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USDA Holds Farmer and Rancher Hurricane Recovery Meeting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Centers in Florida is holding a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop in Citrus County, for farmers and ranchers impacted by Hurricane Irma.  The Citrus County meeting will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the Citrus County Extension Service Office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, #1, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Representatives from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will present information on the various disaster assistance programs and resources available to farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.  Workshop topics include emergency assistance for livestock and crop-related expenses and losses; financial assistance programs to help with farm and farmland damage; deadlines for applying for disaster assistance programs and programs to help with restoration and rehabilitation of farm and ranch land.  For further information, visit: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Florida/index

The event is free and open to the public. To find other meeting dates and locations, go to: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Florida/state-events/index

The Hernando Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to Hold a Public Meeting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, Florida.

Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to:

· FY 2018 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Modification

· FY 2019 – FY 2023 Five-Year Tentative Work Program Presentation

· MPO Travel Reimbursement Rates

· Section 5305(d) FY 2018 Funding Application and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

· US98 / CR491 Roundabout Presentation

· Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (TDLCB) Appoinment

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Dennis Dix, AICP, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Avenue, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, extension 28014 or email mpo@hernandocitrusmpo.us.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off October 21

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County Central Landfill will be conducting a Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off at the Central Landfill on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Citrus County homeowners may bring up to the first 60 pounds or 10 gallons at No Charge.

Hazardous Household Waste also accepts drop offs weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the Citrus County Solid Waste Management at 352-527-7670 or www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm. Questions may be emailed to hazwasteinfo@citrusbocc.com

Got Citrus? Join the Fight Against Citrus Greening

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Got Citrus? Join the fight against Citrus Greening

One of the most serious challenges to growing citrus is disease called Citrus Greening, which is carried from tree to tree by a non-native insect. Researchers have been working to identify a wide variety of solutions to this fatal disease. 

One promising solution is a tiny insect that can help combat disease transmission. Called Tamarixia, this highly specific parasite provides natural control of the insect that spreads Greening in citrus groves. UF/IFAS Extension is offering a vial of these nearly microscopic predators to citizens growing citrus in their landscape. 

To join the fight against devastating infection, contact the Extension office before close of business on Monday, October 23 by calling 352-527-5700.  

Time is limited for this one-time opportunity.  Simple instructions, including how to release these live insects, will be distributed at pick up on Friday October 27.  Then you take the Tamarixia warriors home and disperse in your home garden. More information on Tamarixia radiata can be found here.

Periodic Lanes Closures on US 19

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Sunday, October 15 through Friday, October 20 nights. FDOT is asking motorist to be alert to possible lane shifts in the area.

Debris Removal Continues in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Debris removal continues within Citrus County at a very manageable pace. There are approximately thirty collection vehicles working daily in Citrus County.

County Roads: The contractor is finishing efforts in the southeast quadrant of the County and will be moving into the northeast and southwest quadrants this week. This includes the neighborhoods north of Inverness including Beverly Hills, Citrus Springs (northeast), along with Old Homosassa (southwest), and then on to Sugarmill Woods.

Private Roads: County crews are continuing their efforts of debris collection on private roads in Citrus County. The southeast quadrant debris collection has been completed. Crews are currently working the northeast quadrant and the southwest quadrant. Private road debris collection is moving along rapidly with an estimated completion near the end of October.

To facilitate the cleanup, we are asking all citizens to follow these guidelines:

-There will be ONE residential debris pick up, which will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

-Only storm generated natural vegetation will be collected.

-Please bring all storm generated natural vegetation to the curbside as quickly as possible.

-Do not place vegetative yard debris in plastic bags.

-Reduce tree limbs/trunks to “no longer” than 4’ in length.

-Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris around mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants, next to fences, cars, telephone poles or under guide wires.

-Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris in the road.

-If you decide to perform your own cleanup and drive items to the landfill, you will be charged the normal prices.

