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Florida Department of Transportation advises of night lane closures on US 19 Suncoast Blvd

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

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises that periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 (Suncoast Boulevard) from Green Acres Street to Jump Court between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday, June 17 through Thursday, June 21 nights.

For project information and to sign up for email alerts, visit the project web page at

Commissioner Ronald E. Kitchen Jr. earns FAC Advanced County Commissioner Designation

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

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Commissioner Ronald E. Kitchen Jr. earns FAC Advanced County Commissioner Designation

Commissioner Ronald E. Kitchen Jr. has completed the comprehensive study program developed by the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), and earned the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) designation.

"It was a wonderful opportunity for me to continue to learn how to be a better and more effective commissioner for our county,” said Kitchen. “The advanced training along with learning from other commissioners throughout the State was very valuable. 

Launched by FAC in 2006, the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) education program is an advanced leadership program designed for graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) program. “Graduates of the Advanced County Commissioner program have shown an exemplary commitment to public service,” said FAC Executive Director Ginger Delegal. “This invaluable program brings together veteran commissioners from throughout Florida to work collaboratively on Florida’s most pressing challenges.”

The ACC program is organized as a series of three seminars, with 27 hours of course work. The course content focuses on leading within Florida’s counties. Participating Commissioners must commit to fully participate in all three seminars in order to graduate. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension has sponsored this program for the last ten years in Alachua County. For more information about the ACC program and courses, visit the FAC web site at

For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

Trailer Donated to Citrus County Animal Services

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

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Laurie Diestler (NCVC Supervisor), Joanne Granger (Support Services Director), Sandy Plumadore (Friends Board Secretary), Morgan Woodward (Animal Services Director), and Bruce Chadbourne (Friends Board President)

The trailer was purchased years ago by the Friends of NCVC and donated to Citrus County for use in emergency management and fundraising efforts by the NCVC Board. The asset was transferred to Animal Services recently to be used for storing crates and cages that they will be using in emergency situations.

Weather Safety at the Library

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

The 2017 hurricane kept Citrus County residents on their toes; with multiple storms damaging the county in a short amount of time, many residents learned too late the kind of devastation that the weather can bring. So far it is unclear what this year will bring; no matter what the forecast shows, it is important to be prepared for intense weather far in advance. For this reason, the Citrus Libraries are making a number of free resources available to the public.

All five branches currently host Summer Safety Stations, with literature from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, FEMA, Bay News 9, and other agencies with valuable information about how to prepare for a serious storm.
The Research & Instruction Librarians have developed a class full of technology tips that can help residents stay ready for an emergency. The class will focus on popular apps that can be handy to have in inclement weather, as well as some of the online resources that can provide updates before, during, and after a big storm. Librarians will even cover a few tricks on where to charge phones and how to conserve batteries should the power be out for an extended period. These classes will be held in the following locations and times:

Coastal Region branch – Monday, June 25 from 2:00 – 3:30PM
Central Ridge branch – Wednesday, June 27 from 10:15 – 11:45AM
Homosassa branch – Thursday, July 5 from 10:30AM-12:00PM
Central Ridge branch – Thursday, July 12 from 1:30 – 3:00PM
Coastal Region branch – Wednesday, July 18 from 10:30AM– 12:00PM
Lakes Region branch – Tuesday, July 24 from 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Floral City branch – Tuesday, July 31 from 10:3AM -1200PM

For those looking to better understand severe weather, Meteorologist Juli Marquez of Bay News 9 will be visiting the Coastal Region branch on Tuesday, July 31 at 10:15AM and Lakes Region branch the same day at 11:45AM. Juli is an award winning journalist who’s coverage of tornadoes and other extreme weather events has earned her a great deal of valuable experience. Questions will be encouraged should time permit.
Besides securing family and home, one’s yard also needs some attention before a storm to prevent easily avoidable damage. The Citrus County Library System is partnering with the University of Florida Extension Services Office to provide the community with information on securing yards and gardens before a hurricane. 

These classes will be available at Coastal Region branch on July 24 at 1:00PM and Central Ridge branch on August 9 at 10:30AM.

The Citrus County Library System would also like to remind the community to keep their local library in mind after a serious storm has passed. Libraries can be excellent places to access emergency information online and charge your electronic devices should the power be out at your dwelling. 

DID YOU KNOW??? Citrus County Smoke Alarm Trivia

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

Citrus County Fire Rescue has been busy the first half of 2018 carrying out their smoke alarm program. Since February 9, Citrus County Fire Rescue has installed 72 smoke alarms in Citrus County homes and completed 13 smoke alarm battery checks and replacements. In 2017, eight lives in Citrus County were saved due to working smoke alarms during a structure fire.

