Water District to host virtual public workshop to update land use

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will hold a virtual public workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, to discuss updates to the District’s land use and management rules and processes.

The purpose of this workshop is to update outdated rules and processes governing the use of District lands to create efficiencies. One of the major changes includes an annual limit on the number of nights campers can reserve per year, which will provide more fair opportunities for all users.

Updating these rules and processes will also create greater consistency with other water management districts.

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Meadowcrest paving improvements scheduled

The Meadowcrest government building, 1540 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River parking area will be repaved in sections beginning Monday, December 7 (prep work Saturday, December 5) with the project scheduled for completion on Monday, December 14, weather permitting.

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Snook seasonal closure in Gulf starts Dec. 1

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission logoThe recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2021, reopening to harvest March 1, 2021.

Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season.

Snook remains catch-and-release only in state waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County (includes Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County) through May 31, 2021, in response to the impacts of red tide. Snook also has a regular season closure in the Gulf that runs May 1 through Aug. 31.

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Inverness daycare worker charged with child abuse

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said today that a 43-year-old daycare worker has been arrested and charged with child abuse.

Arrested on Nov. 18 was Amber Summers of Inverness, who is alleged to have been physically aggressive toward an autistic and non-verbal child on Nov. 16.

The CCSO was contacted on Nov. 16 and was told that the abuse had happened at a local daycare that provides services for children with special needs

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Labor Dept. recovers $13,781 in back wages for Fort Myers grocery store workers after overtime violations found

FORT MYERS, FL – S & O Groceries Inc. – operating as Bravo Supermarket in Fort Myers – has paid $13,781 in back wages to two employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The Department also assessed the grocery store a civil penalty of $806 for the repeat nature of the violations.

WHD investigators determined S & O Groceries Inc. paid two store clerks flat salaries, regardless of the number of hours they worked. This practice resulted in violations when those employees worked more than 40 hours in a workweek without the employer paying them overtime.

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Meals on Wheels program needs volunteer drivers

Citrus County’s Meals On Wheels Program joins the National Meals On Wheels Association of America with the goal that “no senior goes hungry”.

In order to ensure that we are able to provide meals for homebound seniors here in Citrus County, we need volunteers!

Do you have a few hours a week to give of your time?  If so, your local Meals On Wheels Program could use your help!  We deliver meals to seniors throughout Citrus County around the lunchtime hours, Monday through Friday.  We need volunteers who are willing to give approximately 2 hours of their time, one day a week, to deliver meals to seniors.

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