FWC approves rule changes to help protect Florida from 16 high-risk invasive reptiles

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission logoAt its February 2021 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved staff recommendations to create new rules to address the importation, breeding and possession of high-risk invasive reptiles.

The approved rule changes to Chapter 68-5, F.A.C. specifically address Burmese pythons, Argentine black and white tegus, green iguanas and 13 other high-risk nonnative snakes and lizards that pose a threat to Florida’s ecology, economy, and human health and safety.

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Withlacoochee State Trail segment closed for construction

Inverness — A half-mile portion of the Withlacoochee State Trail is closed to all trail users.

This closure is expected to last for approximately three to six weeks.

The closure begins at East David Street and continues north for approximately one half mile. The public will be restricted from entering the closed area from either end 24-hours per day during the closure period.

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X-Ray vision achieved by Citrus County Animal Services

Dr. Mielo and staff prepare shelter dog for a diagnostic X-Ray. (Courtesy photo on December 23, 2020)

Citrus County Animal Services (CCAS) Care Center now has X-Ray vision! Thanks to fundraising efforts by our community partner Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP).

The new state-of-the-art digital X-Ray machine and table are an amazing addition to the care provided to animals at the Care Center.  The day of installation staff was able to treat four animals without offsite visits.

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Scoreboards added at two Citrus County parks

Citrus County Parks and Recreation has installed eleven new scoreboards at ball fields in Central Ridge District Park (Holder) and Bicentennial Park (Crystal River).

The project was funded from the Capital Improvements Fund (CIP) and had a budget of $65,000; total expense was $44,282.44 for a savings of $20,717.56.

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