Bay scallop season to close Sept. 25 in several areas

Don't eat the shellsRecreational bay scallop season harvest will close Sept. 25 in Gulf County through northwest Taylor County, and in Levy through Hernando counties.

The last day harvest will be open is Sept. 24.

Once these areas close, scallop harvest will not reopen until the 2021 season, the dates of which are noted below.

For information on bay scallop regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Bay Scallops” under the “Crabs, Lobster and other Shellfish” tab.

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Governor signs Florida Veteran Suicide Prevention Month proclamation

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has lent his signature to the Florida Veteran Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation, highlighting the state’s involvement with the nation’s comprehensive suicide prevention effort known as PREVENTS.

On March 5, 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order 13861, The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS), with a call to action to highlight and accelerate progress in addressing veteran suicides.

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Help sea turtles survive: FWC has hatchling tips

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission logoSea turtle hatchlings are beginning to appear on beaches throughout the Sunshine State, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public to help ensure these tiny turtles reach the ocean by following a few simple guidelines.

During sea turtle nesting season (March 1 – Oct. 31), it is important to keep your distance from these protected marine reptiles and their nests. You should allow hatchlings to crawl toward the ocean on their own. Any interference or disturbance, including getting too close, can cause hatchlings to become confused and lose their way.

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CARES Act Round 2: Funding available for qualifying small businesses

BOCC SealTo stimulate the local economy, Governor Ron DeSantis has awarded Citrus County $6,528,498 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) funds.

The County has already awarded more than $2 million of these funds to date.

The Citrus County CARES Small Business Grant Program Round 2, approved by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Aug. 25 provided recovery grants to eligible small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID‐19 Pandemic.

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Deputies charge Crystal River man with child porn possession

Anthony Green of Crystal River. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on May 28, 2020)

After a lengthy investigation, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies on Thursday arrested 41-year-old Anthony Green of Crystal River on 11 counts of possession of child pornography.

Based on information received during the course of the investigation, a search warrant was executed on an “electronic device” owned by Green.

As a result of the search warrant, Detective Barry of the CCSO High Tech Crimes Unit was able to identify images depicting child pornography that had been downloaded and saved on the device.

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USDA to implement Trump’s executive order on meat, poultry processors

(Washington, D.C., April 28, 2020) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order to keep meat and poultry processing facilities open during the COVID-19 national emergency.

“I thank President Trump for signing this executive order and recognizing the importance of keeping our food supply chain safe, secure, and plentiful. Our nation’s meat and poultry processing facilities play an integral role in the continuity of our food supply chain,” said Secretary Perdue.

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Former Citrus High School substitute teacher sentenced

Angela Jean Stanton

On June 19, former CHS substitute teacher Angela Stanton was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Howard.

After hearing testimony from victims and the case detective, Judge “Ric” Howard sentenced Stanton to eight years in the Department Of Corrections, followed by one year of probation.

She will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

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County offices closed in observance of the July 4 holiday

BOCC SealCitrus County Government offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of July 4 Holiday.

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Citrus County Animal Services receives 2nd nat’l Maddie’s Fund® grant

Citrus County Animal Services has just received its second grant from Maddie’s Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.

The Maddie’s Fund® Challenge Completion Award for the Get ‘Em Home Challenge in the amount of $1,000. Maddie’s Fund® supports the lifesaving efforts made by staff and volunteers at the Animal Shelter.

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School Safety

The Citrus County Commission, Sheriff and School District have begun talks about how to fund state-mandated school safety officers

The Citrus County Commission, Sheriff and School District have begun talks about how to fund state-mandated school safety officers for every school, not only in the county, but statewide. It’s not going to be cheap for struggling counties (March 27, 2018)