Crews set to spruce up neighborhoods

ZEPHYRHILLS — The Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Area neighborhood cleanup program will hold its first one-day cleanup from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 25, according to CRA Director Gail Hamilton. The first cleanup will be in the areas between Sixth and 12th avenues and Seventh and 20th streets. Those participating in the cleanup campaign…

CRA approves Main Street funds

CRYSTAL RIVER — A project intended to revitalize Crystal River’s downtown is one step closer after city officials approved a three-year budgetary pledge on Monday. Members of the of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) — who also sit separately as the city council — approved $104,212 to be allocated the Florida Main Street Program…

Crystal River to vote on Main Street

CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River officials will vote this evening to invest in their downtown. Board members of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will vote on whether to budget $104,212 over the next three years to fund a nonprofit group consulted by the Florida Main Street program. Florida Main Street is part of the…

Editorial: Economic opportunities

By the numbers, Sarasota’s downtown redevelopment efforts are a huge success. Yet, as Vice Mayor Suzanne Atwell reminded her fellow commissioners last week, much work remains undone. From the Ringling shopping plaza, to judicial center expansion, to the bayfront, Newtown and the North Trail, hoped-for projects await funding, partnerships and the political will to move…

White Springs H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel) Summer Enrichment Program

Next Monday, June 15, the White Springs H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel) Summer Enrichment Program for youth begins its 6th year. The program is 6 weeks long, Monday–Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and FREE to community families. It is a partnership between Hamilton County School District, the Department of Health, Miles of Smiles Dental Bus, CareerSource North Florida,…

CTAA Call for Applications: Short-Term Technical Assistance in Rural/Small-Urban Transportation Planning & Public Involvement

Through an agreement with FHWA, the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is providing free, short-term technical assistance to transportation planners serving rural or smaller urban areas.  This assistance is focused on helping planners with their identified issues of stakeholder involvement in planning processes, whether in reaching out to low-income and minority communities as part of…

Community Policing Initiatives in High Springs

Community Policing Initiatives in High Springs are not limited to the “Citation for a Cookie” program. Other programs currently implemented include: Coffee with the Chief – is aimed at providing residents with an opportunity to personally meet Chief Anterio in a friendly, casual and informal setting such as a local restaurant, coffee shop or park. At “Coffee with…