News and Announcements

County Moves Forward with Road Resurfacing Projects

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Kim Ryan

The Board of County Commissioners has given direction to move forward with residential road resurfacing projects, dedicating $6.4 million from gas tax collections, with $1.12 million incorporated from the Citrus Springs MSBU. Presented with a road prioritization list compiled by the Public Works Department, which rated every residential paved road in Citrus County, commissioners voted to address the highest ranked roads first. The majority of these roads are in the Citrus Springs area of the County.

The BOCC authorized an additional $3.9 million to be used for residential resurfacing projects identified in each district. These specific projects will be determined at the July 26 regular meeting. Public is welcome to attend.

The following resurfacing projects for arterial and collector roadways are currently being completed through the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Small County Outreach Program (SCOP):

  • County Road 581 (SR 44 to Anna Jo Drive)- slated to begin construction at the end of May; grant amount of $785,780
  • County Road 491 (Glen Pines to Cardinal)-slated to begin construction mid-June; grant amount of $696,093
  • N. Citrus Springs Blvd (Dunklin to US 41)-Contract currently out for bid; grant amount of $962,509
  • County Road 491 (Glen Pines to County Line) Contract currently out for bid; grant amount of $426,511
  • Turkey Oak (CR 495 to Holiday Drive)-BOCC to accept FDOT grant award at May 26 regular meeting; grant amount of 425,000
  • N. Elkcam Blvd (Elm Blossom to Pine Ridge Blvd and 500’ south of Deltona to Striblin and Braganza to Condor) - BOCC to accept FDOT grant award at May 26 regular meeting; grant amount of  $375,000
  • Ft. Island Trail (5,870 feet from West End of Trail to Dixie Shores) BOCC to accept FDOT grant award at May 26 regular meeting and will be coordinated with force main installation; grant amount of $800,000
  • Roosevelt Blvd (Forest Ridge to CR 491)- BOCC to accept FDOT grant award at May 26 regular meeting; grant amount of $516,321

For more information on road resurfacing projects, please call the Engineering Division at 527-5446.  Visit http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/pubworks/engineering/engineering.htm to view the pavement rating interactive map and the road prioritization lists.

SWFWMD to Hold Public Workshop in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Kim Ryan

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will hold a public workshop in Citrus County about the draft 2015 Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP), and one public workshop in Hillsborough County for agricultural stakeholders.

The plan presents the projected water demands across the District and all water use sectors for a 20-year planning period as well as identifies water supply sources and potential water supply project options.

Public Information Workshop – Citrus County
Thursday, July 23, from 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1100 W. Highland Blvd in Inverness.

The Public Information Workshops will start with an open house from 4:30–5:30 p.m., a presentation and discussion starting at 5:30 p.m., and the open house will continue until 7:30 p.m. The June 18 workshop will be geared for the agricultural community and provide a presentation about agricultural demand projections starting at 5 p.m., followed by a public comment period.

Agriculture Public Workshop – Hillsborough County
Thursday, June 18 5:00–7:00 p.m.
SWFWMD Tampa Service Office, 7601 US Hwy. 301 in Tampa.


To join the workshop online at 5:00 p.m. go to: SWFWMD.webex.com and enter meeting number: 736 652 717. For audio, dial toll free 1-888-670-3525, and enter the participant code 9502752119#.


The draft RWSP is available for public review and comment at WaterMatters.org/RWSP through July 31, 2015. Please note that the same information will be presented at each of the Public Information Workshops.

For more details about the public workshops, please call George Schlutermann, P.G. at the District Headquarters at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4212.

County offices Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Kim Ryan

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day.

• The county landfill will be closed on Memorial Day and will return to normal business hours on Tuesday, May 26.
• All library branches will be open regular business hours on Saturday, May 24, but will be closed on Memorial Day.
• All Community Buildings will be closed.
• Parks and Boat Ramps will be open for public use.
• Bicentennial Pool will be open from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Monday, May 25.
• Central Ridge Pool and Ft. Island Park Fishing Pier are closed for construction.
• Animal Shelter will be closed on Monday, May 25.

Nature Coast Volunteer Center Schedules Special Needs Call Down Drill

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Kim Ryan

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC) is hosting a Special Needs Call-Down Drill on Tuesday, June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The training exercise is being sponsored in partnership with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Section.

NCVC, the lead agency for volunteers and donations in Citrus County emergency activations, hosts the drill semi-annually to prepare in the event Emergency Management declares an evacuation. Volunteers are needed to assist with contacting the Special Needs registrants and verifying their contact information. In the event of an actual evacuation, Special Needs registrants would be contacted by volunteers to confirm they have transportation to evacuate safely. At the opening of this training session all volunteers will be briefed on procedure and a script will be provided for volunteers to follow.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and have the option of registering with the Volunteer Center so they may be called upon to serve during an actual evacuation. Refreshments will be served.

