News and Announcements

Temporary Idle Speed/ No Wake Zones in Effect on Withlacoochee River

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

Temporary Idle Speed/No Wake Zones are in effect on the Withlacoochee River due to high water levels.  Zone (b) Camp Izzard Boat Ramp to the Marion/Sumter County Line, Zone (c) North Hooty Point to South of East Newman Drive and Zone (d) East Squire Court to south of East Shawnee Trail are Idle Speed/No Wake areas until further notice.

County Aquatic Staff are posting these areas with the appropriate signs. To learn more about water data

provided by the USGS, please visit:, and scroll down to the “Withlacoochee River Basin” to find the river gauges. For more information, phone Citrus County Aquatics, 352-527-5841.

US 98 (Ponce De Leon Blvd) Closing for Railroad Crossing Work

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

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is advising that beginning early Saturday morning, August 17, 2019, FDOT and CSX will close a section of US Highway 98 (Ponce De Leon Boulevard) between Jefferson Street and Yontz Road in Brooksville (Hernando County). This closure is necessary for CSX to replace the railroad crossing located just north of Oakdale Avenue.

Once closed, US 98 (Ponce De Leon Boulevard) will reopen after 5 days, weather permitting. During this closure, motorists will not be able to cross the tracks. Motorists will be detoured around the work zone using Jefferson Street, Cobb Road, and Yontz Road. Access to businesses, residents and emergency vehicles will be maintained.

Electronic message boards and detour signs will be used to assist motorists traveling through the detour. Motorists should anticipate heavier than normal volumes of traffic on these roads during this temporary closure. For more information visit .

Visit Florida CEO and Team to hold Community Meeting in Citrus County

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

Citrus County Visitors And Convention Bureau, and the Tourism Development Council are hosting Dana D. Young President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA and other members of the VISIT FLORIDA team on August 20, 2019 at the Discover Crystal River Information Center, 915 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. This public meeting is an opportunity to share how tourism positively impacts your community and how VISIT FLORIDA can best drive more visitors to Florida, Citrus County, and our local businesses.

All tourism professionals, business owners and community members interested in Florida tourism are invited to register and attend this event. The visit to Citrus County is part of a VISIT FLORIDA statewide tour. For more information or to REGISTER visit

Animal Services Closes Temporary Shelter

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

Animal Services is closing their temporary shelter at the Fire Station located at 9658 S. Pleasant Grove Rd Inverness, Fl. Citizens looking for their lost pet, or would like to adopt a pet please visit the Citrus County Animal Shelter at 4030 S. Airport Rd., Inverness, Fl.

The Shelter is open to the public from 10:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday through Saturday. At this time, there are over 200 pets available for adoption and looking for a family of their own!

For more information on adoptable pets and owner reclaims at the Citrus County Animal Shelter, visit our website or call 352-746-8400.

Clear the Shelters event to highlight 200 pets in need of homes in Citrus County

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

Citrus County Animal Services is pleased to be participating in WFLA-TV / News Channel 8 (“WFLA”) popular pet adoption drive Clear the Shelters. Launching in August and culminating with ‘Clear the Shelters’ day on Saturday, August 17. This is the station’s third year participating in the national Clear the Shelters initiative. Nationally, more than 250,000 pets have been adopted through the NBC/Telemundo stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign.

The Citrus County Clear the Shelter event will take place on August 17 with extended hours at the Shelter at 4030 S. Airport Rd., Inverness, starting at 8am with vendors, OMG Pretzels, and giveaways (for adopters and visitors). This event will highlight the over 200 pets at the Shelter waiting for adoption. During the event there will be tips and exhibitions from dog trainers and dog playgroup exhibitions. Adoption fees will be waived (Citrus County Residents will be required to pay $10 license fee). Come and support the Citrus County animal shelter while having a fun day out with friends and family! For more information about this local event please call the Citrus County Animal Shelter at: 352-746 -8400.                                        

Citrus County Animal Shelter was under quarantine for a month due to a virus outbreak, which meant fewer adoptions during the month of July. The shelter is now open and virus free, so it is the time to get all of our adoptable animals into their new homes so they can live the life they deserve.

