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Crystal River to go over plan for youth

The Crystal River City Council will meet with the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee on youth violence at 7 p.m. Monday at the city-county auditorium.

They will discuss the committee's final report, which outlines suggestions on how to combat youth unrest and crime which has rocked portions of the city over the past year.

The public is invited to attend and participate in the discussion.

The committee report suggests:

Creating a community services coordinator to organize fund-raising programs from the private sector and the activities of clubs and organizations.

Establishing new education and job-skill training opportunities, such as a GED training program, a job skills training project and a mentor program in the school system with community volunteers.

Soliciting support for the police department's enforcement efforts to make the city an unpopular place for illegal drugs.

Encouraging private development of businesses such as theaters, miniature golf courses and similar enterprises.

Working with the school system to develop after-hours programs.

Developing the teen center into an activity center for children of all ages.

Continuing the development of county parks and completing the city's baseball field.

Developing pride programs for the city including tree-planting, shore and highway cleanups and park programs.

Developing neighborhood watch programs in every section of the city.

Discussing the idea of a countywide police force with officials from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, the city of Inverness and Citrus County.

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