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Developer wants to
entomb them alive
A wildlife advocate is fighting to
prevent 50 gopher tortoises from
being buried alive in a future Lecanto
residential community, but the ani-
mals may be doomed despite Jim
Kantor filed an appeal challenging
a state permit that grants property
owner Richard Stafford the legal
right to bury the tortoises alive in
their burrows if he chooses.
Stafford owns 83 acres of undevel-
oped property next to Crystal Oaks
and Connell Heights in Lecanto. He
plans to develop the property into
Westchase subdivision. An estimated
92 tortoises are living on the property.
Forty-nine animals live in phase one.
More importantly, four of the tor-
Once they are
sealed and entombed,
they slowly die.
has filed appeal to halt burying of tortoises.
toises in phase one are sick with an
upper respiratory tract disease. To
contain the disease, state law pro-
hibits Stafford from relocating the
infected tortoises to an offsite loca-
tion. The same rule applies to the
other 88 tortoises living on the same
piece of property, regardless of
whether they have the illness.
Under the law, developers can pur-
chase a permit to entomb the animals,
or they can relocate them on the same
piece of property
The law is intended to prevent
spread of the disease.
The 49 animals in phase one would
be the first to die. The permit fee for
Stafford is $68,000.
"Once they are sealed and
entombed, they slowly die," Kantor
One issue raised by Kantor in his
appeal to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission is
that Stafford's application for the per-
mit contains a map of Westchase with
a much larger version of phase one
than that approved by the county. He
wants to know why.
Please see TORTOISES/Page 4A
Getting Kings Bay shipshape
The number of sailboats anchoring In Kings Bay on the Crystal River has steadily Increased, making for crowded conditions at times. Recently, several of the
boats have become unanchored and have drifted about the bay, creating problems.
Proliferation of anchored sailboats spurs numerous complaints
One of the changes in Kings Bay in
recent years has been the prolifera-
tion of anchored sailboats.
For some, it has added charm. For
others, the boats are unwelcome,
sometimes dangerous obstacles and
when unkempt and in disrepair, just
Crystal River City Manager Susan
Boyer said the city has received a
variety of complaints, most from peo-
ple who just don't like seeing the
anchored boats in the bay.
The boats can be seen anchored in
various parts of the bay, and particu-
larly west of Pete's Pier off the north
end of Buzzard's Island and at the
north end of the bay south of
Cracker's Bar & Grill.
In any case, officials say boats have
the legal right to anchor and to be left
unattended. According to the U.S.
Coast Guard, boats may be anchored
in such navigable waters as long as
they do not anchor in a marked chan-
nel and block navigation.
They are required to show all-
around white anchor lights at night
atop the mast on sailboats. The boats
cannot pump sewage and they must
have holding tank valves secured.
Some of the boats in the bay don't
have working white anchor lights,
however, which has prompted com-
plaints to officials.
Both Coast Guard and Florida Fish
and Wildlife Commission officials say
if they see a violation or get such a
Please see SAILBOATS/Page 4A Several derelict boats have become permanent fixtures along the serene bay.
Family gathers to remember soldier who died last year
Today a family gathers to remember and
honor a man who paid the ultimate price for
serving his country
Aaron Weaver, an Army chief warrant officer,
was killed Jan. 8, 2004, in Iraq when his Black
Hawk medevac helicopter was shot down by a
rocket outside of Fallujah.
"In some ways it seems like it was only a
month ago or yesterday," his father, Inverness ular cancer before leaving the United States.
resident Mike Weaver said. Some thought his military career was
He said he can vividly remember the I Read more over, but he chose to continue serving.
day he learned of his son's death when about It was while riding in a helicopter
military officers came to his house to Aaron headed to Baghdad for a medical
confirm the news he'd already heard Weaver in check-up that he and the eight other
from his daughter. Sunday's servicemen onboard were killed.
"I can see that just like it happened Chronicle. Aaron Weaver graduated from Citrus
last night," Mike Weaver said. "You High School and Central Florida
always think it must be a mistake Community College graduate. He
you never think it's going to happen to you." served in the Army for 12 years and was the only
Aaron Weaver, 32, had recently battled testic- non-commissioned officer not wounded or
killed during a rescue mission in
Mogadishu, Somalia, a conflict
made -famous by the movie
"Black Hawk Down."
His wife, Nancy Weaver, said
dealing with the loss this past
year has been difficult
"Sometimes I just expect him
to come walk through the door,"
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spiffy "golf cars"./Sunday
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Calling all manatees
plenty of activities
Join the crowds making a big deal about
sea cows at the Florida Manatee Festival
in downtown Crystal River and be sure to
check out other entertaining options this
Boat rides, an arts and crafts show,
children's activities, manatee movies,
plenty of live music and loads of food will
highlight this year's festival in honor of
the beloved underwater mammals.
The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. today and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
along Citrus Avenue. Parking is in desig-
nated areas at Crystal River Mall. Free
shuttle service will be provided between
the mall and the festival grounds. Festival
donation is $2 for ages 12 and older.
Tickets for 30-minute boat tours on
Kings Bay will be on sale at the Citrus
County Chamber of Commerce informa-
tion booth for $5 each for adults and $3 for
children ages 12 to 18; children age 11 and
younger are admitted free. The boat tours
will be offered throughout the festival.
More than 175 crafters and 70 fine
artists will display their work during the
The annual Jimmy Buffett sound-alike
contest will start at 2 p.m. today. The rest
of the entertainment for the festival will
be provided by performers with the
Orange Blossom Country Music
The Chamber, Rotary Club of Crystal
River and City of Crystal River host the
Enjoy the sounds of the Big Easy
when The Dukes of Dixieland, a New
Orleans-based band, performs Sunday as
part of the Central Florida Community
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The concert will start at 3 p.m. at Curtis
Peterson Auditorium in Lecanto. Tickets
are $17 for reserved seats and $15 for gen-
eral admission. For more information,
call 746-6721, Ext 1416.
The Citrus Community Band and a
German band will perform Sunday as part
of the Sunday in the Hills entertainment
series at the Beverly Hills Recreation
Show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and
include coffee and cake. The clubhouse is
at 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills.
Patchwork will be the musical guest
for the Sunday Sampler Concert Series on
Sunday at the Dunnellon Lions Club.
Concert starts at 2:30 p.m. Admission is
$8. Complimentary refreshments will be
served at intermission. The club is at the
corner of Walnut Street and Cedar Street
(State Road 40 West) in Dunnellon. For
more information, call (352) 489-3766.
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