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Green Acres Street to be Closed at US 19 Thursday Morning June 8 through Friday Afternoon June 9

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

The closure of Green Acres Street at US 19 did not begin this morning due to ground conditions caused by yesterday’s rain and because of additional rain forecasted for today. The closure is now anticipated to begin Monday, June 12 at the earliest. We will update when the closure is imminent or already in place. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the notice and today’s cancelation.

W. Green Acres Street is scheduled to be closed on the east side of the intersection at US 19 for a sewer line installation from 7:00 a.m. Thursday, June 8 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 9. US 19 will remain open, but drivers will not be able to drive through the intersection at W. Green Acres Street. Drivers are encouraged 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.

Extension Service Offers Food Safety Training

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

You don’t have to travel to Tampa or Orlando to get your ServSafe® Food Protection Manager’s Certification.  The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County is providing training to help food managers and staff keep food served to Florida’s consumers safer.

This is a comprehensive training that provides the most up-to-date information and current regulations.  The ServSafe® Manager’s exam is given at the end of the training, which provides a National Certification that is good for five years.  Certification is required in Florida for food managers of all establishments licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and selected licenses of the Department of Health.

The next class will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017.  Pre-registration of two weeks is required.  It will begin promptly at 8:30 am, and run approximately 7 hours, then participants will have a maximum of two hours to take the national certification exam.  There is no “test only” option.  Participants should bring valid picture identification with them, and a sack lunch. Training is held at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 3650 W Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto (from State Road 44, go south on County Road 491, turn west on Saunders Way, go one block, turn left onto Sovereign Path.  The Extension building is the first building on the right). 

To register online: http://tinyurl.com/z6dp7jf

Cost for the course and exam is $110.  The purchase of the ServSafe® Manager Manual for $55 is highly recommended and is available in English or Spanish.  It is suggested that participants study the ServSafe® Manager 6th edition textbook prior to attending the class.  For more information, call Sarah at the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County office in Lecanto at 352-527-5713.

Summer Music at the Museum Concert Series Begins at the Beach!

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

The Inverness Cultural Heritage Council is pleased to announce the 3rd annual summer Music at the Museum Concert Series. The series kicks off with a tribute to the Beach Boys on Thursday, June 15. Peter Alden and the Corvairs will perform as the Beach Boys at 7:00 p.m. in the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Come dressed in your best 60s and 70s beach wear and you may win a ticket to a future show!  Call 352.341.6428 to reserve seats.

Thursday, July 20th Brian McCullough will treat us to a duo tribute show of classic Roy Orbison and Conway Twitty tunes. Brian has been traveling and perfecting the beautiful and challenging songs of Orbison and Twitty since 1995. In addition to McCullough’s full band, a special not-to-be-missed guest will also be performing: Allan James, Roy Orbison's guitarist during the 1970s.

In memory of the 40th anniversary of Elvis’s death, on August 17th we will bring Peter Alden back to perform as Elvis! Peter Alden is from Orlando and has performed his tribute show across the U.S. and internationally. Alden has also performed countless lead roles in both dramas and musicals, but it was while he was involved in the production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” that Peter zeroed in on his calling. The musical focuses on an Elvis-style singer being drafted into the army, leading Peter on his lifelong journey as an Elvis tribute artist! He has worked for years to perfect his performance, in all ways – from vocal stylings to mannerisms; from costuming to stage presence – and fans all over the world who’ve seen his tribute not only appreciate Peter’s talent and dedication, but rank his tribute to Elvis as one of the absolute best in the world!

The fourth and final concert of the series brings in Valerie Gillespie, who has played alto saxophone professionally since age 14. Over the years she has added to her repertoire, and now plays soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax, as well as flute, piccolo, and clarinet. Gillespie has played with national icons Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Rosemary Clooney, Joan Rivers, and Ray Charles.

All of these shows are sure to sell out, as have previous summer shows, so call (352) 634-3428 to reserve a seat at $25 per person, which includes light appetizers and a cash beverage station. All proceeds benefit the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council and the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc.’s exhibits, programs, and preservation activities.

Our mission is to promote and provide accessible educational, cultural and musical events for residents and visitors, while maintaining the integrity of the museum, along with the preservation of the artifacts and collections at the Historic Courthouse Heritage Museum.

Citrus County Submittal Period for Tourism Grant Funding is Open

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

The Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau announces that the Tourist Development Council is open to receive grant applications for tourism-related grants now through Friday, August 18. This is the second round of grant funding for the year 2017.

June 2017 - Applicant Submittal Period Opens

August 18, 2017 - Applicant Submittal Period Ends

September 13, 2017 - Applicant Presentation to the Tourist Development Council; Grant Selection & Budget Allocation

There are two grant categories available this period: Special Project/Events and Collateral Materials.

