News and Announcements

Suncoast Parkway 2 Construction and Lane Closure Updates

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Florida Turnpike is advising of lane closures due to the Suncoast 2 construction project. US 98 eastbound and westbound in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway will see long-term single lane closures. One lane in each direction will remain open to traffic.  

Florida’s Turnpike is constructing the Suncoast Parkway 2, a four-lane toll facility that extends the existing Suncoast Parkway northward for 13 miles from US 98 in Hernando County to SR 44 in Citrus County. The project includes constructing full interchanges at US 98 and West Cardinal Street and a partial interchange at SR 44, one wildlife crossing and four wildlife culverts, 15 new bridges, two all-electronic tolling gantries and equipment buildings, and related drainage, lighting, highway signing, traffic signalization, guardrail and sidewalk.

The Suncoast Trail, part of Florida’s Statewide Greenways and Trails System, will also be extended from US 98 to SR 44, with a pedestrian overpass constructed over US 98. The cost for this project is approximately $135 million and it is expected to be completed in 2022.

Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to meet in January

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 5:00 pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center (CCRC Café), 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, Florida.

This meeting will include the triennial review of affordable housing incentives and review of all SHIP strategies proposed in the 2019-2022 Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP).  A draft version of the proposed LHAP can be viewed at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL 34461.

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.

News from the Museum

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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The Citrus County Historical Society and the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum are pleased to announce that they are being awarded funds of $5,000 by the Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This funding will allow for the continuance of the Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series programming at the Museum, January - April 2019. In addition, to the program funding a new traveling exhibition titled, Manatee Mania will be opening on Friday, January 25 at 5 - 7:00 pm. as a result of funding from the same grant.

Dr. James "Buddy" Powell founder and Executive Director of Sea to Shore Alliance will be presenting the first program of the season on Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Powell has spent over a 40 year career studying and working to conserve manatees around the world. Dr. Powell began his love for marine mammals here in Citrus County while working with Daniel "Woodie" Hartman and Jacques Cousteau in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Crystal River. Hartman first came to Crystal River in 1969 from Cornell University to work on his dissertation thesis, the first comprehensive study of manatees at that time.

Next up a week later, on Thursday, February 7, Dr. Steven Noll from the University of Florida will bring another entertaining and educational program on manatees to the Museum.  Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, where he received his PhD in 1991. Dr. Noll taught special education in the public schools of Alachua County for 28 years before moving over full-time to UF in 2004. Dr. Noll has written extensively on general Florida history as well as more specialized subjects ranging from Florida environmental policy, the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal, and the disability rights movement of the 1970s.

Additionally, the Historical Society has received a Visit Florida Marketing Support Grant. This grant will allow staff to work with Visit Florida on fine-tuning the Museums marketing.

Lastly, The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is now part of the Florida Trail Passport Program and a Florida Trail Gateway Community site. Inverness is now one of nine current communities in north and central Florida. This program works very much like the Florida or National Parks System Passport program. More information can be found at: https://www.floridatrail.org/passport/.  

From Bach to the Beatles:

Musicians Julie Adams and Rick Smith, will perform on Thursday, January 17 at the Old Courthouse Museum in Inverness. Can you imagine a full orchestra playing in your living room? Alternatively, two lovers flirting in a symphony hall? It is a little bit of both that you get from world-renowned finger style guitarist Richard Smith and his wife, versatile cellist Julie Adams – and they serve up so much more.

Julie Adams is one of the most diverse cellists on the music scene today. Raised in Dayton, Ohio, and classically trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Cincinnati Conservatory, she has won many competitions and played in the most diverse musical settings. She has performed with orchestras in Chicago, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and Vero Beach.

Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches.

Their repertoire includes Scott Joplin rags, Sousa marches, Chopin, Mozart, and fiddle tunes. It ranges from jazz standards Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and to Django Reinhardt gypsy swing, not to mention their intriguing originals. Richard and Julie deliver both, lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with gentle and witty vocals.  

What people are saying...

“Strings of gold on guitar met strings of pearls on cello ... Richard Smith and Julie Adams rang the satisfaction chime at 20, on a scale of one to ten.”

