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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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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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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,...

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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...

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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...

Martha Hirth, Key Training Center (KTC) Resident Manager
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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...