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City of Dunnellon Press Release - For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Dawn M. Bowne, City Administrator

September 14, 2018

In an effort to improve customer service and expand the City’s operational hours for customers to have more flexibility in which to conduct business with the City, our hours of operation will change effective October 1, 2018. City Hall will be open to the public from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will be closed on Fridays. This provides the opportunity for many of our customers to have access to City staff prior to and after their own normal work hours. This will also provide contractors the added advantage to meet with our Community Development staff as they usually begin their day earlier than most. As always, an after hours contact number will still be available to the public for emergency needs related to our Public Works Department.

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Posted on the City's website:  9/14/2018

Munroe Regional Medical Center is Now Part of Florida Hospital, the West Florida Division of Adventi


Media Contact:
Richelle Hoenes-Ahearn
Director, Corporate Communications
Florida Hospital, West Florida Division
Cell (preferred): (941) 544-0961 | Desk: 813-803-4027

(August 1, 2018) OCALA - Adventist Health System, the parent company of Florida Hospital, today announced that it has finalized an agreement to officially acquire the 425-bed Munroe Regional Medical Center, Munroe Medical Group and its related outpatient locations, including the TimberRidge free-standing emergency department. It has also finalized the purchase of certain assets. Munroe Regional Medical Center will be renamed Florida Hospital Ocala and will join the West Florida Division as the second largest hospital in the division and the third largest in Adventist Health System. 

“Munroe Regional Medical Center is a pillar of its community with a legacy of delivering quality care and I am honored that it is now part of our organization,” said Terry Shaw, president/CEO for Adventist Health System. “We look forward to impacting and serving the community both inside and outside of the hospital walls with Christ-centered, whole-person care and delivering on our mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ to help residents live healthier lives.” 

The Florida Hospital network now includes 28 hospitals, 11 of which are in the West Florida Division. These include Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital Dade City, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Ocala, Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wauchula, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.
“This is a time of growth and expansion for the West Florida Division, and an opportunity to bring our brand of inspired, compassionate care to the Ocala community,” said Mike Schultz, president/CEO of the West Florida Division of Adventist Health System. “We are committed to delivering the best health care in an easy, accessible and affordable way.” 

The organization has named Joe Johnson as the hospital’s president/CEO effective immediately. Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry, most recently serving as the president and CEO for Florida Hospital Carrollwood. He has held numerous hospital executive and leadership roles including president/CEO for Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, vice president and chief operating officer for Florida Hospital Tampa, vice president for Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center and administrator of its campus in Lake Placid.
“It is an honor to lead Munroe Regional Medical Center in this transition to become Florida Hospital Ocala and a member of Adventist Health System,” said Johnson. “I am excited to be part of this community and to work with the hospital leadership, physicians, clinicians and team members to help deliver exceptional whole-person care and impact the overall health of the Ocala community.” 

Munroe Regional Medical Center is an acute care hospital, earning recognition from U.S. News & World Report in 2017 as one of the Best Regional Hospitals, while also earning its High Performing Hospitals distinction. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a certified Chest Pain Center with accreditations for atrial fibrillation and heart failure. 

About Adventist Health System 
With a sacred mission of extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, Adventist Health System (AHS) is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A Christian mission, shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities healthier unify the system's nearly 50 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout almost a dozen states. For more information about Adventist Health System, visit

About Florida Hospital, West Florida Division of Adventist Health System 
The West Florida Division of Adventist Health System is a 1,840 bed health care system comprised of 10 acute-care hospitals including Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital Dade City, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Ocala, Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wauchula, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, as well as three freestanding offsite emergency rooms including Florida Hospital TimberRidge ER, Florida Hospital Central Pasco ER and Florida Hospital Palm Harbor ER. Additionally, it has one post-acute care facility, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, over 50 multi-specialty Florida Hospital Physician Group practices, 15 Florida Hospital Express Care at Walgreens clinics and six Florida Hospital Centra Care urgent care centers. 

