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Free Tire Recycling Days at Landfill

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

Standing bodies of water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and mosquitoes have been found to transmit Zika Virus.

In an effort to reduce areas where water can collect and subsequently reduce mosquito breeding, the Citrus County Solid Waste Management Division will be accepting tires at the Central Landfill free of charge for recycling on Thursday, July 25, 2019, continuing Friday July 26, 2019 from 8:00am till 4:30pm and Saturday July 27, 2019 from 8am to 2:30pm. This is a co-sponsored event by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The Central Landfill is located at 230 W Gulf to Lake Highway (SR44) in Lecanto. FL 34461.

Residents in assessed and non-assessed areas can dispose of a maximum of twenty-five (25) passenger and/or pickup truck tires, without rims free of charge for recycling. This event does not apply to waste tire haulers or commercial entities and is intended for residential only.

Residents needing further information about this event, or any other Solid Waste Management Program, may call at (352) 527-7670 or by email at

Hernando Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization June Meeting Summary

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization met on June 18, 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 adopted the FY 2019/20-FY 2023/24 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) with modifications to address Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) comments. 
The FY 2020/21 List of Priority Projects (LOPP), which includes Major Projects and Transportation Alternative (TA) Projects, was approved by the MPO for transmittal to the FDOT for development of their 2021-2025 tentative work program.
The MPO Board approved the Preliminary Needs Plan for the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).  The LRTP must be approved by December 2019.
A consultant work scope was approved (scope D) to authorize Kimley Horn and Associates to complete the LRTP work effort.
A consultant work scope was approved to authorize Tindale Oliver and Associates to prepare the Major Update to the Citrus County Transit Development Plan which must be completed by September 1, 2020.
A consultant work scope was approved to authorize Tindale Oliver and Associates to prepare a Complete Streets Program for the MPO.
Continuing services contracts for Kimley Horn and Associates, and Tindale Oliver and Associates were extended for one final 12 month term. 
The MPO approved submittal of Transportation Disadvantaged FY 2019/20 grant funding applications to the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged for Hernando County and Citrus County.

The next MPO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday August 20, 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.

Firefighter Academy Class 2019-45 Graduates

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

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Firefighter Academy Class 2019-45 Graduates

Fire Fighter Academy Class 2019-45 graduated from the Citrus County Fire Rescue Fire Academy on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Citrus Springs Community Center. Once graduated the firefighters have acquired the credentials to work anywhere in the state of Florida.

Ten new firefighters crossed the stage after a rigorous six months of training and preparation to begin their career as professional firefighters. There was standing room only at the graduation ceremony as friends and family attended to show their support and encouragement.

Speakers for the event were, Captain and Lead Instructor Michael Burkhart; Fire Chief Craig Stevens and Class Speaker Christopher Pericht. Special awards presented to Christopher Pericht for High Academic, Matthew Henriquez for Most Improved and Amanda Richmond for Standout Cadet.

The ceremony included a helmet presentation and the awarding of certificates. Congratulations to the Firefighter Academy Class 2019-45 Graduates!

Firefighter Academy Class 2019-45

 Alan Blake                                                   Christopher Pericht

Joshua Bonczek                                             Amanda Richmond

Michael D’Acunti                                            Caleb Russo

Trevor Gulbrandson                                        Corvin Terrell

Matthew Henriquez                                         Louis Wild     

Cats and some Dogs still Available for Adoption at Citrus County Animal Shelter

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

Citrus County Animal Services has determined the upper respiratory virus announced on Monday, June 25, 2019 has not affected cats at the Shelter nor dogs that are in the lower kennels. These animals are available for adoption and foster. The Shelter is inviting the public to view and interact with these adoptable cats and dogs during regular business hours.

The upper dog kennel area at the Shelter remains quarantined until further notice, due to a currently unknown contagious upper respiratory infection. Testing of diseases is pending and results will be shared when available.

For more information on adoptable pets at the Citrus County Animal Shelter, visit our website

Temporary Animal Shelter Opens for Adoptions

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

Citrus County Animal Services received test results from Cornell University confirming Pneumovirus in the canine population in the upper and lower kennels. Animal Services is awaiting further test results from Cornell that will be used to determine when to lift the quarantine. Pneumovirus is an upper respiratory virus with no vaccine. Best practices dictate quarantining the afflicted animals until the virus has run its course.

