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.

Shop Small for Big Returns on Florida’s Nature Coast

Thanksgiving is upon us. What a blessing it is to live in the paradise of Florida’s Nature Coast during the fall season. While we do not have extravagant color shows from the changing of the leaves, we do have beautiful wildflowers that change with the seasons, and more subtle things make this an ideal time … Continue reading Shop Small for Big Returns on Florida’s Nature Coast

Pasco County Parks & Libraries to Hold Funding Workshops

County seeks public feedback on funding options for quality-of-life services Pasco County Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources and Pasco County Libraries are hosting three Public Workshops to gather resident input on future funding options for Pasco County Parks and Libraries. Residents who would like to share their opinions about funding these quality-of-life services are invited … Continue reading Pasco County Parks & Libraries to Hold Funding Workshops

Giving thanks for Florida’s one-of-a-kind Osceola wild turkey

Did you know there are five subspecies of wild turkey in North America? However, Florida is the only place in the world where the Osceola subspecies is found. Also known as the Florida wild turkey, this unique bird lives only on the Florida peninsula. It’s similar to the eastern subspecies, which is found in north … Continue reading Giving thanks for Florida’s one-of-a-kind Osceola wild turkey

Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters Thanksgiving Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours Wednesday, November 22, 7am – 1pm Thursday, November 23, CLOSED Friday, November 24, Back to regular hours 7am – 6pm* *Yes, We will have lobster rolls! 3 Locations Hernando · Downtown Inverness · Citrus Memorial Hospital Weekend Brunch is served at the Inverness location Saturday & Sunday open to 3pm

Pasco County Staff Donate Thousands of new Shoes/Socks

Two Good Soles Shoes & Socks Drive benefits Pasco County children Pasco County Government is thrilled to announce the final collection numbers from the second annual Two Good Soles Shoes and Socks Drive.  Through this Pasco County Employee Day of Caring initiative the employees of Pasco County Government, along with Pasco County Constitutional Offices and … Continue reading Pasco County Staff Donate Thousands of new Shoes/Socks

Chinsegut Conservation Center December Programs

December 1st 5:30 PM           Owl Prowl: It’s the time of year when owls are on the hunt…for each other. Join us for a night time walk to listen and look for barred and great horned owls at Chinsegut. Hike open to all ages. No need to register! December 2nd 10:00 AM        Archery for Beginners: Ages … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center December Programs

Community Gathers for Annual “Turkey in the Hole” Ritual

Camp E-Nini-Hassee hosts traditional Thanksgiving fireside ceremony For more than 35 years, a small Florida community has gathered at Eckerd Connects’ Camp E-Nini-Hassee to share “gratefuls” around a camp fire. It is a part of the “Turkey in the Hole” ritual that the camp hosts each Thanksgiving holiday. This year it was held on Sunday, … Continue reading Community Gathers for Annual “Turkey in the Hole” Ritual

SBA Extends Physical Damage Applications Deadline to Nov. 24

SBA Approves Over $300 Million Disaster Loans in Florida due to Hurricane Irma The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deadline to apply for physical disaster damages in Florida. Businesses and individuals with physical damages caused by Hurricane Irma should apply for SBA low-interest disaster loan before the Nov. 24, 2017 deadline. “Currently, … Continue reading SBA Extends Physical Damage Applications Deadline to Nov. 24

Join the 18th Annual Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade

The 18th annual Cotee River Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 2, beginning at 6 pm from the Port Richey waterfront and ending at Sims Park in New Port Richey. Boats of all kinds, decorated with strings of lights and holiday flare will glide along the Cotee River from Miller’s Bayou in Port Richey’s Waterfront … Continue reading Join the 18th Annual Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade

Citrus Libraries Encourage Readers to Check-Out Digital Collection

Citrus Libraries would like to encourage the citizens of Citrus County to explore the library’s digital collection. With over 7,000 different eBooks and digital audiobooks, there is a diverse variety to choose from. The digital collection is especially convenient to those who have a busy schedule, have a hard time making it to the library, … Continue reading Citrus Libraries Encourage Readers to Check-Out Digital Collection

Crescent Community Clinic hosting Help for Homeless day Dec. 21

The National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day is December 21st. Crescent Community Clinic is hosting a health day for homeless men and women, and especially veterans, who wish to have a health screening and sign up for free chronic health care and/or mental health services. Individuals may go to any bus stop and board THE BUS … Continue reading Crescent Community Clinic hosting Help for Homeless day Dec. 21

Nature Coast Volunteer Center schedules Special Needs Call Down Drill

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC) is hosting a Special Needs Call-Down Drill. It will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00am. The training exercise is being sponsored in partnership with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Section. NCVC, the … Continue reading Nature Coast Volunteer Center schedules Special Needs Call Down Drill

Hunters Lake Tussock removal project Underway

The Hernando County Aquatic Services and Waterways Division and the Department of Public Works are working cooperatively with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) on a tussock removal project located at Hunters Lake in Spring Hill. This project will improve fish habitat, water quality as well as navigation and recreation within the lake. … Continue reading Hunters Lake Tussock removal project Underway

