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  • Levy County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, July 3



    July 3, 2012

    Call to Order


    Pledge to Flag

    9:00 a.m. -Public Hearing

    Rob Corbitt, Development Director

    Petition Ha.Va. 5-12 Marvin and Sharon Detweiler petitioning the Board for a Hardship Variance to allow a third dwelling in order to care for their daughter.

  • Suwannee River boat ramps close at 5 p.m. Saturday

     The Levy County Suwannee River boat ramps located at Clay Landing, Camp Azalea and Fowlers Bluff will be closing at 5 p.m. on Saturday June 30. Rising floodwaters are expected to be impacting our local river communities and boaters are asked to keep their speeds slow to reduce the impact on homes.

    Boaters should expect to see an increased patrol by FWC during the weekend holiday. Recreational boater as asked to exercise increased caution while traveling the waterways this holiday weekend and into next week due to the above normal waters and floating debris.

  • Bay scallop season extended by 2 weeks

    After determining that two years of season extensions did not significantly impact the bay scallop population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decided June 28 to permanently extend the recreational season by adding two weeks to the end.
    The decision was made at the Commission meeting in Palm Beach Gardens. Commissioners also directed staff to look into the possibility of a future commercial harvest of bay scallops. The commercial harvest of bay scallops has been closed in Florida state waters since 1994.

  • Flood waters can displace wildlife

    The rising water levels caused by Tropical Storm Debby are forcing many critters to find higher ground. Snakes, alligators and fire ants top the list of displaced wildlife.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cautions the public that snakes can be on the move as they flee flooded areas.
    “When you are out in your yard, especially if you have standing water, be focused on your surroundings and be on the lookout for snakes,” said Eric Dennis, FWC biologist.

  • Warning issued on fireworks

    Tallahassee — Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam today called for Floridians to use fireworks safely and responsibly while celebrating Independence Day.
     “Every year, Americans celebrate the independence of our nation and the sacrifices of those who fight to keep us free,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Fireworks are an integral and historical part of those celebrations; however, fire safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

  • Chiefland, Bronson FFA members tops in state

    Kinsey Denee Ward of Chiefland won the STAR Discovery Award and J.R. Trimm Jr. of Bronson win the STAR Greenhand award at the state FFA 84th annual convention onThursday in Orlando.

    Ward and Quin Johnson, both members in Chiefland Junior FFA this year, were finalists for the award.

  • Flooding closes water district lands

    LIVE OAK — Due to flooding or other unsafe conditions the following Suwannee River Water Management District lands are closed to vehicle traffic until further notice. In addition, the District strongly discourages the public from accessing these properties by foot, bike or horseback until they are officially reopened.
    Hamilton County tracts – Roline, Cypress Creek South, Hunter Creek, Belmont, Big Shoals, White Springs, Swift Creek, Jerry Branch, Camp Branch, Holton Creek

  • Victims in murder/suicide identified

    Two people who died in an apparent murder/suicide Tuesday afternoon on Northwest 168th Lane in Fanning Springs have been identified by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Boat ramps open, high water coming

    From the Levy County Sheriff's Office:
    NWS Tallahassee has advised that local flood warnings are still in effect for the Suwannee River basin. Sheriff Johnny Smith has decided to re-open all launch sites in the county. Should that prediction of rising water begin to cause problems on the Suwannee River, it could prompt a second closure. The situation will be closely monitored daily and advance warning of any impending boat ramp closures will be announced.

  • Job Fair rescheduled for July 19

    Workforce Connection’s Job Fair which was postponed due to the threat of Tropical Storm Debby has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 19.
    The job fair is open at no charge to anyone looking for work in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. It will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center, 3001 S.W. College Road in Ocala.