Category Archives: Nature Coast Communities

Small towns, cities and unincorporated communities make up Florida’s Nature Coast. Each has unique characteristics and charm, but all have friendly residents and historic roots to enchant and entertain. Certainly, Florida’s Nature Coast is richer for each of its communities, known to band together when tragedies arise.

Brooksville to celebrate Arbor Day April 28

The City of Brooksville’s Beautification Board and City Council Members are excited to announce they will be hosting the 28th Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, April 28, 2017. Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, its purpose… to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.  Trees are assets to a … Continue reading Brooksville to celebrate Arbor Day April 28

Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Florida’s Nature Coast has a cornucopia of fresh farm produce available throughout most of the year. While the local grocery store may carry Florida fresh fruits and veggies throughout the year, a local produce market can provide foods that have been grown closer to home, and a trip to the farm provides the freshest food … Continue reading Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Drought conditions temporarily close two Hernando County boat ramps

The Hernando County Waterways Department announces that starting Thursday, April 19, 2017, public boat ramps at Mountain Lake and Hunters Lake will be temporarily closed to motorized boats due to low water levels that have resulted from the ongoing drought. Access is still available for kayaks and canoes at Hunters Lake; however, Mountain Lake boat … Continue reading Drought conditions temporarily close two Hernando County boat ramps

Pasco County Shows Community Pride with Cleanup

Caring neighbors make the 2017 Great American Cleanup a great success! Pasco County residents came out in droves to take part in the Great American Cleanup on Saturday March 11, 2017.  Hundreds of volunteers helped pick up trash throughout Pasco County in various locations such as Crystal Springs Preserve, Lacoochee, Dade City, Hudson, New Port … Continue reading Pasco County Shows Community Pride with Cleanup

Sew Cool! Workshop in Old Homosassa

About a month ago, the Homosassa Civic Club started a new skills program–the Sew Cool! Workshop. Held in the Old Homosassa Learning Center and led by coach Faith Peix, the workshop is open to any level sewist. Whether you’ve never stitched a stitch or can make elegant gowns, Faith and her mother Geraldine Callahan, will … Continue reading Sew Cool! Workshop in Old Homosassa

Duke Energy renews Annual Inverness Event Partnership

On April 4, 2017, Dorothy Pernu of Duke Energy presented The Inverness Event & Visitor Bureau with a check for $7,500 for an annual event partnership. This donation supports year-round calendar of festivals and events that draw thousands to the City’s parks, lakes and its historic downtown district. Additionally, Duke Energy looks forward to co-hosting … Continue reading Duke Energy renews Annual Inverness Event Partnership

Citrus County Offices Closed for Good Friday and Easter

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Friday, April, 14 in observance of Good Friday and Easter. The Citrus County Central Landfill will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14. There will be No Hazardous Waste Drop-offs on Good Friday. The administration office will be closed all day. Normal hours … Continue reading Citrus County Offices Closed for Good Friday and Easter

Old Homosassa goes to Tallahassee

Today I’d like to tell you about a bunch of NatureCoasters that really care about their community.  We have two very active  groups that are tirelessly working on projects for the Homosassa River. A wee bit of history–two years ago, Roger Cullen formed the “Access to the River” committee.  Made up of members of the Homosassa … Continue reading Old Homosassa goes to Tallahassee

Dade City Downtown Merchants start First Fridays with evening Hours

Customers have been asking Dade City’s downtown merchants to open some evenings for families to shop or dine. Now, the merchants say, “YES!” April 7 is our first “First Friday” so, as they say, “build it and they will come.” Merchants will be open until 8 p.m. for your shopping and dining pleasure. Check out the Local Merchants … Continue reading Dade City Downtown Merchants start First Fridays with evening Hours

Underwater Egg Hunt planned for Bicentennial Pool

Bicentennial Park Pool will be holding their annual Underwater Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 11am to 2:30pm, which is a FREE event for children under 12 years of age in our community. There will be games, arts and crafts, an egg based egg hunt, pictures with the Bunny, and of course, swimming for eggs! It will … Continue reading Underwater Egg Hunt planned for Bicentennial Pool

Try The Taste: Food Competition & Craft Beer Festival April 8

The Taste of Inverness began as a way to showcase local restaurant and catering offerings and raise funds for local nonprofit and educational needs. Over the years, it has grown to a signature event for the City of Inverness and has contributed to the betterment of thousands of NatureCoasters through its philanthropic efforts. “2017 is … Continue reading Try The Taste: Food Competition & Craft Beer Festival April 8

Just a Slice of Life in Perfect

Hi! I’m Kathy Green. What am I doing here? Well, I’ve been asked by NatureCoaster.com to post weekly. Why? Cause I’m a NatureCoaster! And what makes me a NatureCoaster? I live in Old Homosassa and love it! The best place to live on the Nature Coast–Just a Slice of Life in Perfect! What’s not to … Continue reading Just a Slice of Life in Perfect

Phase 2 of Recycling Center Closures announced

The Citrus County Division of Solid Waste Management announces Phase 2 of Recycling Center site closures effective Monday, April 3, 2017. Phase 2 Recycling Center closures will be: West Citrus Community Center, Veterans Drive, Homosassa East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Highway, Inverness Lecanto Government Building, Educational Path, Lecanto Citrus County Fairgrounds, … Continue reading Phase 2 of Recycling Center Closures announced

Florida State Realtors Association films at Forest Ridge Senior Residences

The Citrus County Housing Services Division and Forest Ridge Senior Residences in Hernando will be part of a state-wide video produced in partnership with the Florida Realtors Association.  The video will highlight community development projects around the state that have received State Housing Initiative Partnership funding. The professional film crew from Orlando spent the day … Continue reading Florida State Realtors Association films at Forest Ridge Senior Residences

