After starting a vocal pushback in the media some five years ago against Marion County commissoner Randy Harris wanting to sell a county park to a developer … which led to the formation of a Friends group that carried the banner and fought for the park (bought with Pennies for Parks money from taxpayers!) to stay a park, I am very pleased to read that Horseshoe Lake Park, east of Citra, is thriving. It’s a lovely getaway, a former private camp on the lake. Back when Harris was claiming it had no visitation and was a tax drain, I attempted twice to visit and hike the trail, only to find the park gates locked at times the park was posted as being open on their own onsite signage. So no wonder there were problems. Now, the county is putting aside money for the nature trail to have interpretive signage. Read more about it in the Ocala Star-Banner.
August 15, 2008 Sandra Friend