Clear the Shelters is a national program that News Channel 8 participates in each year along with its local shelter partners. “WFLA is committed to finding forever homes for pets in need. NBC and Telemundo stations across the country will team up for the annual ‘Clear the Shelters’ animal adoption drive. All participating shelters will offer fee-free or reduced rate adoptions on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Visit to access more information about the pet drive, including the full list of local participating animal shelters. To access information in Spanish, visit A pet “Adoption Tracker” – posted on – will record the total number of pets that are adopted across all participating markets. Follow on Twitter @ClearTheShelter. Use the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues to follow the effort on social media. 

CR 491 Road Milling and Resurfacing

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

CR491 surface milling and resurfacing will begin Monday, August 5, 2019 and will be completed by the end of the workday, Friday, August 9, 2019.  Milling and resurfacing operations will be from just south of Laurel Street to the south edge of the outside eastbound lane of SR44.  Most of the pavement milling and resurfacing will occur on the northbound lanes of CR491.Traffic control devices (cones), and flaggers will be used at driveways and side streets to direct turning traffic as needed. Motorists are asked to use caution will in the construction area.

County Receives Award for its Budget

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

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has announced the Citrus County Management & Budget Office is receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

In order to receive the budget award, the organization had to publish a budget document that meets nationally recognized criteria as a policy document, as a financial plan, as an operations guide, and as a communications device.

According the letter sent by GFOA, this achievement “reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting.” Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories.

GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners.

Please visit  to view all county budget documents.

County Names New Assistant County Administrator

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

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County Names New Assistant County Administrator

Citrus County has named Steven Lachnicht, AICP, MPA as the new Assistant County Administrator. Lachnicht was unanimously confirmed by the County Commission on July 23rd and began his new position on Monday, July 29, 2019.  

Steve is a professional planner certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners with over 25 years of experience in comprehensive planning and land development.  Steve is also a Certified Public Manager with over 20 years of experience as a supervisor, manager and director. Steve emphasizes collaboration as the most effective method to achieve consensus in addressing challenging community issues.  In Alachua County, Steve led a large interdepartmental staff team that worked with the Commission and the community to implement major changes to Comprehensive Plan policies.

His education includes; a Master of Public Administration, Florida State University, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, Florida International University, and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.  Previous experience includes; Planning Director for the City of Palatka, Growth Management Director for Alachua County, Interim Budget Director for Alachua County, Principal Planner for Alachua County, Senior Planner for Martin County, and an early management career in the hospitality industry.

Steve is an avid runner and bicyclist, and enjoys exploring the numerous trails throughout the County. He can be reached at the Citrus County Administration office, 352-527-5210.

BOCC meeting date change in August

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

BOCC meeting date change in August

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) August 27 meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the regular time of 1:00pm at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave. Inverness, Fl. 34450. The BOCC is rescheduling this public meeting from Tuesday to Thursday due to commissioner participation at the first meeting of three State Task Force groups regarding the Suncoast Expansion scheduled for all day on August 27, 2019. 

For more information on BOCC meeting dates, agendas and minutes please visit:

BOCC proclaims Breastfeeding Support month in Citrus County

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


The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Ron Kitchen, First Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Second Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Scott Carnahan and Jimmie T. Smith, with representatives from the Florida Department of Health, Citrus County

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on July 23, 2019 proclaiming the month of August 2019 as Breastfeeding Support Month.

Breastfeeding is recognized by the Florida West Coast Breastfeeding Task Force, the Florida Department of Health, Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, and major medical organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Center of Disease Control, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the National Association of WIC Directors, the Office of Women’s Health, UNICEF and WHO. 

Breastfeeding the preferred method of infant feeding and it is vital for families to make informed choices about the health and care of infants. The Florida Department of Health and partner organizations support increased efforts by hospital staff, providers, employers and all Floridians to not only encourage, but to provide tangible support for breastfeeding.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes August 2019 as Breastfeeding Support in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.


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