Category Archives: Citrus County

Wildlife Ranger camp graduates 24 Junior Rangers

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park held a graduation for twenty-four 11 and 12 year-olds who took part in July’s Wildlife Ranger Camp. This group of young people learned about Florida’s wildlife, enjoying hands-on activities and learning experiences. Camp topics included mammals, birds, reptiles, manatees, the … Continue reading Wildlife Ranger camp graduates 24 Junior Rangers

Team effort secures grant for Sugarmill Woods Landscape Project

A landscape project to enhance the US Hwy 98/Ponce De Leon entrance to the Oak Village section of Sugarmill Woods and was identified by the Property Owner’s Association (POA) and brought to the attention of Commissioner Ron Kitchen. On July 18, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) notified Citrus  County that the requested funding of the … Continue reading Team effort secures grant for Sugarmill Woods Landscape Project

Exploring Nature Coast Springs

There is nothing like hopping into a 72-degree spring on a hot, humid day to cool the body and soothe the soul. Florida is graced with many natural springs, providing crystal clear, cool (some would say cold) water and the Nature Coast has a great concentration of these magical geological phenomena. Although we tend to … Continue reading Exploring Nature Coast Springs

Temporary traffic changes at US 19 and Homosassa Trail intersection

Due to drainage construction work, traffic has been shifted on US 19 (Suncoast Boulevard) near W. Homosassa Trail. As a result, the southbound US 19 left turn onto eastbound Homosassa Trail is now temporarily closed.  Homosassa Trail on the west side of US 19 is also temporarily closed to all traffic. Drivers going to the … Continue reading Temporary traffic changes at US 19 and Homosassa Trail intersection

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

To try to describe this rain filled weekend, and half way through the week that would be that we need the water. I can remember, when I was young, fishing in ditches or retention ponds (in Citrus County). Most of them had bass and breambut now they are nothing but grassy embankments. I believe that … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Old Homosassa in July

Okay, let’s talk about Old Homosassa in July….and August…..and even September. It’s scallop season!  Such a fun time in Old Homosassa for all those that get out into the Gulf and scoop those future delicious morsels out of the sea grass. Also a boon for our local businesses which is a very good thing for … Continue reading Old Homosassa in July

Gym Passes Available at Central Ridge Community Center

Citrus County Parks and Recreation is announcing the enhancement of the Gym at the Central Ridge Community Center at 77 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills. Parks and Recreation has recently acquired specialized equipment that works every part of the body with easy to use devices. The gym is open to all county residents from 8:00am … Continue reading Gym Passes Available at Central Ridge Community Center

Adoptable Shih Tzu and Pomeranian Dogs at Citrus Animal Control 7/15

Last month, Citrus County Animal Control seized over 30 small breed dogs. Most are either Shih Tzu or Pomeranians of various size, color and age. These wonderful dogs will be made available for adoption starting at 10am on Saturday, July 15. All adoptions will be completed on a first come, first serve basis and only … Continue reading Adoptable Shih Tzu and Pomeranian Dogs at Citrus Animal Control 7/15

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the CR 491 Road Widening project

The public is invited to join the Board of Citrus County Commissioners for the CR 491 phase 1 Road Widening and Regional Drainage project Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday, August 2 at 9:00am at the intersection of Routes 491 and 44 (Gulf to Lake Hwy) in the closed Circle K parking lot. No RSVP is needed … Continue reading Groundbreaking Ceremony for the CR 491 Road Widening project

Input Requested for Citrus County Fire Services

A series of Town Hall meetings to discuss Citrus County fire services and receive your input regarding the provision of those services, discuss options and alternatives for service and funding.  The schedule for these meetings is as follows: Thursday, August 3 – Floral City Library, 8360 E. Orange Ave., Floral City, FL 34436 Thursday, August … Continue reading Input Requested for Citrus County Fire Services

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

What I enjoy about snorkeling for scallops is the underwater solitude and being in a environment that is free and clear of the topside world. Maybe I’m the only one but highly doubt it, I’ll start with some Red Hot Chili Pepper’s in my head ( Love Under The Bridge ) then some Bob Marley … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Tim Durden Awarded Citizen Award for Bravery from US Dept. of Interior

On the Fourth of July, the U.S. Department of the Interior held its 72nd Honor Awards Convocation, honoring employees, volunteers and citizens who have acted to protect the lives of others. The Fish and Wildlife Service is proud that one of its volunteers received the Citizen’s Award for Bravery for unusual bravery in the face … Continue reading Tim Durden Awarded Citizen Award for Bravery from US Dept. of Interior

How to Build Healthy Relationships Course Offered

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County is pleased to offer an educational series to help you improve your relationships.  SMART Couples Florida classes are designed to teach you how to communicate needs, listen to the needs of others, successfully resolve conflict, and maintain happy and healthy relationships with everyone in your life. “Elevate,” is a fun and … Continue reading How to Build Healthy Relationships Course Offered

FREE movie: Chicken Little at Eugene Martin Park 8/5

Enjoy an evening in the park with your friends, family and neighbors by attending a free Movie in the Park! Saturday, August 5th will be showing “Chicken Little”. The movie will be projected on a 30 ft. screen and will start at dusk (around 8 P.M.) at Eugene Martin Park, located at: Eugene Martin Park … Continue reading FREE movie: Chicken Little at Eugene Martin Park 8/5

