Citrus County provides EMS Transition FAQ’s

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Sept. 14 affirmed 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 (NCEMS) and transition these responsibilities to Citrus County Fire Rescue (CCFR).

To assist the public in understanding this transition, the County has prepared this list of frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) related to the process:

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Citrus County wins EPA water conservation award

Youth sporting a water-drop-shaped Mardi Gras mask to celebrate Water Sense Fix a Leak Week at the March 2020 Shrimpapalooza festival.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County with a third WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award for its dedication to helping consumers save water and promoting WaterSense and water efficiency throughout 2020.

The award was announced during the WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, along with 33 other utilities, manufacturers, builders, retailers, and other organizations that partner with WaterSense to promote water-efficient products, homes, and programs.

WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by EPA, is both a label for water-efficient products and homes and a resource for helping consumers learn ways to save water. Since the program started in 2006, WaterSense labeled products have helped consumers and businesses save 5.3 trillion gallons of water—enough water to supply all households in the United States with water for 200 days! In addition to water savings, WaterSense has helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 603 billion kilowatt hours and save $108 billion in water and energy bills.

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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

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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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Water District prohibits campfires at campgrounds

Due to extremely dry weather conditions and high wildfire danger, the Southwest Florida Water Management District is prohibiting campfires on all District campgrounds until further notice.

The National Weather Service and the Florida Forest Service (FFS) indicate the Forecast Fire Danger Indices are in the high to very high category throughout the District’s 16-county service area.

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