Special Projects/Events Grant

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

This Special Project/Events Grant is used to provide funding for advertising and promotion of local events to out-of-county markets, with the goal of attracting overnight visitors. The Grant funds are intended to supplement the organization’s budget and are restricted in their use, allowing them to be used only 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 about the different areas in the County

Grant funding was awarded to applicants in both categories during the last two grant cycles. In the second grant period of 2016, a Collateral Materials grant supported an informational brochure on the Withlacoochee State Trail; a Special Projects/Events grant was given to benefit the Homosassa Seafood Festival during this same period. During the last grant period in early 2017, a Collateral Materials grant was awarded to the author and designer of the Finding the Treasures of the Trail: Citrus County trail guide and a Special Projects/Events grant was given to help advertise the City of Crystal River’s Pirate Fest. These items and events were found to be beneficial to overnight tourism in Citrus County.

To apply and 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 cycle.


Citrus County Code Review and Appeals Board Will Conduct a Public Meeting

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

The Citrus County Code Review and Appeals Board will conduct a public meeting on June 28, 2017 beginning at 9:00 am, at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W Sovereign Path Lecanto, FL 34461.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the revised building division fee schedule. Agenda Items will be:

•              Approval of last CRAB meeting minutes

•              Fee Schedule Revision and Implementation

For any person who decides to appeal a decision made by the Code Review and Appeals Board with respect to any matter considered at this public meeting, he/she will need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. (Section 286.0101, FL Statutes), any person requiring reasonable accommodations at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the Citrus County Administrator’s Office at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 North Apopka Ave., Inverness, FL 34450, phone: (352) 341-6560, or the Lecanto Government Building, phone: (352) 527-5310, at least two days before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired please use the TTY telephone number: (352) 341-6480.

Learn How to Build Healthy Relationships

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

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County is pleased to offer a 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 July 6 - August 3.  At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

To register by June 30, or for more information, visit the SMARTcouples.org Classes and Events page or contact UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County at 352-527-5700.

Funding for this project is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90FM 0079-01-00.  These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in programs should contact their UF/IFAS Extension office no later than 5 days prior to the scheduled meeting time or call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD).

BOCC Proclaims the 60th Anniversary of the College of Central Florida

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the College of Central Florida

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 23, 2017 proclaiming the 60th year anniversary of the College of Central Florida. 

The College of Central Florida was founded as Central Florida Junior College in 1957 to serve the educational needs of Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. Hampton Junior College was founded in 1958 as one of the first black colleges in Florida and merged with CFJC in 1966 to become Central Florida Community College. The college partnered with the Citrus County School Board to establish an educational complex in Lecanto in 1984. 

A free-standing campus was opened in Lecanto in 1996 and the college will make history with the opening of the first permanent higher education facility in Levy County when the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus opens in August of 2017. The college began offering baccalaureate degrees in 2010 and changed its name to College of Central Florida.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes and honors the 60th anniversary of the College of Central Florida and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

Water Restrictions go into Effect June 5 for Citrus County

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

Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Modified Phase III water shortage restrictions go into effect for Citrus County June 5, 2017 through August 1, 2017. These measures  apply beginning June 5 to all of Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties; the portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Marion, Polk, and Sumter, within the District’s jurisdiction; and Gasparilla Island (including the portion in Lee County),  except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.

These restrictions apply to the use of wells and surface sources such as ponds, rivers and canals, in addition to utility-supplied water. Lawn watering is limited to a once-per-week schedule. Unless your city or county already has stricter hours in effect, the allowable watering hours are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., regardless of property size.

Addresses with “house numbers” …

May only irrigate on …

Ending in 0 or 1 

Monday 

Ending in 2 or 3 

Tuesday 

Ending in 4 or 5 

Wednesday 

Ending in 6 or 7 

Thursday 

Ending in 8 or 9 

Friday 

No address (community common areas, etc.) 

Friday 


For information on car washing, new lawns and plants, reclaimed water, and other water uses visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/watering-restrictions.htm

or http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/restrictions/swfwmd.php

Commissioner Carnahan to Hold a Town Hall Meeting in Citrus Springs Thursday June 8

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

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman, Scott Carnahan, will be holding a Town Hall Meeting Thursday, June 8 for the general public to attend. The meeting will be held at the Citrus Springs Community Center, located at 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. in Citrus Springs, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

“Town Hall meetings are an informal opportunity to listen to what’s on the minds of Citrus County residents.” said Carnahan. “I invite anyone with a question or an item that is important to them to attend this meeting.”

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

Crystal River Students Collect Pennies for Pets

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

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Special thanks to the Crystal River High School Business Academy students.  The students collect pennies for pets for their community service project each year.  From the money they collect they are able to purchase pet food for the Citrus County PetMeals program, which is part of the homebound Meals on Wheels program.  Thank you so much to teacher, Melody Dobbins and all of her students who help with this worthwhile project.  It is truly appreciated by the senior citizens who participate in Meals on Wheels and have pets.  Business academy students, names left to right:  Bryant Fernandez, Vu Pham and Shannon Hancock.  Not pictured are Gunnar Consol and Adrianna Ordiway. 

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