Founded in 1987 by Stan and Betty Olsen
| Betty and Stan Olsen |
We hope you like Black Diamond.
There’s a reason the manatees return to the warm fresh waters of the Homosassa River each year and the tarpon school off our western shore. Citrus County is a wonderful place to be. For mammals. For fish. For birds. And for people. My wife Betty and I came here years ago from New England and saw immediately that Citrus County was where we wanted to be. It had a lot of New England in it. Friendly people. Small towns. A sensible, worry-free pace of life. And lots of natural beauty.
But I suppose, mostly I was drawn here by the trees. Black Diamond was located on pastureland along with a limestone quarry, but it also had huge stands of oak trees.
We’ve made sure that most of the trees have been saved. Maybe that’s why so many people feel like they’ve come home when they come here. Instead of strip malls and super highways, you’re likely to see trees and cows and rolling pastureland. It’s sort of like turning the clock back a century or so. That’s why we developed Black Diamond. We think it combines the best of nature, good planning, a quiet unpretentious lifestyle, great recreation and comfortable surroundings. It wouldn’t work in other parts of Florida or the Southeast. Only Citrus County.