0705 Chronicle week in review: Mask mania, bars close (again), a (maybe) resignation and scallop season begins | Coronavirus – Get a quote in 2 minutes

Many residents who choose to visit retailers voluntarily wear protective covers for personal protection. While many communities in Florida require face masks in public, Citrus isn't one of them.

Matthew Beck

Some of the most popular stories of the week that has been Coleman: Citrus is not yet ready for the mask rule. Commissioner Brian Coleman was driving with county staff on Monday morning to inspect code violations. Both were in one vehicle together, he said, wearing masks. Coleman, the president of the county commission, was only one of five commissioners at the last board meeting in a mask.

Citrus County Commission President Brian Coleman wears a mask during Tuesday's board meeting flanked by Commissioners Jimmie T. Smith, Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen Jr. and Jeff Kinnard from left.

Mike Wright

And while Coleman says he wears a mask wherever he goes, he said he won't ask the council for an emergency mask ordinance for Citrus county. "The community protests aren't there," said Coleman. "The board isn't going in that direction right now," he said. "I don't have the feeling community leaders are watching him right now." The Crystal River man, nine others accused of roles in the $ 1.4 billion health care program, Sea Porter, 52, of Crystal River, was among the other 10 businessmen named a & Federal prosecution for alleged involvement in a $ 1.4 billion multi-state health care scheme. The supporter is accused of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of money laundering, according to the unpublished accusation on Monday June 29, 2020 in the U.S. District Court of Jacksonville. From November 2015 to February 2018, the prosecution alleges that the defendants conspired to bill private insurance companies with fraudulent requests for laboratory tests on urine and blood and have laundered about $ 400 million for themselves. The reporter is accused of money laundering through TYSI LLC, which owned and operated by Crystal River, and grossed approximately $ 3.06 million in proceeds from the scam. The sheriff pushed the candidate to resign

Mike Prendergast is Sheriff of Citrus County

Cregg Dalton

Sgt. Cregg Dalton, an 11-year veteran of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, resigned Thursday June 21, after Sheriff Mike Prendergast had told him that "resigning to run" required him, both men stated in interviews. Dalton is one of four candidates in the Republican primary on August 18 for a property surveyor. The winner faces nowhere affiliate candidate Richard "Rick" Schroeder in the November election. The incumbent Les Cook is retired. The resignation is in force on January 4, the date on which the mandate of the new real estate expert begins. However, Prendergast subsequently learned that state law does not apply in this case, according to interviews and documents. On June 22, Dalton emailed Prendergast with a withdrawal letter. In it, he said he spoke to election supervisor Susan Gill, who said the law does not apply to him. Prendergast said he is waiting for a written opinion from the sheriff's association attorney before withdrawing his resignation. Asked if there was any reason why he would not withdraw his resignation, Prendergast said: “Sgt. Dalton serves honorably in this agency. If he didn't serve honorably, he wouldn't be a member of this team. There is absolutely no reason why I would not accept this letter requesting the withdrawal of your resignation. "The state alcohol ban has seen local bar / restaurant owners see

Chase Palmes said he believes his factory, St. Johns Tavern, should not shut down under the new state directive.

In the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases across the state and reporting across the state of establishments that do not follow previous directives, a state directive was issued to ban alcohol consumption in bars on Friday, June 26, 2020 – and to one minute the bar owners were up in arms. Nimoy Thakkar, owner of the Sparrow Tavern in Citrus Springs, said he lost up to $ 50,000 in revenue in the three months it was closed. He has opened and followed all the security protocols and is now asked to close again. It doesn't make sense, said Thakkar, a longtime county entrepreneur, especially when other retailers are allowed to remain open. The directive was subsequently clarified: "Sellers who are also licensed as public catering establishments or" restaurants "(can) continue to operate for the local consumption of food and drinks at the tables". But only for so long, the directive stated that such establishments "derive 50% or less of the gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption". The 50% capacity and social distancing in all restaurants / bars remain in effect. The Agrus County Prison Guard has been arrested A dispute over an inmate giving breakfast to another inmate led to the arrest and battery charges against a Citrus County prison guard. Pasco County MEPs arrested Bradford Demon Diggs, 45, June 22, 2020, following a Citrus County warrant for his arrest after being charged with investigating Citrus County MEPs addicted to the guard hitting repeatedly a prisoner and threw him against a wall, according to CCSO reports. Diggs is now facing battery charge offense and tied out of jail. In fact, it's that time of the year again

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will open the scallop season for 2020 starting July 1st. The season will end on September 24th.

Matthew Beck

The word on the water is that the scallops are so abundant right now that the shrimp are catching more of these tasty shellfish in their nets than the shrimp. This bodes well for the start of the scallop season on July 1st and "Kokomo Joe" is ready. Kokomo, also known as Joseph Bari, owns Keep on Shuckin & # 39; and cleans scallops for people at the Florida Cracker Riverside Resort dock in Homosassa. "Shrimp tell me it's the most scallop they've seen in their nets in 10 years," said Bari. Kyle Messier, owner of Reel Florida Fishing Charters, said before the start of the season on July 1st. , who didn't base the season on the shrimp tales. Last year has been terrible, he said, and would wait to see if things have changed. "I am still very optimistic that it will be a successful season," said Messier. Hot topic of the week: mask or not mask: people are very divided. The Chronicle has received a number of Sound-Off calls over the past few weeks, as well as letters to the publisher both for and against. Those who are anti-masks say that a violation of their rights is needed to wear one and to question the effectiveness of wearing one. Pro-mask people say it is a kindness to others, a common courtesy intended to protect others, not protect the wearer of the mask. This debate has gone beyond a community health problem to a political problem with both parts digging in their heels against the other side – another thing that divides our nation. In a letter dated July 1, 2020, Crystal River's Steve Chapin writes: “Masks are just tools. They are not political statements. They are not signs of weakness. They are not advocates of freedom: “They simply help to contain potentially contaminated droplets that we emit when we cough, sneeze and speak. And these droplets are the main cause of the spread of the virus. "Letter writer Bill Gregory of Crystal River of July 2, 2020 writes:" Most companies already have … the rule "No shirt, no shoes, no service", so why not? publishes a sign that says "No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service" "? In his letter of 2 July 2020, the local doctor Dr. Dacelin St. Martin writes:" We cannot live in a selfish bubble in which the life is all about themselves … We can work together to overcome this pandemic by wearing an msk, practicing social distances and being vigilant in washing our hands. This is not a political issue, it is a human issue. "Quote of the week:" Anti-masks are really anti-masks. Professionals are professionals. People like me in the middle … I want to kill this damned virus. The faster we can overcome this, the faster we can open up completely. "- Josh Wooten, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce, commenting on the concerns of Citrus County businesses on the question of whether to apply for employee and customer masks to help slow the spread of coronavirus

Five members of the Female Veterans Network volunteered for their time on June 9, 2020, to help a fellow veteran participating in the Habitat program work to earn her new home. The team worked at the Inverness shipyard, with substantial homework and clean site tasks. They donated a total of 20 hours to the Habitat partner family. In the photo, from left, are: Jane Mundis, Kathy Alvarez, Jo Monty, Cindy Johnston and Cinde Pickard.

Toni McAndrews / Special to the Chronicle

Good news of the week: five members of the Female Veterans Network (FVN) recently offered their time to help another veteran woman bring her Habitat for Humanity home. The FVN is an active group of veteran women who help other veterinarian women in various ways, both practical and emotional, by taking care of each other.