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Inglis Mayor Drinda Merritt
Inglis kayaking project moving forward

The plan for a whitewater kayak venue in Inglis was first proposed around 2000, with an eye toward possibly serving the 2012 Summer Olympics, if they were to be held in Tampa.

Though those plans were washed away, the project never quite died.

Now the town is moving forward with a feasibility study this April, which could attract a concessionaire that could finally bring the venue to fruition.

Inglis Mayor Drinda Merritt announced the latest developments at the Levy County Commission meeting Jan. 9.

The venue would be established south of Highway 40, where the canal for the now-defunct Cross Florida Barge connects with the lower Withlacoochee River.

“That canal has about a 22-foot drop from the dam down to the where it reconnects with the river,” Merritt said. “So it was brought to my attention several years ago that if we reverse-engineered it, would could make a whitewater kayaking venue there.”