Citrus County Water Resources receives statewide award for best tasting water

Citrus County’s drinking water has officially been named “best of the best” in a statewide tasting competition. The “Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest” is held annually by the regions within the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA) and brings together other utilities to compete for the title. Samples are judged on taste, color, odor, and clarity. The...

Kiss-my-donkay

Following Hurricane Ian’s landfall, vessel owners were given a 45-day grace period to bring derelict vessels into compliance or remove them from state waters. The grace period ended on Nov. 15. The number of impacted vessels is significant and many residents are still assessing damages. Taking these factors into consideration, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has decided...

FWC’s Wildlife Alert now using Tip411 system for better communication

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Wildlife Alert System is now using a safe and effective new system for submitting anonymous tips. The public can contact FWC Law Enforcement by downloading an easy-to-use iPhone or Android app: “FWC Wildlife Alert.” The new Tip411 system will enable the public to anonymously communicate with members of FWC law enforcement via...

FWC Officer Specialist Nicole Basford named 2022 Operation Dry Water Officer of the Year

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has selected Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Specialist Nicole Basford as the 2022 Operation Dry Water Officer of the Year. Officer Specialist Basford currently serves in Bay County and is a 10-year veteran of conservation law enforcement. Her interest and capability for Boating Under the Influence enforcement began early...

Marion sheriff’s deputies find human remains inside burned car in Silver Springs

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is investigating the case of an “abandoned vehicle” in Silver Springs that was destroyed by fire and which also had human remains inside. On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at approximately 10 a.m., Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies responded to the 2000 block of NE 231st Ave. regarding a suspicious vehicle. When deputies arrived,...

Martha Hirth, Key Training Center (KTC) Resident Manager

State association recognizes Key Center staff

Martha Hirth, Key Training Center (KTC) Resident Manager, was recently recognized by the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and Florida Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (DSP) as one of the 30 DSPs across the State of Florida who is making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people they serve. DSPs are the backbone of KTC’s service system to...

DeSantis announces emergency road and bridge repairs to Pine Island completed ahead of schedule

Access Restored to Pine Island in less than three days TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis along with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary, Jared W. Perdue, announced the early completion of emergency road and bridge repairs for Pine Island. On Sunday, Governor DeSantis directed FDOT to work with Lee County to expedite work and complete repairs by...

Marion sheriff’s office seeking kidnapping suspect

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information from the public that can help to identify and locate a male suspect in an attempted kidnapping case. On Thursday, September 22, at around 9:30 a.m., MCSO deputies responded to a report of an attempted abduction. The juvenile victim told the deputies that a man tried to force her into his...

Citrus County Commission lifts evacuation order, closes shelters

The mandatory evacuation order for Evacuation Zone A, which includes all low-lying areas west of U.S. Highway 19 and some areas additional areas east of U.S. Highway 19, has been lifted as of 8:00am on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Public shelters will close at 11:00am. As we continue to feel the impact of Hurricane Ian, Citrus County may experience flooding,...

Hurricane Ian now tropical storm

Hurricane Ian has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Citrus County is no longer under a storm surge warning and the areal flood watch for the county has been canceled. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center is now downgrading to a partial activation, level 2 status. From the National Weather Service briefing at 7 a.m., Tropical Storm Ian...