All posts by Florida's Original NatureCoaster™

Diane Bedard is Florida's Original NatureCoaster™. She published a comprehensive visitor guide to Citrus, Hernando & Pasco Counties from 2004 - 2010, and began NatureCoaster.com in 2014 to help visitors and residents find the best this area has to offer. Diane writes feature articles for NatureCoaster.com, as well as the Hernando Times, Pasco Times, and Hernando Sun. Her work can also be seen on CyberAngler and Gems of the Nature Coast, as well as Authentic Florida.com. Diane is available to speak on Nature Coast topics and welcomes ideas for new articles about the area.

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney – Scalloping too

We must talk and discuss the very important Saturday coming up. The first day of scallop season for Citrus County and the Nature Coast is July 1. Many folks have ask me where are they at? All I can say is that I have not snorkeled in the water or have seen any with my … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney – Scalloping too

Music, Mojitos & Margaritas 7/2 at Lori Anne’s

You’re Invited to Lori Anne’s for a “Date Night” of strolling through our store finding the latest of our gift store arrivals featuring apparel, jewelry, ladies accessories as well as baby gifts, bath & body, greeting cards, flags and lots more! “It’s gonna be a sweet night to remember,” says Lori Anne’s owner, Grady Cunningham, “bring a friend, you’ll  be glad you did.” … Continue reading Music, Mojitos & Margaritas 7/2 at Lori Anne’s

Feeding Pasco’s Elderly to host Inaugural Leadership Breakfast

Save the Date’ and help improve quality of life for Pasco seniors The Pasco County Elderly Nutrition Division is pleased to announce that Feeding Pasco’s Elderly will host the 1st Leadership Breakfast, honoring Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley, on Friday, August 25, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Lake Jovita Golf and … Continue reading Feeding Pasco’s Elderly to host Inaugural Leadership Breakfast

Public Invited to Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting 7/18

The public is invited to attend the Citrus County Housing Services Affordable Housing Committee which will meet on Tuesday, July 18th, at 5:00 pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Room 135, Lecanto, Florida. Any person desiring further information regarding this meeting may contact Citrus County Housing Services, 2804 W. … Continue reading Public Invited to Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting 7/18

Chinsegut Conservation Center July Programs

July 1st 10:00 AM             Family Butterfly Bingo: Join us at the Conservation Center for a round of Butterfly Bingo for kids ages 5-9. Kids can explore the different butterflies and lifecycle of butterflies in this bingo themed scavenger hunt. Kids can then create their own butterfly feeder to take home. There is no cost for … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center July Programs

Repairs scheduled for Pine Island parking lot (Brooksville, FL)

Pine Island Park, located at 10840 Pine Island Drive in Pine Island, will be experiencing parking lot construction from Wednesday, June 28 through Thursday, June 29, 2017. A portion of the parking lot loop that was damaged by hurricane Hermine will be repaired. For public safety purposes, approximately 30 parking spaces will be closed. The … Continue reading Repairs scheduled for Pine Island parking lot (Brooksville, FL)

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park Opens Day-Use Area

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service opened a new day-use area at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park June 23. Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park provides picturesque coastal habitat types for a wide variety of outdoor resource-based recreational activities in one of the fastest growing areas of the state.  Visitors can enjoy fishing … Continue reading Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park Opens Day-Use Area

Upicktopia to cut back to Saturday only hours for summer

Blackberries, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, onions, basil, a little bit of this and that. This will be the last weekend that we will be open all three days. Beginning July 1, we will be open Saturday only for u pick. The winery will be open as for its normal hours through the summer though. Don’t forget to … Continue reading Upicktopia to cut back to Saturday only hours for summer

Citrus Community Swing Band to perform 7/3

Join your friends and neighbors at West Citrus Community Center to enjoy the swinging music and dancing! West Citrus Community Center is hosting a dance and concert featuring the Citrus Community Swing Band, July 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. until they can’t swing anymore! The event is free (donations are encouraged), and open to the … Continue reading Citrus Community Swing Band to perform 7/3

Pasco County purchases 116 acres of land for conservation

ELAMP acquires land and expands Crews Lake Wilderness Park Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is pleased to announce its Environmental Lands Acquisition Program (ELAMP) purchased a total of 116 acres of land for conservation in May, 2017 with the acquisition of the following two properties, nominated by the landowners: On May 3, 2017, … Continue reading Pasco County purchases 116 acres of land for conservation

New Port Richey FarmNet Farmer’s Market at Habitat for Humanity

Now Open from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon New Port Richey FarmNet enjoyed a successful opening on June 3 and is now preparing for its regular weekly schedule where people who want to buy organic produce can do so through the New Port Richey FarmNet Farmer’s Market located at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity … Continue reading New Port Richey FarmNet Farmer’s Market at Habitat for Humanity

Citrus County Government Offices to close July 4

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the July 4 holiday. The Citrus County Central Landfill will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s website at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm. All Citrus County Library branches will be … Continue reading Citrus County Government Offices to close July 4

June 23 is release date for the 2017 Federal & Junior Duck Stamps

On June 23, the new Federal and Junior Duck Stamps go on sale — a day that hunters, birders, conservationists and stamp collectors look forward to every year. Born in the dust bowl days, the Duck Stamp was created in 1934 to protect wetlands that are vital to the survival of migratory waterfowl. The act … Continue reading June 23 is release date for the 2017 Federal & Junior Duck Stamps

Live Oak Theatre: Teaching Performance with the Ties that Bind

Caitlin Frostman is 18. Her goal is to be an actress and singer on Broadway, after graduating college and moving to New York City. She began acting lessons at thirteen years of age, attending her first summer theatre camp in 2010 at Nature Coast High School. Since 2013, Caitlin has attended Live Oak Theatre Summer … Continue reading Live Oak Theatre: Teaching Performance with the Ties that Bind

