County to resume fares for door-to-door services

Citrus County Transit (CCT) will reinstitute fares for demand response (door-to-door) service at pre-COVID rates as of Oct. 1.

Customers may be eligible for reduced fare under the Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Trust Fund. TD program applications are available on the CCT website.

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Community input forums kick off county’s strategic plan process

Citrus County government is about to embark on a process to partner with residents to develop a strategic plan for county operations.

Two community input forum events will be the start of this process. All residents of Citrus County are invited to attend and make their voices heard.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 from 9 a .m. to 1 p.m., Citrus County will be hosting the first Community Input Forum at the Citrus Springs Community Center, located at 1570 W Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs, FL 34434.

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County knits EMS into fire rescue division

BOCC SealThe Board of County Commissioners affirmed yesterday that providing timely, dependable and fiscally responsible Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was paramount to the citizens of Citrus County.

The Board, as a result, voted to end their partnership with Nature Coast EMS and transition these responsibilities to Citrus County Fire Rescue.

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Alexander Real Estate donates to Citrus County Animal Services

Animal shelter donation
Joe Alexander, Alexander Real Estate owner, presents check to CCFAP volunteers

In July, local business Alexander Real Estate announced that they would sponsor a number of adoption fees for animals housed at Citrus County Animal Services (CCAS).

Owner Joe Alexander presented the check to Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP) volunteers at a recent adoption event held at Rural King in Crystal River.

CCFAP has an established “Sponsor Me Home” program, which includes a fund where community members can pre-pay adoption fees for pets at CCAS. Alexander Real Estate’s donation will pay to sponsor the fees of 21 pets.

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Workforce expansion, summer slump create jobless rate hike

Ocala MSA leads state in fastest manufacturing job growth rate

OCALA, Fla. (July 16, 2021) –The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region rose nearly a percentage point in June to 6.4 percent – driven in part by the seasonal summer spike, but also perhaps an indication that more people are looking for work as federal pandemic payments end.

Across the three-county region, the labor force was 213,663, down 1,660 compared to May but up 15,745 over the year for an annual growth rate of 8.0 percent.

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Bay scallop season opens June 15 between the Fenholloway and Suwannee rivers

The 2021 recreational bay scallop season from the Fenholloway River through the Suwannee River opens June 15 and will remain open through Labor Day (Sept. 6, 2021).

This includes all state waters in Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County and includes the towns of Keaton Beach and Steinhatchee.

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