Homosassa is a census-designated place along Florida's west coast in Citrus County. The community's name stems from a Seminole Indian word meaning "river of fish," as it's situated along the Homosassa River. Homosassa is approximately 70 miles north of Tampa and surrounded by a number of state parks. The community is best known for the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, a popular area for migrating manatees to rest. Homes for rent in the area are surrounded by untouched wilderness, but are close to a number of waterfront shops and restaurants.
Interesting Facts for Future Residents
Throughout history, settlers have made a living off the area's abundance of fish. The Homosassa River and the Gulf of Mexico are home to many different species of fish that support the local economy.
The Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is best known for its population of manatees, however, it's also home to black bears, bobcats, deer, alligators and river otters. The staff work to rehabilitate injured animals so they can return to the wild. The park is also home to Lu, a 50-year-old hippopotamus who has starred in a number of movies.
The Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park is another popular attraction in Homosassa. The park was a huge sugar plantation in the 1800s.
Useful Resources for Renters
The Homosassa community website contains all the information new residents need to acclimate to the area. There are lists of local businesses and activities, as well as a detailed history of the community and maps of the area.
For information on local government and county news, renters should visit the Citrus County website. The site also provides details on community services, parks, recreation and land development.