Jean Bartlett, The Pacifica Tribune, Pacifica/CA

“Richard Smith's fingers move so fast across the guitar strings that they're virtually a blur, but the music is pristinely clear … The heroes' hero ...”

Kyra Gottesman, Chico Enterprise-Record, Chico/CA

“Julie Adams' eloquent cello solos deserve special mention.”

Andrew Porter, The New Yorker

This is a show you won't want to miss!

 *Doors open at 6 PM and concert starts at 7 PM* Light refreshments will be served.

All shows take place at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum located at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL 34450

Order tickets online at cchistoricalsocietyshop.com or call 352.341.6428.

Any questions, call 352-341-6428 or email citrushistoricalsociety@gmail.com

County accepting applications for Mobile Home Park or RV park vacancy adjustment for Fire Protection Assessment

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

In accordance with Resolution 2013-115 Section 5, each owner of mobile home park or recreational vehicle (RV) park property will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the vacancy rate in space occupancy within such property and receive a vacancy adjustment to the Fire Protection Assessments that was approved on July 23, 2013. 

Applications are now available and can be submitted to the County on or before May 1. A determination will be based on evidence of a vacancy rate provided by the property owner. The vacancy rate shall be defined as the percentage of available spaces within a mobile home or RV park that were vacant between January 1, 2018 through and including December 31, 2018. 

The following information must be given to be considered eligible for a vacancy adjustment:

•          Applicant must be the owner of the property

•          Applicant shall complete the application in full, including the vacancy rate calculation (formula provided on application)

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. The property owner must be able to provide the Tax Parcel ID number when completing the application and signature is required.

The application form is available at Citrus County Resources Center, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, and on the following websites: www.citrusbocc.com and www.citruscountyfire.com

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:

Citrus County Land Section

Fire Protection Assessment

3600 West Sovereign Path Suite 205

Lecanto, FL 34461

For any questions, please call Citrus County Land Section at 352-527-5458.

Hardship Assistance Application Deadline for Fire Protection Assessment prior to May 1st

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

In accordance with Resolution 2013-115 Section 4, Citrus County has created a Hardship Assistance Program to assist residential property owners, who meet eligibility criteria, with the financial burden created by the imposition of the Municipal Services Benefit Unit for Fire Protection Assessment that was approved on July 23, 2013. 

Applications will not be accepted after the close of business on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Applications can be submitted to Citrus County Housing Services and a determination will be based upon the provided information. If deemed qualified for the hardship assistance, the County shall pay the Fire Protection Assessment imposed on the qualified homesteaded property.

The following qualifications must be met to be considered eligible for hardship assistance:

•             Applicant must be the owner of the residential property and be granted homestead exemption

•             The total household income of all lawful occupants of the property shall be less than or equal to 30% of the current income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as adjusted for family size (income limits are listed on application)

•             The applicant shall have the present intent to maintain the residential property as their permanent residence through the remainder of the fiscal year

•             Prior to May 1 each year, the applicant shall file with Citrus County Housing Services an application and all supporting documentation to be considered for eligibility

•             Applications submitted without complete and proper documentation will be disqualified and denied

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. Supporting documentation for all occupants of the property from all sources is required and examples of documentation are included on the application. Copies of originals are encouraged and accepted. No documents will be returned. The property owner must be able to provide the Tax Parcel ID number when completing the application and signature is required.

The application form is available at Citrus County Housing Services, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Tax Collector’s Office and on the following website: www.citrusbocc.com.

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners

Attn: Housing Services

2804 W. Marc Knighton Court #12

Lecanto, FL 34461 

For any questions regarding applications, please call Citrus County Housing Services at 352-527-7520.

Hardship Assistance Application Deadline for Solid Waste Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) prior to July 1st

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

In accordance with Ordinance 97-02, Section 18, Citrus County has created a Hardship Assistance Program to assist residential property owners, who meet eligibility criteria, with the financial burden created by the imposition of the Municipal Services Benefit Unit for Solid Waste that was approved on May 27, 1997.

Applications will not be accepted after the close of business on Friday, June 28, 2019. Applications can be submitted to Citrus County Housing Services and a determination will be based upon the provided information. If deemed qualified for the hardship assistance, the County shall pay the Solid Waste MSBU imposed on the qualified homesteaded property.