Through the generous donation of smoke alarms from Home Depot, Citrus County Fire Rescue is able to replace non-working smoke alarms in homes to keep residents safe. If you would like to learn more about the smoke alarm program, please contact Citrus County Fire Rescue administration office at 352-527-5406 or email us at

“Dedicated to exceptional service through prevention, response and education”

County Economic Development Office and Florida DEO to hold Stakeholders Roundtable

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

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) will be holding a Stakeholders’ Roundtable for Citrus County Economic Development. The event will be held on Monday, June 18, 2018 from 2pm to 5pm, at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, and is open to the public, although discussion and comment will be limited to the working group.

This Roundtable will bring state agencies, local governments, businesses, and community organizations together for an afternoon of discussion on the strengths and challenges of economic development in Citrus County.

DEO’s format for the roundtable discussion will be focused on a working exchange with local community organizations representing our area’s economic development stakeholders, to foster stronger collaboration between local and state agencies.

For more information contact Bruce Register at 352-527- 5537.

Florida Department of Transportation advises of lane closures

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

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises of periodic lane closures that may take place in each direction of US 19 (Suncoast Boulevard) from Green Acres Street to Jump Court between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018 through Thursday, June 14, 2018 nights.

For project information and to sign up for email alerts, visit the project web page at

Looking to purchase your first home? First Time Homebuyer’s Class

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

Join UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County for the First Time Homebuyer’s class.

WHO: Anyone looking to purchase a home and has not owned a home for 3 years or more.

WHAT: First Time Homebuyer’s Class

WHEN: Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm from August 30th – September 20th.

WHERE: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.

WHY:    Citrus County First Time Homebuyer’s class is being offered by UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County.  Participants who attend the entire program will receive a Certificate of Completion that is required for first time homebuyer assistance programs. 

The class is HUD approved and encompasses the entire home buying process including preparing your credit and finances, shopping for a home, home inspection, fair housing, available loan products, loan pre-approval, and closing.  There is no charge to attend these sessions, but you must reserve a seat. Childcare is not available.

Pre-registration is required. To register online:

For more information or to register, contact Sarah or Stephanie at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.

Citrus County Utilities Customers Save 13.4 Million Gallons of Water

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

Citrus County residents are eager to save water.  According to a recent Citrus County Utilities water conservation report, nearly seven hundred residents installed water-saving products in their homes and another seven thousand participated in the utility’s water-saving educational programs.  In total, the utility estimates the outreach saved customers 13.4 million gallons of water in 2017.   

The utility partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Water Sense program to decrease indoor and outdoor water use through installation of water-efficient products and education on water-saving practices. For example, the utility distributed 572 free Water Sense labeled faucet aerators and showerheads to citizens.  Customers also took advantage of more than thirty-five thousand dollars in rebate incentives for installing WS labeled toilets and irrigation controllers, as well as rain sensors and Energy Star rated washing machines. 

According to the EPA, WS labeled products are independently certified to use twenty percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.  The EPA says that the average family can save nearly thirty-eight thousand gallons of water per year by retrofitting a home with WS labeled fixtures and Energy Star® qualified appliances.  If every home in the United States upgraded to Water Sense labeled fixtures and Energy Star qualified appliances, the country could save nearly four trillion gallons of water and nearly thirty-five billion in water costs annually.

Debra Burden, water conservation manager with the Citrus County Department of Water Resources said, “The EPA Water Sense label makes it easy for customers to find quality toilets, showerheads, faucets and irrigation controllers that save water.”  

The report estimates more than fifty percent of the utility’s potable water supply is used for landscape irrigation.  That is why outdoor water use is a primary focus, says Burden.  To help citizens better understand their irrigation systems and improve water efficiency, the utility provided three hundred, thirty-seven residents with onsite irrigation system trainings.   

Another outdoor focused initiative is the $150 account credit customers receive for installing a WS labeled irrigation controller.  “These ‘smart’ controllers use local weather data to tell the system how often and how much water to apply,” said Burden.

Many of the utility water conservation initiatives are held annually for its customers.  To learn more, call 352-527-7669 or view the report   

 WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save more than 2 trillion of gallons of water and billions in water and energy bills. For more information, visit

How to do Business with the Government – Free One-Stop Trade Show at the Chamber

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

Here is your opportunity to join other local businesses to find out how to do business with government. Thursday, June 14 from 8:30am to 10:30am, the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an interactive One-Stop Reverse Trade Show to provide information and encourage businesses to take the opportunity to do more business with local government. This event is free to all businesses and no RSVP is required.

Government agents that work in the purchasing departments will staff tables with information on each government procurement process, as well as information about current bid opportunities.

Come and learn how your business may be able to participate and profit from the government procurement process. In addition to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners and Citrus County School Board, agents from SWFWMD and the Department of Health will also attend.


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