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Landfill Hours for Good Friday, April 14, 2017

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

The Citrus County Central Landfill will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017

in observance of Good Friday. There will be No Hazardous Waste Drop-offs on Good Friday. The administration office will be closed all day. For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 or visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm.

Guardian ad Litem Offers Volunteer Training in Citrus County

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

Become a Powerful Voice for an Abused & Neglected Child in Your Area-Become a Guardian ad Litem

More than six hundred (600) children are currently involved with our Citrus and Hernando County courts.    Most of these children are below twelve years of age and have been removed from their parents due to alcohol or drug addiction. 

A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is a trained volunteer appointed by the court to advocate on behalf of the child.  The GAL becomes familiar with the child’s case and makes recommendations to the Judge to ensure they grow up in a safe, stable, and permanent home. Research has shown that when a dependent child is assigned to a GAL volunteer, they spend less time in foster care and do better in school.  They’re more likely to receive the services they need to overcome their circumstances and they’re more likely to acquire the skills to succeed in life.

Pam Gary is a Guardian ad Litem volunteer in Citrus County and states, “My life is full and complete because of the program.  I started 26 years ago as one of the very first GALs in Citrus County.  Lots of people ask me how I can do this kind of work.  My response is always the same, how can I not?"

Eligible volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, complete a 30 hour pre-service training program and be cleared of any serious criminal history via a level II criminal background check.  Volunteers should expect to spend an average of 10-15 hours a month on a case and most cases last 10-12 months.  Support and guidance are provided by an assigned mentor, a volunteer supervisor and a program attorney.  

The next GAL training will be held in Lecanto, Citrus County on April 28th & 29th, 2017.  The training is open to Citrus, Hernando, Marion, Lake and Sumter County citizens. Participants must complete an application and interview process prior to training. Contact Diana Hollwedel at 352-812-6971 or email Diana.hollwedel@gal.fl.gov.

Two Free Gardening Workshops Offered in April

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

Right plant, right place

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on April 4, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Once established the right plant is often sustainable without additional supplemental watering.  Choosing appropriate plant materials, planting them correctly and managing them wisely, ensures a gardens success. 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.

Creating a Florida-friendly Landscape

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on April 18, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Plan before you plant is an important concept when developing sustainable garden ideas.  Basic principles of landscape design include: site evaluation, selection and placement of the proper materials and establishment practices for newly installed sustainable gardens.  “What is and how to create a Florida-friendly Landscape” is the theme of this workshop. 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.

Expanded Recycling Center Opens at Central Landfill

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

The Citrus County Division of Solid Waste Management announces that the expanded recycling center has opened at the Central Landfill, located at 230 W Gulf to Lake Highway in Lecanto. Single-stream recyclables are accepted there from 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, and 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturdays. There is no charge for clean recyclables brought to the expanded recycling center.

The expanded recycling center is located on the closed landfill site with its own designated driveway, approximately fifty yards west of the main driveway and traffic light. New signage is being installed to direct “recycle only” patrons to enter/exit through the west-end driveway. The separate driveway will make it very convenient for residents wanting to recycle only.

The recycling containers at the expanded center are immediately visible on the right side of the pavement and a turn-around has been created in the “recycle only” designated area. Patrons will exit the way they entered, through the west-end driveway. There is no need to sort clean recyclables as they all go into the same container.

Residents wishing to dispose of both trash and recyclables will continue to enter through the main Landfill entrance, weigh in at the scale and continue to the Customer Service area.

For more information on the services available at the Central Landfill visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm.  

UF/FAS Extension Citrus County to Offer Two Educational Series to Help Improve Relationships

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

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County is pleased to offer two different educational series to help you improve your relationships.  SMART Couples Florida classes are designed to teach you how to communicate needs, listen to the needs of others, successfully resolve conflict, and maintain happy and healthy relationships with everyone in your life.

“Elevate,” is a fun and powerful relationship-enhancement workshop to help couples improve their communication skills and strengthen their relationships.  This program runs Thursdays from 6 pm-8:30 p.m. from June 1 - June 29.  At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

“Before You Tie the Knot,” is a fun and dynamic premarital workshop for couples or individuals who want to start their relationship or marriages off right.  This program runs Fridays from 6 pm – 8:30 p.m. from June 2 – June 30.  At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

A light meal is served each week.  To register by May 26th, or for more information, visit the SMARTcouples.org Classes and Events page or contact UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County at 352-527-5700.

Commissioner Smith Speaks at Upward Bound Event

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

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Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith was invited guest speaker at the Rotary Clubs of Citrus County’s Upward Bound program on Thursday, March 23. Upward Bound is a partnership between the Rotary Clubs of Citrus County and Citrus County School District. 

Commissioner Smith congratulated the Upward Bound students for their academic achievement and for being recognized by the Rotary Clubs of Citrus County as exemplary students. 

“The message of starting each day with a positive "I Can" attitude and accepting everyday challenges was well received by the students.” said Smith. “I wish to congratulate all the Upward Bound students for their success and accomplishments."

Scholarship Deadline Approaches for Online High School Diploma Program

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

Individuals 19 years of age or older seeking to earn a high school diploma are encouraged to take advantage of Career Online High School, a program offered through the Citrus County Library System. Scholarships are being awarded to qualified residents looking to earn an accredited private high school diploma and advance their careers. The library has a limited number of scholarships available and all must be awarded by May 30, 2017.

Each student enrolled in Career Online High School is paired with an academic coach who offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material.

