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County storm shelters remain open

A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for identified affected areas within Citrus County until further notice. The order applies to 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. All other areas are advised to voluntary evacuate, especially those citizens...


All district-managed campgrounds, properties to close Sept. 27 at noon

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will close all District-managed campgrounds and properties to include trails and day use areas throughout its 16-county region Tuesday, Sept. 27, at noon in anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Ian. For the most updated information, please visit the District’s website at As a reminder, you can follow...


Museum slates fun for children during October

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in Inverness presents free events for children on the first and third Saturdays of each month. On Saturday, October 1, 2022, guests from Citrus County Extension Services will co-host the program, “Fun with Fruit.” Children will learn about the significance and history of citrus and other fruit in Citrus County,...


Citrus County commission issues state of emergency

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has issued a local state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Ian. No closures have been announced at this time. The regular BOCC meeting and final budget hearing will be held as scheduled on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Two self-serve sandbag sites are currently open: Bicentennial Park,...


UPDATED: Citrus County opens sandbag sites

In preparation for Hurricane Ian, two self-serve sandbag sites will open at 12:00pm (noon) on Monday, September 26, 2022: Bicentennial Park, 501 N Baseball Point, Crystal River Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave, Floral City Self-serve sites are open 24 hours but are not monitored overnight for availability of supplies. Sand and sandbags will be...


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...