Builders’ 26th Annual Fishing tourney on deck

Citrus County Builders Association

CITRUS COUNTY – The 26th Annual CCBA Fishing Tournament, presented by Apopka Marine, will be held on April 24 & 25, 2021 at MacRae’s of Homosassa.

Entries are now at the Regular Entry Fee rate of $160 per boat and CCBA Members can register for $145 per boat through April 22, 2021. This tournament will cap at 200 boats.

This tournament has raised more than $32,000 for the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart to date. CCBA’s tournament offers over $15,000 in cash and prizes based on 150 paid boat entries.

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Youth conservation group celebrates 10 years with online giveaways and events to encourage getting kids outside

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN) will celebrate its 10th birthday this December and January with a social media campaign featuring contests and giveaways, a new partner rewards program, donor recognition and a virtual crowd-sourced fundraising event.

The celebration will also feature the voices of former campers who benefited from participating in one of FYCCN’s programs.

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Pet food donations aid pets of county’s seniors

The cat’s name is “Thumbs,” who made a decision to no longer be feral (true story). (Photo: Robby Douglas)

Each month, the Citrus County PetMeals Program provides food to the companion pets of senior homebound clients who receive Meals on Wheels.

We are in great need of unopened bags of cat and dog food at this time.

The PetMeals program began when a very thin man receiving Meals on Wheels was only taking small bites of his food and then placing his food tray on the floor for a very overweight Chihuahua to finish the meal.  When asked why he was doing this, he stated he did not have the money to buy dog food any longer and that he would rather go hungry than not feed his beloved pet.

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Resurfacing, ‘lane diet’ in Citrus Springs creates new bike/pedestrian lane

FROM LEFT: Curt Reed and fellow cyclist Bob Feldberg ride the new bike lane on Citrus Springs Boulevard. (Photo courtesy: Cyntihia Oswald, BOCC Public Information Officer)

Construction was recently completed for the County resurfacing project on Citrus Springs Blvd from US41 to Withlacoochee Trail (C39), 1.4 miles.

The project was jointly funded by Citrus County and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Small County Outreach Program (SCOP).

The bid amount for the project was $970,546 and the project was completed on time and within the allocated budget.

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Citrus County votes in Aug. 18 primary

Citrus County voters on Tuesday filled in their ballots to let their choices be known for several political positions.

Winners include Sheriff Mike Prendergast, who defeated three challengers in the primary. He will now face Lee Alexander in November. Alexander is a former police chief in Inverness.

Creg Dalton gathered the most votes in the Property Appraiser race. Sandra “Sam” Himmel won her fifth term as Superintendent of Schools. Maureen “Mo” Baird bested opponent Scott Adams for the Supervisor of Elections post.  Winning the District 3 seat for county commission was Ruthie Davis Schlabach . And winning county commission for District 5 was Holly Davis.

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Recreational Red Snapper Season starts June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters

The recreational Red Snapper Season will start June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and remain open through July 25, closing July 26.

“I’m excited to announce the beginning of Florida’s recreational Red Snapper Season in state and federal Gulf waters beginning Thursday, June 11,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

“Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World and we are proud to welcome Floridians and visitors to participate in Red Snapper Season as our state moves forward with the safe re-opening of our economy.”

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