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Garbage rates rising $2 a month

The City Council approved on Monday a $2 a month increase in garbage rates for residential customers. The new sanitation charge will be $14.50. Some commercial accounts will see larger increases.City amends

growth plan

CRYSTAL RIVER _ The City Council adopted several amendments to its Comprehensive Plan on Monday, including one that incorporates changes demanded by 1000 Friends of Florida to offer more protection to the endangered manatee and the water quality of Kings Bay and the Crystal River.

County to hire

a grant finder

INVERNESS _ With no discussion Tuesday, the County Commission approved the creation of a new division that will be part of the Community Services Department. The Housing Services Division will have one staff member who will try to obtain grants for the county to finance housing assistance programs.

Volunteers needed for bay replanting

HERNANDO _ Save Kings Bay, a Crystal River environmental group, plans to collect aquatic grasses from the waters of Hernando Beach on Saturday for replanting in Kings Bay. The harvested eel grass first will be planted in buckets and covered with water. At a later date, the group plans to uproot hydrilla _ a non-native plant _ from Kings Bay and replace it with the eel grass. Volunteers are needed to collect the grass and to take it home in a bucket and raise it. The grass is in ankle-deep to 10-feet-deep water. Anyone who wants to help should arrive at 11 a.m. at Hernando Beach.