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.

West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Offers Repair Program

Since 2016 West Pasco Habitat for Humanity has been offering affordable home repairs to the public. From leaky roofs to making your home wheel chair accessible, Habitat’s Roofs, Ramps and Repair program aims to help qualifying individuals or families with minor and critical home repairs at an affordable cost. While West Pasco Habitat for Humanity … Continue reading West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Offers Repair Program

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

July/August Events from Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension

Wild Edibles Participants will learn which plants have been used for food sources, and how they’ve been prepared. Presenter: Master Gardener Rita Grant Date/Time/Location: Wednesday July 26 @ 10:30 AM at the Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill, 34608 Fall Vegetable Gardening Participants will learn the basics about Fall vegetable gardening … Continue reading July/August Events from Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension

Land O’Lakes Sinkhole Update: You can help!

About 7:20 a.m., a sinkhole opened up in the Lake Padgett area of Land O’Lakes. It was very frightening and a neighbor called Pasco County 9-1-1 to report the incident. Fortunately, no-one was home at 21825 Ocean Pines Drive when the “depression opened up” behind the home. There were dogs in the home, but Pasco … Continue reading Land O’Lakes Sinkhole Update: You can help!

Pasco County 3rd Annual Cardboard Boat Race 7/15

The Pasco County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Department is challenging other Pasco County Departments – and the public – to take part in the Third Annual Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  The race for the boat with the fastest time across the pool will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park … Continue reading Pasco County 3rd Annual Cardboard Boat Race 7/15

Free Rock Painting at Church Street Shoppe “Toys, Kites & More” 7/15

Free to children of all ages: rocks, brushes and paints await your imagination and skills at at Church Street Shoppes Toys, Kites & More as part of the  Dade City Merchants Christmas in July & Art Walk Event. July 15 downtown Dade City this Saturday look for the huge tent in the parking lot next to … Continue reading Free Rock Painting at Church Street Shoppe “Toys, Kites & More” 7/15

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

Ortiz Family Moves Into Home Built By West Pasco Habitat for Humanity

West Pasco Habitat for Humanity held a home dedication for the Ortiz family in early June at their new home on School Road in New Port Richey. It was attended by upwards of 40 people representing the local community, Habitat board members, and well wishers, including family and friends. Angel and Sandra Ortiz and their … Continue reading Ortiz Family Moves Into Home Built By West Pasco Habitat for Humanity

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

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

Pasco County Libraries host food & fun ‘Summer Break Spots’

Children can enjoy free lunch and fun programs at four west Pasco Libraries Four west Pasco Libraries are proud to be hosting a Pasco County Schools’ Summer Break Spot – featuring a Lunch Bus serving free, nutritious meals to all children ages 18 and under.  Enrollment is not required for this free program. “We are … Continue reading Pasco County Libraries host food & fun ‘Summer Break Spots’

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

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

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

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

Sum-Sum-Summertime in Old Homosassa

It’s hot! It’s sticky! It’s humid! (Well, it’s been that way for the past month but now officially) IT’S SUMMER! Hot and sticky and humid does not stop the fun in Old Homosassa! And the summertime fun starts this weekend with the 19th Homosassa River Fireworks Festival & Poker Run hosted by MacRae’s of Homosassa … Continue reading Sum-Sum-Summertime in Old Homosassa

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

Another Old Homosassa Update

Hey, I write things.  And now it’s time to update them! First, the winners of the Scavenger Hunt sponsored by the Old Homosassa Heritage Council! Everyone that I talked to about the race thought it was FUN, FUN, FUN! Now, on a more serious note.  Things that will make Old Homosassa better….. The post I … Continue reading Another Old Homosassa Update

Back Roads to Back Home exhibit at Old Courthouse Museum

An Exhibit Documentary Project: “Back Roads to Back Home: Finding the Voices of the Sunshine State” is open at the Old Courthouse Museum in Inverness, running through July 31. “These hands of mine have seen a lot of hard work,” Ormond Simmons said. “I don’t believe there’s a man in the state of Florida that’s … Continue reading Back Roads to Back Home exhibit at Old Courthouse Museum

Blood Donations Needed today!