Virtual Dimentia Tour to be at Caregiver Day 7/28

The Alzheimer’s Family Organization (AFO) will host a Caregiver Day at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness on July 28, 2017 that will include educational speakers and a Virtual Dementia Tour, provided by Senior Helpers. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a science-based simulation of what a person in mid-stage dementia experiences.  It can help caregivers better … Continue reading Virtual Dimentia Tour to be at Caregiver Day 7/28

Commissioner Scott E. Carnahan earns FAC Advanced County Commissioner Designation

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Citrus County Commissioner Scott E. Carnahan with the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) designation. Commissioner Carnahan received the designation along with 17 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Palm Beach County, Florida. “Coming together with my fellow commissioners from around the … Continue reading Commissioner Scott E. Carnahan earns FAC Advanced County Commissioner Designation

Citrus Landfill conducting Free Hazardous Waste Drop Off 8/12

Citrus County Central Landfill will be conducting a Free Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off at the Central Landfill on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Citrus County homeowners may bring up to the first 60 pounds or 10 gallons at no charge. Hazardous Household Waste also accepts drop offs weekly on … Continue reading Citrus Landfill conducting Free Hazardous Waste Drop Off 8/12

Scalloping Florida’s Nature Coast: A Delicious Adventure

At one time, the West Central coast of Florida supported a robust commercial scallop industry, with 400,000 lbs. of bay scallops being harvested in Florida in 1957. By 1992, the commercial harvest was near zero. Fishery groups banded together and worked to restore the scallop populations to healthy levels and by 2005, most years showed … Continue reading Scalloping Florida’s Nature Coast: A Delicious Adventure

Bald Eagles Featured at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for July

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on the threatened Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), our national bird, during the month of July. Educational exhibits about the Bald eagle will be on display in the Park’s Visitor Center and Discovery Center throughout July. Three mature Bald eagles; Spirit, Homosassa and Summer; an immature … Continue reading Bald Eagles Featured at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for July

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

The beginning of the 2017 scallop season is a reminder that folks love the Nature Coast and come to Citrus County to collect their limits of tasty scallops. It would be silly to try to tell you the best area to go because the amount of boats north of the Homosassa channel should be the … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Hernando Citrus MPO Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting 7/20

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, July 20, 2017, beginning at 3:30 p.m., at the Citrus Transit Center, 1300 South Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, Florida. Items scheduled on the agenda include: Adopted FY 2018/19 Hernando County and Citrus County Complete Streets Priority Projects TBARTA Regional … Continue reading Hernando Citrus MPO Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting 7/20

Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters Announces their Summer Menu

Cattle Dog Coffee Roaster announced the following menu for all locations through September, 2017.  Which one sounds best to you? SALADS: Bleu Cheese Apple Toasted walnuts, chopped Fuji apples, house greens lightly coated with cranberry vinaigrette topped with bleu cheese crumbled 7.25                            Add chicken 10.25 Tomato White Bean Organic baby greens, cherval tomatoes, white northern … Continue reading Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters Announces their Summer Menu

July events at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

Guided Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Inverness Join Us on Tuesday, July 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum for a Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Inverness. Hear stories of early and present-day Inverness as your guide shows you a small town rich with history. Experience the beautiful lakes, parks, and quaint, … Continue reading July events at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

FREE Program: Simple Ways to Save Water even when it’s raining

The University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension Service is providing a FREE program on Water Conservation: Simple Ways to Save Water. Save money and the environment by fixing leaks, installing a few inexpensive water-saving devices can save water than you think. There is even greater opportunity for savings outdoors without sacrificing a high-quality landscape. While … Continue reading FREE Program: Simple Ways to Save Water even when it’s raining

Citrus County Animal Shelter in Need of Donations

Due to an unexpected influx of animals, the Citrus County Animal Shelter is asking the community for help by donating gently used towels, flat sheets and bath mats. These donations will be used to keep the cats and dogs in a clean and comfortable environment. The shelter is located at 4030 S. Airport Road, Inverness. … Continue reading Citrus County Animal Shelter in Need of Donations

We’re Celebrating the 4th throughout the Nature Coast

“The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought … Continue reading We’re Celebrating the 4th throughout the Nature Coast

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in July 2017

Turf basics – Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on July 11, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm. managing a healthy lawn is often a full time job and recurring expense. Selection of the right materials to accomplish a specific task is always the best place to start. Sustainable lawn varieties, … Continue reading Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in July 2017

Nature Coast waters open for Scallop harvest starting July 1

Celebrate the Fourth of July with bay scallops! State waters from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County through the Pasco/Hernando county line will be open for scalloping starting July 1. A span of waters in the middle from the Fenholloway River in Taylor County to the Suwannee River in Dixie County … Continue reading Nature Coast waters open for Scallop harvest starting July 1

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

Yoga 101 — New Class at the Homosassa Civic Club

Very excited to report that Old Homosassa has a new class starting in July that is open to the public. Yoga 101! The Homosassa Civic Club has asked Tiffany Beck of “Yoga at Tiffany’s”, a certified yoga teacher, to lead the yoga class. The first session will be on Saturday, July 8th at 10 am … Continue reading Yoga 101 — New Class at the Homosassa Civic Club