Some of the most popular stories of the week
Golf courses sold to a Canadian company, big changes for World Woods
Canadian developer Cabot recently purchased three golf courses in the area: World Woods, Sugarmill Woods and Southern Woods in Homosassa.
Big plans for World Woods have recently been revealed, with course renovations set to begin in spring 2022.
In 2023, it will open as Cabot Citrus Farms with amenities that will include two revitalized 18-hole courses, a par-3 course, a new clubhouse, and practice facilities with a putting course and driving range. Cabot Citrus Farms will also have retail businesses, restaurants, fitness and spa facilities, communal gathering points and a farmer’s market.
Citrus County Tourism Development Council (TDC) member Gene McGee said if the new owner spent money improving World Woods, it would attract golfers from around the world who would find their way to Citrus County. .
“It will be a draw for tourism in Citrus County,” he said. “People are likely to stay at (local) hotels and RV resorts in Citrus County because the golf course will be so close.”
The developer submits a plan for a shopping center to Lecanto
If a developer’s plans are accepted by the county, a large shopping center called Beverly Hills Crossing will come to the northwest corner of County Roads 486 and 491 in Lecanto.
Although no store name has been identified, the mall would include a big-box retail store, nine outdoor courts and a traffic-friendly road.
This intersection is rapidly becoming a commercial hub. In recent years it has seen the construction of Wendy’s and Wawa. Mavis Tires is building a store next to McDonald’s and is expected to open soon. Glory Days Grill, Culver’s and Caliber Car Wash are also coming.
Kevin Cunningham, broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty One, said he heard from various occupiers for retailers in the Beverly Hills Crossing project, but there was no firm commitment.
Currently, the application is under review and will then be placed on the agenda of an upcoming County Planning and Development Commission agenda. From there it would go before the county commissioners.
Heart disease causes sudden death of a student
Antonio Hicks, the 16-year-old Citrus High School student who died during football practice in September, had a heart condition that caused his death.
That was the conclusion of the medical examiner’s office. Hicks was pronounced dead after paramedics rushed him to Inverness School Hospital on September 28 after he collapsed during training.
Associate Medical Examiner Dr Shanedelle Norford identified hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as the teenager’s cause of death and also cited ventricular hypertrophy, myocyte disorder and pulmonary oedema.
Asked by the Chronicle if Hicks could have avoided symptoms of the heart problem if he hadn’t participated in sports, Dr Ralph Abadier, a cardiologist at Comprehensive Cardiology, Cardiovascular & Vein Disease Diagnosis & Treatment in Inverness, replied: ” It would have shown itself anyway” and that his death could have occurred on the sports field as well as outside of normal activities.
Young woman’s surprising rare heart condition leads to life-saving surgery
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, Lou Ann Boemio, 42, took three sips of her Guinness and felt like someone had punched her in the chest.
Soon after, she experienced all the classic symptoms of a heart attack in women and men.
However, a trip to the emergency room and cardiac catheterization revealed no heart attack. Instead, she had a giant, non-cancerous tumor inside her heart, the size of a tennis ball, clogging 85% of her heart chamber.
On Dec. 3, heart surgeon Dr. Bao Thuy Duy Hoang removed the tumor without opening his chest, repaired the patent foramen ovale (PFO) hole in Boemio’s heart that should have closed soon after. he was born, but didn’t, and did a “mini” mitral valve repair.
She returned home a week later, like new.
“It was crazy for me,” Boemio said. “It’s definitely changed the way I go about life now – I’m very lucky. I don’t take anything for granted.
“It was very scary, but it wasn’t until after that I was able to really reflect on what had happened,” she said. “It’s shocking to hear that I had this big tumor in my heart.”
The Pirate’s Cove case is no longer on the table for the moment
The county’s plan to buy Pirate’s Cove is out of the question, at least for now.
The 3.6-acre property at the end of Ozello Trail in Crystal River has been taken off the market and the owner plans to pursue other options, including subdividing it for new homes.
The commissioners had discussed the possibility of buying it to make it a public park. The Citrus County Tourism Development Council (TDC) was even set to talk about it at its Wednesday meeting, allocating $185,000 in bed tax revenue to help pay for the purchase.
“It’s frustrating for sure,” said Commissioner Jeff Kinnard, the driving force behind the county’s potential purchase. “(It’s) a missed opportunity, at least for now.”
Realtor Steve Varnadoe of RE/MAX Realty One said the owner wanted to pursue the idea of subdividing the property.
“She thinks the estate can better recoup its investment by subdividing the property if it’s successful in that quest,” Varnadoe said. “Based on this, we have taken the property off the market for the time being.”
Hot topic of the week: News of a Pirate’s Cove deal with the county off the table prompted a number of people to add their comments on the Chronicle Facebook page. Here is what some have said:
- Marti Gale: “Sad. It would have made a nice park.
- Alvin Wiederrich: “Florida has some of the most awe-inspiring views on our Gulf Coast, but they are disappearing too quickly or at least as well as they are extinct for the majority of Floridians. The last thing Florida needs is more homes blocking limited public access to these beautiful areas. Keep Florida Beautiful! Don’t do like those crowded places up north where people can’t wait to get away.
- Gary Mock: “Proverb: Those who don’t take quick and decisive action will suffer or miss a good opportunity.”
- Lori Duo: “I’m so glad it’s off the table!”
- Greg Krzyzanowski: “…Looks like it won’t be a public boat launch anymore once someone starts developing there. The owners are the ones who should make it a private ramp and charge an annual fee for it and sell the surrounding land to maybe build a bait shop etc.
- David Green: “They’ll probably end up turning it into a gas station or a retirement home anyway.”
- Patti Sevelin-Dickson: “Well, I don’t agree with the division part. But since I don’t own it, I have no say in the matter.
Quote of the week: “Looking at the street sign and seeing Dr. King’s name would be a phenomenal, phenomenal beacon of hope for these young children.” – Bishop Al Hopkins, Executive Senior Pastor of Redemption Center Church, during the renaming of Eighth Avenue northeast and southeast to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Crystal River.
Good news of the week: Adele Jacobson runs the non-profit organization Music in Medicine. As she sits by someone’s bedside playing her dulcimer, the point isn’t entertainment.
As a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP), she is there to relieve a physical, emotional or mental need through music, to bring the person to a sense of calm and tranquility – or to a state of wakefulness, as with a person with dementia.
In a former Music in Medicine column in the Health & Life section of the Chronicle, she wrote about walking into a room with a patient in pain::
“I start playing soft, soothing music. Gradually, her moans quieted down, then ceased. She moves her legs less and the muscles in her face begin to relax. With a little more music, she stops the moaning altogether. His legs are motionless… Imagine having the ability to help someone like that. How would that make you feel? Makes me feel like a million bucks. It makes me so grateful to be able to help people with my music.
For more information about the band and its mission, email [email protected] The website is musicinmedicinecitrus.org.