Dawsy backs Prendergast for sheriff

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff DawsyCitrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy on Wednesday announced he endorsed Michael Prendergast, who was formerly on Gov. Rick Scott's cabinet as Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Director.

Missing/runaway juvenile: Updated

Kelsey Ann Tallman

On July 15, Kelsey Ann Tallman was reported as a missing/runaway juvenile to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Kelsey Tallman is 5’6” tall, 120 pounds, with red hair and hazel eyes. She has a piercing in the left side of her lip, and a tattoo on her lower abdomen of a black bird with the words “let it be”.

Kelsey was last seen wearing a blue and black horizontal striped dress, gray flip flops and carrying a purse with gold studs.

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Springs restoration projects funded for $15 million

Seven springs restoration projects in Citrus and Hernando Counties will receive $12 million in state funding from Legacy Florida through the department's Division of Water Restoration Assistance program. This funding is expected to leverage nearly $3 million in matching funds for a total of $15 million. (PHOTO: SWFWMD)

Seven springs restoration projects in Citrus and Hernando counties will receive $12 million in state funding from Legacy Florida through the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Division of Water Restoration Assistance program.

This funding is expected to leverage nearly $3 million in matching funds for a total of $15 million.

The District’s projects are part of 35 springs projects across the state to receive more than $56.6 million included in the 2016-17 “FLORIDA FIRST” budget, the highest amount ever provided for Florida’s springs.

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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.

Woman injured in Homosassa hit-and-run boating accident

A Fort Pierce woman was injured when she was struck by a boat Friday, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

Samantha Saunier, 27, was snorkeling in the Homosassa Bay. As she was swimming back to her vessel, she was hit by a passing boat, which didn't stop.

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