10 Jan Citrus County Florida – The Place to Be
Citrus County: Gateway to Florida’s Nature Coast .
Thinking about a move the Citrus County Florida? Within you will find many reasons why Citrus County is “The place to be”.
Citrus County is located in the heart of Florida, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on the west and the Withlacoochee River on the east. Situated 90 miles northwest of Orlando and 75 miles north of Tampa and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Citrus County provides a wonderful haven for those in search of a peaceful getaway or for those searching for adventure in Florida’s Nature Coast.
Citrus County is famous for being home to the endangered West Indian Manatee. Our area has seven rivers, some of which are spring-fed, which ultimately drain into the Gulf of Mexico. Cool spring water provides a seemingly endless supply of fresh water from the Crystal River, Homosassa River, Chassahowitzka River, and their tributaries.
There are literally hundreds of fresh water springs which maintain a year-round fresh water temperature of 72 degrees. The 30 largest springs along, pump 600 million gallons of water daily. Attracted to these warm waters, the West Indian Manatees make their home here in winter.
Citrus County is widely considered as one of the Fishing Capitols of the world. (Insert link). Aptly named “The Nature Coast,” this area of Florida is teeming with flora and fauna. The Nature Coast has that special mixture of environmental ingredients which form the ideal foundations for an abundance of wildlife. The crystal clear waters offer speckled trout, redfish, Spanish mackerel, snook, cobia, tarpon and a multitude of other species.
We all enjoy a fun day fishing and there is probably nothing as exciting as catching a tarpon on light tackle. Tarpon is king during the months of May and June as fly anglers from all over the world come with hopes of being crowned the new world record holder. The current international fly tackle records for tarpon for the 12 Lb, 16 lb and 20 lb class tippet were all caught off the Homosassa River .
Contributing to the high quality of life experienced by residents of Citrus County is a top rated school system. You can visit the school system website here.
However, great schools are not enough. You also need good neighborhoods, and we have plenty. Along the western side of the county, nestled in the midst of live oaks, high ground coastal hammock and pine forest you will find the communities of Crystal River, Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Chassahowtizka and Sugar Mill Woods.
The central ridge of our county is the sand hill region and you will find abundance long leaf pine and turkey oak here. The communities of Pine Ridge, Black Diamond Ranch, Citrus Hills, Terra Vista and Citrus Springs. You will find many beautiful Golf Courses in this area. With more than a dozen public or semi-public golf courses, and private golf courses, there are many places for beginners and for the most advanced golfers. From the center of the county you will find Great Golf in every direction.
Along the eastern side of the county are the 13 mile Tsala Apopka chain of lakes and the Withlacoochee River which have some of the very best largemouth bass fishing you’ll find anywhere. Here nestled in the hardwood and cypress forests along the river and lakes and the upland pine forest, you will find the communities of Hernando, Inverness and Floral City. The Withlacoochee State Trail offers a 46-mile section of railroad track that has been paved for use by visitors on bicycles or foot. The even topography and natural surroundings make it particularly well-liked among cyclists.
Citrus County is a magnet for the outdoors man. More than one-third of the 400,000 plus acres in Citrus County are publicly owned and managed by the various federal, state, county or municipal government agencies, and nearly all of the land is vacant and used as parks or recreation area. An extensive park system provides a large variety of activities for all ages. There are literally more than 50 local and state parks in this area of Florida’s Nature Coast with everything from fresh and saltwater fishing, hiking, biking on the Rails to Trails, horseback riding in the Withlacoochee State Forest and bird watching to perhaps to catch a glimpse of any multitude of the species who also call Citrus County home.
A growing business community is the direct result of the business climate as well as the quality of life available, which makes Citrus County one of the most desirable business community areas in Florida.
Our Sheriff’s department has one of the lowest crime rates in the state. To assist relocating or starting a new business there are many partnerships available to help including the Economic Development Council , Workforce Connection , SCORE of Citrus , College of Central Florida , and the Small Business Development Center. Major employers are the Construction and Real Estate industries, School Board, Citrus Memorial and Severn Rivers Hospitals, a large medical community, Progress Energy complex and a large service industry sector.
And let’s talk about dining in Citrus County! Dress up for a fine dinner at one of our many exquisite establishments or just throw on a pair of shorts and tee shirt and hang out at one of the waterfront Bar and Grills. We have it all. From fresh seafood to steaks, you name it, there’s a multitude of local restaurants spread across the county serving food with flair.
Annual traditions included an array of community events such as the Homosassa Springs Seafood Festival, Stone Crab Jam, Manatee Festival, Uncle Sam Scallop, The Great American Cooter Fest, Festival of the Arts, and the Floral City Strawberry Festival. These signature events allow thousands of visitors each year to catch a glimpse into the real Florida and the culture of Citrus County.
For those of you who have time on your hands and want to give something back there are many areas for volunteerism. The Nature Coast Volunteer Center recruits volunteers on behalf of over 100 organizations throughout Citrus County. Volunteers are “matched” with sites based on their interests and skills. And finally, if I can interest you in a civic group check out the six Citrus Rotary Clubs here.
I have dealt with with a very small part of what Citrus County has to offer. I invite you to visit Citrus County and see for yourself.
Edward Russell Johnston