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Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith - Homosassa Memorial Day Event

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

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Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith was a guest speaker at the Homosassa Memorial Day event on May 29. Commissioner Smith spoke specifically to the memory of those he knew who died in battle, how each moment spent with those brothers in arms was an honor and to have known them, served with them, and remember them as they lived is what Memorial Day is about. During his speech Commissioner Smith quoted General George S. Patton, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

Commissioners Attend the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Institute Training in Tampa

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

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Commissioners Jeff Kinnard and Ron Kitchen, who are both board members of the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, attended the Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council (MPOAC) Institute for elected officials in Tampa, May 19 – 21. The MPOAC Weekend Institute provides MPO board members with an opportunity to enhance their understanding and leadership skills regarding transportation decision-making, including key role they play in the process.

Transportation decision-makers face numerous challenges in making complex transportation decisions. The information provided during the Institute is designed for practical application in transportation planning activities performed by elected officials. The goal of the MPOAC Institute is to provide MPO Board members with the knowledge and tools necessary to engage in the MPO process.

Citrus Community Swing Band to Perform

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

Join your friends and neighbors at West Citrus Community Center to enjoy the swinging music and dancing! West Citrus Community Center is hosting a dance and concert featuring the Citrus Community Swing Band, June 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. until they can’t swing anymore! The event is free (donations are encouraged), and open to the public.

The Citrus Community Swing Band is a group of musicians who volunteer their time to help bring back the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and the big bands to the citizens of Citrus County. Andrew Janicki leads the fourteen-member community band. For information about the band, please call Andrew at (352) 464-2870.

West Citrus Community Center is located at 8940 W. Veterans Drive, Homosassa, for more information about this event or programs at the center please call (352) 795-3831.

Temporary Burn Ban LIFTED for Citrus County

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

The temporary county-wide Burn Ban put in place by the Board of County Commissioners at their Tuesday, April 11, 2017 meeting, has been lifted effective Thursday, May 25. 

Fort Island Beach Boat Ramp is Open for Business

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

The Fort Island Beach Boat Ramp and floating dock are fully operational as of Thursday, May 25 after suffering major damage during Hurricane Hermine in September 2016. 

May 26 Lane Closure on SR 44

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

The outside westbound lane of SR 44 at the intersection of S. Elmwood Dr. will be closed on Friday, May 26 from 9am to 4pm. This lane closure is necessary for contractor C.W. Roberts to perform paving operations on S. Elmwood Dr. Please use caution if traveling this area on Friday, May 26.

Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held for the South West Regional Water Reclamation Facility

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

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The Board of County Commissioners, along with dignitaries, staff and citizens, broke ground on Tuesday, May 23 for the new Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility (SWRWRF) plant in Homosassa that is a cornerstone project for the protection of Citrus County’s springs system.

The Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility (SWRWRF) is an existing wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) owned and operated by Citrus County approximately 3 miles east of the Chassahowitzka River, which has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water. The Chassahowitzka River flows to the Gulf of Mexico and is formed from pristine waters contributed by more than 12 springs. 

This project includes the planning, permitting, design and construction of an advanced wastewater treatment plant meeting a 5-5-3 effluent quality to replace the existing WWTF. The current facility will be replaced by a new 1.5 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) annual average daily flow, 4-stage Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) oxidation ditch system followed by secondary clarifiers, disc filters, and chlorine disinfection, with reclaimed water disposed to rapid infiltration basins on the plant site and to the County’s public access reuse.  BNR is a process used for nitrogen and phosphorus removal from wastewater before it is discharged.  

This cornerstone project is part of a larger and continuing effort to protect our water in Citrus County by removing unwanted nutrients, reducing groundwater pumping and providing capacity for future septic to sewer projects now and in the future.   This is a project of Citrus County Water Resources Department led by Director Ken Cheek, Engineering firm is Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc. and the contractor is Wharton Smith, Inc. The project is slated to be completed and operational by summer 2020. 

Updates Florida Department of Transportation Projects in Citrus County

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

Updates Florida Department of Transportation projects in Citrus County

No closures in US 19 construction zone over Memorial Day holiday weekend

No lane closures are scheduled in the US 19 construction zone between W. Green Acres Street and S. Jump Court during the Memorial Day holiday period from Friday night, May 26 through Monday, May 29.
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Green Acres Street to be closed at US 19 Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon

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. Tuesday, May 30 to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31. US 19 will remain open, but drivers will not be able to drive through the intersection at W. Green Acres Street.

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.
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Periodic night lane closures on US 19 in Homosassa Springs

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. Tuesday through Saturday (May 30 – June 3) nights. At least one lane will remain open in each direction during the nighttime lane closures.

Also, W. Homosassa Trail west of US 19 remains closed around-the-clock until further notice.

Two Free Florida-friendly Gardening Workshops in June 2017

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

Florida-friendly Landscaping™ principles

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on June 6, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm. The University of Florida developed the 9 basic principles to establish a set of gardening practices which aid gardeners in creating sustainable and successful ornamental gardens.  These practices allow gardeners to create beautiful landscapes generating little or no impact to our water resources.  Selection of the right plant for the right location, efficient irrigation, proper fertilization and responsible pest management are several of the topics discussed during 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.


Landscaping in Florida’s sandy soils

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on June 20, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm. The components of Florida’s soils and geology need to be considered when making landscaping installation and best management choices.  The soils pH, proper fertilization choices and appropriate supplemental irrigation practices can impact the sustainability of our ornamental gardens.  Learn ways to effectively manage plants growing in sandy Florida soils.  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.


Commissioner Kinnard Speaks to Women's Political Network of Citrus County

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

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Commissioner Jeff Kinnard was guest speaker on Wednesday, May 24 for the Women’s Political Network of Citrus County (WPNCC) monthly meeting held at the Central Ridge Library in Beverly Hills. Commissioner Kinnard is pictured with one of the WPNCC meeting attendees. Rosalie Matt is president of the WPNCC which meets monthly with speakers of interest to inform county residents of state and local issues that may affect us.

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