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MPO to Hold Public Workshop

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) Consultant, Kimley-Horn will conduct a Public Workshop for the Crystal River Congestion Management Study on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., at the Crystal River City Hall Council Chambers, 123 US19, Crystal River, FL 34428.

Hernando/Citrus MPO has been working to identify improvements that can be undertaken in downtown Crystal River to more safely accommodate vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists in the area with a focus on:

· US 19 from SR 44 to NW 6th Avenue

· North Citrus Avenue

· Pedestrian and Bicycle Circulation Connecting the Three Sisters Spring Trail to Downtown and the Proposed    Riverwalk

· Crystal River Middle School

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Transportation Planner III, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, extension 28013 or email at stevend@hernandocounty.us.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Mia Fink, Crystal River City Clerk, Crystal River City Hall, 123 US19, Crystal River, FL 34428, (352) 795-4216 x303 at least two days before the meeting.

Florida Forest Service Creates New Mobile App

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

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service today announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire activity. Prescribed burn practitioners can also use the app to plan and submit authorization requests. The “FLBurnTools” app is now available in both Apple's App Store and on Google Play.

“By providing Floridians with better access to the latest wildfire information, we can help protect people, wildlife and property,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Residents can now see real-time conditions in their area and take the appropriate safety precautions.”

The Florida Forest Service's prescribed fire program is a nationwide leader, treating more than 2.1 million acres last year and providing approximately 88,000 burn authorizations annually. In addition to administering Florida's prescribed fire program, the Florida Forest Service responds to wildfires during Florida's year-round wildfire season. Last year, more than 2,100 wildfires burned 53,476 acres in Florida.

The “FLBurnTools” app provides the following tools:

· Drought information

· Interactive fire maps

· Wildfire information

· Burning authorization requests

· Smoke dispersion models

· Spot weather forecasts

“Wildfire activity is on the rise and wildfire danger is expected to increase greatly in the coming months,” said Jim Karels, Florida State Forester. “Floridians equipped with the ‘FLBurnTools' app can view the locations of nearby wildfires and see up-to-date drought and wildfire danger information.”

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com.

Citrus County to Hold Contractor's Forum on the Use of SHIP Funds

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

Citrus County Housing Services will be hosting a Contractor’s Forum, focusing on the use of State Housing Initiatives Program (SHIP), on Thursday, February 23 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto. 

SHIP funds may be used to assist program eligible individuals and families with the rehabilitation of their homes for repairs to correct serious structural and/or health and safety related issues. Repairs including re-roofs, electrical, plumbing, heating/cooling, doors windows, septic, well etc. 

Learn About the State Housing Initiatives Program (SHIP)

Learn About the Bidding Process

How to Become a Vendor

This program DOES NOT REMODEL but will be used for homes that are in need of repair. All rehabilitation repairs must meet all applicable Federal code requirements, including the all Florida Residential Building Codes, and all applicable local/County codes.

If you are a licensed contractor (general, residential or possessing other appropriate licenses) 

and are interested in bidding for services, please join us at this event. To RSVP or for more information Contact Genesis Redwan, Sr. Program Assistant at (352) 527-7526 

or email: genesis.redwan@citrusbocc.com or Michelle DiRubba-Alford, Housing Coordinator at (352) 527-7522 or email: michelle.dirubba-alford@citrusbocc.com.

Si necesita un traductor de español por favor haga arreglos con el Condado dentro de dos días de la notificación de la publicación (352) 527-5370.

Vendors must provide proof of workers compensation and liability insurance to be considered for this program. Citrus County is an equal opportunity employer.


BOCC Proclaims National Children's Dental Health 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 of the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County and dental team

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 14, 2017 proclaiming the month of February as National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Good health can be achieved in part through good dental habits and attitudes established early and reinforced to maintain good oral health throughout life. By participating in the annual celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, members of the dental team, parents, teachers and others in the community can help keep children’s smiles beautiful now and for years to come.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes February, 2017 as National Children’s Dental Health Month in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

BOCC Recognizes Tourism Development Council Member

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

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The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with Mr. Frank Peters

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a certificate of appreciation to Mr. Frank Peters outgoing member of the Tourist Development Council at their regular meeting on February 14, 2017. Mr. Peters was honored for his service to the county during his tenure on the Tourist Development Council and for his many years of generous contributions to both Floral City and Citrus County.

