News and Announcements

Road Striping Announced

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

Citrus County Road Maintenance Division will have contract striping hand crews working on roads throughout the county starting work, Thursday, March 28, 2019, continuing for approximately one week. Motorists are asked to use caution will in the areas the crews are working.

The Road Maintenance Division, in addition to patching potholes, correcting drainage problems, maintaining bridges, and solving other roadway problems, continues to aid other divisions with projects on a regular basis. For more information please call Cynthia Oswald, Public Information Officer at 352-527 5484.

Citrus County Employee Takes First Place and Top Gun in State Heavy Equipment Competition

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

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Citrus County Solid Waste Heavy Equipment Operator, Carl Ballard, shows off his First Place Award and Top Gun Award at the annual SWANA Road-E-O in Pinellas County, Florida

Congratulations to Mr. Carl Ballard who works as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the Citrus County Solid Waste Division. Carl was able to achieve first place and the Top Gun award for heavy equipment operations in this year’s Florida Sunshine Chapter Road-E-O 2019 which took place at the Pinellas County, Florida Landfill on March 22 and 23, 2019.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)FL Road-E-O is a multi-day event that includes general sessions on the latest safety practices in the industry, networking events, the Road-E-O competition, awards banquet, and more. The event is intended to promote professionalism on the part of drivers, equipment operators and mechanics in the field of Solid Waste Management and is sponsored by SWANA.  Additionally, the event promotes a spirit of competition and goodwill throughout participating organizations (municipalities, counties and private haulers).

Individuals placing first in one of three categories (drivers, equipment operators and mechanics) are invited back all expenses paid to participate in the International event held this year in Phoenix, Arizona in October. Over the years several Citrus County Solid Waste employees have participated in this event, some of which have placed second or better in competitions.

Congratulations to Carl and to all the other County employees who have demonstrated a high degree of skill and professionalism while representing Citrus County

Planning and Development Commission Reschedules Public Hearing for Land Use

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

The Citrus County Planning and Development Commission (PDC) has rescheduled, at applicant request, the April 4, 2019 Public Hearing to Thursday, May 2, 2019 for applications CPA/AA-19-02 & CPA-19-01 – Clark A. Stillwell, Esq. for the Deltona Corporation. 

The public hearing to propose adopting or changing the use of land at 6651 North Florida Avenue, Hernando, Florida will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 West Sovereign Path, Lecanto, Florida 34461 at 9:00am.

The public is invited to attend as the overall impact of these proposals may be significant. Notice has been sent to all affected property owners and adjacent property owners of record located within 500ft. of the affected properties. For more information, contact Cynthia Oswald, Public Information Officer at 352-527-8184.

Hernando Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to hold Public Workshop in April

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public workshop to discuss the role of the MPO in Plan and Program Development including but not limited to the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the annual Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and related List of Priority Projects, as well as associated project funding.:

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Hernando County Building Division Training Facility

1661 Blaise Drive

Brooksville, FL  34601

This public workshop will provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on issues relating to the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

All workshops/meetings are open to the public.  Any questions concerning this public workshop should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus MPO, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

Lane closures announced on Forest Ridge Drive

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

There will be occasional lane closures on Forest Ridge Drive beginning Tuesday, March 26 for approximately for 3-4 weeks, in preparation for an upcoming drainage improvements project.

A variable message board (VMB) has been set up on Forest Ridge Drive indicating the occasional lane closures dates and times. Motorists are asked to use caution while in the area.

Join Commissioner Jeff Kinnard for a Town Hall Meeting at the Floral City Library on Thursday March 28

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

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jeff Kinnard will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for the general public to attend on Thursday, March 28, 2019. The meeting will be held at the Floral City Library, 8360 E Orange Ave, Floral City, FL 34436 from 5:30pm to 7pm. Mark your calendars as this will be the last town hall, in a six-part series, held by Chairman Kinnard this spring.

“My aim is to connect with the community on issues and challenges facing our county, from public parks to road resurfacing.  I want to know what’s on people’s minds and have a format to discuss, reflect, and problem solve,” explained Kinnard. “Please come with questions or concerns, as this is intended to be an informal setting.”

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

Hernando Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization March Meeting Summary

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization met on March 19, 2019 in a public meeting at the Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto FL. The points of interest from the meeting are below:

•             The MPO Board was advised that a County Incentive Grant Program (CIGP) Application was submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation for the Three Sisters Spring Trail Project in Citrus County. 

•             The MPO Board approved the Goals, Objectives and Performance Measures (Chapter 2) for the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) update which is under development.

