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County Offices Closed in Observance of Christmas & New Year's

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

Citrus County Government offices will be closed in observance of Christmas both Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25, and also Monday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s.

The Citrus County Central Landfill will close early Friday, December 22, at 2:30pm (administrative offices closed all day, no hazardous waste), and will operate regular hours Saturday, December 23, and be closed all day Monday, December 25.

The Landfill will also be closed Monday, January 1. 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.

Citrus County Libraries will be closed on Friday December 22, through Monday December 25. All branches will resume normal hours on Tuesday, December 26.

All branches of the library will also be closed on Monday January 1, for New Year’s Day. Normal operation hours will resume the next day, Tuesday, January 2.

Citrus County Transit will be closed Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25, 2017 for the Christmas holidays. Transit will be closed Monday January 1, 2018 for New Year’s Day.

Citrus County Animal Services will be closed Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25, 2017 for the Christmas holidays, open for regular business hours on Saturday, December 23. Citrus County Animal Services will be closed Monday January 1, 2018 for New Year’s Day.

Bicentennial Park Pool will be closed for the Christmas Holiday – Friday, December 22, Saturday, December 23, Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25, 2017. Also, the pool will be closed on Monday January 1, 2018.

A Child is Waiting-Volunteer with Guardian ad Litem

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

For most of us, the holiday season is a time to be with family and friends, sharing traditions and celebrations.  But for children in dependency, it is a stark reminder of what it means to not have a family. 

In the 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Marion, Lake, Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties, more than 2,100 children are involved with our local dependency courts due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.   The majority have been removed from their homes due to their parents’ abuse of drugs and alcohol.   While most of these children reside with willing relatives, many are placed in foster or group homes, far away from things familiar.  Far away from the usual and customary traditions the holiday season brings to most of us.  Far away from the joy brought about by receiving a long anticipated gift. 

The greatest gift these children can receive beyond December 25th is to either be reunified with their family or find their forever family through adoption.  As a Volunteer Guardian ad Litem, we can help give a child a gift for life.  As a trained volunteer, Guardians ad Litem are assigned to an abused or neglected child, whose case is involved with the courts.   They are charged with advocating for the child so that he/she is safe and protected and given the chance to live in a stable, loving home. 

Guardian ad Litem Volunteers make a profound difference in the life of a child.  Research has shown that children with a GAL spend less time in out of home care, receive needed services to help them heal and are more likely to be adopted.

This Christmas season as you are with your family, remember those children without a family and give the gift that will last a lifetime – a voice for these children.

To find out more about volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem, visit our website at www.guardianadlitem.org

Commissioner Kitchen to Hold Town Hall Series in 2018

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

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Citrus County Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Ron Kitchen has announced he will be holding a series of Town Hall Meetings in Citrus County during 2018. 


The schedule is as follows:


Thursday, March 8 – Floral City Library

Thursday, March 22 – Central Ridge Library

Thursday, April 5 – Citrus Springs Community Center

Thursday, April 12 – Homosassa Library

Thursday, April 26 – Coastal Region Library


All events will be held 5:30pm to 7:00pm and are open to the public.


For more information, please call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at (352) 527-5484.


Applicants Invited for Open Seats on Tourism Development Council

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for three expiring positions on the Citrus County Tourist Development Council, two of which are owners/operators of tourist accommodations in the county and one applicant must have a demonstrated interest in tourism development.  Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County. The three Tourist Development Council member positions will expire January 31, 2022.

The council is responsible for overseeing the spending of bed tax revenue, providing operational oversight for the Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau, implementing a Tourist Development Plan, and making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on tourism-related issues.

Six members of the council are persons who are involved in the tourist industry and who have demonstrated an interest in tourist development.  Of those six, four are owners or operators of tourist accommodations in the county and subject to the Tourist Development Tax.  One member is a representative from the Board of County Commissioners.  Two members are elected municipal officials.

The Tourist Development Council meets at 9:00 A.M. on the second Wednesday of every month. 

Applications will be accepted until January 3, 2018. Application can be found at:  http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf .  

Applications should be mailed to:

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
Att:
Denise Gallagher
Citrus County Administration
3600 W. Sovereign Path
Suite 267
Lecanto, FL 34461

Applications that meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection. For additional questions contact Marti Spewock at the Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau at (352) 794-5506 for more information.

Free Disposal of "Live" Christmas Trees

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

Citrus County residents may recycle natural, live Christmas trees at the Citrus County Central Landfill, free of charge during the months of December and January only.  Trees must be cleaned of all decorations, lights, and artificial snow. Christmas Tree Disposal Program will end January 31, 2018.