Helping Veterans and Homeless Dogs

With a national suicide rate for American Veterans of twenty per day, and twenty-two daily for vets with PTSD, there needs to be an intervention. In addition, thousands of homeless dogs are euthanized at shelters each month. Could one help the other? “I’ve had such a passion for dogs from the time I could say … Continue reading Helping Veterans and Homeless Dogs

See the Wildlife Park Residents enjoying their Halloween Treats

Enjoy the photos of the park animals receiving their Halloween treats as part of the park’s animal enrichment program. These photos were taken by Susan Strawbridge, Park Specialist. The volunteers do a great job preparing the treats, and the animals (as you can see) really enjoy them. Biddy the Florida Black Bear Swiper the Red … Continue reading See the Wildlife Park Residents enjoying their Halloween Treats

The New NatureCoaster.com is Coming

NatureCoaster.com is being Improved for You NatureCoaster has been growing a lot, thanks to you! We started building the site in 2014 with a dream to unite the residents, visitors and prospective relocators with all the awesomeness that is here. The site was designed to be an online visitor guide to Florida’s Nature Coast, and … Continue reading The New NatureCoaster.com is Coming

Sertoma New Port Richey Battery giveaway Nov. 3

Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida has scheduled a battery giveaway for Friday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at its new offices in New Port Richey now located at 6333 River Road. The Foundation will offer free hearing aid batteries in the most common sizes while they last: 10, 13, and … Continue reading Sertoma New Port Richey Battery giveaway Nov. 3

Lori Anne’s features “Elvis on Tour” Nov. 3

Join us for First Friday’s in Dade City with everyone enjoying the non-rush of exploring local unique shops “some with treats” dining in one of our favorite restaurants. Experience of magic of music in the air from the talented local musicians from 5-9pm on Friday, November 3. Lori Anne’s is featuring  “Elvis on Tour” and will have … Continue reading Lori Anne’s features “Elvis on Tour” Nov. 3

New Port Richey Youth Host Food Drive

The City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department Youth Advisory Board is pleased to announce they are participating in National Homeless Awareness Month by hosting their 7th Annual Food Drive. In conjunction with raising awareness of the plight of homelessness in the area and seeking donations of non-perishable food items, they are staging … Continue reading New Port Richey Youth Host Food Drive

Pasco Coastal Cleanup a Success despite Hurricane Irma

Community strength shines through volunteerism Pasco County’s 2017 International Coastal Cleanup was a success, despite Hurricane Irma’s impact.  692 volunteers turned out on Saturday, September 16, 2017 and collected 6.23 tons (12,460 pounds) of trash. This year, Hurricane Irma passed just to the east of Pasco County several days before the Cleanup.  After it was … Continue reading Pasco Coastal Cleanup a Success despite Hurricane Irma

FDOT Lane Closures on US 19 in Homosassa Oct. 22-27

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises of periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Friday night, October 20 and Sunday through Friday, October 22 – 27, nights. Motorists are advised to use caution in the … Continue reading FDOT Lane Closures on US 19 in Homosassa Oct. 22-27

Free Audubon Birding Walk at Heartwood Preserve Oct. 21

Saturday Oct. 21st 8 AM will be our next Audubon field trip. We will be exploring Heartwood Preserve Natural Cemetery on Starkey Blvd. Location is about one mile north of Longleaf entrance on the right. Look for rail fence on right. Right turn only!!   First it is wet in spots with all the rain … Continue reading Free Audubon Birding Walk at Heartwood Preserve Oct. 21

Homosassa River Restoration Project

I have always considered myself very fortunate to be able to live here in Homosassa.  I started visiting the area when I first moved to Florida in 1982.  Love it. But I think I might have been taking it for granted.  Our river is dying.  Along with most of the rivers and springs in the … Continue reading Homosassa River Restoration Project

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

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

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

Brooksville FEMA center open for One More Day

Hernando County’s Office of Emergency Management announces that Friday, October 6, will be the last day to receive disaster recovery assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) operating from the Mining Association Enrichment Center in Brooksville. Since September 26, FEMA has aided 617 people with information and the registration process. Once the center closes, … Continue reading Brooksville FEMA center open for One More Day

27th Annual Halloween Harvest Festival Oct. 13-14

The 27th Annual Halloween Harvest Festival will be Friday & Saturday, October 13-14, 2017 @ the Hernando County Fair Grounds at 6436 Broad St (US41) in Brooksville. Both nights will feature a variety of games, face painting, fantastic food, haunted house, hay ride & contests nightly from 6pm till 10pm. The Haunted House opens at … Continue reading 27th Annual Halloween Harvest Festival Oct. 13-14

Big Brothers Big Sisters Continues 100 Men in 100 Days Campaign

The organization is focused on recruiting more men to serve as volunteer mentors to local boys. Tampa Bay- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is launching its annual campaign to enroll more male mentors, called 100 Men in 100 Days.  The need has never been greater, as there are hundreds of Tampa Bay children on … Continue reading Big Brothers Big Sisters Continues 100 Men in 100 Days Campaign