To accommodate continued Animal Control intakes a temporary shelter has been opened at the Fire Station at 9658 S. Pleasant Grove Rd Inverness, Fl. This shelter will allow the public to reclaim or adopt dogs that have become available. Volunteers are welcome to help care for this population while the quarantine is in effect. Animal Services is not currently accepting owner surrender dogs.

Both the temporary and main shelters are open to the public 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday. The main shelter is open for cat adoptions, purchasing pet licenses, and other normal services.

For more information on adoptable pets and owner reclaims at the Citrus County Animal Shelter, visit our website or call 352-746-8400.

Veterans’ Advisory Board to Meet

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

The Citrus County Veterans’ Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto, Florida, to conduct its regular public meeting. For more information call, (352) 527-5915.

Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith recognized as a FAC Presidential Advocate

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

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Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith recognized as a FAC Presidential Advocate

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) recognized Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith as a Presidential Advocate for their work during the 2019 Legislative Session. Commissioner Smith received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Orange County, Florida. 

“As an elected official, specifically a commissioner, I feel it is our duty to connect with other leaders, learn from each other, and work together to make things better,” said Smith. “It is an honor to have received this award and a privilege to be given this opportunity to serve the people of Citrus County.” 

The FAC Presidential Advocate recognition is given to county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in advocating with FAC during the 2019 session to advance the counties’ legislative agenda. 

“As commissioners, we are empowered to stand up for our community, to be the voice for those who can’t speak, and to fight for our right to decide our own future,” said FAC President and Hendry County Commissioner, Karson Turner. “During the Legislative Session, our role becomes increasingly important as hundreds of bills are heard that have a direct impact on our communities. Those receiving this honor displayed a commitment not only to the counties’ legislative agenda but to their community and the state.”

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. 

CR 491 Road Construction and Traffic Shift Update

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

Vehicular Traffic on CR491 is scheduled to be shifted onto newly constructed CR491 northbound roadway pavement beginning Sunday, June 23, 2019.  This new traffic pattern on CR491 will be from Laurel Street to West Audubon Park Path and includes SR44.  The traffic shift is to begin at approximately 7:00pm and be finalized by approximately 5:00am on Monday, June 24, 2019.  CR491 southbound vehicle traffic will remain in its current configuration.

Please note that the CR491 vehicular traffic shift is weather dependent and therefore the date of the shift may need to re-schedule as necessary.  Project Variable Message Signs have been placed to notify the traveling public of the new traffic pattern date. Variable Message Signs will be modified to announce any schedule change.

Idle Speed/No Wake Ordinance in effect on July 4th for Kings Bay and Crystal River

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

The Idle Speed/No Wake, Holiday Speed Zone Ordinance will be in effect for Kings Bay, Crystal River and any canals and tributaries leading to these areas for the upcoming Independence Day Holiday, Thursday, July 4, 2019. 

According to the ordinance (2004-02), the zone is in effect this year for only Thursday, July 4, 2019. Citrus County Aquatic staff will be updating the signs late Wednesday afternoon, July 3, 2019, and will be changing them back Friday morning, July 5, 2019.  

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held for the Yulee Drive Sidewalk project

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

The public is invited to join the Board of Citrus County Commissioners for the Yulee Drive Sidewalk Ceremony on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 9:00am at the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park, Co Rd 490, Homosassa 34448. No RSVP is needed to attend.

The nearly $828,000 construction contract with Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. for the Yulee Drive sidewalk project was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on November 27, 2018.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) Local Agency Program (LAP) paid $625,000 of the $828,000 through a federal grant. 

The new 2.8 mile, 5 to 6 foot wide concrete sidewalk is constructed within the existing right of way along Yulee Drive from W. Central Street to US19 (Suncoast Highway). The sidewalk will be a welcomed addition to the community providing a safe means of connecting area residences to the Homosassa Elementary School, places of employment, shopping and to the wide-walk/path currently being constructed as part of the US19 widening  project. 

For questions or more information on this event, please contact Public Information Officer, Cynthia Oswald at 352-527-5484.


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