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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.

Beverly Hills Advisory Board Seeking Applications

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Beverly Hills Advisory Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking three qualified regular members, for a two year term each, that will begin on February 1, 2018. The term will expire on January 31, 2020.

Eligible applicants must reside full time and own property within the boundaries of the Beverly Hills Municipal Service Benefit Unit as approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Beverly Hills Advisory Board meets the second Monday of every month at 10:00am at the Beverly Hills Civic Center, located at One Civic Circle, Beverly Hills, Florida. The purpose of this board is to provide facilities, street lighting, beautification and other essential facilities and municipal services for the Beverly Hills area.

Applications are due by January 5, 2018 and can be accessed at:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf

Completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Citrus Springs Advisory Board Seeking Applications

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Citrus Springs Advisory Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking three qualified regular members, for a two year term each, that will begin on February 1, 2018. The term will expire on January 31, 2020.

Eligible applicants must reside full time and own property within the boundaries of the Citrus Springs Municipal Service Benefit Unit as approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Citrus Springs Advisory Board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 9:00am at the Citrus Springs Community Building, located at 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd in Citrus Springs. The purpose of this board is to provide facilities, street lighting, beautification and other essential facilities and municipal services for the Citrus Springs area.

Applications are due by January 5, 2018 and can be accessed at:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf

Completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461.

"For Hire" Fishing Workshop to be Offered

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

New and established charter captains and fishing guides are invited to attend the 4th annual “For-Hire” fishing workshop from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday, January 31st, at the Marine Science Station, 12646 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, Florida.

Connect with experts in the community and get answers to business questions and challenges to keep you ahead of the competition.  Hear some new ideas and proven advice to grow your fishing business. Workshop topics will include a Seasoned Captain’s discussion, fisheries update, and sustainability of the Nature Coast.

The pre-registration fee of $25 (payable by check, cash, or online) includes materials, lunch, and refreshments. 

To register and pay on-line: https://4thfishingworkshop.eventbrite.com

Make checks payable to “Citrus County BOCC” and mail or pay in person at: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto, FL 34461. 

For more information contact Stephanie Clamer at sclamer@ufl.edu or call 352-527-5710.     

All programs and related activities sponsored for or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with nondiscrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations.  For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact our office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request. Our phone number is (352) 527-5700. For the hearing impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Center Service at 1-800-955-8771.

“Citrus County Extension connects the public with the University of Florida/IFAS’ knowledge, research, and resources to address youth, family, community, and agricultural needs.”        An Equal Opportunity Institution

Join UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County For Cooking for 1 or 2

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

JOIN UF/IFAS EXTENSION CITRUS COUNTY FOR COOKING FOR 1 OR 2

WHO: Anyone

WHAT: Cooking for 1 or 2: Learn how to easily plan, shop for and prepare meals for one or two.  A cooking demonstration will also show how easy it can be.

WHEN & WHERE: This program will be offered on four different dates. Choose one:

            10:30 am, Friday, January 12, 2018 at Lakes Region Public Library

Or

10:30 am, Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Central Ridge Public Library

Or

10:30 am, Friday, January 26, 2018 at Floral City Public Library

Or

10:30 am, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Coastal Region Public Library

WHY: Cooking for one or two can seem overwhelming and impossible!  But with some planning it can be creative and rewarding.  Learn how to experiment with new recipes, new techniques, and new foods. 

Pre-registration is appreciated.  To register online: http://tinyurl.com/y763jhro

For more information or to register, contact Stephanie at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to Hold Public Meeting

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to hold public meeting

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, Florida.

Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to:

· 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Consultant Scope B

· Consultant Work Scope – 2018 Hernando County Traffic Count Updates and Intersection Analysis

· Approval of the Joint Participation Agreement (JPA) for Section 5305(d) Funding for 2018

· Annual Traffic Count Program Interlocal Agreement Between the Hernando/Citrus MPO and Citrus County

· Hernando/Citrus Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Citizen Appointments

· Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Routine Update of Suncoast Parkway Activities

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Dennis Dix, AICP, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Avenue, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28014 or email mpo@hernandocitrusmpo.us.

