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The purpose of this workshop is to update outdated rules and processes governing the use of District lands to create efficiencies.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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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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County commission slates annual planning retreat

BOCC SealThe Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Planning Retreat will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 8  at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W. Sovereign Path in Lecant.

There will be no “Open to the Public” during this event. Citizens are welcome to speak during the next scheduled BOCC meeting.

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Dunnellon man charged with discharging firearm from vehicle, aggravated assault

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said today that 19-year-old Othello Cleveland of Dunnellon was arrested for Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly weapon

On Sunday, the CCSO was dispatched to a business in the City of Inverness in reference to a possible shooting.

Upon arrival, deputies were told that during a verbal argument, Cleveland had allegedly displayed several firearms, and had allegedly forced a subject into his vehicle.

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