About Munroe Regional Medical Center (Renamed Florida Hospital Ocala) 
Florida Hospital Ocala is a 425-bed acute care hospital with an additional free-standing emergency room location at TimberRidge serving Ocala, Marion County and the surrounding 
area with 24/7 emergency care, cardiovascular, women’s services including labor and delivery, a Level II NICU, bariatric weight loss surgery and inpatient and outpatient therapy. Florida Hospital Ocala also features a certified Chest Pain Center with specific accreditations for atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   July 27, 2018                  

MEDIA CONTACT:  Dawn M. Bowne, City Administrator

Utility Department Operation and Maintenance Transition:

On July 23, 2018, the City Council approved an interlocal agreement with the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) to provide pre-acquisition utility management and operations for water and sewer services effective August 13th. On this date, all City of Dunnellon water and sewer employees will become employed by US Water Services. This will include the staff assistant at the City’s Public Services facility as 75% of his duties are related to the administrative operations of the City’s utility system.

As a result, effective Monday, August 13th the Public Works facility located at 11924 Bostick Street will no longer be open to the public for walk in services. Anyone needing to discuss a general service (roads/streets, sidewalks, cemetery, stray animal) provided by this department can visit or call City Hall at 20750 River Drive, 352-465-8500.

Anyone needing to discuss or report a concern with their utility bill or any utility related matter, including operations, can continue to call 352-465-8500, option 2. For any after-hours emergency, please continue to call 352-465-8590. Your call will be monitored by an after-hours service and routed appropriately.

These changes are the result of a sizeable downsizing in staff due to the pending sale of the utility and shift in management of fire services to Marion County.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   July 27, 2018                  

MEDIA CONTACT:  Dawn M. Bowne, City Administrator 


The City of Dunnellon is excited to report that on Wednesday, July 27th the City’s contractor, Marline Marine Construction, Inc., began construction on the new boardwalk at Chaplin A.  Dinkins, III Memorial Park (City Beach) located along the Rainbow River off of Palmetto Court. The park will continue to be closed through the completion of construction and during any post construction clean up and property improvements that may be necessary. It is anticipated the  park will reopen in September.

The park has been closed intermittently for approximately a year and half because of a sizeable deterioration of the beach area causing safety concerns. The City has utilized this time to design and approve new infrastructure to correct the deterioration issues and permit same through the State of Florida, which is a lengthy process. Additionally, remodeling of the restroom facility has been completed, meeting current ADA standards.

The  boardwalk  will provide  access to  the  Rainbow  River for swimming and at  the  west  
end,  provide a specific area for fishing that is safely away from the designated swimming area.

NEWS RELEASE - Financial Preparedness Important for Floridians

Hurricane season begins June 1

ORLANDO, Fla. – When disaster strikes, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for starting the process of recovery.

  • Download FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit at It has tips to help reduce the financial impact of disasters. It also contains a checklist of all documents that may be needed after a disaster.
  • Keep some cash at home in a safe place. Have small bills on hand because ATMs and credit cards may not work during a disaster.
  • Obtain property—homeowners or renters—insurance. It will ensure having financial resources to repair, rebuild or replace damaged property.
  • All Floridians should buy flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program as homeowners insurance does not typically cover flooding. Learn more online at
  • Arrange to get benefits electronically as mail service may be disrupted for weeks. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks.
  • Purchase a portable charger to keep cell phones and other devices charged when the power goes out to continue to pay monthly bills online.

Prepare ahead by collecting all important records and storing them in a safe place, either in a safety deposit box, on an external drive or the cloud. In the event of an emergency it will prove invaluable to know where to find all vital documents.

Personal Documents

  • Photo ID for all household members
  • Birth certificates
  • Social Security cards
  • Proof of military service
  • Pet ID tags

Financial and Legal Documents

  • Housing payments
  • Insurance policies
  • Sources of income
  • Tax statements

Medical Information

  • Physician information
  • Health insurance cards
  • Immunization records
  • Medications

For more recovery information, visit, or follow us @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and on FEMA’s Facebook page.

FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Posted on the City's website:  4/24/2018

NEWS RELEASE - Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities - Hurricane Season Begins June 1
Hurricane Season Begins June 1 

ORLANDO, Fla. – The keys to effective disaster preparedness—be informed, make a plan and take action—apply to all of us, but people with access and functional needs or disabilities, should approach preparedness planning with additional considerations.
Additional considerations could include: 

  • Creating a support network. Check with those who can assist you, if needed. Keep a contact list in a watertight container in your emergency kit. Learn more at 
  • Planning ahead for accessible transportation for evacuation or getting to a medical clinic. Work with local services, public transportation or paratransit to identify local or private accessible transportation options. 
  • Informing a support network where your emergency supplies are; you may want to give one member a key to your house or apartment. 
  • Knowing location and availability of more than one facility for dialysis if dialysis is part of a health maintenance plan or routine or other life-sustaining treatment. 
  • Preparing to use medical equipment if a power outage occurs. 
  • Wearing medical alert tags or bracelets. 
  • Making note of the best way to communicate with you in an emergency if you have a communications disability. 
  • Planning how to evacuate with assistive devices or how to replace equipment if lost or destroyed. Keep model information and note where the equipment came from such as Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance. 

