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The week in review

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2001


A look back at the week's top stories

CENSUS DOCUMENTS GROWTH: Citrus County's population increased 26 percent between the 1990 and 2000 census readings, according to preliminary figures the government released last week. Citrus was home to 118,085 people in 2000, compared with 93,515 people in 1990, the figures showed. Central Ridge communities grew at a quicker rate than did the county's lakes and coastal regions.

TRAFFIC DEATHS: A longtime Florida Pest Control employee, John Dube of Hernando, died while driving to a job site. He suffered an apparent heart attack or seizure as he drove around a cul-de-sac. Separately, Central Florida Community College student Sarah Deeds, 18, lost control of the Toyota pickup she was driving on State Road 44 and was killed.

LAND PURCHASE: The governor and the Cabinet approved the state purchase of 13 acres fronting on U.S. 19 as an addition to the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. The acreage, purchased from the estate of Donald Vesley for $425,000, will be used for conservation and to create a new entrance to the park in a few years. The land is mostly wetlands and runs from the park's existing southern boundary to Yulee Drive on the corner opposite from the Burger King.

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