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Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to Meet

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2020, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the John Law Ayers County Commission Chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 North Main Street, Room 160, Brooksville, Fl.

Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to:

· Annual Election of MPO Officers and Committee Appointments for 2020

· Presentation: Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) and the Envision 2030 Regional Transit Development Plan

· 5Th Amended and Restated Interlocal Agreement for Regional Transportation Planning and Coordination

· Informational item: Citrus County Inverness Airport Business- Industrial Park

· Presentation: Legislative Overview

· Presentation: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) SR 50, Brooksville Bypass to West of I-75

· MPO Issue List Update

· Annual Adoption of Safety Performance Measures

Approximately one week prior to the meeting the meeting agenda may be viewed online at:  www.hernandocounty.us and/or http://www.hernandocounty.us/hernandocitrusmpo

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013, or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

Check out Parks and Rec Spring Programs for Kids and Families!

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

It’s all happening at Citrus County Parks and Recreation this Spring! Staff has planned a lot of great community programs for families, kids, and folks of all ages for the spring season. “We have begun promoting this spring season’s Movies in the Park, choosing films based on great feedback from staff who had seen them and some of the reviews online,” said Recreation Program Specialist Andrea Cuccaro. “We recently started a Citrus County Parks and Recreation Facebook page and definitely encourage folks to like our page. It’s a great place to follow events, sports, and info about our facilities and how to participate in the fun,” she added.

Films will all be shown at sundown, but folks who come slightly earlier will have time for kids to play on Citrus Inflatables! Free popcorn is provided by Rural King, and free soda and water is provided by Pepsi products.

Spring 2020 Movie Schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 22:            Spider-man into the Spider-verse at Bicentennial Park Field 5

                                                501 N. Baseball Point Crystal River, FL 34429

Friday, March 20:             Abominable at Lecanto Community Park

                                            3505 West Educational Path Lecanto, FL 34461

Friday, April 17:                 Toy Story 4 at Bicentennial Park Field 5

                                             501 N. Baseball Point Crystal River, FL 34429   

Friday, May 29: Dora and the Lost City of Gold at Fort Island Gulf Beach

                                             16000 West Fort Island Trail Crystal River, FL 34429

Citrus County Parks and Recreation is also hosting other special events this spring for kids, families and folks of all ages:

Free Open Mic Night: Last Wednesdays of the month (Jan, Feb, April, May) from 6:30-9:30pm at Central Ridge Community Center located at 77 Civic Circle Beverly Hills, FL 34465. All ages. No profanity. Vocalists, musicians, poets, and comedians welcome! Free donuts provided by Fresh Start, and free drinks provided by Pepsi.

Free 16th Annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic: Saturday, February 22, in association with Fish Florida where

kids get a free rod and reel and a fishing lesson. The event will be held at Fort Island Trail Park at 12073 W. Ft Island Trail Crystal River, FL 34429. “The Kids' Fishing Clinic is a one-day educational event established by the Outreach and Education section of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,” said Maci Kepler, Recreation Program Specialist. “One of the main goals for the Kids' Fishing Clinic is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. After approximately one hour of instruction, the children will receive a free rod and reel, and will have the opportunity to fish,” Kepler added. For ages 5-15, registration opened January 1, 2020 and spots are limited. You must pre-register at; apm.activecommunities.com/citruscountyparks to join the fun.

The P.L.A.Y. program basketball session: begins Monday, Feb. 24 for ages 3-5 and parents are

involved in all of the drills. Each session is on Monday evenings at 5:30pm for 1 hour and lasts 6 weeks. Cost is $45 which includes a t-shirt, sports equipment and lessons. You must register for the program, as it is limited to 14 spaces. Register starting January 27 at; apm.activecommunities.com/citruscountyparks.

Spring Break Camp! March 23-27 with a different theme each day: Art day, Zombie Day, Sports Day, Pool Day, and Dance Party Day! For kids ages 11-14. Cost is $50 for the week with a $10 discount per child for multiple children from the same family. Early drop off and late pick up available. Register starting January 21 at;  apm.activecommunities.com/citruscountyparks

Egg-streme Glow Hunt and Festival: Thursday April 9 Glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt opens at 6pm at Bicentennial Park located at 501 N. Baseball Point Crystal River, FL 34429. Entrance fee is $5 per person. 7pm: Ages 1-3, 7:20pm: Ages 4-5, 7:40pm: Ages 6-7, 8:10pm: Ages 8-9, 8:30pm: Ages 10-11, 8:50pm: Ages 12-13.  

Check out Citrus County Parks and Recreation’s programs before they happen by following them on facebook at www.facebook.com/citruscountyparks  For more information, call (352) 527-7540.

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in February

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

Optimizing irrigation systems

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on February 4, 2020 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Landscape irrigation is supplemental, but often uses 50-70 % of total residential water consumption. Irrigation practices such as seasonal scheduling, catch can calibration and selection of drought tolerant plants are essential to creating a sustainable and water conserving landscape.  Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

9 steps to Florida-friendly Landscaping™

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on February 18, 2020 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  The University of Florida developed the 9 basic principles to establish a set of gardening practices which aid gardeners in creating sustainable and successful ornamental gardens.  These practices allow gardeners to create beautiful landscapes generating little or no impact to our water resources.  Selection of the right plant for the right location, efficient irrigation, proper fertilization and responsible pest management are several of the topics discussed during this workshop. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

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.

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, February 3, and daily through Friday, February 7.

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, February 3, and daily through Friday, February 7.

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, February 3, and daily through Friday, February 7.

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, February 3, and daily through Friday, February 7.

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, February 3, and daily through Friday, February 7.

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.

Grant Deadline Extended for Homeowners Impacted by Hurricane Hermine

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

Application deadline has been extended to Monday, March 9, 2020 for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Program to accept applications from very low to low-to-moderate income homeowners that were impacted by Hurricane Hermine.

Citrus County has been awarded approximately $1,000,000 from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for demolition, home replacement with elevation activities under the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program related to Hurricane Hermine.

These funds must benefit very low to low-to-moderate income persons within the County, including the City of Crystal River. Assistance will be provided in the form of a no interest deferred-payment loan.

CDBG-DR funds are eligible for unmet needs only and cannot be used where duplication of benefit may occur.

FEMA funds, insurance funds and other assistance will be considered in any request for assistance under CDBG-DR, clear documented impact from Hurricane Hermine will be required by homeowners wishing to participate in this program.

If you are interested in applying for this grant, Citrus County will be hosting a mandatory resident orientation meeting to go over the program details at the:

•             Homosassa Public Library, 4100 S Grandmarch Ave, Homosassa, FL 34446

on Monday, February 10 from 5:30-6:30pm

Applications packets can be obtained during this meeting or at the Citrus County Resource Center         Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto, FL 34461.

The deadline for completed applications has been EXTENDED to Monday, March 9, 2020 at 4:30 pm.  Completed applications must be dropped-off at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto, FL 34461

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