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BOCC proclaims October as Florida Native Plant Month in Citrus County 

The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with local representatives of the Florida Native Plant Society; Gail Taylor, President, Sue Wasserman, Meri Lott, Donna Suresch, Deb Daniels, Virginia Hall, Ruth Ditmar and Ben Berauer

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on Sept. 26, proclaiming October as Florida Native Plant Month in Citrus County.

The Florida Native Plant Society began in the summer of 1980 in Winter Park, Fla. by a group of scientists, educators and conservationists concerned about loss of Florida’s native plants and the introduction of non-native species overtaking natural areas.

Hurricane Irma Citrus County relief center open

Citrus County has opened the Hurricane Irma Citrus County Relief Center at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto, FL. 34461 with FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialists available to help people register for FEMA assistance.  

The Citrus County Relief Center will be open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, until further notice, including weekends. 

County health department moving to Lecanto

Florida Department of Health LogoFlorida Department of Health in Citrus County will be relocating its clinical services from Inverness to Lecanto beginning on Friday. 

Stone crab claw season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters.

To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all conservation-based management guidelines for stone crab harvest. 

Phoenix Rising YouthBuild rises again, receives $806K federal grant

Recruiting now under way for deserving young adults

Phoenix Rising logoOCALA, FLA. (Oct. 3, 2017) – After a three-year hiatus, the nationally-acclaimed Phoenix Rising YouthBuild program is once again recruiting deserving young adults for its next project in Marion County. 

Department of Health answers 'Fish Kill' questions

Fish kill on Turner Camp RoadIn the wake of recent Withlacoochee River flooding caused by Hurricane Irma, some areas in Citrus County have experienced an increase in incidents of “Fish Kills” and associated odors brought on by decomposing fish.

Here is some information on the recent fish kill: 

Fish Kill Causes: 


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