-Storm related vegetative debris removed by contractors is not eligible for pick up.

-The debris pick up includes residential properties only. It does not include commercial and business properties.

13th Annual Healthy Living Fair

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Join Citrus County Support Services on Friday, November 17, 2017 from noon to 2:30 p.m. for the 13th Annual Healthy Living Fair! Sponsors for our event are Citrus County Chronicle, Kindred at Home, Sunflower Springs Assisted Living/Superior Residences of Lecanto, Gardner Audiology, Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, and United HealthCare Community Plan. The event takes place at the Citrus County Resource Center, located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto.  Admission is free!  There will be over 60 vendors on site offering free information, health screenings, demonstrations, product sampling and door prizes.  The grand prize is a 32” Sanyo LED flat-screen television! Donated by Families Come First

Hamburger or Hotdog lunch will be available for sale on the patio.  The Circle of Friends Gift Shop will be offering a 10% discount on the day of the event, plan to start your holiday shopping with some of their unique gift items. 

Proceeds to benefit “No Seniors Left Waiting” Program.  For information or to be a vendor at our event, please call. 352-527-5975

Two Hurricane Irma Citrus County Relief Centers Now Open

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County now has two Hurricane Irma Citrus County Relief Centers with FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialists available to help people register for FEMA Individual Assistance. The Center locations are:

Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto, FL. 34461

Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, FL 34435

The Hurricane Irma Citrus County Relief Centers will be open from 8am to 6pm daily until Monday, October 16, 2017, at 6pm.  This includes Saturday and Sunday.Citizens may also go to www.disasterassistance.gov to register with FEMA for Individual Assistance. 

Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.   

The FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team Specialists will continue to be in the county going door to door while Relief Centers are open. 

BOCC Proclaims Aware for Alzheimer's Week

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Left to Right: Nancy Suto, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office; Mary Blair Darling, Florida  Ombudsman Program; Linda Boles, Find M. Friends; Debbie Selsavage, Alzheimer’s Family Organization

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 10, 2017, proclaiming the week of October 15-22, 2017 as Citrus County Aware for Alzheimer’s Week.

Alzheimer ’s disease and other forms of dementia have become the health issue of our time. Alzheimer’s which is irreversible and currently incurable, afflicts 5 million Americans today. This figure is projected to grow to 16 million by 2050. It kills more than breast and prostate cancers combined.

The Alzheimer’s Family Organization (AFO), is a non-profit that serves eight west-central Florida counties, including Citrus County. Its mission is to support Alzheimer’s caregivers with knowledge, resources and support.

Citrus County, with 35% of its population over the age of 65 (twice the State average), will be especially impacted by the growth of Alzheimer’s. Many parties are working to confront this problem, both at the level of medical research to find a cure for the future, and at the level of improved care for those living with dementia today.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims the week of October 15-22, 2017 as “Aware for Alzheimer’s Week” in Citrus County.

BOCC Proclaims County Court Mediation Week

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Todd Tuzzolino, Chief Deputy Court Administrator for the Fifth Judicial Circuit; County Judge, Mark Yerman; Lynn Cummings, Mediation Services Coordinator; and Volunteer Citrus County Mediators

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 10, 2017, proclaiming the week of October 15-21, 2017 as Citrus County Court Mediation Week.

Citrus County has been a leader in recognizing and promoting mediation as an alternative to court ligation so that individuals, businesses and neighbors may effectively and efficiently resolve disputes. Mediation is a voluntary, non-adversarial, and informed method of conflict resolution that empowers individuals and businesses to develop solutions to disputes which are mutually agreeable and tailored to their particular needs.

Mediation is taught and practiced in many of our schools not only as a means of resolving individual disputes, but also as a means of achieving a more peaceful society. Community based mediation programs strengthen relationships among Citrus County citizens by assisting in the resolution of neighborhood and community conflicts.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims the week of October 15-21, 2017 as “County Court Mediation Week” in Citrus County.

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