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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 is an award-winning writer, who crafts 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.

Pasco County and American Red Cross to open Recovery Center

Tuesday, October 17 – Friday, October 20, 2017 Pasco County Emergency Management, in partnership with the American Red Cross, is opening a Hurricane Irma Recovery Center at the Fasano Center, located at 11611 Denton Avenue in Hudson, Florida. The recovery center will be open daily from October 17, 2017 through October 20, 2017 from 10 … Continue reading Pasco County and American Red Cross to open Recovery Center

Got Citrus? Join the fight against Citrus Greening

One of the most serious challenges to growing citrus is disease called Citrus Greening, which is carried from tree to tree by a non-native insect. Researchers have been working to identify a wide variety of solutions to this fatal disease. One promising solution is a tiny insect that can help combat disease transmission. Called Tamarixia, this highly specific … Continue reading Got Citrus? Join the fight against Citrus Greening

USDA to hold Farmer and Rancher Hurricane Recovery Meeting Oct. 24

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Centers in Florida is holding a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop in Citrus County, for farmers and ranchers impacted by Hurricane Irma.  The Citrus County meeting will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the Citrus County Extension Service Office, 3650 W. Sovereign … Continue reading USDA to hold Farmer and Rancher Hurricane Recovery Meeting Oct. 24

Upicktopia Opens Friday with Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin patch is open for business on our regular hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM. We have a few cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini available as well. We have a lot of things planted, including the strawberries that will be here in the near future.

Walkers wanted for Walk Aware for Alzheimers Oct. 21

Floral City will host Citrus County Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s on Saturday October 21, 2017.  The walk will be the focal point of a four-day series of activities to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s from October 19 through 22. For a single tax-deductible entry fee, walkers may walk the State trail, the Historic downtown, or both. It is … Continue reading Walkers wanted for Walk Aware for Alzheimers Oct. 21

Sign up for Salsa Canning Workshop Nov. 4

Making and canning your own salsa is fun, easy and healthy. Learn how at the upcoming salsa canning workshop on November 4, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Little Rock Cannery located at 15487 Citrus Way in Brooksville. This four-hour, hands-on workshop will provide the basics for preparing homemade salsa with fresh … Continue reading Sign up for Salsa Canning Workshop Nov. 4

Help Survey of Hernando County Emergency Communications

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, Hernando County Emergency Management utilized many tools to provide warnings and emergency messages to residents. To learn more about the effectiveness of our messaging, we are supporting the efforts of a graduate student at the University of Florida with a timely survey on this topic. We encourage everyone to participate. … Continue reading Help Survey of Hernando County Emergency Communications

20th Anniversary Book Sale at the Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore

For the entire month of October, the Friends of the Library of Hernando County are celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a big sale at their Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore. Stock up on books for your kids or classroom by stuffing a bag of Children’s books for $1.50! You can also stuff a bag full of … Continue reading 20th Anniversary Book Sale at the Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore

Sertoma Speech & Hearing annual Casino Night Oct. 28

Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation will hold its annual “Casino Night” fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club (3535 Trophy Blvd., 34652) in New Port Richey. Visitors will enjoy gaming, auctions, dancing and dinner.  A DJ will be on site offering a wide variety of music throughout the evening. Tickets … Continue reading Sertoma Speech & Hearing annual Casino Night Oct. 28

Citrus County BOCC Accepting Applications for Vacancies on the Water & Wastewater Authority

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for two Technical members (four-year term) and one Alternate Member (one-year term) to serve on the Citrus County Water & Wastewater Authority. This board provides for regulation of private, for-profit water, bulk water and wastewater utilities within the unincorporated areas of Citrus County. Current positions … Continue reading Citrus County BOCC Accepting Applications for Vacancies on the Water & Wastewater Authority

Ways to help reef fish survive after Barotrauma

By Melissa Crouch, from the column Gone Coastal   If you’ve ever gone saltwater fishing in Florida, you are well aware of the variety of species that call these waters home. A popular target for Florida’s saltwater anglers are reef fish such as snappers and groupers. These species are fun to catch and provide a … Continue reading Ways to help reef fish survive after Barotrauma

Flu shots will be available at Citrus County Walk Aware Oct. 21

Walgreens, a sponsor of Citrus County Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s, will be on site to offer flu shots to walkers or spectators alike.  The event, which will raise funds for the non-profit Alzheimer’s Family Organization, will be conducted in Floral City on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Opening ceremonies will take place at the Town Center … Continue reading Flu shots will be available at Citrus County Walk Aware Oct. 21

Pasco County Libraries Announces Restoration of Hours

Ribbon Cuttings to be held to mark Monday openings Pasco County Libraries is excited to announce a partial restoration of operating hours at all seven library branches beginning Monday, October 16, 2017. The Land O’ Lakes Library and the Regency Park Library will now be open on Mondays!  Monday hours will be restored at all … Continue reading Pasco County Libraries Announces Restoration of Hours

FEMA assistance available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be operating from the East Hernando Branch Library on Saturday, October 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. FEMA personnel will be available to provide disaster assistance information and provide help with the registration process. Once the center closes, residents may still register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call … Continue reading FEMA assistance available

Paychecks for Patriots Job Fair Nov. 8

Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) and CareerSource Pasco Hernando, in cooperation with Congressman Daniel Webster, are seeking employers to participate in the Paychecks for Patriots Job Fair scheduled on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at the PHSC North Campus in Brooksville, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Local … Continue reading Paychecks for Patriots Job Fair Nov. 8

