News and Announcements

Clerk Annex Set to Open Fall 2018

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

Angela Vick, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, is pleased to announce that the opening of the Clerk Annex is scheduled for Fall 2018. The annex will be located at 120 N. Montgomery Avenue next to the Publix Supermarket plaza in Inverness and become home to the Clerk’s Financial Services Department and Internal Audit Department.  

The following services will be provided at the Clerk Annex:

· official records

· recording

· public access and search capability for all records of the Clerk

· tax deeds

· passports

· marriage licenses

· commission records & Board of County Commission minutes

· VAB petitions

· guardianship audits

All court related services such as injunctions for protection, customer service for opening court cases, searches and public access to court documents, payment of court fines and fees, traffic payments, and child support payments, will remain at the Courthouse located at 110 N. Apopka Avenue in Inverness.

The official “open for business” date will be provided following the projected construction completion slated for mid-October, 2018.  Updates will be provided on the Clerk’s website at www.Citrusclerk.org and on the Clerk’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/CitrusCountyClerk/

Readers Rewarded With Bicycles

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

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left to right: Kylie (4th grade), Walmart Community Coordinator Suzanne Green, Daelynn (5th grade), Hunter (3rd grade), Hunter (1st grade), Citrus Libraries Communications Facilitator Ben Kampschroer & Isabella (1st grade).

For the past fifteen years, the Homosassa Walmart has partnered with the Citrus County Library System to provide all five branches with a bicycle as an incentive to keep children reading all summer long. The Summer Reading Program contestants had a chance to enter their names into the drawing once a week by submitting a log of the titles they had been reading. The drawing took place during the week of July 23, 2018 as each branch randomly selected a winner from their entrants. The wining children and their parents met at the Homosassa Walmart on Saturday, August 11, where each was able to pick out their favorite bike to bring home with them.

The ultimate goal of the Summer Reading Program is to keep children reading when they are out of school by making the library a fun place to spend time. Besides books, the library offers kids a number of free educational programs, and a handful of reading incentives, like this one. Children who practice their reading skills during their vacation tend to jump right back into the school routine, retaining their reading comprehension skills and performing better on tests. 

Joint Media Statement on Funding for School Resource Officer program

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

As a new school year begins today, the safety and security of the students and faculty is a primary concern of the Superintendent, School Board Members, County Commissioners and Sheriff.  In order to ensure that safety and security, the Superintendent on behalf of the School Board, representatives of the County Commission and the Sheriff met early this morning and have again reviewed the proposed contract.  The parties’ representatives agreed to a minor change to add language clarifying that the requesting party would fund the audit services for any audit that is performed.  Consistent with the parties’ agreement this morning, this afternoon the Board of County Commissioners voted to reallocate funding for the School Resource Officer program to the School Board pursuant to an agreement between the two parties.  The School Board will then enter into the revised agreement with the Sheriff.  The School Board and the Board of County Commissioners will each consider the change at upcoming scheduled meetings and the Sheriff has agreed to execute the contract.  All parties are hopeful that the necessary documents will be executed and in place by the end of August.

Monitoring Shows No Red Tide in Citrus County

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

All water activities continue as normal in Citrus County Florida, including the Gulf of Mexico waters and Crystal River/Homosassa rivers and springs. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continue to monitor Florida waters for the spread of the Red Tide bloom. At this time it is confined to Southwest Florida, approximately 100 miles from Citrus County.

Red Tide Facts:

  1. FWC monitoring shows Red Tide is NOT present in Citrus County.
  2. It is safe to swim, scallop and fish in Citrus County.
  3. Fort Island Beach Park is safe and remains open for swimming.
  4. Manatees, turtles, scallops, fish and other sea-life are safe from the Red Tide bloom in Crystal River/Homosassa waters.
  5. The Red Tide Zone is confined to South Florida
  6. Crystal River and Homosassa waters are approximately 100 miles north of the Red Tide zone.

Red tide is a naturally-occurring microscopic alga that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s and occurs nearly every year. Blooms, or higher-than-normal concentrations, of the Florida red tide alga, Karenia brevis, frequently occur in the Gulf of Mexico. Red tide begins in the Gulf of Mexico 10 to 40 miles offshore and can be transported inshore by winds and currents.

FWC scientists combine field sampling with tools maintained by state and federal partners to track red tides and their effects. For more information and daily updates on the South Florida Red Tide bloom visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website at: http://myfwc.com/

District Temporarily Closes Airboat Slides in Citrus County

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

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has temporarily closed the Brogden Bridge at Turner Camp Road and Wysong-Coogler airboat slides in Citrus County due to safety concerns associated with high water levels.

