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Citrus senior planner resigns

The Citrus County official who drafted the county's manatee protection plan resigned Friday. Kraig McLane, 27, senior planner for the county, said he had accepted a job in Palatka with the St. Johns River Water Management District.

"It's a lateral move," he said. "I felt it was time to move on. I was looking for some different experiences."

In December, the County Commission sent a letter to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) outlining a series of boating restrictions the board planned to approve to protect endangered manatees.

McLane said he expected to receive comments this week from the DNR about the plan.

The planning department will alter the proposal based on the state agency's comments and submit the protection plan in the form of an ordinance to the County Commission, McLane said.

McLane has worked as a planner for the county since May 1987. In May 1989 he was promoted to senior planner.

In addition to drafting the manatee protection plan, McLane worked on several other sections of the Citrus comprehensive plan, including the conservation, open space, coastal river and lakes management sections.