The training will be held at the Citrus County Transit Center, 1300 S. Lecanto Hwy. in Lecanto.  For registration and more information, call the Nature Coast Volunteer Center at 352-249-1275 or e-mail ncvc@bocc.citrus.fl.us

BOCC Continues to Accept Applications for Stakeholders Advisory Group

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG) was re-established at the March 10 Board of County Commission meeting and is currently accepting applications for the following positions.  This advisory group reviews and provides input on potential rule adoption or amendments, current procedures and policies of County programs and the value and need of current or proposed County programs and services. These positions will be either a 2 year or 3 year term and will meet every two months or more frequently as deemed necessary by SAG.

Citizens can apply for the following positions:

• Representative from Chamber of Commerce or At-Large Member
• Representative from the Board of Realtors or At-Large Member
• Representative from the Local Chapter of the Florida Bar or At-Large Member
• Representative from the Citrus County Mining Association or At-Large Member
• Representative from a Religious Institution or At-Large Member
• Representative from the Veteran’s Coalition Service or Fraternal Organizations or At-Large Member
• Representative from Tourism/Ecotourism or At-Large Member
• Representation by a Local Public Land Manager or At-Large Member

The application deadline is June 30, 2015. Applicants are required to be a Citrus County resident and registered to vote in Citrus County.

Applicants must indicate on the application for which position they are applying. Applications which meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection.  The application form is available at http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/commissioners/advboards/advisory_board_application.pdf

Send completed application together with a recent resume to Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Attn: Agenda Coordinator, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 292, Lecanto, FL 34461 or call 352-527-5484 for any questions.

Citrus County BOCC Proclaims May as Older Americans Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives from Citrus County Senior Community Centers

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 12 proclaiming the month of May 2015 as “Older Americans Month” in Citrus County and encourages every resident of Citrus County to take time this month to celebrate older adults and the people who serve and support them as powerful and vital individuals who greatly contribute to the community.

Since 1965, the Older Americans Act has provided services that help older adults remain healthy and independent by complementing existing medical and health care systems, helping prevent hospital readmissions, and supporting some of life’s most basic functions, such as bathing or preparing meals. These programs also support family caregivers and address issues of exploitation, neglect and abuse of older adults.

For more information on Senior Services, please visit: http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/commserv/suppserv/senprog/senior_programs.htm

Citrus County BOCC Proclaims May as Mental Health Awareness Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives from the local NAMI Board of Directors

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 12 proclaiming the month of May as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in Citrus County. Mental health is part of overall health and helps to sustain an individual’s thought processes, relationships, productivity and ability to adapt to change or face adversity.

One in four adults experience mental health problems in any given year and such problems can contribute to onset of mental illness. One in seventeen adults lives with mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and approximately one-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of fourteen. Early identification and treatment can make a profound difference in management and recovery of mental illness. Every citizen and community can make a difference in helping end the silence and stigma that for too long has surrounded mental illness and discouraged people from getting help.

Public education and civic activities can encourage positive mental health and help improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. The Board of County Commissioners supports increasing public understanding of the importance of mental health and promoting identification and treatment of mental illness.

BOCC Workshop Cancelled

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Board of County Commissioners approved to cancel the Fertilizer Workshop, previously scheduled for Tuesday, June 9 at 9 a.m.

This item will be included in the May 26 meeting agenda and a presentation has been scheduled for 1:40 p.m. Public is encouraged to attend and comments will be taken from the public.

The agenda can be viewed at http://citruscountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx one week prior to the meeting. Citizens can watch a live telecast of the meeting on Channel 643 on Brighthouse Networks and Channel 71 on Comcast. For more information, please call Tobey Phillips, Public Information Officer, at 527-5484

Citrus County BOCC Proclaims May as National Drug Court Month

Category: Employee Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives Court Alternatives Program and clients from Drug Court

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 12 proclaiming the month of May as “Drug Court Month”.  Drug Courts are a judicially supervised, cost-effective, collaborative approach to addressing the needs of individuals with substance abuse disorders.

Drug Courts significantly improve substance-abuse treatment outcomes, substantially reduce drug abuse and crime, and do so at a lesser expense than other justice strategies.  Drug court facilitates community-wide partnerships, bringing together public safety and public health professionals in fight against drug abuse and criminality. 

Drug Courts demonstrate that when one person rises out of drugs and crime, we all rise, the time has come to put a Drug Court within reach of every eligible person in need.  Citrus County is joining with people across the country to achieve the goal of ending substance abuse. 

For more information about Drug Court, please visit http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/commserv/suppserv/court/court_alternatives.htm

Citrus County BOCC Recognizes Law Enforcement Appreciation Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 12 proclaiming the week of May 10-16 as “Law Enforcement Appreciation Week” and Thursday, May 15 as “Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day” in Citrus County.   The Board directed that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all County buildings on May 15 in honor of those law enforcement officers who, through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community or have become disabled in the performance of their duties.

The law enforcement officers of Citrus County play an essential role in safeguarding rights and freedoms, and risk their lives daily to ensure each citizen can live in a safe and secure environment.  Law enforcement officers work in partnership with their community to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in this county. The deputies of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression. 

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes and pays respect to the survivors of these fallen heroes and those who continue to serve.

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