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OPPORTUNITY LINKS – FIND A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

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

Learn where you can make a difference and discover your niche in community service! The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Nature Coast Volunteer Center hosts a forum for people to link-up with local volunteer opportunities. This is an opportunity to meet with staff and volunteer managers, and learn about their programs. RSVP and the Nature Coast Volunteer Center are the engines through which over 60 local organizations connect hundreds of volunteers to meaningful service opportunities throughout Citrus County.

The next Opportunity Links will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, in the Citrus County Resource Center in the Café, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto.

For more information, or to reserve your seat, please call 352-527-5959, or email ncvc@citrusbocc.com

Fort Island Gulf Beach is Open for Water Activities

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

The Fort Island Gulf Beach has reopened effective Thursday, December 12, 2019. Water testing results taken this week show the water is safe for swimming and all water activities.

Holiday Music with Joe & Kathy Donato

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

The Citrus County Library invites the public to a free musical event at the Floral City branch on Thursday, December 19th at 1PM. This event will feature holiday music by multi-instrumentalist and South Florida Hall of Jazz inductee Joe Donato and his wife Kathy. Visit citruslibraries.org for more information about upcoming programs and events. 

Seeking applications for seat on the Beverly Hills Advisory Council

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Beverly Hills Advisory Council.  This Advisory Council is seeking three qualified regular members to fill the two-year terms that will expire on January 31, 2022.

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 Council meets the second Monday of every month at 10:00am at the Beverly Hills Civic Center, located at One Civic Circle in Beverly Hills. 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 December 27, 2019 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. 


Seeking applications for seat on the Citrus Springs Advisory Board

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

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 to fill the two-year terms that will expire on January 31, 2022.

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 December 27, 2019 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. 

County Surplus Property now on Govdeals.com

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

Citrus County is now posting Surplus Property on the website, Govdeals.com. Govdeals is a liquidity services marketplace that provides services to government agencies allowing them to sell surplus assets via the Internet. Partnering with Govdeals helps expand the visibility of surplus property and streamlines the process for the county and the property purchaser.

For more information on the auction and property visit www.Govdeals.com. For additional questions, please phone Citrus County Engineering, 352-527-5458.

Suncoast Parkway 2 Construction and Lane Closure Updates

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

The Florida Turnpike is advising motorists of construction along with lane closures:

Eastbound and westbound US 98 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Long-term single lane closures. One lane in each direction will remain open to traffic.

W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, December 9, and Friday, December 13.

W. Cardinal Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, December 9, and daily through Friday, December 13.

Possible overnight flagging operation, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday, December 8, and nightly through Thursday, December 12.

W. Glen Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, December 9, and daily through Friday, December 13.

Grover Cleveland Boulevard in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, December 9, and daily through Friday, December 13.

Homosassa Trail/CR 490 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, December 9, and daily through Friday, December 13.

S. Sunnyview Point at W. Cardinal Street

Long-term closure

Detour information:

•             S. Sunnyview Point traffic wishing to access W. Cardinal Street will be directed to travel west on Access Road F to S. Frank Meyer Point, travel north on S. Frank Meyer Point to the W. Cardinal Street diversion road and travel west on the diversion road to access W. Cardinal Street.

S. Pine Meadow Avenue at W. Cardinal Street

Long term closure

Detour information:

•             S. Pine Meadow Avenue traffic wishing to access W. Cardinal Street should travel north on S. Pine Meadow Avenue to W. Mockingbird Street, travel west on W. Mockingbird Street to S. Eastern Avenue and travel south on S. Eastern Avenue to access W. Cardinal Street.

W. Whippoorwill Street

Permanent closure

Detour information:

•             W. Whippoorwill Street traffic on the westside of the project wishing to access W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard should travel west on W. Whippoorwill Street to S. Corbett Avenue and travel north on S. Corbett Avenue to access W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard.

•             W. Whippoorwill Street traffic on the eastside of the project wishing to access W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard should travel east on W. Whippoorwill Street to S. Leisure Boulevard, travel north on S. Leisure Boulevard to S. Lecanto Highway/SR 491 and travel west on S. Lecanto Highway to access W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: 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 W. Cardinal Street and a partial interchange at SR 44, one wildlife crossing and four wildlife culverts, 15 new bridges, 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.

SWFWMD Governing Board to Meet in Brooksville

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

SWFWMD Governing Board to Meet in Brooksville

Water supply planning workshop to start at 9 a.m.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. The meeting will immediately follow a water supply planning workshop. Both meetings will take place at the District Headquarters, located at 2379 Broad Street in Brooksville.

To view the Governing Board meeting online, visit WaterMatters.org and click on the “Live Video Stream” link. The video stream link becomes active and the live video feed begins approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time. 

The meeting agenda and meeting materials are posted one week before the meeting, and can be found online at WaterMatters.org by clicking on the “Go to District Calendar” link.

County Names New Director of Engineering

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

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Citrus County Department of Public Works has named Mark A. Young as the new Director of Engineering. Young officially started his new position on Monday, October 28, 2019. 

With over twenty years of experience in engineering, Young was a Professor at the University of Miami in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering for a period of thirteen years during his career.

Immediately before coming to Citrus County, Young worked for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina as Engineering Supervisor in Engineering Services - Roadway Design and Construction. Prior to that position, he was City Engineer for the City of Morganton, North Carolina.

Young is a graduate of the University of Miami with Bachelor of Science degrees in Architectural and Civil Engineering, while also completing course work toward a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering specific to Biomechanics and Human Factors.

Young and his wife live in Inverness and have three successful adult sons. 

First Quilts of Valor Presentation held in Citrus County

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

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Left to Right: Vernon Ivey, Veteran of the United States Air Force, Served in Desert Storm; Christy with “Gracie’s Girls”; Calvin Elder, Veteran of the United States Navy, Served in the Korean War; Tucker with “Gracie’s Girls”

Christy and Tucker with “Gracie’s Girls” Bushnell Chapter, Quilts of Valor (QOV) made a presentation of patriotic, hand-made quilts on Thursday, November 14, 2019 to veterans at the East Citrus Community Center in Inverness.  This presentation was the first of its kind in Citrus County.

The quilts were presented in a ceremony where the service member or veteran is “covered” with his or her quilt to honor their sacrifices and service.  The recipients at this ceremony were Vernon Ivey who served in the United States Air Force and Calvin Elder who served in the United States Navy, both residents of Citrus County.

The mission of Quilts of Valor is to cover service members or veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.  Each quilt is hand-made with appreciation and love in every stitch.  The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream. Founder Catherine Roberts’ son Nat was deployed in Iraq. The first QOV was awarded in November 2003 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) to a young soldier from Minnesota who had lost his leg in Iraq. The group’s mission statement reads, “The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”

Carolyn Adanti, Community Center Coordinator at East Citrus Community Center contacted Gracie’s Girls about Citrus County participating in the Quilts of Valor program and honoring service members living in the county.  Carolyn says that more of these ceremonies are planned for 2020, and she hopes to honor many more veterans and service members who have served our country heroically.  

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