Be BearWise this fall; secure garbage, foods

Summer is coming to an end and bear activity is starting to increase. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds you to help protect both people and bears by securing garbage and other items that might attract these animals to your yard or neighborhood.

In the fall, Florida black bears begin preparing for the winter by consuming extra calories to pack on fat.

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DeSantis moves Florida to Covid-19 Phase 3 economy

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244, moving all of Florida’s 67 counties into Phase 3.

Executive Order 20-244 does the following:
Removes state-level restrictions on businesses, such as restaurants.

Provides that no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or operating a business, giving Floridians and business owners needed certainty and the ability to provide for themselves and their families.

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Citrus County Land Development Commission to hold Cardinal Street meeting

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners proposes to adopt:  A new Future Land Use Map category in relation to the Suncoast Parkway Interchange Management Area at W. Cardinal Street, along with supporting Text, Goals, Objectives and Policies.

Interested parties may appear at the meetings and be heard regarding the following proposed amendment(s) to the Citrus County Comprehensive Plan, the Citrus County Future Land Use Map, the Citrus County Land Development Code, and/or the Citrus County Land Use Atlas Map:

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Assistance with utility bill payments available

Citrus County Housing Services continues to assist low-income residents with their utility bill payments,

Through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families with home heating and cooling costs.

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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

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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