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Patrol boat at yacht club was handy for locals

Editor: Re: Marina's owners turn to history, April 10 Citrus Times:

It is my recollection that the Florida Marine Patrol docked a 60-plus-foot twin diesel patrol boat at the Yacht Club for several years. Painted the official gray with black stripe, this vessel was a converted oil rig tender brought from Louisiana and had a draft in excess of five feet. It was the fastest boat of its size in the area and used primarily for drug interdiction. However, because of its draft, it could not always get out when needed and was moved.

It did come in useful for the locals at times, however. At one time I was employed to remove a grounded shrimp boat at the mouth of the Crystal River. This shrimp boat was hard aground on an oyster bar just to the north of Shell Island, having run up on the bar at full speed. Pulling it off would have been nearly impossible without the aid of the big patrol boat. However, the patrol boat did not do any pulling; all it had to do was cruise past at half throttle, and the wake it threw was sufficient to easily float the shrimp boat off the bar.

Pete "Redbeard" Arnow

Crystal River

Dentists, staff come through

for Homosassa Springs children

Editor: A really great thing happened this month at Homosassa Springs Elementary School. Local dentists Dr. Charles Thomas and Dr. Eric Ross, along with their office staffs, spent three days at Homosassa Elementary School providing free dental exams to all second-graders and applying dental sealants to the molars of eligible children. The Rotary Club of Homosassa Springs donated $750 for the cost of all the needed dental supplies, and the University of Florida College of Dentistry loaned the project its portable dental equipment.

Thanks to the efforts of all those involved, 51 of 51 second graders were examined and 42 received 110 dental sealants that will help prevent tooth decay. Even with cramped quarters and sometimes malfunctioning equipment, these volunteer dental workers managed to maintain a sense of humor and to make this a pleasant experience for the children.

Although not 100 percent effective, the use of fluoride and the appropriate placement of dental sealants can reduce dental caries in school-aged children by 90 percent. This is a significant first step in the optimal prevention of tooth decay.

All those responsible for making this happen are to be commended for their time and expertise. Citrus County is a better place to live because of the people living here who choose to make a difference.

Marybeth Nayfield, administrator

Citrus County Health Department

County Commission should stop

expansion of Homosassa landfill

Editor: I was shocked, but not surprised, that the Citrus County Planning and Development Review Board approved the permit for expanded use of the already troubled landfill on Grover Cleveland Boulevard in Homosassa.

We should require that all members of the planning board spend several warm nights at this landfill. Let them smell the foul odor that fills the spring air each evening. Maybe then they would be a little more caring about the health and safety of the residents of Homosassa and the pollution of the Homosassa Water District well fields.

I own a business on Grover Cleveland Boulevard in Homosassa, and I travel the road several times each day. I can attest to the stench that fills the air each day. The Citrus County Commission should not allow expansion of this landfill.

Joseph Cino


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