Residents still urged to conserve water

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) water restrictions for Citrus County have returned to the twice per week schedule. 

Under the District’s year-round measures, even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday and odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday, before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

Water district tightens restrictions throughout 16-county region

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted today to increase water restrictions throughout the region.

The modified Phase III water shortage order affects counties throughout the District’s boundaries including Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter.

Water district declares water shortage in multiple counties


Water District buys portion of Rainbow River Ranch property

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board has approved a contract for the purchase of a significant portion of the eastern bank of the Rainbow River.

The parcel proposed for acquisition consists of nearly 115 acres, and includes nearly a half mile of river frontage.

The contract also contains provisions to protect an additional 620 feet of shoreline associated with existing private landholdings.

Water district approves proposed millage rate

The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) adopted a proposed FY2016-17 millage rate of 0.3317 mill, 4.9 percent lower than the current fiscal year.

For the owner of a $150,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption, the District tax would be $33 a year, or about $2.76 per month.

Armstrong appointed head of SWFWMD

Brian Armstrong, Executive Director, Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board appointed Brian Armstrong as executive director at today’s monthly Board meeting.

Robert Beltran, who announced his resignation earlier this month, will stay on temporarily to assist in the transition.

Beltran was appointed to serve as the District’s executive director in September 2013, and is returning to the private sector.


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