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Was it something in the river water?

Clyde Hindman, a board member of the Save the Homosassa River Alliance, took a brief stroll down Memory Lane at the group's meeting Thursday evening, recalling the days when he could dip a cup into the Homosassa River and drink the crystal clear water.

"But you don't want to do that anymore," said Hindman, a balding retiree from Riverhaven.

"Yeah," fellow board member Tom Linley said, "I hear that makes you lose your hair."

A DIFFERENT DEVELOPER: Members of the river alliance took turns introducing themselves at their meeting Thursday evening to the small crowd of residents who turned out to discuss their opposition to the proposed Halls River Retreat condominium project.

Blue River Cove developer Paul Huffstutler stood up and faced the audience.

"I'm a developer," he said, "but not that kind."

MAJORITY RULE: The vote for a new Inverness city attorney last Tuesday evening was shaping up to be a tie, with two council members supporting Denise Lyn and two backing Clark Stillwell. City Council member Ted Stauffer's realization that he would cast the tiebreaking vote became an ego-boosting experience.

"Finally," he said, "I'm important."

Noting that Stillwell's vast case load could create a conflict of interest with city business somewhere down the line, Stauffer threw his support to Lyn.

Stillwell rose from his seat and urged the council to make its decision unanimous, so that the incoming city attorney would have the full support of the board.

"I would not want it on a 3-2 vote, and I don't think Denise (Lyn) or David (La Croix) would, either," Stillwell said. "It should be unanimous."

Stauffer thought about it.

"Then why are we elected with just a majority?" the council member asked.

_ Staff writer Bridget Hall Grumet compiled this report.