Category Archives: Citrus County

Insight Credit Union and City of Inverness Commemorate Partnership

Insight Credit Union leadership Melissa Boynick and Aijana Williams join Inverness Branch Manager Diana Fender to pose for a photo with City Manager, Frank DiGiovanni alongside the locally celebrated Sunny Cooter mascot. This check presentation marks the fifth consecutive year that Insight Credit Union has invested in the City of Inverness Events and Visitor Bureau, … Continue reading Insight Credit Union and City of Inverness Commemorate Partnership

Rails to Trails Rides Rescheduled for March 4, 2018

The Annual Ride has been rescheduled for Sunday March 4, 2018 and registration is re-opened for those riders that have not registered. As many of you know the Trail had been closed due safety concerns sustained from Hurricane Irma. Good news is that the Trail has reopened and the Annual Bike Ride normally held the … Continue reading Rails to Trails Rides Rescheduled for March 4, 2018

BOCC Proclaims September 16 – 23 as Save Our Waters Week in Citrus County

The Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 19, 2017, proclaiming the week of September 16 – 23 of 2017 as Save Our Waters Week in Citrus County. Citrus County treasures the God-given water resources of our aquifers, springs, rivers, lakes and coastal estuaries that are interconnected essential elements … Continue reading BOCC Proclaims September 16 – 23 as Save Our Waters Week in Citrus County

Inverness Vegetative Debris Removal Guidelines

A preliminary assessment by City Staff finds a large amount of vegetative debris has been generated from Hurricane Irma. FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY The amount of material will not be collected normally as it is  possible that the amount of vegetative debris will increase as homeowners continue to clean yards and place debris for collection at … Continue reading Inverness Vegetative Debris Removal Guidelines

Wildlife Park Reopens: October features Bats

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, including the Wildlife Walk, has reopened with regular admission.  A section of boardwalk from the from the Alligator bridge to the Otter bridge is temporarily closed to for post-storm maintenance. Another small section of boardwalk from West entrance from bleachers to the Fish Bowl is also closed for maintenance. … Continue reading Wildlife Park Reopens: October features Bats

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

After Hurricane Irma, I was concerned first with my family and personal belongings. When the dust settled (no flooding, Thank You God!) and we cleaned up aftermath, the next step was to see how the fish were biting and our Nature Coast waters were doing. What I found was some dirty water and good fishing. … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Carl Ballard Places 2nd at Road-E-O

Congratulations to Mr. Carl Ballard who works as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the Citrus County Solid Waste Division. Carl was able to achieve second place for heavy equipment operations in this year’s Florida Sunshine Chapter Road-E-O 2017. This annual event is intended to promote professionalism on the part of drivers, equipment operators and mechanics … Continue reading Carl Ballard Places 2nd at Road-E-O

Homosassa Springs Road Closures

Aquaduct Street is closed at US 19 in Homosassa Springs W. Aquaduct Street is closed beginning September 19, between US 19 and S. Pittsburgh Avenue, for underground utility installation work. It is expected to reopen the morning of September 22. DETOUR: Drivers can use W. Homosassa Trail, S. Pittsburgh Avenue, and W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard … Continue reading Homosassa Springs Road Closures

Citrus Commissioner Carnahan appointed to NACo’s Rural Action Caucus

Board of County Commissioners Chairman Scott Carnahan has been appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Rural Action Caucus (RAC) by NACo’s President Roy Charles Brooks. RAC engages in a wide range of issues facing rural counties including economic development, healthcare and human services, technology and telecommunications, and energy and natural resources. RAC members … Continue reading Citrus Commissioner Carnahan appointed to NACo’s Rural Action Caucus

Learn About Vultures Cancelled: Wildlife Park Open

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has reopened to the public starting Monday, September 18, 2017. The Wildlife Walk portion of the Park is still closed until repairs can be completed. Trams and boats will be running today also. Park admission is 50% off until the Wildlife Walk is reopened. The Learn about the … Continue reading Learn About Vultures Cancelled: Wildlife Park Open

Sertoma Foundation Launches Mobile Audiology Services Van

Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida, Inc. will hold a ribbon cutting event along with a presentation of its new mobile audiology services van on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Care A Lot Preschool, 10495 County Line Road in Spring Hill, Hernando County. The Foundation will also hold a ribbon … Continue reading Sertoma Foundation Launches Mobile Audiology Services Van

Citrus County to begin removal of Storm Debris Oct. 2

Anticipating that there will be significant amounts of natural vegetation tree debris generated from the impact of Hurricane Irma, and to facilitate the clean-up, we are asking all citizens to follow these guidelines: Crews will begin storm generated vegetative debris collection on October 2, 2017. Only storm generated natural vegetation will be collected. Please bring … Continue reading Citrus County to begin removal of Storm Debris Oct. 2

Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties Qualify for FEMA Assistance

President Donald J. Trump has amended the Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Florida (FEMA-4337-DR-FL) to include Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties. This declaration triggers the release of Federal funds to help individuals and communities recover from Hurricane Irma that began September 4, 2017, and continuing. The IHP provides financial help or direct services … Continue reading Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties Qualify for FEMA Assistance

City of Inverness Hurricane Irma Vegetative Debris Clean-Up

A preliminary assessment by City Staff finds a large amount of vegetative debris has been generated from Hurricane Irma. The amount of material will not be collected normally as it is possible that this amount of vegetative debris will increase as homeowners return and assessments continue. The City is working with FEMA and County Government … Continue reading City of Inverness Hurricane Irma Vegetative Debris Clean-Up