The following qualifications must be met to be considered eligible for hardship assistance:

•             Applicant must be the owner of the residential property and be granted homestead exemption.

•             The total household income of all lawful occupants of the property shall be less than or equal to 30% of the current income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as adjusted for family size (income limits are listed on application).

•             The applicant shall have the present intent to maintain the residential property as their permanent residence through the remainder of the fiscal year.

•             Prior to July 1 each year, the applicant shall file with Citrus County Housing Services an application and all supporting documentation to be considered for eligibility.

•             Applications submitted without complete and proper documentation will be disqualified and denied.

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. Supporting documentation for all occupants of the property from all sources is required and examples of documentation are included on the application. Copies of originals are encouraged and accepted. No documents will be returned. The property owner must be able to provide the Alternate Key (AK) number when completing the application and signature is required. 

The application form is available at Citrus County Housing Services, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Tax Collector’s Office and on the following website: www.citrusbocc.com.

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners

Attn: Housing Services

2804 W. Marc Knighton Court #12

Lecanto, FL 34461

For any questions, please call Citrus County Housing Services at 352-527-7520.

County accepting applications for annual vacancy reimbursement for the Residential Solid Waste MSBU

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

In accordance with Ordinance 97-02, Section 18, an owner of improved real property who can demonstrate that a dwelling unit thereon was unoccupied and vacant during the entire Assessment Period in which the Annual Disposal Assessment was imposed, may request reimbursement of the residential Solid Waste MSBU.

Applications are now available and can be submitted to the County before 5:00 p.m. on June 28th.  A determination will be based on evidence of a vacancy provided by the property owner, January 1, 2018 through and including December 31, 2018.

The following information must be given to be considered eligible for a vacancy reimbursement:

  • Applicant must be the owner of the property
  • Applicant shall complete the application in full
  • Applicant shall provide proof that the tax bill was paid in full prior to April 30th.
  • Applicant shall provide proof of non-occupancy in the form of minimal usage utility bills, January 1st through December 31st
  • Application must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 28th.

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. The property owner must be able to provide the Alternate Key (AK) number when completing the application and signature is required.

The application form is available at Citrus County Resources Center, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, and on the following website: www.citrusbocc.com

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:
Citrus County Land Section

Solid Waste MSBU

3600 West Sovereign Path Suite 205

Lecanto, FL 34461

For any questions, please call Citrus County Land Section at 352-527-5458.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree at the Landfill

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Citrus County residents may recycle natural, live Christmas trees at the Citrus County Central Landfill, free of charge during the months of December and January only.  Trees must be cleaned of all decorations, lights, and artificial snow. Christmas Tree Disposal Program will end January 31, 2019.

Artificial trees brought to landfill for disposal will be charged standard solid waste / trash rates.

Cover and Secure Your Load Reminder

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The Citrus County Solid Waste Management wants to remind all County residents and commercial haulers coming into the Citrus County Central Landfill to secure and cover their loads before leaving home or businesses. This protects our roads and rights of way from unsightly loose debris falling onto the highways. In addition, a $10.00 per ton surcharge may be applied for uncovered or uncontained waste when entering the Central Landfill in Lecanto. Please remember to cover your load.

Citrus County Fire Rescue Toy Donation

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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On Thursday, December 20, 2018, due to the generosity of the community and their donations, toys were delivered by Citrus County Fire Rescue crews to Jessie’s Place.  The toys were distributed to needy or abused children in Citrus County through Jessie’s Place and the Department of Children and Families.  Also, each Citrus County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer chose a family that needed assistance.  68 local children ages 8 months to 17 years old were able to have a wonderful Christmas.


Organizers:

Timothy & Deborah Stephens and Carla Stalcup

Donation Locations:

Anderson Freight Lines

Center Stage Dance Academy

Charlies Fish House

Citrus Orthopedic and Joint Restoration

Cycle Solutions

Diamond Duo 5.00 Bling

Grannies Restaurant

Hughes Exterminators

Kim’s Café

Neil’s Upholstery

Michael & Debbie Pittman

Queen of Cakes

Sassified Salon

Sunoco on 44

Trotter Realty

Truecare Family and Implant Dentistry

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