BOCC Proclaims Through with Chew Week

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida and Florida Department of Health in Citrus County

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 14, 2017 proclaiming the week of February 19 through 25, 2017 as Through with Chew Week.

Using smokeless tobacco can lead to nicotine addiction and dependence; smokeless tobacco can lead to nicotine addiction and dependence. Smokeless tobacco users have an 80 percent higher risk of oral cancer. Youth use of smokeless tobacco has fluctuated but has not decreased compared to a decade ago. Many of the highest youth smokeless tobacco use rates are in rural areas. Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way can double a tobacco users chances of successfully quitting.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes February 19 through 25, 2017 as Through with Chew Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

BOCC Proclaims YMCA Youth in Government Week

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Citrus County YMCA Youth in Government program

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 14, 2017 proclaiming the week of February 20 through 24, 2017 as YMCA Youth in Government Week.

Citrus County YMCA stands firmly committed to promoting and inspiring the next generation of citizen servant leaders through experiential learning with the YMCA’s Youth in Government program. The Youth in Government delegates learn the inner workings of state and local government, which helps to guide and inspire them in their future goals and career paths. Hands-on leadership development and civic programs engage the minds and lives of our junior citizens while they learn to debate ideas, not people, with the ultimate goal of building a strong community.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes February 20 through 24, 2017 as YMCA Youth in Government Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

Citrus County Transit Interconnects with the Crystal River Trolley Hub

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

Citrus County Transit Service would like to remind everyone that the Orange Line picks up and drops off multiple times during daytime hours, Monday through Friday at Crystal River City Hall on Route 19, which is the 2017 designated Trolley Hub.

The Crystal River Orange Line has multiple scheduled stops that would be of interest to visitors and residents including the Crystal River Mall/Movie Theatre. Riders can also request a deviated drop off along the route.

All Orange Line buses are equipped with bike racks and are ADA, wheelchair accessible. For additional information please call Citrus County Transit at 352-527-7630.

Commissioner Coleman to Hold Town Hall in Inverness Monday

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

Citrus County Commissioner Brian Coleman will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, February 20, 2017 for the general public to attend. The meeting will be held at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, 2nd floor, One Courthouse Square, Inverness, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.

“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.

March 1 is the Deadline for 2017 Exemptions and Classifications

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Kevin Mims       Year: 2017

The 2017 deadline is just two weeks away for filing of homestead and other exemptions and classifications. Applications may either be hand delivered or mailed and postmarked no later than Wednesday, March 1st. For eligibility, a complete application with all supporting documentation is required. This deadline applies to:

• Homestead Exemption

• Widow/Widower Exemption

• All Veterans Disability Exemptions

• Deployed Military Exemption for duty in specified active war zones during 2014

• Eligible Citizens Physical Disability Exemptions

• Portability Applications

• Agricultural or Conservation Classification

• Conservation in Perpetuity Exemption

• Institutional, Education, Religious or Charitable Exemptions

Property owners with an existing exemption or classification should have received their annual renewal postcard during January 2017. Assuming there are no changes in ownership or other status affecting the exemption or classification, renewal is automatic. A new application is required if you have bought a new home and/or moved, or made any changes in the title to your home. Contact this office if unsure.

Filings after March 1st, 2017 are considered late and will be considered for the 2018 tax roll. For good cause and upon request, late filings may be eligible for consideration at the discretion of the Property Appraiser. The Property Appraiser’s website www.citruspa.org provides explanations of eligibility and what documentation is required to file the application. The customer service staff is always available to answer questions in both offices. In Inverness please call (352) 341-6600 (Courthouse Annex Building), in Crystal River please call (352) 564-7130 (West Citrus Center). Applications may be mailed to either location.

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