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Water district slates controlled burns for Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk

Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state’s recent drought. 
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Water district acquires Rainbow River Ranch property

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Purchase made in partnership with Nature Conservancy

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) has closed on the purchase of the environmentally important Rainbow River Ranch.

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State Fire Marshal speaks to Hurricane Season

June 1 is the official start to the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater would like to remind Floridians to write down the State of Florida’s toll-free insurance helpline number (1-877-693-5236).

FWC encouraged by 2017 manatee survey

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 6,620 manatees in Florida waters. 
 
A team of 15 observers from 10 organizations counted 3,488 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 3,132 on the west coast of the state.

Water district approves proposed millage rate

The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) adopted a proposed FY2016-17 millage rate of 0.3317 mill, 4.9 percent lower than the current fiscal year.

For the owner of a $150,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption, the District tax would be $33 a year, or about $2.76 per month.

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