Artificial trees brought to landfill for disposal will be charged standard solid waste / trash rates 

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

Hurricane Irma Debris Removal Completed in Citrus County

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

Hurricane Season is over and we can now officially declare that all storm debris from both public and private roads has been collected and disposed of from Hurricane Irma.

Citrus County FEMA contractor and Citrus County Road Maintenance Department crews collected and disposed of 180,340 cubic yards of storm generated vegetative debris from public and private roads as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Special thanks to the Citrus County Public Works Road Maintenance Division and the FEMA Contractor who did a remarkable job cleaning up Citrus County. 

Congratulation Anti-Drug Coalition of Citrus County 2017 Red Ribbon Essay Winners!

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 the 2017 Red Ribbon Winners

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners acknowledged and congratulated the Citrus County Anti-Drug Coalition 2017 Red Ribbon Winners at their regular meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The winners of the annual essay contest are as follows:

   1st Place: Kaiya Brown

   (5th Grade) Ms. Wright's Class,

   Floral City Elementary

   2nd Place: Taylor Spires

   (5th Grade) Mr. Breder's Class,

   Pleasant Grove Elementary

   3rd Place: Paris Barnes

   (4th Grade) Mrs. Johnston's Class,

   Citrus Springs Elementary


The Board of Commissioners and the Anti-Drug Coalition of Citrus County value the health and safety of all our citizens. Substance abuse and bullying is particularly damaging to one of our most valuable resources, our children, and a contributing factor in the three leading causes of death for teenagers – accidents, homicides and suicides.

The goal of Red Ribbon Week, National Bullying Prevention Month, Unity Day, the Board of Commissioners, Street Team Citrus and the Anti-Drug Coalition of Citrus County is to involve families, schools, businesses, churches, law enforcement agencies and service organizations in all aspects of the campaign and establish an atmosphere that supports awareness, education, and ongoing initiatives to prevent illegal drug use and bullying.

Florida Department of Transportation Advises of Night Lane Closures

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

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises of 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, December 3 through Thursday, December 7, nights. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and to be alert to possible lane shifts.

Citrus County Citizens Academy Recognizes Fall 2017 Graduates

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

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Citrus County Administrator Randy Oliver and Citizen Academy Facilitator Doug Wright are joined by fall 2017 Citizen Academy Graduates

 The 2017 Fall Citizens Academy Graduation Event was held at the Historic Courthouse Museum in Inverness on Thursday, November 30. In attendance was County Administrator Randy Oliver, who congratulated the participants and thanked them for spending time learning more about local government. Graduates recognized at the event were: James Bell, Susan Bell, Rita Bosse, Bill Buesching, Bonnie Buesching, Stephanie Clamer, Mary Fenton, Clara Gettman, Doris Gratopp, Irene Grbich, Sean Hennebery, Lezlie Hughes, Lynn Mazzie, Karen Pyrtek, Pat Scully, Don Smith, Sally Smith, and Bret Touchton.

The Citrus County Citizens’ Academy is an interactive program that focuses on educating citizens about the County’s governmental operations. Elected officials, Constitutional Officers, Department Directors and county staff host unique and informative sessions designed to give a hands-on inside look into county government operations. Participants learn about our local government, the community in which we live, and at the end of the twelve sessions, have made new friends, and most of all gained knowledge to be great ambassadors within our community.

For more information on the Citizens’ Academy program or to register for the spring 2018 session please contact Doug Wright at: douglas.wright@citrusbocc.com.

Free Tire Disposal Day at Landfill January 13, 2018

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

The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne infection linked to birth defects in Brazil has made its way to Florida. Un-rimmed tires hold rain water and, as such, serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. In an effort to reduce mosquito breeding grounds, the Solid Waste Management Division is providing a free tire disposal day

This is a part of the Department of Health Zika Response Plan. Citrus County residents, in assessed and non-assessed properties can dispose of tire sizes including passenger and pick-up tires, without rims, at the Citrus County Central Landfill, free of charge. Mosquito Control will assist the Landfill if necessary by spraying collected tires to prevent mosquito breeding until tires are properly disposed of and recycled.

Saturday, January 13th 2018 from 8:00 AM till 2:30 PM. This event is co-sponsored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

The Central Landfill is located at 230 W Gulf to Lake Highway (SR44) in Lecanto. FL 34461.

This event applies only to residential customers and only passenger car and pickup truck-size tires will be accepted. This event does not include oversized or business tires.

Residents needing further information about this event, or any other Solid Waste Management Program, may call at (352) 527-7670 or by email at landfillinfo@citrusbocc.com.

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