Can you donate? My life was saved by blood donations. Many others can say the same thing. Summer is a tough time for the blood banks, so if you can, please visit your local donation location and donate today.

You can check the schedule for your local blood bank below:

For Citrus & Hernando Counties, click here for the LifeSouth bloodmobile schedule.

For Pasco County, click here for the OneBlood bloodmobile schedule.

Old Homosassa Learning Center’s Summer Program

So happy to announce that Jessica MacRae is the summer coordinator at the Old Homosassa Learning Center this year. Jessica currently teaches Freshman English at Crystal River High School and is taking on this role during her summer break. The 8-week summer program started on Monday, June 5th,  and the last day is July 28th.  (Closed … Continue reading Old Homosassa Learning Center’s Summer Program

Chinsegut Conservation Center June Programs

June 2nd 8:00 AM        Road-side Cleanup: If you love Chinsegut, help us keep it clean! From 8:00 AM until we finish Chinsegut staff and volunteers (this could be you) will clean up the litter dumped on the roadside along Snow Memorial Highway. The Center will provide gloves, litter sticks, collection tools, high visibility vests and … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center June Programs

Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

Pulling up to the wide farm gate on Hayman Road, anticipation of the sweet, yet slightly tart flavor of fresh, juicy blackberries has a grip on me. This is my second year visiting Bramble Creek Farm and I have a vision to fulfill – and a bucket! It is an idyllic scene; slowly touring the … Continue reading Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

Old Homosassa Events in June

It’s HOT! Right? But that doesn’t stop the Old Homosassa community!  We have stuff to do!  And all of you NatureCoasters are invited to join in! First up, put Wednesday June 7th on your calendar for “Paint for Paws” at Watson’s Art Gallery.  The class will be held at two different times, 12:00 – 3:00 … Continue reading Old Homosassa Events in June

First Friday Brings Music to the Streets of Dade City

June 2 kicks off summer’s First Friday, a date night of sorts featuring live music, store specials and a community atmosphere from 5-9 pm in Dade City. Downtown shopkeepers and restaurateurs are staying open late to bring some of the finest shopping and dining to NatureCoasters. Live music, in the form of street musicians throughout … Continue reading First Friday Brings Music to the Streets of Dade City

“Music, Mojitos & Margaritas” at Lori Anne’s June 2

Street musicians will provide the backdrop for another fantastic, fun First Friday event. Join Lori Anne’s, at 14135 7th Street in downtown Dade City for “Music, Mojitos & Margaritas”. Live Music will be performed by the Amazing Acoustical Duet – Phase 111. Kathy, Tony and Daniel perform a variety of acoustic rock songs from the 1970s … Continue reading “Music, Mojitos & Margaritas” at Lori Anne’s June 2

An Update from Old Homosassa

I’ve been writing here on NatureCoaster.com for two months now! Started on March 28 and it’ already late May with sum-sum-summer time right around the corner! Thought I’d take today to give a few updates from my previous posts…. First, the Fishing Homosassa 101 seminar was a great success! Eager guests started arriving at 5:30 pm for … Continue reading An Update from Old Homosassa

Woman’s Club of Inverness is Recognized on its 100th Anniversary

May 9, 2017 was the 100 year anniversary of the General Federation of Woman’s Club of Inverness (GFWC). The GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness has been working for the betterment of Citrus County since 1917 and has been responsible for many educational firsts in Citrus County including the establishment of the first library and Parent … Continue reading Woman’s Club of Inverness is Recognized on its 100th Anniversary

Jamming on the West Side of Citrus County

If you have been looking for a place to “jam”, this is the post for you! I play the banjo.  I know, crazy right?  Really crazy because I’ve never been a big fan of bluegrass! And still  wonder why I bought a banjo. (Possibly the influence of Mumford & Sons, Kermit the Frog, and Steve Martin rather … Continue reading Jamming on the West Side of Citrus County

Fishing Homosassa 101

The Homosassa Civic Club is very excited to announce a new seminar in their Adult Learning Series. Captain William Toney will be presenting Fishing Homosassa 101 at the Old Homosassa Learning Center at 10950 W. Yulee Drive in Old Homosassa–right across the street from the Homosassa Elementary School–on Thursday, May 18th at 7 pm. This is a … Continue reading Fishing Homosassa 101