•             The MPO Board made appointments to the Hernando County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board, and the Citrus County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board.

•             A petition with 495 signatures was submitted during citizen input requesting the Florida Department of Transportation construct a right turn lane from US 19 onto Thrasher Avenue due to safety concerns.

•             An MPO Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at the Hernando County Building Division Training Facility, 1661 Blaise Drive in Brooksville.  The workshop will discuss MPO work products, project cost feasibility, project priorities relating to the LRTP and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  The meeting will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

For further information regarding the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Organization, visit us at:

https://www.hernandocounty.us/departments/departments-f-m/metropolitan-planning-organization

The next MPO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in the Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto Florida.  Please Contact the Hernando/Citrus MPO at (352) 754-4082 for more information

First Recycled Art Contest “Trash to Treasures” Announced for Middle School and High School Students

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

The University of Florida-Citrus County Extension Service is proud to debut a new contest open to all Citrus County middle and high school students. Participating students can showcase their environmental awareness by transforming trash into art for awards and prizes. 

The Trash to Treasure contest was created, through a collaborative effort, by the University of Florida Extension Services, Citrus County government, the Culture of Clean initiative, and Keep Citrus County Beautiful, to raise awareness about the environment and encourage the practice of recycling and up cycling.

Entries to the contest will be on display for public viewing at the Inverness Government Center lobby, 110 N. Apopka Ave, Inverness from April 8, 2019 to April 25, 2019 during the hours of 8am through 5pm. The student’s art will be judged on artistic ability and environmental relevance. When viewing artwork, the public is encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice award.  This award, along with first, second, and third prizes will be presented to students in two categories, middle school and high school. Art will be on display and winners announced at the Earth Day event held at the Citrus County Extension offices, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Awards will be distributed at 11:00 am during the Earth Day festivities.

Cash prizes will be generously donated by local businesses, nonprofits and individuals.  If you would like to become a prize sponsor, contact Stephanie at 352-527-5710 or by email at sclamer@ufl.edu. Donors will be recognized at the Earth Day event.

Applications to participate must be turned in no later than March 29, 2019 to reserve space for the artist. Applications can be found on the website: www.ccrecycledart.eventbrite.com  and also at the Extension office.  For more information, please call: 325-527-5770.

Collateral Materials Grant

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

The Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau announces that the Tourist Development Council will be open to receive grant applications for tourism-related grants from Tuesday, March 26 through Friday, April 26. This will be the only round of grant funding for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

March 26, 2019 - Applicant Submittal Period Opens

April 26, 2019 - Applicant Submittal Period Ends

June 5, 2019 - Applicant Presentation to the Tourist Development Council; Grant Selection & Budget Allocation

There are two grant categories available this period: Special Project/Events and Collateral Materials.

Special Projects/Events Grant

The Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) offers a Special Event Grant program to organizations designated to promote special events/projects which attract overnight visitors to Citrus County, thereby impacting the lodging industry. A “special event” is defined as any activity, service, venue, or event which is intended to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County.

This Special Project/Events Grant is used to provide funding for advertising and promotion of local events to out-of-county markets, with the goal of attracting overnight visitors. The grant funds are intended to supplement the organization’s budget and are restricted in their use, allowing them to be used only for marketing, advertisement, and promotional materials.

Collateral Materials Grant

The purpose of the Citrus County Tourist Development Collateral Materials Grant is to assist organizations in Citrus County by providing funding awards for program dollars to make our area more appealing to visitors who are spending the night in Citrus County. This grant leverages TDC resources and extends the marketing for Citrus County.

The goals of these grant programs are:

•             Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

•             Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

•             Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

•             Educate visitors to the different areas in the County

For more details on each type of grant, maximum awards, eligible projects, reporting requirements, etc., visit the Tourist Development Council website at:

http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/tdc/tdc.htm

Applicants must conform to the TDC’s policies and procedures as specified. Applications failing to meet the deadlines will not be considered until the next funding cycle.

Join Commissioner Jeff Kinnard for a Town Hall Meeting at Lakes Region Library on Thursday March 21

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

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jeff Kinnard will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for the general public to attend on Thursday, March 21, 2019. The meeting will be held at Lakes Region Library, located at 1511 Druid Road, Inverness, FL 34452 from 5:30pm to 7pm.

“My aim is to connect with the community on issues and challenges facing our county, from public parks to road resurfacing.  I want to know what’s on people’s minds and have a format to discuss, reflect, and problem solve,” explained Kinnard. “Please come with questions or concerns, as this is intended to be an informal setting.”

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

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