Master Gardeners available daily to answer citizen questions

Each weekday, Master Gardeners are available, at no charge, to answer questions, identify plants and problems and make recommendations, when needed.

The Plant Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Citrus County Extension office at 3650 W. Sovereign Path on the Lecanto Government Complex.

Citizens are also welcome to call 352-527

State publishes latest COVID-19 stats as of Sept. 23

The State of Florida today released the latest statistics regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the state.

The latest figures are shown below.

  • Fatality rate in Florida – 2.0%
  • Covid fatality rate in FL by age group:
  • 15-24 years old – .03%
  • 25-34 years old – .07%
  • 35-44 years old – .21%
  • 45-54 years old – .51%
  • 55-64 years old – 1.6%
  • 65-74 years old – 5.4%
  • 75 and up – 17.2%
  • Seasonal influenza mortality rate in the US (2017 CDC) 18-49 yo – .02%

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Region’s economy shows strong signs of recovery in August

OCALA, Fla. (Sept.18, 2020) – The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 6.4 percent in August, 3.2 percentage point lower than in July and 2.1 percentage point higher than the region’s rate a year ago rate.

There were 13,020 unemployed in the region, 6,102 fewer than the previous month but still 4,356 more than August 2019.

The region’s labor force of 202,134, an expansion of 3,702 since July, was fueled by a strong increase in employment over the month – an increase of 9,804 to 189,114 – coupled with the sharp drop in the number of unemployed.

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Water District FY 2021 budget funds water resources projects

SFWMD Water District LogoOn Tuesday, the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board adopted a $183.5 million budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including more than $65.7 million for the Cooperative Funding Initiative and District grants for water resources projects.

The budget reflects the District’s commitment to protect Florida’s water resources and to improve Florida’s economic vitality. Some of the key initiatives in the District’s FY2021 budget include:

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Water District offers virtual tour for ‘Save Our Waters Week’ in Citrus County

We couldn’t offer our free kayak tour of Three Sisters Springs this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But in honor of Save Our Waters Week in Citrus County, we did want to give you a virtual sample of the tour.

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Mitigation plan to aid county better prep for natural disasters

Citrus County is better prepared for disasters with the recent approval of their hazard mitigation plan by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) plan is a long-term strategy to reduce the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters.

The LMS plan approval extends to the following participating jurisdictions that provided a copy of their resolutions adopting the Citrus County, FL LMS plan:

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