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Board of County Commissioners Drug Seizure Fund Grants Available

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners have elected to assume responsibility for the distribution of drug seizure funds.  The purpose is to ensure that the use of these funds provide the maximum benefit to the citizens of Citrus County.

This policy will permit the Board to evaluate the requests for Drug Seizure Funds and determine which will have the greatest benefit to the community. Requests will be considered on a quarterly basis. Grant funds use must be closely related to drug education or prevention programs.  The schedule for the 2020 round of grant applications is as follows:

Submission of the Request to the Sheriff’s Office:                       March 1, 2020

Board Consideration of Applications at BOCC Board Meeting:  March 24, 2020 Time Certain 2:00pm.

For more information about the grant process or to receive a copy of the guidelines please call, Jeff Kopp, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-341-7404 or Debra Stack, Citrus County Administration Office at 352-527-5467.

Citrus County Fire Rescue Implements Advanced Life Support Services at Three Career Stations

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

On Monday, January 19, 2020 at approximately 12:30 pm, Citrus County Fire Rescue successfully implemented non-transport first response Advanced Life Support (ALS) services at three of our nine career fire stations.  We are very proud to say that Engine 3 from Homosassa, Engine 20 from Pine Ridge, Squad 23 from Kensington Rd., and the Safety Officer are ALS equipped and providing service to their respective areas of response. 

This ALS status and license enables CCFR paramedics to serve as an extension of the emergency room physician and administer life-saving medications and procedures in the field.  This service augments the current ALS provider, Nature Coast EMS, by providing state certified Paramedics in areas where Fire Rescue could respond as the first arriving unit of the 911 systems for emergency medical and traumatic call types.  Current call volume indicates this need as a critical supplement to increase service to our residents and visitors and improve the pre-hospital outcome.

Information Meeting for Suncoast Parkway Cardinal Interchange Planning

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Citrus County Growth Management Department will hold a Public Information Meeting for the Suncoast Parkway 2 Cardinal Interchange on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Homosassa Library, 4100 South Grandmarch Avenue, Homosassa. The meeting will be an informal open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss with the public the Cardinal Interchange potential land use, a timeline for completion, and information on new infrastructure to be constructed. “Comments from citizens will be valuable to county commissioners as they put together a plan for West Cardinal Street,” said County Administrator Randy Oliver.

“Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) presented a land-use corridor study to the commissioners last year, which was meant to be a starting point for discussion but did not include public comments,” said Steve Lachnicht, Assistant County Administrator. “This public meeting and subsequent discussions will build on the TBRPC study.”

This Public Information Meeting will give interested persons an opportunity to ask the project team questions and provide comments. Displays illustrating the alternatives for potential land use around the interchange will be available for review.

For information and updates on the interchange planning process, you may visit the Citrus County website at https://www.citrusbocc.com/plandev/growth-management.htm

Citrus County Submittal Period for Tourism Grant Funding Open

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

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 Monday, January 27 until Friday, February 28 at 5:00pm. Grant applications can be submitted to the Visitors Center office at 915 N Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429 or via email to veronica@visitcitrus.com. This will be the only round of grant funding for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

January 27, 2020 - Applicant Submittal Period Opens

February 28, 2020 - Applicant Submittal Period Due by 5:00pm

April 8, 2020 - 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.

Suncoast Parkway 2 Construction and Lane Closure Updates

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Florida Turnpike is advising motorists of construction along with lane closures:

Southbound Suncoast Parkway/SR 589 entrance ramp from US 98

Overnight lane shift, 9 pm. Wednesday, January 29, to 5:30 a.m. Thursday, January 30; and 9 p.m. Thursday, January 30, to 5:30 a.m. Friday, January 31.

Eastbound and westbound US 98 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Long-term single lane closures. One lane in each direction will remain open to traffic. 

W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 27, and daily through Friday, January 31.

W. Cardinal Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 27, and daily through Friday, January 31.

W. Glen Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 27, and daily through Friday, January 31.

Grover Cleveland Boulevard in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 27, and daily through Friday, January 31.

Homosassa Trail/CR 490 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 27, and daily through Friday, January 31.

