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Region's jobless rate holds steady, Citrus at 4.9 %

OCALA, Fla. (NOV. 17, 2017) – The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region remained unchanged in October at 4.2 percent, but was 1.8 percentage points lower than the region’s rate of 6.0 percent a year ago.
 

Storm debris removal winding down in county

Debris removal in the County is quickly winding down. Please keep in mind there will be only one countywide debris collection.

County storm debris collection should be substantially complete by Thanksgiving. The County will continue to work with the contractor to clean up complaints and citizen concerns regarding incidental damage or missed piles. 

To facilitate the cleanup, we are asking all citizens to follow these guidelines:

- There will be ONE residential debris pick up, which will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

Firm awarded $134.6M Suncoast Parkway Construction Project

Suncoast Parkway signs

Lane Construction Corporation, a U.S. subsidiary of Salini Impregilo, has won the $134.6 million contract for highway construction to build a section of Suncoast Parkway 2, a new highway leading north of Tampa.

The project will involve the construction of 15 bridges as well as the road, drainage and associated work.

TOP VIDEO: Hurricane Irma Lessons

Citrus County Commissioner Ron E. Kitchen Jr., District 3

Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen Jr. on Tuesday told fellow commissioners about a Nov. 13 meeting of the Tampa Bay Regional Council to discuss lessons learned from Hurricane Irma.

Kitchen represents Citrus County on the council.

Out of those discussions, the council fomulated possible Legislative priorities to make the state more prepared for future hurricanes. Part of those discussions included hurricane evacuation routes and, Kitchen said, the Suncoast Parkway extension project through Citrus County was also discussed as being a priority.

Board to wait for lawsuit, Legislature to pass medical marijuana policy

The Citrus County Commission will wait until a lawsuit over medical marijuana winds its way through the courts, and for the state Legislature to make up its mind before the county passes an ordinance governing the dispensing of the substance.

The board had before it a draft ordinance that would spell out where medical marijuana dispensaries would be located in the county, among other restrictions.

BOCC supports female war memorial in Homosassa

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday gave its support for a proposed war memorial in honor of women who have served in the military.

The proposed memorial will be located in the area of the Old Homosassa War Memorial.

Mark Long, Old Homosassa Veterans Memorial Committee, said the new memorial will be paid for with private donations. And Bill Andrews, Treasurer for the organization, added that the land has been vacant for five years.

The county commission also:

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