Attempts to use the slides in current conditions could damage airboats or injure passengers. Staff will continue to monitor conditions and will reopen the slides as soon as practical.

The District operates one additional airboat slide in the area, the Moccasin Slough slide. It is currently open but could be temporarily closed as conditions change.

For more information, please call the Operations Section at the District’s Brooksville Headquarters at 1-800-423-1476 or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4222.

Extension to offer free Cooking for 1 or 2 Class

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

The University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension Service is providing a free program on Cooking for 1 or 2. Cooking for one or two seems like an impossible task! Find out how to easily plan, shop for and prepare meals for one or two. A cooking demonstration will be given to show how easy it can be. Four classes will be offered, so just pick one:

Tuesday, October 23 at Central Ridge Public Library at 10:00am

Tuesday, October 30 at Floral City Public Library at 10:00am

Tuesday, November 6 at Coastal Region Public Library at 10:00am

Friday, November 9 at Lakes Region Public Library at 10:00am.

Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, call Stephanie Clamer at the University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension office in Lecanto at 352-527-5700. 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.”

Sugarmill Woods Homeowners Save Water and Dollars

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

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Carole Kirkpatrick, Jay Kirkpatrick and Citrus County Utilities Water Conservation Specialist Edwin Bugbee

More than a year has passed since Citrus County Water Resources Utilities Division visited Jay and Carole Kirkpatrick of Sugarmill Woods to access water usage and inspect their water irrigation system.  The inspection was part of a free training program offered by the utility to teach customers about their water use and irrigation system.  The Kirkpatrick’s average water use was about 26,000 gallons a month before the visit.

In 2010, the Kirkpatrick’s bought their Sugarmill Woods home and retired from Indianapolis.  They made some smart investments, like new landscape plants that could take hard freezes and plan to do some remodeling inside soon.  “We're going to replace toilets,” said Mrs. Kirkpatrick.  Toilets are the number one water using device inside the home and replacing pre-1995 toilets qualify Citrus County Utilities customers for a $100 account credit.

The Kirkpatrick’s scheduled the visit because they wanted to learn why water use changed from one month to the next while they were up north.  While customers are away, water use is usually only outdoors.  The fluctuations were likely the rain sensor stopping irrigation.  At the Kirkpatrick’s, each skipped irrigation saved about 3,500 gallons of water.  “Now I'm beginning to understand why the bill is fluctuating," said Mrs. Kirkpatrick.   

Most rain sensors have cork inserts that expand after rainfall, triggering a shutoff of the irrigation system.  "How long does the cork last in the rain sensor?" asked Mr. Kirkpatrick.  "Most manufacturers say about 3-5 years, but we often see them last only 2-3 years.  We offer a $50 rebate when they are replaced,” said Citrus County Utilities Water Conservation Specialist Edwin Bugbee. 

The Kirkpatrick’s northern home does not have an irrigation system. "We’ve never dealt with a system before," commented Mr. Kirkpatrick.  They are not alone.  Many new residents need assistance learning how to operate their irrigation system.  Yet, this couple was not at all surprised to learn that while in residence, about 90% of their water is used to irrigate the landscape.

 A review of the controller settings showed watering was scheduled twice per week.  Bugbee suggested reducing the irrigation to once every two weeks from December through February.  Even in Florida, grass takes a break in the winter and needs much less water. Mr. Kirkpatrick asked if irrigation should be scheduled more frequently as temperatures get warmer.  Bugbee said to increase frequency in March or April.  Most Florida grasses need ½” to ¾” of water about one day per week during the growing season.

The Kirkpatrick’s controller is older and likely had not been replaced since initial installation.  The group discussed features of newer controllers that offer built in water-saving features that automatically adjust irrigation year-round.  The utility offers a $150 rebate for installing Water-Sense labeled models. 

Together, Bugbee and Mr. Kirkpatrick walked each zone of the irrigation system to identify concerns.  The system has all sprayhead zones, so Bugbee suggested the runtimes be reduced to only 20 minutes per zone.   He also pointed out several heads that could be capped because they were irrigating mature shrubs, which do not need supplemental water once established.  According to billing data, the modifications the couple made saved over 900 gallons per irrigation cycle.

