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Citrus Springs VFW Donates to Citrus County Fire Rescue

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

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left to right: Stan Miller, Volunteer with the Citrus County Fire Rescue Rehab Unit; Nancy Miller, Volunteer with the Citrus County Fire Rescue Rehab Unit; Driver Engineer Raymond Gladwell, Citrus County Fire Rescue Station 14; Captain Caleb Douglas Citrus County Fire Rescue Station 14; Fire Chief Craig Stevens Citrus County Fire Rescue; Richard Lamon Sr. Vice Commander VFW Citrus Springs

On April 10, 2018, the Citrus Springs VFW presented a $100.00 check to the Citrus County Fire Rescue Volunteer Rehab Unit in Citrus Springs. This donation will help with obtaining much-needed equipment for the volunteer unit. The Rehab Unit is crucial to the work of Fire Rescue. The unit is utilized at structure fires and other major events to supply on scene personnel with water, Gatorade and nutritional snacks, in addition to serving as the location for personnel on scene to swap out the air bottles. Citrus County Fire Rescue is appreciative of this generous gift from Citrus Springs VFW.


Extension Service Offers Food Safety Training

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

You do not have to travel to Tampa or Orlando to get your ServSafe® Food Protection Manager’s Certification.  The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County is providing training to help food managers and staff keep food served to Florida’s consumers safer. 

This is a comprehensive training that provides the most up-to-date information and current regulations.  The ServSafe® Manager’s exam is given at the end of the training, which provides a National Certification that is good for five years.  Certification is required in Florida for food managers of all establishments licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and selected licenses of the Department of Health. 

The next class will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018.  Pre-registration of two weeks is required.  It will begin promptly at 8:30 am, and run approximately 8 hours, then participants will have a maximum of two hours to take the national certification exam.  There is no “test only” option.  Participants should bring valid picture identification with them, and a sack lunch. Training is held at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 3650 W Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto (from State Road 44, go south on County Road 491, turn west on Saunders Way, go one block, turn left onto Sovereign Path.  The Extension building is the first building on the right). 

To register online: http://tinyurl.com/z6dp7jf

Cost for the course and exam is $110.  The purchase of the ServSafe® Manager Manual for $55 is highly recommended and is available in English or Spanish.  It is suggested that participants study the ServSafe® Manager 7th edition textbook prior to attending the class.  For more information, call Sarah at the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County office in Lecanto at 352-527-5713.

FDOT advises of Lane Closures on US 19

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

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises of periodic lane closures in each direction of US19 (Suncoast Boulevard) from Green Acres Street to Jump Court between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday, April 22 through Thursday, April 26 nights. Please use caution while traveling in the construction area.

MacRae’s Dock to be Repaired

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

American Marine will begin work Monday, April 23 to repair the Citrus County dock at MacRae’s Boat Ramp.  The boat ramp and parking will be accessible during the project. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we work to complete this project.

Two Free Florida-friendly Gardening Workshops in May 2017

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

Optimizing irrigation systems

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on May 8, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Landscape irrigation is supplemental, but often uses 50-70 % of total residential water consumption. Irrigation practices such as seasonal scheduling, catch can calibration and selection of drought tolerant plants are essential to creating a sustainable and water conserving landscape.  Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

Managing garden pests wisely

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on May 22, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Correctly identifying the cause of plant damage is always the first step to controlling an infestation.  Inspection, scouting, identification, selecting the least harmful control and accurate application are all-important IPM practices. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.


Join Commissioner Ron Kitchen for a Town Hall Meeting in Crystal River on May 3

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

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ron Kitchen will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for the public to attend on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Coastal Region Library, located at 8619 W. Crystal Street in Crystal River, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

“I am looking forward to reporting back to the community on previous issues and hearing about new ones they wish addressed. This will continue to be a question and answer format and not a speech, so I encourage anyone with a question or an item that is important to them to attend,” explained Kitchen.

For more information, please call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at (352) 527-5484.

Economic Development Office to Host Second Community Workshop

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

The Citrus County Economic Development Office will be hosting their second Community Workshop at Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 9:30am – 11:00am. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the workshop and participate in the discussion.

May 1, 2018, Workshop, will be a presentation of the work product of the initial public meeting, which was held April 3, 2018, and incorporate additional perspectives and suggestions into a report for the Board of County Commissioners’ review and consideration.

For more information on this public workshop, call Citrus County Economic Development Director Bruce Register at 352-527-5527.

Park Renovation Debris Temporarily at Beverly Hills Community Park

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

The Citrus County Grounds Maintenance is currently working at the Central Ridge Community Park removing the deteriorated pavilion to create a new picnic area.  Grounds Maintenance is temporarily holding the demolished pavilion debris at the Beverly Hills Community Park in a cordoned off area. The debris will be removed from Beverly Hills Community Park by the end of the day, Friday, April 17, 2018. Please use caution while in the area of the debris and we ask for your patience and cooperation as we work to complete this project.

The BOCC proclaims Springs Protection Awareness Month in Citrus County

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

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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 Citrus County Water Resources Director Ken Cheek, Water Conservation Manager Debra Burden, Southwest Florida Water Management District Government Affairs Regional Manager Mary Kassabaum, and UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension Director BJ Jarvis

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 10, 2018 proclaiming the month of April 2018 as Springs Protection Awareness Month.

Florida’s springs are essential to the environment, economy, citizens and visitors to this state. Florida has one of the most productive aquifers in the world, and groundwater supply is vital to the states and the county’s economy, with more than 90% of citizens relying on it for their clean and safe drinking water

Citrus County is committed to a sustainable groundwater and surface water resource and its protection. Numerous projects, construction initiatives, and public awareness efforts to raise awareness have been undertaken.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes April 2018 as Springs Protection Awareness Month in Citrus County and encourages citizen participation in actions that protect local springs.

BOCC Proclaims April as Water Conservation Month

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

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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 Citrus County Water Resources Director Ken Cheek, Water Conservation Manager Debra Burden and UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension Director BJ Jarvis

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 10, 2018 proclaiming the month of April 2018 as Water Conservation Month.

The State of Florida, Water Management Districts and Citrus County are working together to increase awareness about the importance of water conservation.  Every business, industry, school and citizen can make a difference and help by saving water, thus promoting a healthy economy and community.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes April 2018 as Water Conservation Month in Citrus County, and urges all residents and businesses to help protect our precious water resources by practicing water saving measures.

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