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CF invites students to a preview day

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2023) — The College of Central Florida invites anyone thinking about college to attend an upcoming Preview Day event: Ocala Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5-7 p.m.; Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus on Thursday, March 2, 10 a.m-1 p.m.; or Wilton Simpson Citrus Campus on Thursday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Preview...

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Spotted seatrout harvest closes in Western Panhandle on Feb. 1

Recreational harvest of spotted seatrout closes Feb. 1 in the Western Panhandle Management Region (Escambia County through the portions of Gulf County west of 85 degrees 13.76 minutes west longitude but NOT including Indian Pass or Indian Lagoon). Spotted seatrout harvest will reopen in the Western Panhandle Management Region March 1, 2023. Learn more about...

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Multi-year FWC investigation ‘Operation Viper’ leads to numerous charges for venomous and prohibited snake traffickers

On Jan. 12, 2023, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) filed charges against eight individuals, ranging from second degree misdemeanors to third-degree felonies related to the illegal trafficking of venomous and prohibited snakes. The FWC has been receiving intelligence reports and complaints indicating that a black market exists...

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DeSantis makes conservation a priority

During the past four years under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ leadership, Florida has remained one of the most sought-after destinations for world-class fishing, unique hunting opportunities and recreation. Gov. DeSantis’ focus on protecting our natural resources and his continued support, ensures that residents and visitors will benefit and enjoy our environmental resources for generations to come...

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New legislation for landlords takes effect Jan. 1, meant to keep tenants safer

By Andrew Powell | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Landlords in Florida will have a new set of rules to abide by come Jan. 1 when new legislation goes into effect. Senate Bill 898, also known as ‘Miya’s Law’, is named after Miya Marcano, a 19-year-old student who was killed in her...

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Harvest of red grouper, lane snapper reopens in Gulf state waters Jan. 1 

Harvest of red grouper and lane snapper will reopen in Gulf state waters on Jan. 1, 2023, after early season closures. The FWC is committed to collecting critical recreational harvest fishing data to inform management of popular reef fish, including red grouper. The State Reef Fish Survey provides the FWC with a clearer picture of...

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Affordable Housing Committee meets Jan. 18

The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) will meet on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 5:00pm. The meeting will be held in the café at the Citrus County Resource Center, located at 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, Florida. For more information, call the Citrus County Housing Division at (352) 527-7520.

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Hurricane Ian derelict vessel removal efforts continue

Almost 12 weeks after Hurricane Ian made landfall the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and partner agencies continue their efforts to remove vessels rendered derelict by the storm in Charlotte, Collier, Lee and Monroe counties. Imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has identified over 7,500 potentially displaced vessels. FWC officers have...

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DeSantis asks statewide grand jury to investigate COVID-19 vaccines

By Brett Rowland | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced new actions designed to hold the federal government and pharmaceutical companies accountable for decisions related to COVID-19 vaccines. DeSantis will establish the Public Health Integrity Committee, overseen by the state’s surgeon general, to assess federal public health recommendations and...

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Planning and Development Commission seeking applications for vacancies

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is seeking applications for the Planning and Development Commission (PDC). The Board is seeking two (2) regular position members for four-year terms beginning February 1, 2023 and ending on January 31, 2027. Eligible applicants shall be employed or retired from one of the following professions: architect: urban,...