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First Recycled Art Contest “Trash to Treasures” Announced for Middle School and High School Students

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The University of Florida-Citrus County Extension Service is proud to debut a new contest open to all Citrus County middle and high school students. Participating students can showcase their environmental awareness by transforming trash into art for awards and prizes.

The Trash to Treasure contest was created, through a collaborative effort, by the University of Florida Extension Services, Citrus County government, the Culture of Clean initiative, and Keep Citrus County Beautiful, to raise awareness about the environment and encourage the practice of recycling and up cycling.

Entries to the contest will be on display for public viewing at the Inverness Government Center lobby, 110 N. Apopka Ave, Inverness from April 8, 2019 to April 25, 2019 during the hours of 8am through 5pm. The student’s art will be judged on artistic ability and environmental relevance. When viewing artwork, the public is encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice award.  This award, along with first, second, and third prizes will be presented to students in two categories, middle school and high school. Art will be on display and winners announced at the Earth Day event held at the Citrus County Extension offices, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Awards will be distributed at 11:00 am during the Earth Day festivities.

Cash prizes will be generously donated by local businesses, nonprofits and individuals.  If you would like to become a prize sponsor, contact Stephanie at 352-527-5710 or by email at Donors will be recognized at the Earth Day event.

Applications to participate must be turned in no later than March 9, 2019  to reserve space for the artist. Applications can be found on the website:  and also at the Extension office.  For more information, please call: 325-527-5710.

Work to begin at Eugene Martin Park in Dunnellon

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County Parks and Recreation would like to inform residents that work will begin Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Eugene Martin Park in Dunnellon to remove and replace one of the existing playground structures in the park. The park will not be closed to the public, but the area where the work is being done will be roped off for safety. The work is planned to continue through the close of business on January 18, 2019. For more information call: 352-527-7540.

Citrus County Code Review and Appeals Board to Hold Meeting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County Code Review and Appeals Board (CRAB) will hold a public meeting on February 5, 2019 at 9:00am at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto.

This is the annual meeting of the Code Review and Appeals Board and agenda items include:

* Swearing in newly appointed CRAB member, Daniel Grannan

* Approval of the last CRAB meeting minutes.

* Open discussion.

The public is invited to attend. For more information call, 352-527-5332.

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative Presents Check to Board of County Commissioners

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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L to R; Benny Pike, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. Construction Superintendent; Steve Bowler, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. Engineering Supervisor; Jeff Kinnard, Chairman, Citrus County Board of Commissioners

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. representatives; Steve Bowler, Engineering Supervisor and Benny Pike, Construction Superintendent, presented BOCC Chairman Jeff Kinnard with a check on December 18, 2018, authorized by the Cooperative’s Board of Trustees, for the County’s pro-rata share of a capital credit refund in the amount of $34,402.09 for the year 2017.

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc., one of the largest non-profit electric utilities in the United States, is a non-profit, member-owned electric utility which returns capital credits to members annually.

Annual Kids Fishing Clinic

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, appreciation for our marine environment and a fun family outing are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Citrus County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) present a FREE Kids’ Fishing Clinic for pre-registered children between the ages of 5 and 15 on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Classes are available every 10 minutes between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  The clinic will be held at the Fort Island Trail Park.  Because space is limited, pre-registration is required by calling Citrus County Parks and Recreation at (352) 527-7540 or visiting our website at 

This free clinic enables young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety.  In addition, environmental displays will provide participants with a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.  The main objective is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems. This event is a catch-and-release activity, and all participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Individuals or companies interested in helping to sponsor this event or volunteer at the clinic should contact Citrus County Parks and Recreation at (352) 527-7540.

Landfill announces upcoming Hazardous Waste Saturday

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Citrus County Solid Waste Management Division would like to announce the next Household Hazardous Waste Saturday Collection is scheduled for January 12, 2019 from 9am to 1pm. Saturday events are announced throughout the year to accommodate residents who are not able to take advantage of Landfill programs and on weekdays. 

Household Hazardous waste is collected at the Citrus County Landfill located at 230 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Lecanto, Fl. 34461 every week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9am to 1pm. If you are able to visit the Landfill on these weekdays, you are encouraged to do so to avoid long lines and wait times during Saturday events.

Assessed households may bring up to 10 gallons (or 60 pounds) of household hazardous waste for proper disposal at no charge. Additional quantities of hazardous waste will be charged.

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