CFWI draft 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan available for review, comment

The Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Draft 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) is now available on the CFWI website for review and comment by stakeholders and the public.

The plan identifies existing and projected water needs as well as projects and funding sources to meet those needs in the CFWI Planning Area over the next 20 years.

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Bicentennial Pool, Fort Island Gulf and Hernando beaches closed until further notice – boat ramp remains open

File photo of Fort Idsland Gulf Beach being renovated in 2015 (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald)

Due to the COVID-19 virus, in an abundance of caution, Citrus County Parks and Recreation has announced Bicentennial Pool, Fort Island Gulf and Hernando Beaches will be closed until further notice.

The Fort Island Gulf and Hernando Beach Boat Ramp will remain open to the public.  Signage will be posted at all locations and all restrooms are locked.

For more about Parks and Recreation information, phone 352-527-7540.

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Citrus County Transit Service available in response to COVID-19

Citrus County Transit paratransit service is available to accommodate grocery shopping, medical prescription access, and medical appointment needs for seniors, as well as the general public.

The goal will be same-day or next-day service to meet the needs of the community.  Social distancing will be practiced on all transit vehicles.

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Trump announces U.S., Canada closing border to ‘non-essential traffic’ amid coronavirus fears

President Trump on Wednesday announced that the U.S. and Canada are temporarily closing their shared border to non-essential traffic as part of the effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic,” Trump tweeted. “Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!”

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Water, sewer services to continue operations

BOCC SealThe Citrus County Department of Water Resources is taking steps to ensure its water and sewer systems will remain in service and unaffected throughout the COVID-19 situation.

However, in order to limit face-to-face contact and safeguard customers and employees, non-essential preventive maintenance and customer service calls will be limited until such time as normal operations can resume.

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District to close all campgrounds to reduce spread of COVID-19

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will close all campgrounds throughout its 16-county region to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m., all District campgrounds and campsites will be closed for 30 days. Recreational day use activities will still be allowed at this time.

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Citrus County Commission declares local state of emergency

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on March 16 declared a Local State of Emergency during a special, emergency session, due to the worldwide pandemic COVID-19 virus threat to public health locally.

Citizens are asked to implement basic precautions of infection control and prevention: social distancing and staying at home when ill while practicing respiratory and hand hygiene.

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Food Recalls: Produce

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. Announces Voluntary Limited Recall of H-E-B-branded Tuscan Herb Salad Kit

This recall is due to possible undeclared allergens (peanut, wheat, soy and tree nuts) in H-E-B-branded Tuscan Herb Salad Kit, which was manufactured by Dole for H-E-B. The incorrect masterpack (kit with dressing and other toppings) was unintentionally used during the production of the salad.

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First Time Homebuyer’s Class offered in April

Looking to purchase your first home?  Join UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County for the First Time Homebuyer’s class.

WHO:  Anyone looking to purchase a home and has not owned a home for 3 years or more.

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