Springs activist Mercer honored at SWFWMD meeting

Phillis Rosetti-Mercer was presented with the Springs Community Partner award in memory of the late springs activist, Bob Mercer of Crystal River (SWFWMD photo on August 29, 2017).
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Phillis Rosetti-Mercer was presented with the Springs Community Partner award in memory of the late springs activist, Bob Mercer of Crystal River (SWFWMD photo on August 29, 2017).

The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District today recognized Bob Mercer, who passed away in January, for his passion and dedication to improving the Crystal River/Kings Bay spring system.

Mercer’s wife of many years, Phillis Rosetti-Mercer, accepted the Springs Community Partner Award in her husband’s memory.

“Bob would have loved this so much,” she said during the Governing Board presentation, as she wiped away tears.

The award is given to individuals and organizations in Citrus, Hernando and Marion counties that join the District in the community effort to improve area springs.

Mercer was active in the Crystal River community, serving on the City of Crystal River Planning Commission for more than 11 years. He also co-founded Save Crystal River in 2010, a nonprofit group dedicated to protecting the natural resources of Crystal River and Citrus County. Mercer served as president until 2015.

He was named Crystal River Citizen of the Year in 2016 and was active in the Kings Bay Rotary Club’s “One Rake at a Time” project to remove Lyngbya algae from Kings Bay.

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