Build a Kit 

In addition to having basic survival supplies, an emergency kit should contain items to meet individual needs in various emergencies. Consider items used daily and those needed to add to a kit. 

Tips for People who are deaf or hard of hearing 

  • A weather radio with text display and a flashing alert 
  • Extra hearing-aid batteries 
  • A TTY 
  • Pen and paper in case you have to communicate with someone who does not know sign language 

Tips for People who are blind or have low vision 


Mark emergency supplies with Braille labels or large print. Keep a list of your emergency supplies on a portable flash drive, or make an audio file that is kept in a safe place where you can access it. 
Keep a Braille, or Deaf-Blind communications device in an emergency supply kit. 

Tips for People with a mobility disability: 


  • If you use a power wheelchair, have a lightweight manual chair available as a backup. Show others how to operate your wheelchair. 
  • Know the size and weight of your wheelchair, and if it is collapsible for transportation. 
  • Keep an extra mobility device such as a cane or walker, if you use one. 
  • If you use a seat cushion to protect your skin or maintain your balance, and you must evacuate without your wheelchair, take your cushion with you. 

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, in coordination with each local emergency management agency in the state, developed a registry to allow residents with special needs to register with their local emergency management agency to receive assistance during a disaster. The statewide registry provides first responders with valuable information to prepare for disasters or other emergencies. To register, please visit 

For more on the tips above and disaster planning for those with access and functional needs or disabilities, or for children, visit The range of needs runs wide and effective planning runs deep. Be ready for hurricanes—and for any other disaster … and help those who may need neighborly assistance. 

FEMA’s Mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters. 

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

Posted on the City's website:  4/17/2018


MARCH 17, 2018







Rescission of Precautionary Boil Notice

Within City Limits & Chatmire Residents-Mandatory Boil Water Notice as a Result of Main Water Break


 Media Contact:  Dawn M. Bowne, City Administrator

All utility customers within the city limits and Chatmire residents are under a mandatory boil water notice as a result of a break in a main 12 inch water line behind the Publix construction area by a contractor for Duke Energy. The line was repaired as quickly as possible today. However, these customers are under a mandatory boil water notice per FDEP permitting regulations.

As a precaution, all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used. This “precautionary boil water notice” will remain in effect until the bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink. To comply with the law, Saturday at noon will be the earliest time that the City may have the test results back.

City staff will be prepared to stop the mandatory boil water notice Saturday if the test results are satisfactory.

A 411 information call was placed today to each utility customer possibly affected using the phone number provided at the time you opened your account. If you did not receive a call, please make sure you update your phone number by contacting our billing office at 352-465-8500 ext. 1006.

We truly understand the inconvenience this causes our customers and thank you so very much for your patience. 

The current mandatory testing of our fire hydrants did not take place today as a result of the water line break and will resume next week as previously advertised.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Utility Department at 352-465-8590.

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City of Dunnellon Press Release - Mandatory Fire Hydrant Testing
For Immediate Release: March 9, 2018

Media Contact: Dawn M. Bowne, City Administrator

The Marion County Fire Department under the supervision of the City utility department will conduct mandatory fire hydrant testing all day throughout the City, beginning Tuesday March 13 through Thursday March 15 and continuing Tuesday March 20 through Thursday March 22. Because of the high intensity of hydrant flushing required this particular year, which ensures an excellent ISO rating that has a direct effect on property insurance ratings, you may experience temporary water pressure reduction or water quality issues during these tests. The schedule was developed to minimize impact to our customers. However, if you experience any water discoloration, which is normal, please let your water run until it is clear. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Utility Department at 352-465-8590. Thank you for your patience through this necessary process. 

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Posted on the City's website: 3/9/2018