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Open house to help develop county flood insurance maps

Open house to help develop county flood insurance maps

Citrus County, FL -- The Southwest Florida Water Management District is gathering input needed to improve identification of flooding risks in the Tsala Apopka watershed.

The District in cooperation with Citrus County is serving as a cooperative technical partner for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on its national effort to update and modernize the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

Most of the current FIRMs are 10 to 30 years old and are outdated because of natural and physical changes caused by land use, development and erosion.

The District is holding an open house in Citrus County to present preliminary floodplain information and explain the basis behind the findings.

County invites citizens to join development code rewrite review

County invites citizens to join development code rewrite review

Citrus County, FL -- County Planning officials are inviting the public to review and comment on the rewriting of the county's Land Development Code (LDC), the book of rules that govern development in the county.

When Development Services Department Director Vince Cautero took over the department late last year, County Commission Chairman Dennis Damato and County Administrator charged him with rewriting the code.

Rewritten portions are now beginning their public review, and Cautero is inviting interested citizens to take part.

So far, almost half the rewriting has been done, and Cautero's goal is to have the rewriting done and the new code in place by the New Year.

Nuclear plant repairs will cost billions

Nuclear plant repairs will cost billions

CRYSTAL RIVER, Florida (AP) - Progress Energy ratepayers could be on the hook for as much as $560 million to fix a containment wall gap at its Crystal River nuclear plant.

That's just what insurance won't cover. The electric utility's plan for repairs at the plant could cost upward of $2 billion.

See Also: Residents sound off on Crystal River Plant

Progress Energy outlined the repair plans earlier this week. The state Public Service Commission is scheduled to review the proposal at its meeting July 14.

Non-profit files suit against new Governor Scott law

Non-profit files suit against new Governor Scott law

Citrus County, FL -- Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, Inc. believes the citizens of Citrus County deserve better and intends to fight for it.

The not-for-profit organization that leases and operates Citrus Memorial Health System, filed suit against the State of Florida and the Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees today, challenging the constitutionality of a new law passed June 24 by Governor Rick Scott.

The suit asks a Circuit Court judge to issue an injunction preventing House Bill 1043 – which completely changes the governing structure of the hospital – from taking effect July 1.  According to the suit HB 1043 violates Article 1, Section 10 of the Florida Constitution, which forbids the Legislature from enacting laws that interfere with existing contracts.

HB 1043 amends the charter of the Citrus County Hospital Board.  It allows the Trustees to take complete control of the Foundation. The Foundation provides hospital operations and has a 43-year lease and hospital care agreement with the Board.

Governor Scott appoints 21 to Regional Planning Councils

Governor Scott appoints 21 to Regional Planning Councils

On Tuesday, June 21, Governor Rick Scott announced 19 reappointments and two appointments to eight regoinal planning councils throughout the state.

For the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, Region 5 area, Scott appointed/reappointed the following members:

  • Avis M. Craig, 60, of Crystal River, is the director of public affairs for the Citrus County Property Appraiser’s Office. She is reappointed for a term beginning June 21, 2011, and ending October 1, 2012.
  • Edward “Bill” Murray, 70, of Lecanto, is a member of the Citrus County School Board. He is reappointed for a term beginning June 21, 2011, and ending October 1, 2012.

Commissioners back Thorpe's decision

Commissioners back Thorpe's decision

Inverness, FL -- Despite the fact that Citrus County commissioners have no idea why County Administrator Brad Thorpe pushed his top assistant into retirement, they are backing him.

Deputy Administrator Eber Brown, who was hired in 2008, leaves behind a $106,000 a year job and neither Brown nor Thorpe are talking about the details of the decision.

Read the full article at Citrus County Chronicle Online.

Citizens Academy now open for enrollment

Citrus County, FL -- Want to know more about how your county works? Join the Citizens Academy for this fall session.

The academy is a free course designed to educate citizens about the departments that make up county commission government and implement the policies set by the commission.

It gives residents a hands-on, inside look at what, how and why the county's departments do what they do, from budget to parks and road maintenance to community services.