COVID-19 business survey results released

OCALA, Fla. (May 18, 2020) — The College of Central Florida, the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership and the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau have released the findings of a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local economy.

The COVID-19 Business Impact Survey was distributed by the CEP from April 13-23. The survey was designed to allow business executives to voice their concerns about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on their business.

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Old Courthouse Heritage Museum reopens

Citrus County is pleased to announce the reopening of the Historic Citrus County Courthouse, the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, and the Citrus County Archives at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, by appointment.

The museum will be scheduling tours at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00, Monday – Friday, with special senior tours at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Family tours will be 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. There will be signage throughout the Museum encouraging social distancing, and CDC recommendations.

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USDA wants more stuff in your fuel

Washington, D.C., May 15, 2020 – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched an online portal to begin accepting applications for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grants.

USDA plans to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the sale and availability of ethanol and biodiesel fuels.

“As the coronavirus response continues, America’s energy independence has proven critical to our economic security now more than ever,” Deputy Secretary Censky said.

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Fort Island Gulf Beach continues to test safe

Fort Island Gulf Beach waters continue to test safe for recreational activities.

Weekly water quality samples were taken Monday, May 11, by the Florida Department of Environmental Health to monitor any changes that would impact the health and safety of beachgoers.

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Citrus County Transit expands door-to-door service

Citrus County Transit is offering citizens expanded door-to-door transportation from 6:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, with fares waived during the county state of emergency.

Trips are available for work, shopping, doctor’s appointments, and other essential needs.

Door-to-door service is offered at this time for the general public, as well as residents with mobility needs.

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Crystal River human remains identified

The skeletal human remains recovered on April 26, 2020 by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, have been identified as 42-year-old, Marion County resident, Kevin Buonocore. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma, and the cause of death is undetermined.

Buonocore’s last known contact was in 2017, and he was not reported as missing to law enforcement.

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