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It’s time to collect Civic Association dues again. We’re keeping the price at $15 per household because we saved money by emailing the majority of the POSTs. What used to cost $80 plus postage is now less than $35 which includes the postage. Please help us save additional money and allow us to send your POST via email. If, however, you do want a hard-copy mailed to you, mark the box at the bottom of the renewal application on page 4.
Our December Meeting featured the return of the Nature Coast Young Marines. While the majority of the unit was starting their Christmas party, four of them opted to present the colors for us to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, then retreated the colors. They then told us a little about themselves and how much they’ve appreciated the opportunities they’ve been afforded as Young Marines.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office sent Capt John Novy to represent Sheriff Prendergast. Capt Novy comes from a family of policemen. He’s enjoyed his career, particularly the opportunity to participate in “Shop with a Cop” and “Silver Santa” where Law Enforcement Officers are paired with kids from toddlers to teens to help them shop for friends, family, or themselves. The Sheriff’s Office also supports Toys for Tots with drop boxes at their offices in Lecanto, Crystal River, and Inverness.
In 2020 the CCSO made 4,365 arrests and 27,545 traffic stops in the county. They received over 200,000 calls for service. In 2021 The Sheriff’s Office has increased patrolling on the water. During the 2021 scallop season they issued over 2000 water violations, 97% of which were to out of town boaters.
Citrus County has 6 new traffic cops and in Pine Ridge alone, there were 211 traffic stops, 31 citations, and 97 written warnings.
Pine Ridge Crime Statistics 2020 2021 Grand Theft 5 5 Vehicle Burglary 13 1 Residential Burglary 5 1 Commercial Burglary 4 0 Criminal Mischief 2 1
Did you know that solicitors are required to have a solicitation permit from Citrus County? For communities like Pine Ridge that ban solicitation, the county will not issue a permit. Therefore, if someone is soliciting in Pine Ridge they will not have a permit and you can let them know they’re violating Citrus County laws. Similarly, palmetto berry pickers are supposed to have a state issued permit, though few do.
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