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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:

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.

Overnight lane shifts, 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Monday, January 20, and nightly through Friday, January 24.

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 20, and daily through Friday, January 24.

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 20, and daily through Friday, January 24.

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 20, and daily through Friday, January 24.

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 20, and daily through Friday, January 24.

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 20, and daily through Friday, January 24.

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.

Citrus Extension Announces Water Seminar

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

Join UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension for “Florida Water: Decade for decisions” day-long Water Seminar which will be held Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 9am until 3pm at the Extension office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, 36441. A $30 fee includes all materials, catered lunch and a “goodie bag”. Pre-registration is required at https://FloridaWater2020.eventbrite.com.

 Citrus County’s Nature Coast is experiencing water challenges particularly with water quality. To get the facts on the challenges and what individuals can do, Citrus Extension Services is hosting a day-long seminar focusing on local water resources. Experts will share Florida’s water story from sources, pollution and its sources to discussions about what citizens can do to help protect this vital natural resource.

Topics include who is using our water, water quality and quantity issues, potential alternative sources, coastal resiliency and Florida Friendly options. Call with questions at 352-527-5700, ask for Betsy or BJ.


Savvy Caregiver Program to be offered

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

Citrus County in partnership with Elder Options is offering the Savvy Caregiver Program at the West Citrus Community Center, 8940 West Veterans Drive, Homosassa, Florida 34448. The seven-week program is designed for caregivers who assist persons with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and will be held on Tuesdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm beginning February 4 through March 17, 2020. 

Registration is required for free class as class size is limited.  Throughout the series you will, learn to differentiate the types of dementia and the progression of the disease, improve your caregiver self-care skills, gain confidence to set and alter caregiving goals, learn skills on responding to dementia behaviors and increase opportunities for family involvement in caregiving.

For more information and to reserve your spot in the class please phone Savvy Caregiver at, (352)692-5220 or register online at, http://agingresources.org/savvy-caregiver-for-families/.

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Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter to Open

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

The Salvation Army will have their Cold Weather Shelter open Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  The shelter is open 7pm to 7am and is located at The Salvation Army, 712 S. School Avenue, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Remember, someone seeking cold weather shelter can go to any Citrus County Bus Stop at the last pickup time, and the driver will drop off the person at The Salvation Army at no cost. The person will be picked up at The Salvation Army the following morning and taken back to the same area

If you have any questions, please contact The Salvation Army directly at 352-513-4960.

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