Citrus County awarded WaterSense Partner of the Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County Utilities with a 2017 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award for its major contributions to WaterSense and water efficiency in 2016. The utility received one of 20 WaterSense awards today at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas for helping Americans to save water, energy, and … Continue reading Citrus County awarded WaterSense Partner of the Year

Eden Gardens Seventh Day Adventist Church certified Dementia Friendly

Thirteen members of the Eden Gardens Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 638 S. Eden Gardens Drive in Inverness, have completed training to qualify the church for Dementia Friendly certification. The training was conducted October 9, 2017 by Debbie Selsavage, president of Coping with Dementia LLC. Pictured here are congregation members, standing from left to … Continue reading Eden Gardens Seventh Day Adventist Church certified Dementia Friendly

Haunted Tram Rides event at Wildlife Park Oct. 27-28

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park are busy planning and setting up for their annual Haunted Tram Rides community event scheduled for the evenings of Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. The event will begin at 6:00 pm each evening, and run until 10:00 … Continue reading Haunted Tram Rides event at Wildlife Park Oct. 27-28

How The Arc Survived Hurricane Irma

Story written by Nancy Stubbs, Development Director of The Arc Nature Coast, and photos contributed by Mark Barry, Executive Director of The Arc Nature Coast (reprinted with permission) We have been fortunate that since we opened our Education Center & Hurricane Evacuation Shelter in 2012, we haven’t had to activate the Hurricane Shelter. That is, until … Continue reading How The Arc Survived Hurricane Irma

San Antonio Farmers Market Oct. 14

Celebrate October at the San Antonio Farmers Market, held in the City Park on Saturday, October 14, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Visitors will find fresh produce, including some organic produce; wine, jams, & jellies; jewelry; yard art, including painted holiday pallet art and recycled glass items; fresh-squeezed lemonade, Italian Ice, coffee, & popcorn; … Continue reading San Antonio Farmers Market Oct. 14

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

On the Big Bend we have officially received the tittle of The Endless Summer. Even though there is not much surf on this coast we have been an anglers dream with good weather and excellent fishing. The redfish bite is just the same as years before. Schooling redfish is just a part of a Citrus county angler’s … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Hotline now available for Hurricane Irma cleanup

Hernando County Office of Emergency Management announces that through October 15, 2017, residents can call 1-800-451-1954 to receive help with home cleanup due to Hurricane Irma. This service is comprised of reputable and vetted relief agencies who work for free and provide the tools and equipment necessary to assist with the following: Cut up fallen … Continue reading Hotline now available for Hurricane Irma cleanup

Hurricane Irma Disaster Assistance Available in Pasco County

FEMA teams at Land O’ Lakes Library through Saturday, October 14, 2017 A Disaster Survivor Assistance Team is available Wednesday, October 11, 2017 through Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Land O’ Lakes Library, located at 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, Florida to help Pasco County residents affected by Hurricane Irma. Federal Emergency Management … Continue reading Hurricane Irma Disaster Assistance Available in Pasco County

Hernando Health and Human Service and Veterans Service Departments Relocate

The Hernando County Health & Human Services and Veterans Services departments announce that they have relocated to 621 West Jefferson Street, Brooksville, FL 34601. Phone numbers and office hours remain the same. The Health and Human Services provides diverse services designed to assist with resolving interim health and human service needs, promoting self-sufficiency and enhancing … Continue reading Hernando Health and Human Service and Veterans Service Departments Relocate

UF/IFAS Pasco Extension to Host Disaster Assistance Session Oct. 12

Town Hall will help farmers/ranchers with Hurricane Irma disaster assistance The UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service is hosting an informational session on Thursday, October 12, 2017 with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), the  Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue reading UF/IFAS Pasco Extension to Host Disaster Assistance Session Oct. 12

FDOT Opens up Lane on US 19 in Homosassa

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises the US 19 northbound left turn lane onto westbound Homosassa Trail is now reopened. The turn lane had been closed since Thursday, October 5 due to a small depression in the turn lane.

Friends of the Community Centers Annual Craft Sale

The Friends of the Citrus County Community Centers will be holding their annual Craft Sale at the Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, on October 9 through 13, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day. Great items that are all hand made by members of the community centers throughout … Continue reading Friends of the Community Centers Annual Craft Sale

Hernando County Adds Additional Debris Hauler to Irma Cleanup

Herando County Government has contracted with an additional hauler to help expedite the Hurricane Irma debris removal process. Starting the week of October 9, Tag Grinding will begin collecting storm debris on the west side of the Suncoast Parkway. Nearly 19,000 cubic yards of debris have already been picked-up by the initial hauler, Grubbs Emergency … Continue reading Hernando County Adds Additional Debris Hauler to Irma Cleanup

Volunteers Needed for Wild-n-Wicked Nights

Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park needs your help!!  We need 75 to 100 volunteers each night for the Wild -n- Wicked Nights Halloween event October 20/21 & 27/28. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and must be able to work from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. You can choose to work only one night or all four … Continue reading Volunteers Needed for Wild-n-Wicked Nights

Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee public meeting Oct. 17

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 17, at 5:00pm, 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. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL 34461 (352) 527-7520. Any person who … Continue reading Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee public meeting Oct. 17