The Kirkpatrick’s said their biggest take-away from the visit was the many options they had to reduce water use, stating "Based on what we have learned, there are steps we can take. It will be interesting to see how much it will reduce our bill." A review of the Kirkpatrick’s water use since the visit shows they are now averaging about 14,000 gallons of water per month, which cut water costs from about $52 a month to $22.  Way to go Mr. and Mrs. Kirkpatrick!

Citrus County Animal Shelter announces Clear the Shelters event August 18

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

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 18. This is the station’s second year participating in the national Clear the Shelters initiative, which will include 22 animal shelters and rescues from the station’s viewing area. 

The Citrus County Clear the Shelter event will take place on August 18 with extended hours at the Shelter at 4030 S. Airport Rd., Inverness, starting at 8 am with vendors, entertainment, food, chance drawings, and giveaways (for adopters and visitors). During the event there will be tips and exhibitions from dog trainers, dog playgroup exhibitions, and a Kids Activity Area. 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 is over capacity at this time!

•             The Shelter is currently critically overcapacity with 128 dogs and 91 cats.

•             The Shelter is looking for adopters, fosters, and rescue partners.

•             Most of the cats and dogs are already to go (spayed/neutered, all age and species appropriate testing and vaccines, microchipped, and flea/tick/Heartworm preventative) immediately.

•             Citrus County does not charge Rescue Partners a pull fee

•             The adoption fee is waived on all animals that have been at the shelter for 30 days or over.

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. We are proud to be a part of this national initiative resulting in placing more than 150,000 pets with families willing to offer them a loving home. News Channel 8 is truly On Your Side of the pets on this one,” said Skip Valet, VP and General Manager of News Channel 8.

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, Aug. 18. For a list of participating shelters, go to //wfla.com/cleartheshelters. In addition, you’ll find tips and videos on costs associated with pet ownership, the different types of animals up for adoption, a pet decision maker flowchart that helps you decide the best pet for YOU and more.

For more information about the station’s pet adoption campaign, visit //wfla.com/cleartheshelters. You can also follow the effort on social media by using the hashtags #cleartheshelters and #wfla. Clear the Shelters is an initiative spearheaded by NBC Universal owned television stations, a division of NBCUniversal. ‘Clear the shelters’ is sponsored nationally by Cat’s Pride and Hill’s Pet Nutrition. The local sponsors are Precision Overhead Garage Door, Nissan, California Closets and Maus Nissan. 

Central Ridge Community Center Office to Modify Hours of Operation

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

The Central Ridge Community Center Office at 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills, FL 34465 will be closed between the hours of 11:00am and 1:00pm each day effective immediately. The purchase of Pool passes and Gym passes will be unavailable between these hours. All other aspects of the Park will remain open during this time. For more information on Central Ridge Park and other Citrus County Parks visit: https://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/parksrec/parks/parks.jsp

Library Hours to Change on October 1

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

Beginning October 1, 2018 the Citrus County Library System will be open at 9am at all five branch locations, Monday through Friday.  The Central Ridge branch in Beverly Hills, Lakes Region branch in Inverness, and Homosassa branch will be open on Saturdays from 10am until 4pm.  The Coastal Region branch in Crystal River and the Floral City branch will be closed on Saturdays.  All branches will continue to be closed on Sundays. The table below includes complete details of hours changes including varied closing times throughout the week.

The change in hours allows for the Library System to shift personnel to the busiest locations and times throughout the county while maintaining current staffing levels.  “The addition of the 9am opening hour has been a long-time request of many patrons at all locations,” said Eric Head, Library Director, “this change will allow us to shift our staff where they are requested most and maintain good overall coverage county-wide.”

Access to your library account and digital resources is available 24/7 through the Library’s website at www.citruslibraries.org. The site provides detailed schedules of events and programs at all locations and well as highlights for upcoming classes. Materials can be requested online for pick-up at a location nearest you and renewal of items is also available. The library offers instant access to a growing collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and curated content and databases that provide essential information for research and study. Visit your local branch for additional services and follow us on Facebook @CitrusLibraries.

New Library Hours Effective October 1, 2018

Central Ridge

Coastal Region

Floral City

Homosassa

Lakes Region

Monday

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

Tuesday

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

Wednesday

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

Thursday

9am – 5pm

9am – 5pm

9am – 5pm

9am – 5pm

9am – 5pm

Friday

9am – 5pm

9am – 5pm

9am – 5pm

9am – 5pm

9am – 5pm

Saturday

10am – 4pm

Closed

Closed

10am – 4pm

10am – 4pm

Sunday

All Branches Closed on Sundays

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