City Hall, boat ramp projects top Citrus County’s legislative wish list

cr city hall
'There is no way I’ll get everything.'

Citrus County is throwing caution to the wind with legislative project requests topping $66 million, including $10 million for a Crystal River City Hall rendered flooded and useless from Hurricane Idalia.

Some projects have had ongoing success. Others are either brand new to the process or won legislative support in the past only to be vetoed.

Crystal River officials were already eyeing a new City Hall when Hurricane Idalia caused enough damage to close the building. A temporary City Hall is set up at the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, and Mayor Joe Meek is proposing an elevated City Hall on the city’s current U.S. 19 site.

The city last year received $1.35 million for design and permitting of a new City Hall.

Other Citrus County project requests include:

— $7.2 million to upgrade Watson Road, a narrow two-lane residential street connecting U.S. 41 with the Inverness Airport Business Park. The county last year received $9 million in state funding to prepare the 75-acre park for development.

— $22 million for the Department of Transportation to speed up the next phase of widening U.S. 41 in Inverness. Construction on the first 1-mile phase began in October and is expected to last two years.

— $7.3 million to facilitate construction of a three-slip boat ramp on the Cross Florida Barge Canal.

— $3.5 million to expand the boat ramp at Fort Island Trail Park. The project is a cooperative effort between the county and city of Crystal River, which is losing its Kings Bay boat ramp with completion of the Riverwalk boardwalk project.

— $2.25 million for the city of Inverness to connect the Withlacoochee State Trail to Whispering Pines Park. Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed $1.1 million last year for the same project.

— $5 million for a multiuse path on Halls River Road, a 3.2-mile roadway extending west from U.S. 19 to Homosassa.

— $4 million for the Homosassa River restoration; $5 million for Crystal River/Kings Bay restoration.

Rep. Ralph Massullo said he didn’t think the totality of projects is a concern.

“There is no way I’ll get everything,” the Lecanto Republican said. “I’m fairly frank with the appropriation Chairs. Each one of my projects is looked at individually.”

Mike Wright

Mike Wright is a former reporter with the Citrus County Chronicle, where he had covered county government and politics since 1987. Mike's skills as an investigative reporter earned him first-place awards in investigative writing. Mike also helped the Chronicle win the Frances Devore Award for Public Service in 2002.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704