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Two FREE Gardening Workshops to be Offered in July

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

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in July 2017

Turf basics - Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on July 11, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm. managing a healthy lawn is often a full time job and recurring expense. Selection of the right materials to accomplish a specific task is always the best place to start. Sustainable lawn varieties, typical weed infestations and pests which target our lawns are highlighted during this workshop. 

Florida-friendly fertilizing - Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on July 25, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Fertilization of your lawn and landscape can be complicated.  Using several steps including soil testing, when and how to apply fertilizers and effective irrigation practices after application are essential to proper fertilization practices. This program will discuss proper Florida Friendly fertilization practices developed by the University of Florida. 

Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to Meet

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

The public is invited to attend the Citrus County Housing Services Affordable Housing Committee which will meet on Tuesday, July 18th, at 5:00 pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Room 135, Lecanto, Florida.

Any person desiring further information regarding this meeting may contact Citrus County Housing Services, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL 34461 (352) 527-7520.

Any person who requires a special accommodation (ADA) must provide at least 72 hours notice

Citrus Community Swing Band to Perform

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

Join your friends and neighbors at West Citrus Community Center to enjoy the swinging music and dancing! West Citrus Community Center is hosting a dance and concert featuring the Citrus Community Swing Band, July 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. until they can’t swing anymore! The event is free (donations are encouraged), and open to the public.

The Citrus Community Swing Band is a group of musicians who volunteer their time to help bring back the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and the big bands to the citizens of Citrus County. Andrew Janicki leads the fourteen-member community band. For information about the band, please call Andrew at (352) 464-2870.

West Citrus Community Center is located at 8940 W. Veterans Drive, Homosassa, for more information about this event or programs at the center please call (352) 795-3831.

The Citrus Community Swing Band also performs at East Citrus Community Center on the last Thursday of each month. The next performances will be June 29th and July 27th at 11:00am. East Citrus Community Center is located at 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Inverness, FL. For more information please call (352) 344-9666.

County Offices Closed in Observance of the July 4 Holiday

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

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the July 4 holiday. 

The Citrus County Central Landfill will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.

For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s website at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm.

All Citrus County Library branches will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Citrus County Transit will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Citrus County Animal Services will be closed Tuesday, July 4. 

BOCC Proclaims June 15th Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Citrus County

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 Citrus County Department of Community Services - Support Services Division – Senior Programs Section, Senior Programs Supervisors Janice Hale and Heidi Fahnestock

After a senior citizens lifetime of hard work and sacrifice, they should be able to enjoy their golden years with dignity and security. However, too often, senior citizens are victims of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we reaffirm our commitment to ending this crime in all of its forms. Older Americans have steered our nation through times of hardship, war, and ushered in eras of progress and prosperity. It is important for the community to meet its responsibility show our elders the care and respect they deserve.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaims June 15, 2017 as “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

BOCC Proclaims June 13th Billy E. Brown Day

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 Mr. Billy E. Brown from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on June 13, 2017 proclaiming June 13th Billy E. Brown Day in Citrus County.

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC) Executive Vice President and General Manager Billy E. Brown began his career on October 16, 1956. WREC is the third largest electric cooperative in the nation. Mr. Brown currently serves on Seminole Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees, the Florida Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Board of Trustees and is Director Emeriti with Sun Trust Bank – Nature Coast. He has served with the Rotary, United Way, Concourse Council and many others. Under his leadership WREC members have received refunds totaling more than $332 million, in 1994 he implemented WRECares/Operation Round-up program which helps families who suffered a catastrophic event through no fault of their own. Since the program’s start Operation Round-up has disbursed $1.9 million to 577 deserving families.

In 1994 Mr. Brown received the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) regional award for Outstanding Service, in 1996 he was awarded the William F. Matson Democracy Award in recognition of distinguished service to rural electrification through political action and education and also received the coveted Paul Revere Award in 2009. In 2011 he was awarded the National Community Investment Service award for his outstanding leadership and determination to improve the living conditions of the extreme poverty of the Trillby-Lacoochee area. In 2011, Mr. Brown was invited to attend the White House Rural Economic Forum with the President of the United States and in 2012 the NRECA Presidents Award was presented to Mr. Brown for his outstanding contributions and dedication to the rural electrification program throughout the nation, state and local community. In 2014 Pasco County School Board acknowledged his service to the community through the WREC Educational Foundation and in 2014 Dade City Chamber of Commerce presented Mr. Brown with the Richard Tombrink Lifetime Achievement Award for his unwavering dedication to development initiatives and community service commitments.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes and honors Mr. Billy E. Brown as a respected leader on the local, state and federal level and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

Citrus County Eligible for SBA Disaster Loans Following Disaster Declaration for Drought

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

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today, June 13, 2017 that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Citrus County, Florida as a result of the drought that began on April 11, 2017.

This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter in Florida.

“When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 3.150 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than Feb. 7, 2018.

Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will Hold a Public Meeting

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

Updated Agenda information

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting/hearing on Tuesday, June 20, 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:

· SR 50 Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) - Update

· FY 2018-19 List of Priority Projects (LOPP) - Adoption

· FY 2018 – FY 2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – Public Hearing for Adoption

· FY 2016/17 – FY 2017/18 Unified Work Program (UPWP) - Amendment and Modification

· Congestion Management Process (CMP) Performance Measures

· Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Planning Grant Application and Agreement

· Staffing Plan - Updat

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public hearing should be directed to Mr. Dennis Dix, AICP, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, extension 28014 or email mpo@hernandocitrus.us.


Re-striping to begin at Crystal River Airport

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

Citrus County will begin re-striping and remarking the Crystal River Airport runway and parallel taxiway beginning on June 15, 2017.  The County is piggybacking on the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) statewide contract with Hi-Lite Markings Inc., to perform the work.  The project is being funded by a grant from the FDOT which funds 80% of the work and the County is funding the remaining 20% of the work.  If the weather cooperates, the project should be completed by June 20, 2017.

Green Acres Street Closed at US 19 through Tuesday, June 13 Afternoon

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

W. Green Acres Street is closed on the east side of the intersection at US 19 for a sewer line installation. The temporary closure and detour will be in place until approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, weather permitting. US 19 will remain open, but drivers are not able to drive through the intersection at W. Green Acres Street and can't turn from US 19 onto Green Acres or turn from Green Acres onto US 19. Drivers are asked to use caution while in the area.

Eastbound detour: Go south on US 19 and turn left onto S. Suffolk Terrace. Go north on Suffolk Terrace and turn right onto W. Otter Street. Go east on Otter Street and turn left onto S. Memorial Drive. Go north on Memorial Drive to W. Green Acres Street.

Westbound detour: Take W. Green Acres Street to S. Memorial Drive. Go south on Memorial Drive and turn right onto W. Otter Street. Go west on Otter Street and turn left onto S. Suffolk Terrace. Go south on Suffolk Terrace to US 19.


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