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

In Homosassa we survived a major hurricane. No flooding but plenty of Limbs down and lots of rain water. It will be a quick recovery and we will be back in business by the end of this week, ready to go catch some fish. I expect a redfish bite to be game on, along with … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Riding the Rainbow (River)

Recently I had the privilege of kayaking the Rainbow River, a Registered National Landmark that is fed by a first magnitude spring. The river itself is 5.7 miles long with its origination at the Rainbow Springs State Park. In the 1930s, the park was developed into a tourist attraction and today it is still popular … Continue reading Riding the Rainbow (River)

Wildlife Puppeteers to present new plays beginning Sept 23

New puppet plays to highlight “Night at the Wildlife Park” The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be presenting the next in an exciting new series of Wildlife Puppeteers’ plays starting Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Magnolia Room at the park’s main entrance and … Continue reading Wildlife Puppeteers to present new plays beginning Sept 23

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

A good Fall trout bite is happening on the incoming and out going tides. Tall brown rock grass is the key structure to find trout. On low tide it will be visible laying on the surface indicating areas you do not want to run your motor. Some of the bests spots on outgoing tide will … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Citrus County Sandbag Sites Open

Sandbagging sites will open Wednesday, September 6th at 8:00 am until 6:00 p.m.  Additional times and dates will be announced as needed. The locations are as follows: AREA 1: 4508 S. Grandmarch Ave. Homosassa (Near Grover Cleveland Blvd.) AREA 5: 7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River (Near Dan’s Clam Stand – on opposite … Continue reading Citrus County Sandbag Sites Open

Donations Needed at Citrus County Animal Shelter

Due to the impending impact of Hurricane Irma on Citrus County the Animal Shelter (Citrus County Animal Services) is anticipating an influx of homeless and stray animals. Additional donations of critical items will be needed to care for animals and their comfort during the storm and during recovery efforts. Below is a list of items … Continue reading Donations Needed at Citrus County Animal Shelter

Chassahowitzka River Keepers and Homosassa River One-Rake-at-a-Time Working Together to Protect and Restore our Rivers

I met Jodi Lanier a few years ago.  At the time she was the leader of a 4-H group that focused on ecological issues and they volunteered at the Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival. Since then, I discovered that Jodi is EVERYWHERE and involved in EVERYTHING to do with the Chassahowitzka and Homosassa Rivers. … Continue reading Chassahowitzka River Keepers and Homosassa River One-Rake-at-a-Time Working Together to Protect and Restore our Rivers

How to start a Home-based Food Business Workshop offered

Thinking about opening a Home-based Food Business? Are you interested in selling food products that you make in your own home? Do you want to sell your homemade baked goods, candies, preserves, and more to the general public? If so, you do not want to miss this workshop! This workshop will be held on Wednesdays … Continue reading How to start a Home-based Food Business Workshop offered

Learn about the Autumnal Equinox Sept 17

An equinox is the moment in which the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun’s disk. Park volunteer Elizabeth DeMonte invites you to learn some fun and interesting facts about the Autumnal Equinox which is coming September 22, 2017. She will present two programs on the Sunday before the Autumnal Equinox, … Continue reading Learn about the Autumnal Equinox Sept 17

Crystal River Preserve State Park seeking Volunteers

Join the Crystal River team for the 28th Annual Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Cleanup Raise your hand to volunteer to make a difference for the  environment on Saturday September 16th, 2017.   The Crystal River Preserve State Park is seeking volunteers to join our team and work with Park staff removing debris along a nine mile … Continue reading Crystal River Preserve State Park seeking Volunteers

“Appreciating Vultures” at the Wildlife Park in September

September is Vulture Awareness and Appreciation Month at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Learn about New World and Old World Vultures, the key role they play in the environment, and the plight they face in many countries. September’s displays in the Visitor Center and Discovery Center will focus attention on Florida’s two New … Continue reading “Appreciating Vultures” at the Wildlife Park in September

Two Free Florida-friendly Gardening Workshops in September 2017

Irrigation efficiency Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on September 5, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Landscape irrigation is supplemental, but often uses 50-70 % of total residential water consumption. Irrigation practices such as seasonal scheduling, catch can calibration and selection of drought tolerant plants are essential to creating a … Continue reading Two Free Florida-friendly Gardening Workshops in September 2017

Update on City of Inverness Capital Projects

Nearing Completion Inverness Infantry Memorial is a special project to the community that will find its new home outside the west wing of City Hall at 212 W. Main Street, Inverness. The lifelike bronze soldier statutes will be placed upon a double tiered granite pedestal that will be surrounded by a granite wall and benches. … Continue reading Update on City of Inverness Capital Projects

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Our coastline on the Nature Coast is blessed with some of the best fishing Florida has to offer. I also believe that each part of Florida has it’s own unique and best fishing Florida has to offer. On the Nature Coast, and in Citrus County, our guides and captains are good at what they do … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Wildlife Program will host Butterfly Program Aug. 24

A special program on “The Hidden Lives of Butterflies, Moths, and other characters with more than four legs” will be given by Jeff Rundell, a Park Volunteer and retired biology teacher, on Thursday, August 24, 2017, starting at 1:00 pm in the Florida Room at the park’s main entrance and Visitor Center located on US … Continue reading Wildlife Program will host Butterfly Program Aug. 24

Wildlife Park to Present two Eclipse Programs Aug. 20

Park volunteer Elizibeth DeMonte invites you to learn some fun and interesting facts about solar eclipses. She will present two programs on Sunday, August 20, 2017, one will be held at 11:00 am with another at 2:00 pm. Both programs will be held in the Florida Room of the park’s Visitor Center located on US … Continue reading Wildlife Park to Present two Eclipse Programs Aug. 20