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County Offices Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day.

The Citrus County Central Landfill will close early Friday, November 10, at 2:30pm and operating regular hours Saturday, November 11, 8:00am – 2:30 pm. The Administrative Office will be closed both Friday and Saturday, reopening for regular business on Monday, November 13.  For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s website at:

All library branches will be closed all day Friday, November 10 and branches will reopen 10am-5pm on Saturday, November 11.

Citrus County Transit will be closed Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day.

Citrus County Animal Services will be closed Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day, reopening for regular business hours on Saturday, November 11.

Bicentennial Pool will be closed on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day.

Hernando Beach Boat Ramp will be closed to the public on Friday, November 10 and Saturday November 11 due to the Dragon Boat Festival taking place.  The boat ramp will be back open and available for public use on Sunday, November 12.

Extension Service Offers Food Safety Training

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

You don’t 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, December 1, 2017.  Pre-registration of two weeks is required.  It will begin promptly at 8:30 am, and run approximately 7 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: . 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 6th 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.

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is Now Open at the Citrus County Resource Center

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is now open at the Citrus County Resource Center, located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL.  Citrus County’s FEMA DRC is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where survivors may go for information about FEMA programs or other disaster assistance programs, and to ask questions related to your case. Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), volunteer groups and other agencies are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

Hours of operations will be:  
October 31, 2017                 1pm – 7pm
November 1, 2017               9am – 7pm
November 2, 2017               9am – 7pm
November 3, 2017               9am – 7pm
November 4, 2017               9am – 7pm
November 5, 2017               9am – 1pm  (Last Day)

Some of the services may include:
    • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
    • Clarification of any written correspondence received
    • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
    • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
    • Status of applications being processed by FEMA
    • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site
    • Crisis Counseling Program
    • Disaster Legal Services
    • Disaster Unemployment
    • Funeral Assistance - Individuals and Households Program
You can also register online at or by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.


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