Bluegrass Festival 4/22 at Fort Cooper State Park

Plan to attend this year’s Annual Music in the Park Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Old Floral City Road, Inverness. Hosted by the Friends of Fort Cooper, this year’s Festival features five Bluegrass music groups as well as … Continue reading Bluegrass Festival 4/22 at Fort Cooper State Park

Photos & Stories with the Easter Bunny in downtown Dade City 3/25

Jasper the Easter Bunny from the Pioneer Florida Museum’s “Jelly Bean Fling” will be hopping around downtown Dade City on March 25th. Come on down and get some Jelly Beans, listen to Jasper read a story, and get your photo taken with him. He will have 5 special stops: Perks Cafe 14249 7th Street 10-11 … Continue reading Photos & Stories with the Easter Bunny in downtown Dade City 3/25

Friends of Citrus County Community Centers Yard Sale 3/20-24

The Friends of the Community Centers are having their first annual Yard Sale at Central Citrus Community Center, for the week of March 20, 2017 to March 24, 2017.  The sale will be open each day from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Donations for the sale are being accepted now at the Central Citrus Community … Continue reading Friends of Citrus County Community Centers Yard Sale 3/20-24

Ronald Kitchen Jr. appointed Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Chairman

Citrus County Commissioner Ronald Kitchen Jr. was appointed Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) chairman for 2017, replacing Brooksville Mayor Robert Battista. Each year, the chairman rotates between a board member from Hernando and Citrus County. Commissioner Kitchen also serves currently on the Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) as chairman, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation … Continue reading Ronald Kitchen Jr. appointed Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Chairman

Brooksville Main Street welcomes Ryan Malloy as Executive Director

The Brooksville Main Street program announces the appointment of Ryan A. Malloy as its Executive Director. Mr. Malloy comes to the Brooksville Main Street program from Heritage Homes Realty in St. Petersburg where he served as owner and CEO of a multi-million dollar real estate sales business. Mr. Malloy has a reputation as a talented … Continue reading Brooksville Main Street welcomes Ryan Malloy as Executive Director

Will McLean Festival brings Folk Music to Nature Coast 3/10-12

The Will McLean Music Festival which honors Florida’s Black Hat Troubadour is now in its 28th year. McLean, the “Father of Florida Folk,” wanted to save Florida through music.  He was the first folk artist inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.  Since his death in 1990, songwriters from across the state have penned hundreds of songs about … Continue reading Will McLean Festival brings Folk Music to Nature Coast 3/10-12

Prescription drug take back at Lecanto VA Clinic 3/1

There will be a prescription drug take back at the Veterans Administration Lecanto Community Based Outpatient Clinic on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:00am to 4:00pm. Unwanted prescription and non-prescription medications will be accepted for safe disposal and this event is open to the public. We will accept: Prescriptions • Prescription Patches • Prescription Medications • Ointments and … Continue reading Prescription drug take back at Lecanto VA Clinic 3/1

Experience ‘Art in the Park’ March 11-12

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is excited to present its very popular “Art in the Park” for the 33rd year on Saturday, March 11, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 12, from 10 am to 4 pm at Tom Varn Park in downtown Brooksville – and you’re invited! This celebration of … Continue reading Experience ‘Art in the Park’ March 11-12

Pasco County Requires all Cats to be Licensed and Vaccinated

Pasco County now requires anyone who owns or cares for a cat 4-months of age or older to obtain a cat license and to have their pet vaccinated against rabies.  The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners approved mandatory cat licensing in October, 2016.  As a convenience to Pasco residents, one and three-year cat licenses … Continue reading Pasco County Requires all Cats to be Licensed and Vaccinated

Discover Ozello: the Nature Coast Keys

Ozello (or as the locals pronounce it Ozelluh) can be found between Crystal River and Homosassa by turning onto Highway 494 from U.S. 19. This winding two-lane blacktop is called “The Ozello Trail,” and it twists and turns through St. Martin’s Aquatic Preserve, a 23,000 acre wildlife preserve owned by the citizens of Florida and … Continue reading Discover Ozello: the Nature Coast Keys

13th Annual Kids’ Fishing Clinic will be held February 25

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, appreciation for our marine environment and a fun family outing are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Citrus County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) present a FREE Kids’ Fishing Clinic for pre-registered children between the ages of 5 and 15 on … Continue reading 13th Annual Kids’ Fishing Clinic will be held February 25

Spring Hill’s Start & its Iconic Waterfall

In 1968, the United States was in the throes of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon was elected President, and Spring Hill was established. It is hard to imagine how the mega land developer, Deltona Corporation, would choose to develop this specific piece of Florida. The Mackle Brothers created the Deltona Corporation to build their Florida … Continue reading Spring Hill’s Start & its Iconic Waterfall

Learn All About Wine with Ron Hunt of Florida Estates Winery

All About Wine is a weekly online talk show hosted by Ron Hunt of Florida Estates Winery. Each week, listeners are treated to wine tips, winery news and various topics – it’s All About Wine! Ron also answers your questions LIVE on-the-air. Call the show and participate in the discussion or chat with us in … Continue reading Learn All About Wine with Ron Hunt of Florida Estates Winery

PCPT Wins Award and Honors Longtime Bus Rider, Kathleen Medeiros

Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) was recently honored by its peers with a first place for electronic media/audio-visual transit operation for their live broadcast with local radio station, Hits 106, and radio talent Marvelous Marvin at the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) Annual Conference on December 11, 2016. The remote live broadcast from a PCPT … Continue reading PCPT Wins Award and Honors Longtime Bus Rider, Kathleen Medeiros