S. Pine Meadow Avenue at W. Cardinal Street

Long term closure

Detour information:

•             S. Pine Meadow Avenue traffic wishing to access W. Cardinal Street should travel north on S. Pine Meadow Avenue to W. Mockingbird Street, travel west on W. Mockingbird Street to S. Eastern Avenue and travel south on S. Eastern Avenue to access W. Cardinal Street.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Florida’s Turnpike is constructing the Suncoast Parkway 2, a four-lane toll facility that extends the existing Suncoast Parkway northward for 13 miles from US 98, in Hernando County, to SR 44, in Citrus County. The project includes constructing full interchanges at US 98 and W. Cardinal Street and a partial interchange at SR 44, one wildlife crossing and four wildlife culverts, 15 new bridges, and related drainage, lighting, highway signing, traffic signalization, guardrail and sidewalk. The Suncoast Trail, part of Florida’s Statewide Greenways and Trails System, will also be extended from US 98 to SR 44, with a pedestrian overpass constructed over US 98. The cost for this project is approximately $135 million and it is expected to be completed in 2022.

Health Talk at the Library

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Friends of the Lakes Region Library invite the public to their annual meeting on Tuesday, January 28th at 2:00PM at the Lakes Region branch of the Citrus County Library System for a special health discussion. Katie Lucas, senior placement specialist at Royal Dalton House Assisted Living and Memory Care, will explain how individuals can prepare important personal information in a way that will be easily accessible to family in the event of an unforeseen health emergency. This free informational session will follow a brief installation of officers. Refreshments will be served. To learn more about the friends of the library and other library activities visit citruslibraries.org. 

Assistant County Administrator and BOCC Recognize Employees at Service Award Breakfast 15 Years, 10 Years and 5 Years

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Assistant County Administrator Steve Lachnicht and Commissioner Ron Kitchen recognized employees for years of service at a recent breakfast held at the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The following employees were honored for their service and dedication to Citrus County:

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15 year Employees

Byron Bitters

Amiee Marshall

Richard Neptune

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10 year Employees

Laurie Diestler

Carlton Hall

Lucinda Harris

Jeffrey Miller

Joe Probst

Jim Smith

Glenn Wolcott

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5 year Employees

Michelle Dirubba-Alford

Scott Carnahan

Mark Carter

Ronald Kitchen

Janine Newman

Rhonda Noel

Charles “Randy” Oliver

Willis Williams 

Assistant County Administrator and BOCC Recognize Employees at Service Award Breakfast for 30 Years, 25 Years & 20 Years

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Assistant County Administrator Steve Lachnicht and Commissioner Ron Kitchen recognized employees for years of service at a recent breakfast held at the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The following employees were honored for their service and dedication to Citrus County:

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30 year Employees

John Mission

MaryEllen Weimert

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 25 year Employees

Brenda Garcia

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 20 year Employees

Ronald Kurtz


Fifth Annual Community Leadership Summit a Success

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

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The fifth annual Community Leadership Summit took place Friday, January 17, 2020 at the College of Central Florida, Citrus Campus in Lecanto. Commissioner and Chairman Brian Coleman presided over the collaborative event that brought together the County Commission, Citrus County School Board, City of Crystal River Council and City of Inverness Council.

This full day event lends itself to relationship building and provides an opportunity for community leaders to discuss, plan and prioritize mutual programs, projects and issues facing Citrus County while looking to the future. 

Free Mulch Now Available at Landfill

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Division of Solid Waste management has just finished processing yard waste into reusable mulch which is now available free of charge to Citrus County residents while supplies last.

Two types of mulch are available:

Fine-grade - suitable for top dressing plants / shrubs and incorporating into composts / potting soils and useful for top-dressing lawns.

Coarse-grade - suitable for retarding weed growth and for driveways / garden paths, as it drains quickly.

Loading options for mulch:

-self-loading mulch is available during all hours of Landfill operation.

-Customers requesting vehicles and/or trailers to be machine loaded by county staff is available

-Tuesday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

-Must have tarp to cover material and entrance ticket from the Scale house.

There are many uses for yard waste processed into landscaping mulch, but here are a few examples:

-Driveways

-Trails & paths

-Temporary parking lots

-Dust control

-Prevents erosion of soil from heavy rains

-Reduce evaporation of soil moisture during dry periods

-Cool the soil during hot summer months

-Protect trees from injury by mechanical equipment

-Reduce soil compaction

For more information please visit our website at: https://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/programs/mulch.htm

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