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District’s Flying Eagle Nature Center Closed for Hog Hunts

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Flying Eagle Nature Center in Citrus County will be temporarily closed to the public for feral hog hunts January 14 through 16. Flying Eagle Nature Center is located at 12650 East Boy Scout Road in Inverness.

Only permitted hunters will be allowed on the property during these dates. All permits for these hunts have been sold. This activity is one of a series of feral hog hunts being held on District lands to control the damage being caused to the natural habitats.

The District only allows hogs to be controlled through hunts when the damage they cause exceeds unacceptable levels, and damage is occurring more frequently and with increasing severity.

Feral hogs live throughout Florida in various habitats, but prefer moist forests and swamps, as well as pine flatwoods. They are omnivorous and feed by rooting with their broad snouts, which can cause extensive damage to the natural habitats. In fact, they can leave an area looking like a plowed field.

Feral hogs are not native to Florida and are believed to have been introduced by explorer Hernando DeSoto as early as 1539. They can weigh more than 300 pounds and travel in herds of several females and their offspring. 

For more information, please call the District’s Land Management section at 1-800-423-1476 or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4466 or visit .

Applications for annual vacancy reimbursement for the Residential Solid Waste MSBU available

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

In accordance with Ordinance 97-02, Section 18, an owner of improved real property who can demonstrate that a dwelling unit thereon was unoccupied and vacant during the entire Assessment Period in which the Annual Disposal Assessment was imposed, may request reimbursement of the residential Solid Waste MSBU.

Applications are now available and can be submitted to the County before 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2020.  A determination will be based on evidence of a vacancy provided by the property owner, January 1, 2019 through and including December 31, 2019.

The following information must be given to be considered eligible for a vacancy reimbursement:

•             Applicant must be the owner of the property

•             Applicant shall complete the application in full

•             Applicant shall provide proof that the tax bill was paid in full prior to April 30th.

•             Applicant shall provide proof of non-occupancy in the form of minimal usage utility bills, January 1st through December 31st

•             Application must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 30th.

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. The property owner must be able to provide the Alternate Key (AK) number when completing the application and signature is required.

The application form is available at Citrus County Resources Center, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, and on the following website:

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:

Citrus County Land Section

Solid Waste MSBU

3600 West Sovereign Path Suite 205

Lecanto, FL 34461

For any questions, please call Citrus County Land Section at 352-527-5458.


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