The program is specifically designed to reengage adults and prepare them for entry into the workforce or post-secondary education. Classes are supported by state board certified instructors, and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Computers and Internet access are available through the library if needed and can be scheduled to meet the course requirements. Many students are able to graduate in as little as four months by transferring in previously earned high school credits. All participants will also have the opportunity to earn a career certificate.

The Citrus Libraries Career Online High School project is funded by the State of Florida and is administered by Smart Horizons Career Online Education through a partnership with Gale Cengage Learning. To apply, visit www.citruslibraries.org/cohs for details and access the online self-assessment available at the bottom of the page. For more information on the program and available scholarships contact Julie Hill at 352-765-4785 or email cohs@citruslibraries.org.

Phase 2 of Recycling Center Closures Announced

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

The Citrus County Division of Solid Waste Management announces Phase 2 of Recycling Center site closures effective Monday, April 3, 2017. Phase 2 Recycling Center closures will be:

West Citrus Community Center, Veterans Drive, Homosassa

East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Highway, Inverness

Lecanto Government Building, Educational Path, Lecanto

Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Airport Road, Inverness

Duval Island Boat Ramp, 9160 E Orange Avenue, Floral City

Citrus County Fleet Management, 1300 S Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto

There is no charge for clean recyclables brought to the expanded recycling center at the Citrus County Central Landfill located at 230 W Gulf to Lake Highway in Lecanto. Residents are reminded that illegal dumping can result in fines up to $500. The Citrus County Division of Solid Waste regrets any inconvenience this may cause. For more information on the services available at the Central Landfill visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm.  

Florida State Realtors Association Films at Forest Ridge Senior Residences

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

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Forest Ridge residents, Pat Wadsworth, Karen Ledford and Sue Fagan

Florida State Realtors Association films at Forest Ridge Senior Residences

The Citrus County Housing Services Division and Forest Ridge Senior Residences in Hernando will be part of a state-wide video produced in partnership with the Florida Realtors Association.  The video will highlight community development projects around the state that have received State Housing Initiative Partnership funding.

The professional film crew from Orlando spent the day on March 21, in Citrus County. Among those interviewed were Forest Ridge residents, Sue Fagan, Karen Ledford and Pat Wadsworth. Each told their personal story and spoke about how much they enjoyed living at Forest Ridge. “My husband and I were determined to volunteer our time when we moved to Forest Ridge.” said Sue Fagan who serves as activities director for the complex. “We have taken this place on like family, our lives have purpose here.”

Citrus County Housing Services worked directly with the Realtors Assoc. Public Policy Communications Director to provide valuable information, through the eyes and voices of the funding recipients, to educate legislators on the importance of State and Local Government Housing Trust Funds.  The video will be broadcast in Tallahassee during legislative session to discuss the importance of fully funding affordable housing projects through the Sadowski Trust Fund.

Forest Ridge Senior Residences was built in 2015, with 119 units, and is located in Hernando, Florida. For more information on Citrus County Housing Services visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/housing/housing-services.htm

Grant Applications due to Citrus County Tourist Development Council March 24

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

Grant applications due to Citrus County Tourist Development Council March 24

Friday, March 24 is the last day to submit grant applications to the Citrus County Tourist Development Council. 

Applicant Presentations to the Tourist Development Council, Grant Selection, and Budget Allocation will be on April 12, 2017.

There are three different grant categories available:  Capital Improvement Projects, Special Project/Events and Collateral Materials for Marketing.

Capital Improvement Projects Funding Program

Capital projects must be located within Citrus County and serve to establish new or refurbish existing facilities or infrastructures that are publicly owned and operated or owned and operated by not-for-profit organizations and open to the public for recreational activities, cultural events and performances that host events in Citrus County whose primary goal and purpose is to bring substantial numbers of tourists/visitors to the County, thereby promoting overnight hotel stays within the County.

Tourist Development Capital Projects Funding will be allocated from the Tourist Development Tax Budget. This will ensure that funding is available for contribution for financial assistance for special events and other programs that generate increased tourism activity within Citrus County. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of Citrus County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida, (County) may allocate an annual allotment of Tourism Development Tax Revenue to the Reserve Fund to facilitate Capital Projects.

The goals of the program are:

· Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

· Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

· Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

· Enhance the quality of existing infrastructure and encourage new economic development

· Educate visitors to the different areas in the County.

Special Project/Events Grant

The Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) offers a Special Project/Events Grant program to organizations designated to promote Special Project/Events Grant program to organizations to promote special events/projects to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County thereby impacting the lodging industry.  A Special Event is defined as any activity, service, venue or event, intended to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County.

This Special Project/Events Grant is to provide funding to advertise and promote events to out of county markets to attract overnight visitors. The Grant funds are intended to supplement the organization’s budget and are restricted in their use for Marketing, Advertisement, and Promotional materials.

Collateral Materials Grant

The purpose of the Citrus County Tourist Development Collateral Materials Grant is to assist organizations in Citrus County by providing funding awards for program dollars to make our area more appealing to visitors who are spending the night in Citrus County. This grant leverages TDC resources and extends the marketing for Citrus County.

The goals of the program are:

Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

Enhance the quality of existing material and encourage new collateral development

Educate visitors to the different areas in the County.

The application submittal dates for Collateral Materials are the same as for Special Project/Events.

For more detail on each type of grant, maximum awards, eligible projects, reporting requirements, etc., visit the Tourist Development Council website at:  http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/tdc/tdc.htm.  Applicants must conform to the TDC’s policies and procedures as specified.  Applications failing to meet the deadlines will not be considered until the next funding cycl

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