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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. 

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: 

All lanes now open on U.S. 19 in Homosassa

Sinkhole being repaired on U.S. 19 in Homosassa near West Green Acres Street  (September 29, 2017)

Homosassa Springs, FL (2:45 p.m.) -- With the left northbound lane just reopened, traffic has been restored to the normal configuration, and all lanes are now open in both directions of US 19 in Homosassa Springs.

Lane closures and traffic shifts had been in place since Tuesday afternoon, when a void was discovered under the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 near West Green Acres Street.

Repairs to fill the void were completed Friday morning, and road restoration was completed in the afternoon.

Inglis dam water causing turbulence

Inglis Dam spillway (CCSO photo on September 26, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported on Tuesday that water flowing from the Inglis Dam spillway is causing turbulence downstream on the Withlacoochee River.

Residents along the river below the dam who have boats tied to docks should check to ensure that their boats are secure.

The temporary closure of the Inglis Dam boat ramp by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection / Florida Park Service will remain in effect until the water turbulence subsides.

TOP VIDEO: Irma and Flooding

Hurricane Irma left two gifts for Citrus County as it passed into history.

The first gift was a combination of storm debris, roof damage, food spoilage and power failures.

The second gift is just now being "unwrapped" -- flooding along the Withlacoochee River.

Sheriff's Capt. Dave DeCarlo, Citrus County Emergency Operations Director, explains the status of the storm's newest effects to the Citrus County Commission (September 26, 2017)


Emergency Ops Director DeCarlo updates county on storm, flooding

Capt. Dave DeCarlo, Citrus County Emergency Operations DirectorCitrus County Emergency Operations Director Dave DeCarlo on Tuesday updated county commissioners on the effects of Hurricane Irma and the water levels of the Withlacoochee River in the Citrus County area.


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