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Animal activists vent at Citrus BOCC meeting

Animal activists took their complaints about the Citrus County Animal Shelter in Inverness and it's former director to the Citrus County Commission chambers on Monday.

It wasn't pretty to watch, either, as the activists vented about the shelter in a variety of ways, which included harsh words for Tobey Phillips, a longtime Citrus County employee who was appointed to the shelter as its director.

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County landfill extends hours

The Citrus County landfill has commenced seven-days-a-week operation from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day for the general public, and from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for certified commercial haulers to accommodate storm debris collection operation for the City of Crystal River and Citrus County from Hurricane Hermine.

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Initial Hurricane Hermine damage estimates complete

Waters rise in Crystal River housing areas (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office September 2016)

The initial numbers for the damages to Citrus County from Hurricane Hermine were completed on Wednesday and forwarded to the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM).

The Citrus County Emergency Management said that Citrus County has identified approximately $102 million in damages, and has documented 2,694 homes and properties (commercial included) impacted by Hurricane Hermine.

Fort Island Gulf Beach Park closed until further notice

Damaged building and grounds at  Fort Island Gulf Beach Park and Boat Ramp in Crystal River. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald, BOCC PIO on Sept. 3, 2016)

The Fort Island Gulf Beach Park and Boat Ramp has been closed until repairs can be completed from Hurricane Hermine damage.

West Fort Island Trail has been closed just west of the Marine Science Station at the Salt River Bridge.

Closure postings have been placed on West Fort Island Trail just west of U.S. 19, and at the closure location.
 

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Beware of post-storm unlicensed contractors

During recovery from Hurricane Hermine Citrus County Government is reminding residents that hiring an unlicensed contractor is not safe, and it is against the law.

It may be tempting to try and get repairs made as quickly as possible after a storm, but the county is  urging residents not to be lured by unlicensed contractors.

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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