19/09/2021

Betz Farm, animal shelter, boat launch costs on Tuesday’s BOCC agenda | Area Information

Citrus County gained the 350-acre Betz Farm assets north of Turkey Oak Travel in 2003 and it has sat vacant at any time considering that. 

County commissioners explained that will make no perception, primarily given that the web page around Crystal River is in a key growth space and it is now a pink-sizzling industry for professional residence.

With that in head, commissioners at their very last meeting said they would be open to accepting provides for the residence.

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The board will focus on the Betz home even more through its conference Tuesday, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness.

“There are folks who are interested in that house suitable now that want to do some producing out there,” Commissioner Jeff Kinnard mentioned Friday.

This isn’t the first time improvement of the Betz Farm tract has been broached. In the course of a objective-environment workshop in 2006, county commissioners reviewed setting aside the assets for very affordable housing.

But that under no circumstances bought outside of the dialogue period.

County commissioners in 2017 voted to approve the Betz web site as surplus house for eventual sale.

The residence would be specifically interesting for builders if options go via to go site visitors on Point out Road 44 on to Turkey Oak, creating it a condition highway and a bypass from S.R. 44 to U.S. 19.

The Betz Farm web site in the vicinity of Crystal River was specified to the county in 2003 by the Tamposi family in exchange for Citrus Hills influence-price credits.

The house is appraised at about $5 million.

• Commissioners will vote on a resolution formally setting yearly boat launch service fees in the county.

The board earlier voted to established costs at $75 per 12 months, with a low cost to $25 for citizens. The income will be utilised to aid fund enhancements and parking upgrades.

• Commissioners will be questioned to immediate staff members to appraise the feasibility of constructing a 3-mile multi-use route on Halls River Highway, from U.S. 19 to Riverhaven Village.

Particularly, team will appraise proper of way, environmental difficulties and expense. County Administrator Randy Oliver said Restore money could be applied to pay for this project.

• Staff will update the board on strategies to possibly develop a new county animal shelter (for about $8 million) or retrofit the current facility.

The intention is to convey back facts to the board at its June 8 conference.