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Is the Crystal River nuke plant safe during a hurricane?

Crystal River, Florida -  This year we saw how a natural disaster could lead to a nuclear emergency. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was a world away, but got everyone thinking about our own vulnerabilities here in the Tampa Bay area.  While the natural disasters are very different from one another, can the Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant handle the unthinkable, an historic direct hit from a category 5 hurricane with massive storm surge and high winds?

Jon Franke, Vice President of the Crystal River Nuclear Plant for Progress Energy tells us that "our license requires we are designed for the category 5 storm surge.  That places the base of the plant at 30.5 feet mean low water.  In addition, we have water tight doors which place the building's, umm, capable of withstanding wave heights even above that cat 5 hurricane storm surge which protects the basic equipment required to maintain the plant in a safe shutdown condition."

Accident in Inverness critically injures motorcyclist

Accident in Inverness critically injures motorcyclist

Inverness, FL -- An Inverness man was critically injured after being hit on his motorcycle while traveling east on State Road 44 on Monday, May 30.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, around 12:09 p.m., 77-year-old Ronald Hannon, of Inverness, was heading east on SR 44 in the left turn lane attempting to turn onto Croft Avenue.

Hannon turned left and into the path of 47-year-old Melvin Lowe's 2009 Honda motorcycle. Lowe's motorcycle hit the right rear of Hannon's 2005 Chevy sedan.

Junior Lifeguard Camp now accepting apps

Junior Lifeguard Camp now accepting apps

Inverness, FL -- A Junior Lifeguard Camp is now accepting new applications.

The camp is open to students 11-14 years of age. It will be held at Whispering Pines Park Pool on July 11 - July 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Applicants must be able to continuously swim the front crawl for 25 yards while breathing to the front or side, tread water for 1 minute using arms and legs, and submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater.

Public meeting on performance of Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant

Public meeting on performance of Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant

Crystal River, FL -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, June 7 to discuss the agency’s assessment of the Crystal River nuclear plant during 2010.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation on the performance of the Crystal River plant during 2010, as well as a brief discussion of the NRC’s oversight and inspection program.  After the presentation, there will be a question and answer session.

The meeting will be at the plant’s training center, 8200 West Venable Street in Crystal River.

Applying for a job in Citrus just got easier

Applying for a job in Citrus just got easier

Citrus County, FL -- Effective immediately, Citrus County is now accepting applications online

If you don't have a computer, you can go to a local library or go in to the Human Resource Department and apply at the application kiosk.

Citrus County is currently looking for a Construction/Development License Inspector, a full-time Lifeguard, and a part-time temporary Lifeguard.

Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. of the closing date.

Toddler who fell into swimming pool dies

CRYSTAL RIVER, Florida (AP) -- Authorities say a 2-year-old north Florida girl who fell into her family's above-ground pool has died.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said Kimberly Nelson died Tuesday morning at a St. Petersburg hospital. She was taken there after being found in the pool Sunday afternoon in Crystal River.

The sheriff's office said family members were inside when Kimberly slipped outside, climbed the ladder and fell into the pool at around 5 p.m. Sunday.

 

2-year-old girl nearly drowns in family pool

CRYSTAL RIVER, Florida (AP) -- Authorities say a 2-year-old girl nearly drowned when she climbed a ladder and fell into her family's above-ground swimming pool in north Florida.

Citrus County Sheriff's deputies responded to the home in Crystal River just after 5 p.m. Sunday. Family members were apparently inside and outside the home when the girl slipped, unnoticed, into the pool.

Sheriff's deputies performed CPR on the child until paramedics arrived. She was airlifted in critical condition to Tampa's All Children's Hospital.