant implosions signal the end of an era






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The second remaining 500-foot-high coal stack fell to the ground on Saturday, November 13 at Duke Energy’s 1960s Crystal River coal-fired power plant in Citrus County. The company imploded the pair on Saturday, ending an era for the 1960s Crystal River coal-fired power plant in Citrus County.




A misty morning delayed the end of an era, but it ended nonetheless when more than 350 explosives with a force of around 300 pounds imploded two 500-foot-high chimneys at Duke Energy’s coal-fired power station. in Crystal River, Citrus County on Saturday, November 13. .

While many cheered as the earth rumbled as the stacks crumbled, some were gloomy as they bid farewell to a friend who has served Floridians reliably for over 50 years, said Heather Danenhower , spokesperson for Duke Energy.

Duke pulled the plant out in 2018 when its 1,640-megawatt Citrus combined cycle station, a natural gas plant, was commissioned.

One hundred percent of steel, copper and other metals, as well as concrete, will be recycled.

The data shows that Citrus is still a suburban county; skills training on the rise






Cory Weaver, Director of Operations for CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion

Cory Weaver, Director of Operations for CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion



According to Cory Weaver, director of operations at CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion (CLM), the pandemic has not only changed people’s lives, it has also affected the workforce in ways that can have a lasting impact on the way employees and employers coexist.

Data shows Citrus remains a suburban county. The majority of employees (24,939) live here but work outside the county; 18,138 live and work here; 13,046 work here but live elsewhere.

Weaver said many employers struggle to find employees because many of them are looking for new careers and learning skills to improve their financial situation.

Weaver also said that CLM can help job seekers and people who want to change careers in three ways: through workplace learning scholarships, career fairs and other events. this type and free online training.

For more information: http://citruslevymarion.skillupamerica.org.

County bid for Pirate’s Cove rejected






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Citrus County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard


Pirate’s Cove, a pristine 3.6-acre site with 750 feet of waterfront adjoining an existing park, has been idle since the restaurant / motel was destroyed by the unnamed storm of 1993 and demolished more late in 2010 – and the county wants to buy it.

However, a recent offer of $ 616,000 to purchase the Pirate’s Cove property at Ozello Trail was rejected.

The county had received two assessments: one for $ 616,000 and another for $ 700,000.

“The seller has decided to refuse it,” informed the board of directors, local real estate agent Steve Varnadoe. “The price and undefined terms just don’t interest him right now.”

County commissioner Jeff Kinnard is hopeful that a deal can be reached if it includes private support.

“Obviously, it will take a significant amount of private money to get into this,” said Kinnard, the biggest supporter of the county board buying Pirate’s Cove. “The people who want to see this property preserved as a public park – these are the people we’re going to need to step in and help.”

Every day is a battle as a teenager suffers from a rare and debilitating form of epilepsy






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Maegan Haganey, 16, hugs her father James on Tuesday, November 9, before starting homework in the home kitchen. The teenager has a type of epilepsy known as the rare PCDH-19 cluster epilepsy that requires specialist care. After Maegan went through a difficult afternoon, her father was able to calm her down and refocus her on the task at hand, homework.


April Haganey describes her daughter Maegan’s condition this way: It’s like someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and teenage hormones.

16-year-old Maegan Haganey suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called PCDH19. She had her first PCDH19 crisis at 13 months old. The Chronicle has been following her since she was 9 years old.

For most of her life, Maegan and her family lived in a state of perpetual waiting, waiting for the next seizure or the next cluster of seizures.

Along with painful headaches and body aches, the seizures affect his memory and, over time, severely affected his cognition.

“Sometimes we start to see our ‘old maid’ shine, but then she will regress,” said April Haganey. “At one point she was in gifted classes at school, but now she’s in a special needs class with a special curriculum and a bunch of accommodations. Now, after a seizure, she cannot walk, speak or swallow very well.

“But we have our faith, and there is joy in the people around us, and there is always hope that they will find a cure for it,” she said. “They (the researchers) know so much, but there is still a lot to learn. “

Topic of the week: News that the county’s offer to buy Pirates Cove in Ozello was rejected prompted people to comment on Chronicle’s Facebook page. Here’s what some have said:

• Karissa Gandee: “Good. The county no longer needs to buy land, especially since it cannot afford to maintain boat launching ramps and wants to raise taxes to “pay for the roads”. Good budgeting is not like not being able to take on the responsibilities you already have, ask people for more money, and then spend $ 600,000 unnecessarily.

• GiGi Galasso: “What if we left her alone?

• Letta Alexander: “The county can leave it alone, but it is for sale and it will eventually sell. I therefore see it as preserved as a park or developed into condos or hotels. Either will increase traffic. Choose your poison carefully.

• Laura McKee: “To say we don’t need a park is not looking to the future. Maybe we are not right now, but future generations will need more parks. Look at the growth we are experiencing. It shouldn’t stop anytime soon. More important things should have been budgeted from the start. And there will still be ruined roads 50 years from now, but there won’t be much room to add more waterfront parks.

• Wanda L. Lynch-Sentz: “The traffic on Ozello Trail is going crazy … with all the traffic on US 19, there are more and more accidents. I have lived here since the 90s and so many people use this light. Can you imagine a hotel or a park at the end of this winding road and the traffic it would generate? No thanks for the moment.






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Citrus County Commissioner Ruthie Davis Schlabach


Quote of the week: “I really felt the Lord was giving me a gift by letting me know that we are all on the right track with this.” – Commissioner Ruthie Schlabach, after learning that two donors had contributed $ 515,000 to build a new animal shelter, a project she fought hard for.

Good news of the week: The NFL lands in Inverness. At a recent Inverness City Council meeting, it was announced that the National Football League’s flag football program would use Whispering Pines Park for some of its teams’ practices and games.

The NFL flag football program has more than 1,600 teams and more than 500,000 young athletes between the ages of 4 and 17 participating in the program across the country.

“It’s a big deal for Whispering Pines to get something like this,” Inverness Parks and Recreation Director Woody Worley told the council. “(And) it brings more people to the park.”

For questions and registration information, contact league organizer Jason Grace at 352-302-7591 or [email protected]


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