Two Free Florida-Friendly Gardening Workshop in December 2017

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

Beneficial and Pollinator wildlife

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on December 5, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  An important component of pest management strategies is identifying damaging insects. Many insects found in the landscape due little or no harm, while some are vital to food production.  Identifying the beneficial and pollinator visitors must be considered when applying harmful products minimizing potential damage to non-targeted pests.    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 or use link below for registration.

https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

Invasive and Nuisance wildlife

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on December 19, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Several plant and wildlife species have been introduced to the Florida peninsula. Several species have been intentionally introduced, while others accidentally, but all causing control problems.  Let’s learn which species to be aware of and non-harmful controls being developed to control invasive populations. 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 or use link below for registration.

https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

CR 491 Temporary Nighttime Lane Closures

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

Nighttime lane closures are scheduled from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM starting on Sunday, December 3 through Friday December 8. 

North Bound and South Bound lanes of CR491 will be temporarily closed during nighttime hours to construct storm water pipe and water utility pipes.  Pipes will be installed under CR491 south of SR44 just south of West Laurel Street.

  • South Bound CR491 lane closure will begin just to the north of SR44. 
  • North Bound CR491 lane closure will begin south of West Laurel Street. 

In addition, due to the lane closure on South Bound CR491, one left turn lane on SR44 will also be temporarily closed.  One North Bound lane and One South Bound lane on CR491 will be provided through the work zone during the nighttime construction period.  Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and to look for alternate routes.

BOCC Proclaims National Hospice & Palliative Care Month and Children's Grief Awareness Day

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 Anthony J. Palumbo, Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Chief Executive Officer

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented Proclamations at their regular meeting on November 14, 2017, proclaiming November 2017 as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and November 16, 2017 as Children’s Grief Awareness Day in Citrus County.  

Hospice and Palliative care provides patients and families the highest quality care during a life-limiting illness and at the end of life, through pain management, symptom control, caregiver training and assistance, and emotional and spiritual support, allowing patients to live fully up until the final moments, surrounded by the faces of loved ones, friends and committed caregivers.

Hospice is committed to upholding the dignity of every person, regardless of age, health or social status, and fully recognizes that every stage of human life deserves to be treated with the utmost respect sand care. Hospice also encourages all people to learn more about options of care and to share their wishes with family, loved ones, and their healthcare professionals.

Every school district has students who have experienced personal loss. Children who have a loved one die, especially a close family member, experience intense turmoil and there are more grieving children than most of us realize.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day provides an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child, and opportunity for all of us to recognize and support the grieving children of Citrus County.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims the month of November 2017 as “National Hospice and Palliative Care Month” and November 16, 2017 as “Children’s Grief Awareness Day” in Citrus County and encourages citizens to increase their understanding and awareness of care at the end of life and of children who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

BOCC Acknowledges Receipt of the EPA's 2017 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award

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: Ken Cheek, Director, Citrus County Department of Water Resources; Debra Burden; Citrus County Water Conservation Manager; Richard Owen, Executive Director, Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority; Josh Madden, Water Resources Bureau, Southwest Florida Water Management District; Edwin Bugbee, Water Conservation Specialist, Citrus County Department of Water Resources; Deborah Hooper, Water Conservation Specialist, Citrus County Department of Water Resources; Thomas McConnell, Water Conservation Specialist, Citrus County Department of Water Resources; Steven Davis, Florida-friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator, Citrus County Department of Water Resources

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners acknowledged receipt of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Promotional Partner of the Year award for Citrus County Utilities’ water conservation program at their regular meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County Utilities with a 2017 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award as a leader in saving water for future generations. Citrus County Utilities was honored at the 2017 WaterSmart Innovations Conference held this October in Las Vegas, for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2016.

Citrus County Utilities may be a small utility, but it earned its Promotional Partner of the Year Award by making a big splash in 2016 with water efficiency education and other efforts. The Utilities continues to support the adoption of WaterSense labeled products, such as irrigation controllers, aerators, showerheads, and toilets through rebates, retrofit/install, and giveaway programs.

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