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The week in words

By Times Staff
Published July 9, 2006

"Right now, the governor is going to make decisions for the town."

- Yankeetown Mayor Joanne Johannesson, after the Town Council failed to reach a quorum. A letter from Gov. Jeb Bush said the state would step in if the town was unable to conduct its business.


"In one week, I lost the election, I lost my job and I lost my wife. That was the trifecta."

- Henry "Hootie" Wilkins, a former investigator for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, who lost a bid to succeed Sheriff Charles Dean in 1996. He went to work for the U.S. government in the Balkans and now runs a company working in Iraq.


"How many neighborhoods do you know that have barbed wire in their back yards?"

- Marge Masters of Inverness, whose property abuts the Inverness Airport property. The county wants to erect a 6-foot-tall chain-link fence topped by barbed wire around the facility.


"This is one of the most appalling projects to come before us."

- Marion Knudsen, of the county's Planning and Development Review Board, on a proposal by Nature's Resort RV Park to add 191 RV lots and 106 tent sites near the Halls River in Homosassa.


"It's going to become a nightmare problem really quickly. I don't know what the answer is but the answer is not just ignoring it."

- Gaston Hall of the Citrus County Builders Association, on the lack of space for builders to dump vegetative material cleared from building sites.


"Before, I never had to do anything, I just had fun. If anything broke, my dad fixed it. Now, if something breaks, I have to fix it. It's all the little stuff you never think of until you have to do it."

- Dakota Shipp of Hernando, whose father committed suicide when Dakota was 13. Dakota is a four-time National High School Finals Rodeo qualifier, who learned his skills from his father.

[Last modified July 9, 2006, 06:10:53]

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