Travelers vote Manatee Swim Tour among world’s ‘Top Bucket List’ experiences

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2022) – Tripadvisor®, the world’s largest travel guidance platform, announced the winners of its coveted Travelers’ Choice® Best of the Best Things to Do Awards earlier this summer, with the Explorida Manatee Swim Tour in Crystal River, Florida, voted the No. 10 Top Bucket List Experience in the world. The only U.S.-based experience to make...

Water District to hold public workshop on ranking water bodies

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is seeking public input to determine the priority of minimum flows and levels (MFLs) establishment for lakes, wetlands, rivers, streams and aquifers in the District, as well as the establishment of water reservations. Legislation requires the District to review and, if necessary, revise this schedule each year. The District will hold a virtual...

Op-Ed: Florida primary races to watch

By Todd Carney | RealClearWire Courtesy of The Center Square The results of the Florida primaries, which will take place on Aug. 23, will likely have a major impact on the midterms and on the political landscape. Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis will likely win reelection in November, but Democrats are seriously contesting the governorship. Democrats’ two major candidates are...

Avery Named Citrus Sertoma 2022 Golf 4 Kids Tournament Chair

Citrus Sertoman Mark Avery has been named Tournament Chair for the November 20, 2022 “Golf 4 Kids” Tournament at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, the Oaks Course. Mark has been with Citrus Sertoma for the past nineteen years and during his tenure has served as club president for five terms, sergeant at arms for five terms, chairman of the...

Ozello fishing pier closed; repairs pending

Due to safety concerns, Ozello Fishing Pier (located at 2489 S John Brown Dr, Crystal River, FL) is closed until further notice, pending repair. Citrus County Grounds Maintenance is working diligently to begin the process of reconstruction; however, the facility will need to be closed until necessary actions can be taken. The Eden Fishing Pier in Inverness remains closed for...

Senate reaches deal on bill for veterans with toxic exposure illnesses

Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement to pass legislation expanding benefits for veterans who are suffering illnesses due to toxic exposures, with a vote on the measure expected Tuesday evening. “We expect to have an agreement on the PACT Act with amendments,” Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. “I believe it will pass and pass this evening. So, that’s...

DeSantis: Biden ‘gaslighting’ Americans about recession

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – President Joe Biden and mainstream media are “gaslighting” the American people about the recession, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says. After the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Thursday reported a second quarter of negative GDP growth, signaling the U.S. is in a recession, Biden denied the U.S. is in...

Ford may let go 1/4 of salaried Michigan employees to pay for EV transition

(The Center Square) – Less than two months after announcing it would apply $134 million of taxpayer dollars for retooling two Michigan plants, news reports this week surfaced that revealed Ford Motor Company would lay off approximately 8,000 salary workers. According to Bloomburg reporting, the job cuts are part of the automaker’s effort to liberate $3 billion of corporate operational costs from the its...

Nearly 100 impaired vessel operators removed from Florida waterways during Operation Dry Water

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers had one main goal in mind for the July Fourth holiday weekend: to keep boaters safe. The Independence Day weekend is one of the busiest boating holidays of the year and FWC officers, with the partnership of many other law enforcement agencies, were on the lookout for impaired boaters throughout the “Boating...

New civics initiative launches in Florida targeting potential minority voters

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – A new civics initiative launched Thursday in Miami-Dade County in Florida targeting potential minority voters. The Republican National Committee launched the initiative at its Hispanic Community Center in Doral, Florida, Thursday. It’s designed to help future voters learn more about American history and help lawful permanent residents (LPRs),...