Pasco County Offices to close for Independence Day

Pasco County Government offices, including the Constitutional Offices and the Courts, will be closed on Monday, July 3, 2017 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observance of Independence Day. All government offices and the Courts will reopen on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. The Pasco County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources’ Offices and Recreation Complexes will … Continue reading Pasco County Offices to close for Independence Day

Holiday Hills building demolition to alleviate flooding

Demolition is part of a larger drainage improvement project The Pasco County Public Works Department will begin demolition on a house at 6312 Hyperion Drive in the Holiday Hills Subdivision on Thursday, June 22, 2017.  The demolition will allow for expansion of a stormwater retention pond and is part of a larger Public Works project … Continue reading Holiday Hills building demolition to alleviate flooding

Tropical Storm Cindy on the Nature Coast

In the Gulf of Mexico, Potential Tropical Cyclone #3 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph. Motion to the northwest is expected at around 10 mph. On the forecast track, Cindy is expected to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana late Wednesday or Wednesday night, and move inland … Continue reading Tropical Storm Cindy on the Nature Coast

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Not much of a change from last weeks report except that we have had some much needed rain and overcast cool conditions. The snook bite has been very good on the incoming, and first part of the outgoing tide. Start just a few keys back from the outside edge on incoming tide with Eppinger Rex … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Mind, Body & Soul Festival to be held at Sertoma Youth Ranch in December

December 7-10 will bring a family friendly, “not under the influence” event to the Nature Coast. The Mind, Body and Soul Festival is a Health and Holistic event featuring live music, camping, 120+ workshops, and the Faerie & Earth Festival on-site at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville. Festival promoter, Doug Marris, has brought the … Continue reading Mind, Body & Soul Festival to be held at Sertoma Youth Ranch in December

Calling All Nature Coast Bands & Musicians

Dade City Merchants Association Inc. is looking for musicians to play on the streets of Dade City the first Friday of each month for several hours. Are you looking for a venue to showcase your talent?  All musical genres are welcome. Free to the public. Yes, Dade City is becoming a buzz on First Fridays … Continue reading Calling All Nature Coast Bands & Musicians

Pet Therapy Dog Receives 500 Hour Volunteer Pin at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point!

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that its most veteran therapy dog, Mr. McTrouble, was recently awarded his 500-hour volunteer pin by Donna Owen, Manager of Volunteer Services. Mr. McTrouble is a seven year old Sheltie, owned by Chuck Andrews. Mr. McTrouble has been volunteering at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for four years. He … Continue reading Pet Therapy Dog Receives 500 Hour Volunteer Pin at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point!

Father’s Day Brunch Menu at Cattle Dog Inverness Location 6/17-18

Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters is offering a Special Brunch Menu for this weekend at our INVERNESS location, 210B Tompkins St. Inverness, FL 34450. Phone: 352-726-7060. Come in to enjoy great new offerings like Lobster Omelet, Cannoli Pancakes and Spinach Artichoke Chicken Breakfast Flatbread. We think dad will love them, reflecting the fresh, flavorful bounty of this season. Then … Continue reading Father’s Day Brunch Menu at Cattle Dog Inverness Location 6/17-18

Job Opportunity: OPS Fishieries & Wildlife Biological Scientist IV

Description of duties: The Office of Conservation Planning Services (OCPS) works with private landowners that are looking to enhance wildlife and habitat conservation on their properties or are pursuing some form of land use change that may affect fish and wildlife resources.  Such activities may include agriculture/forestry activities, transportation infrastructure, industrial operations, power generation and … Continue reading Job Opportunity: OPS Fishieries & Wildlife Biological Scientist IV

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Awards Ridgewood High School Students $500 in “Battle of the Belts”

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that it has awarded a $500 prize to the students of Ridgewood High School for the “most improved safety belt use” while driving in the “Battle of the Belts.” “Battle of the Belts” promotes seatbelt use among teens. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American … Continue reading Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Awards Ridgewood High School Students $500 in “Battle of the Belts”

Zephyrhills Elderly Nutrition Senior Center reopens

Senior Center welcomes members home after kitchen remodel Following a nine-month kitchen renovation project, the Pasco County Elderly Nutrition Division has reopened the Zephyrhills Senior Center, located at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 5855 16th Street, Zephyrhills, Florida. “Thank you to the members of the Dade City Senior Center for their hospitality during this project,” said … Continue reading Zephyrhills Elderly Nutrition Senior Center reopens

39 days added to Gulf Red Snapper Season: Let’s Fish!

This Friday, June 16, begins the first weekend of an additional 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf federal waters and changes to the state season. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced these expanded fishing opportunities today, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) followed with an executive order setting the … Continue reading 39 days added to Gulf Red Snapper Season: Let’s Fish!

Nature Coast eligible for SBA Disaster Loans following Disaster Declaration for Drought

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today, June 13, 2017 that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Citrus County, Florida as a result of the drought that began on April 11, 2017. This disaster declaration includes … Continue reading Nature Coast eligible for SBA Disaster Loans following Disaster Declaration for Drought

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

The over cast conditions can make it hard for sight casting rolling tarpon but south of the Homosassa River the season is doing very well with anglers of all rods ( fly & spin ) catching plenty of fish. Expect the tarpon to be around till scallop season starting in July. Good baits for the … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Land O’Lakes “Lady Gators” Honored

The Land O’Lakes High School Varsity Softball team “Lady Gators” was presented with a resolution for winning the 2017 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 6A State Championship by the Pasco County Board of Commissioners. “Pasco County is proud of the team and coaches for their victory,” said Board Chairman Mike Moore. “The team represented … Continue reading Land O’Lakes “Lady Gators” Honored