News and Announcements

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to Meet April 25

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

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 25, at 5:00 pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court Café Room 121 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.

Short-term Closure for Safety Improvements on N. Camae Point

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

Citrus County Road Maintenance, in cooperation with Florida Northern Railroad, will be temporarily closing N Camae Pt on Thursday morning, April 27. This will be a short-term closure for safety improvements.

For questions or more information, contact Frank Myszewski with Florida Northern Railroad at 407-466-0806.

Withlacoochee State Trail Rehabilitation in Citrus County

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

At the February 21, 2017 Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meeting, MPO Chairman and Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen requested an update on the status of the Withlacoochee State Trail (WST) maintenance. The resurfacing and maintenance of the Withlacoochee Trail has been a priority topic of the local bicycle community, Citrus County Visitor & Convention Bureau, Board of County Commissioners, and the City of Inverness and trail users have long expressed a growing concern about the 25-year old trail's surface and base conditions.

In order to address this and other trail maintenance issues in both Citrus and Hernando Counties, the MPO has created a Transportation Alternatives (TA) Rehabilitation line item in the Complete Streets section of the List of Priority Projects (LOPP).

The Citrus County LOPP contains the Withlacoochee State Trail. MPO policy provides for annual Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Work Program funding in the $250,000 to $1,000,000 range per county and no match of local funds is required. The WST is the priority in Citrus County and applications have been submitted to FDOT for review and approval.

“The solution of the MPO to provide for the maintenance of the trail in the FDOT work program is a welcome addition.” said Citrus County Director of Public Works Jeff Rogers.

Citrus County has also been working on an agreement with the State of Florida and the Withlacoochee State Trail Volunteers to have the Citrus County Road Maintenance Department perform the repairs for the trail on an as needed basis. The two programs, funding for resurfacing, and an agreement for maintenance will ensure the Withlacoochee State Trail continues as an asset to the bicycling community in Citrus County and our visitors.

Motorists May Experience Delays on Turkey Oak Road

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

The County is urging motorists to use caution while in the area of the Turkey Oak road project Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday April 26. The road contractor intends to place the thermoplastic pavement markings on Turkey Oak from SR44 to CR495.  Traffic may be disrupted/delayed to allow the thermoplastic pavement marking equipment to go through the area.

BOCC Proclaims Child Abuse Awareness Month in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, Kids Central Inc., Jessie’s Place, Citrus County Schools, FL Department of Health, the Centers Inc., Early Learning Coalition of Citrus County, Guardian ad Litem Program, Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association and the Community Alliance of Citrus County.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 11, 2017 proclaiming the month of April 2017 as Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Every child deserves a promise of love and protection. Florida’s prosperity depends on fostering the healthy development of its four million children currently living, growing and learning within our many diverse communities. We must make children a top priority and take action to support the physical, social, emotional and educational development and competency of all children.

Effective child abuse prevention programs succeed due to partnerships and alliances among parents, state agencies, schools, faith based, non-profit and business organizations, law enforcement and the judicial system. Parents and caregivers who are connected to their local communities are more resilient and better able to provide safe environments and nurturing experiences for their children.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes April 2017 as Child Abuse Awareness Month in Citrus County, and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

BOCC Proclaims Law Week in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with Citrus County Bar Association representatives

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 11, 2017 proclaiming the week of April 24 through 28, 2017 as Law Week in Citrus County.

Law Week is an occasion of public acknowledgement of our Nation’s heritage of Justice, Liberty and Equality under the law. Promoting public understanding of the roots of our freedom is an important component in the civic education of the citizens of the United States, and of the citizens of Citrus County. The Citrus County Bar Association has long been dedicated to promoting professionalism and service in the legal community and has a long tradition of serving the citizens of Citrus County.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes April 24 through 28, 2017 as Law Week in Citrus County, and urges citizens, schools, businesses, and the media to use this occasion to celebrate our American Democracy and the Rule of Law; to reflect upon our Constitution and the tremendous freedoms we all share; and to recognize the contributions of the Citrus County Bar Association and its members to the citizens of Citrus County.

Location Change for Commissioner Coleman's May 1 Town Hall Meeting

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

Citrus County Commissioner Brian Coleman will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, May 1, 2017 for the general public to attend. The meeting will be held at the Inverness Community Center, 1082 N. Paul Dr., Inverness (off N. Independence Hwy.), from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

“This will be an informal meeting to receive ideas, listen to issues and concerns from the community, and to explore ways to resolve problems.” explained Commissioner Coleman.

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

Periodic Night Lane Closures on US 19 in Homosassa Springs

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

Periodic lane closures may take place in both directions of US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Friday through Saturday (April 21 - 29) nights. At least one lane will remain open in each direction during the nighttime lane closures.

W. Homosassa Trail west of US 19 will remain closed around-the-clock until further notice. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) would like the public to use caution in the project area.

MEALS on WHEELS PROGRAM in NEED of VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

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

Citrus County’s Meals On Wheels Program joins the National Meals On Wheels Association of America with the goal that “no senior goes hungry”.  In order to ensure that we are able to provide meals for homebound seniors here in Citrus County, we need volunteers!

Do you have a few hours a week to give of your time?  If so, your local Meals On Wheels Program could use your help!  We deliver meals to seniors throughout Citrus County around the lunchtime hours, Monday through Friday.  We need volunteers who are willing to give approximately 2 hours of their time, one day a week, to deliver meals to seniors. 

Each meal route consists of 10 to 20 stops, taking one to two hours to complete, and you will even be reimbursed for your mileage.  We are currently in need of drivers at all of our meal delivery locations throughout Citrus County.  Our seniors look forward to seeing our volunteers each day.  We are sure to have an opening you could fill.

Many people are waiting for your assistance, so what are you waiting for? Become someone’s hero today!

For more information or to become a volunteer driver, call Support Services at 527-5975.

Scholarships Available for Children and Adult Swim Lessons and Lifesaving Training

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

To celebrate their 2017 Centennial Campaign the American Red Cross is partnering with Citrus County Parks and Recreation to provide scholarships for swim lessons and other aquatics and lifesaving training at the Bicentennial Park Pool. Lessons are available for children and adults to gain the important life skill of swimming as well as to help individuals build their skills to become future lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors. Those who meet eligibility requirements may enroll in Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor training at a reduced cost. Water safety and Pediatric CPR/AED training for parents of children participating in swim lessons is also part of the Centennial Campaign. For more information on the scholarship program, contact Bicentennial Park Pool at 352-795-1478.

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