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Citrus County Utilities wins EPA award

Deb Burden, Citrus County BOCC Water Conservation manager and Department of Water Resources employees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County Utilities with a 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award as a leader in saving water for future generations.

Citrus County Utilities was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on October 6, 2016, for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2015.

Governor advises residents to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

Florida Governor Rick Scott advises state residents to prepare for Hurricane Matthew's path (Oct. 4, 2016)

Governor Rick Scott today visited the City of Hialeah Emergency Operations Center to meet with emergency management officials as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, a life-threatening category four storm.

Governor Scott also signed Executive Order 16-230 declaring a state of emergency for every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew.

Stone crab claw season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all protective management guidelines for stone crab harvest.

Fort Island Gulf Beach Park reopens Oct. 1

Citrus County Road and Grounds Maintenance crews have been working diligently to complete some additional details such as signage, placing trash cans, sanitizing restrooms, raking of the beach, and building the wall around the septic station to get the Fort Island Gulf Beach Park operational. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald. Sept. 30, 2016)

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

The Division of Parks and Recreation is prepared to reopen the Fort Island Gulf Beach on Saturday, Oct. 1.  

The park received extensive damage due to Hurricane Hermine the first weekend of September and has been closed to the public since then.

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A stitch in time

September 2016  is National Sewing MonthThe Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on Sept. 13, 2016, proclaiming September 2016 as National Sewing Month in Citrus County.

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Scott asks Obama for disaster declaration

Southeast Paradise Point Road and Southeast 2nd Court

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott on Monday requested that President Obama make a major disaster declaration for Florida due to severe storms and flooding that impacted communities and businesses throughout the state following Hurricane Hermine.

State honors Citrus Deputy in Tallahassee ceremonies

Citrus County Deputy Jonathan Behnen was presented with the Local Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award by Governor Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott and FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen in Tallahassee for the Florida Missing Children's Day ceremony. PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office. (Sept. 12, 2016)

Citrus County Deputy Jonathan Behnen was honored today as Local Law Enforcement Officer of the year in ceremonies today in Tallahassee.

Citrus County plans Hurricane Hermine debris Collection

Cythia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Citrus County Government anticipates the President’s signing of the Declaration of Emergency for Citrus County releasing FEMA funding for debris collection.

Citrus County is asking all storm affected residents to be patient as the process of storm debris collection is contingent on receiving this federal status.

Florida Baptists offer disaster relief

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief will be offering services throughout the week.

They will be operating out of the First Baptist Church in Crystal River off of Citrus Avenue in Crystal River.

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Storm Citizen Information Lines close

The Citrus County Citizen Information Lines are now closed. If you need further assistance, call the non-emergency line at #352-726-1121.

Fort Island Beach in Crystal River is badly damaged by Hermine, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said today.

The storm came ashore with fierce winds and heavy rain, knocking down the ramp and pier. The beach will be closed throughout the weekend. County officials will need to check the integrity of the pier to see if they can even repair it.

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County emergency agencies assessing storm damage

Crystal River City Hall

Citrus County's Emergency management agencies, county government and cities are assessing the aftermath of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Hermine.

As straggler rain bands pelt the county, the National Weather Service keeps posted a flood watch for the county until tonight, with the promise of widespread showers and thunderstorms.

County roadways were still clogged on Friday morning.

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American Legion post donates to CCSO training effort

Homosassa American Legion Arnold Vern Post 166 Commander Clay Scott, far right, accompanied by other American Legion members, stopped by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Operations Center to give Sheriff Jeff Dawsy a $1,000 check for the CCSO’s training division.

Homosassa American Legion Arnold Vern Post 166 Commander Clay Scott, far right, accompanied by other American Legion members, stopped by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Operations Center to give Sheriff Jeff Dawsy a $1,000 check for the CCSO’s training division.

In prepared remarks, Commander Scott said it’s not easy today being a police officer or sheriff’s deputy or even a member of the military.

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South Airport Road project complete

FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Former State Rep. Jimmie Smith, Citrus County Commission Chairman Ron Kitchen, Citrus County Commissioner Scott Carnahan, State Sen. Charlie Dean, and Inverness Mayor Bob Plaisted (Citrus Daily photo by Robby Douglas on Aug. 22, 2016). Click on image for larger photo.

A connector road from the Citrus County Animal Shelter to the Inverness Airport Industrial Park opened on Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that drew dignitaries from city, county and state governments .

The project was designed to construct a 24-foot-wide by 1,600-foot roadway (0.30 mile) connecting the southern end of South Airport Road and the northern end of South Eva Holden Point.

The roadway provides an improved access to the new Terminal Building and Hangers at the Inverness Airport, along with access to the future business park.

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Citrus dive team aids in search for missing Chiefland mayor

Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy

Over the weekend, The Citrus County Sheriff's Office helped in the search for a missing diver in the area along the Suwannee River.

The body of the diver, Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy,  42, who had been missing since Friday, was recovered Sunday morning by a joint search effort on the river.

Citrus County maintains low jobs ranking in July

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity jobs numbers on Friday showed that Citrus County is still lagging behind other counties in the state in terms of unemployment.

The DEO said that Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate (11.7 percent) in Florida in July 2016, followed by Hardee County (7.6 percent), and Citrus and Highlands counties (7.3 percent each).

Health Dept. slates Florida Healthy Babies community meetings

Special to Citrus Daily

The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County is pleased to announce it will be hosting a series of community meetings to discuss local maternal and infant health data and develop a plan to address infant mortality as part of the Florida Healthy Babies Initiative.

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Fire breaks out in strip mall; no injuries

There were no injuries reported in the blaze at 1345 S.E. U.S. 19 in Crystal River (CCSO photo on Aug. 6, 2016)

Citrus County firefighters on Saturday night battled a fire that broke out in a strip mall in Crystal River.

No injuries were reported.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded at 9:40 p.m. to assist Crystal River Fire Rescue at the commercial structure fire at 1345 S.E. U.S. 19 in Crystal River, also known as the Shoppes of Palm Breeze.

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Eelgrass becomes Crystal River 'Rock Star'

Lisa Moore, Save Crystal River, and Howard Miller, Gator Dredging Company and Save Crystal River volunteer, prepare eelgrass in a peat pot for use by coastal homeowners near Kings Bay. (PHOTO: Robby Douglas on Aug. 6, 2016)

You have to start somewhere. And that somewhere for Kings Bay in Crystal River began with water cleanup tools like muck and lyngbya removal, and now it's on to the eelgrass.

Volunteers sought for telephone reassurance program

Special to Citrus Daily

The Nature Coast Volunteer Center and the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) are offering the Telephone Reassurance Program to seniors or isolated individuals to create a sense of security through regular phone contact with one of our volunteers.

County mulls economic ombudsman post

Citrus County commissioners discuss the new economic ombudsman position.

The consensus among Citrus County commissioners on Wednesday was that the idea of an economic ombudsman between business and the county's various business-related departments is a good one.

Indeed, navigating the maze of county regulations and codes might be easier for a big business, but smaller businesses have not been so successful.

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