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Just leave those manatees alone, agencies warn

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 13, 2007


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CRYSTAL RIVER

In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission late Monday issued a joint news release warning residents and visitors to avoid harassing manatees. The agencies have been inundated with hundreds of complaints in recent days citing video footage on the Internet showing people walking on and riding manatees in area springs. "Officials hope to put a stop to it by alerting the public that law enforcement officers are watching and are prepared to issue costly citations when they see people harassing manatees," the release states. While the agencies note that people can swim with manatees in most areas, they must keep their distance or risk a citation. "Intentionally touching a manatee or doing anything that disrupts the animal's natural behavior is illegal," the release states. For information and to view the video, visit www.sptimes.com/2007/02/11/Citrus/Manatee_abuse_caught_.shtml.

HERNANDO

CR 486 project will shift traffic

Contractor D.A.B. Constructors will shift traffic Wednesday on County Road 486 between Croft Avenue and Thatcher Terrace. Traffic will be split to each side of the median to make way for construction work on the road. Anyone interested in following the project more closely can go to http://www.visualasbuilts.com/CR486/. The Web site provides monthly updates including pictures and construction plans for the CR 486 project.

CITRUS SPRINGS

More lawsuits filed in Sky fraud case

Deltona Corp. filed seven foreclosure lawsuits against Sky Development Group last week, claiming the North Miami Beach company never paid more than $380,000 in promised mortgage payments. Six of the Citrus Springs lots in question are now owned by Igor Bron and Richard W. Sajiun of New York, according to the complaint. One lot is owned by Alsa Management Inc. of Long Grove, Ill. The new owners are also listed as defendants in the lawsuits. In January, Deltona filed 17 foreclosure lawsuits against Sky, claiming the company's registered agent, Natalia Wolf, signed mortgage documents promising to pay more than $1-million for property. Sky Development Group is at the center of an FBI real estate fraud investigation. Detectives from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office and the North Miami Beach Police Department are also investigating claims that Sky forged deeds and sold millions of dollars worth of property it didn't own.

Lawmaker inspects medical center

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite visited the Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Monday to receive a briefing and inspect housing and medical conditions.

[Last modified March 12, 2007, 21:13:56]


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