Time to end state of emergency in county

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, District 3

State of Emergencies are for emergencies, not convenience.

Recently President Trump made a passing statement about the possibility of using disinfectants and his comments sounded like he suggested that we ingest them.

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Water district declares Phase I water shortage in Central, Southern regions

SFWMD Water District LogoThe Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted today to declare a Phase I Water Shortage for the District’s central and southern regions, which include Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

The primary purpose for a Phase I water shortage is to alert the public that watering restrictions could be forthcoming.

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County staff, volunteers rally to deliver 400 meals

Kathy Turner, Historic Resources Management, gets a load of food (April 14, 2020)

With the onset of the COVID-19 and Governor Ron DeSantis “Safer at Home” executive order, and a local focus on protecting at-risk senior population, the Citrus County Meals on Wheels program has kicked into high gear when the need for additional meals became apparent due in part to the temporary closing of the senior dining sites.

With increased demand during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the county added an additional vendor to help provide for the increase in meals.

The normal delivery of meals occurs on Mondays and the new additional vendor would arrive Tuesday, April 14, which gave Meals on Wheels staff less than 24 hours to round up the additional staff from other departments and community volunteers needed.

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Satellite recycling drop-off locations to close and consolidate at Central Landfill

Citrus County is removing the recycling containers from all Single Stream Recycling Drop-off sites located within the county.

This is effective immediately, following a Board of County Commissioners directive at their regular meeting Monday, April 13, 2020.

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Weekiwachee Preserve closed until further notice

SFWMD Water District LogoThe Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will be closing the WeekiWachee Preserve, located in coastal Hernando County, effective Thursday, April 2 for all uses until further notice.

The District took steps to remind recreational users to follow the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis and to uphold the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to practice social distancing by avoiding gatherings larger than 10 people and distancing themselves a minimum of six feet from others.

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