News and Announcements

Health Department Releases Details on Food Recall

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Texas Star Nut and Food Co., Inc. announced a voluntarily recall on  Nature’s Eats, Natural Macadamia Nuts 6oz and Southern Grove, Simply Raw Trail Mix 8oz with the following lot codes because of a possible health risk:






Nature's Eats

Natural Macadamia Nuts

6 oz



Southern Grove

Simply Raw Trail Mix

8 oz



The recalled products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

No illnesses have been reported in relation to this product to date.

These products were distributed to Retail Locations in Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. The products were sold between 6/20/2015 and 9/9/2015. This notification is intended to inform consumers that may still have any of the above listed products in their possession.

The recall was as the result of a routine, random sampling program conducted by a FDA contracted lab which revealed that the Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nut product contained Salmonella.

The company has ceased the distribution of this specific lot of macadamia nuts from the supplier.

Consumers who have purchased any of the above listed lot codes are urged to not eat or discontinue consuming the potentially affected product and contact the company at 1-844-571-5555 for refund or product replacement information from 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday-Friday, Central Standard Time.

FDOT Schedules Public Hearing Opportunities for Citizens

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Seven invites the public to provide comments to FDOT by participating in the Five-Year Tentative Work Program Public Hearing.  The Tentative Work Program for fiscal years July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021 covers preliminary engineering, right of way acquisition, construction, and public transportation projects for Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties and includes Florida Turnpike Enterprise projects in these counties.

There are four ways you can participate:

1.     Go to between Monday, October 26, 2015 and Friday, October 30, 2015. You will be able to see all of the presentations and maps, submit comments, ask questions, and directly contact a department representative if needed. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, you can use a computer at the local public libraries in the five counties during the libraries’ regular operating hours.

3.     FDOT representatives will be available at the Lakes Region Library, located at 1511 Druid Road in Inverness, on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm to meet with you in person, answer any questions, and assist with website access:

4.     FDOT representatives are also available during this week at the Florida Department of Transportation – District Seven offices, located at 11201 N. McKinley Road in Tampa.  You can schedule a meeting at the district office by calling Lee Royal at (813) 975-6427.

Comments will be received thru the website, at the location listed above, or you can mail written comments to Debbie Hunt, Director of Transportation Development, Florida Department of Transportation, 11201 N. McKinley Drive, MS 7-100, Tampa, FL 33612 or email them to: Comments must be submitted or postmarked by November 9, 2015 to be a part of the official record.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (at no charge) should contact Lee Royal, Government Liaison Administrator, at (813) 975-6427 or (800) 226-7220 at least seven days prior to the hearing.

Historical Society Announces Concert Series Schedule

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Historical Society has announced the Concert Series scheduled for 2015-2016 and would like to extend an invitation to all jazz and music lovers who wish to take advantage of this cultural gem. True jazz aficionados will love the first concert of the series, the Rick Dahlinger Trio. This Classic Jazz trio plays improvisation, and brings their own style to some of the best-known standards in blues and jazz. On October 15, Rick Dahlinger will be on piano, Tommy C on drums, Kirk Reyes will be on bass, and they will entertain the audience interested in jazz. Tickets are $20 per person; doors open at six, so come and enjoy light snacks, cold beverages, and cool jazz.

On November 19, Ken McBride will “Present Himself”. This resident of Florida was born in Ireland, and has sung his extensive, varied repertoire in the United States. From Billy Joel, to Irish folk songs, to Broadway show tunes, McBride will be sure to entertain. Appetizers beverages, and great music all for $20. Come early (doors open at six) and tour the museum.

Johny Carlsson is a name well known in and around Citrus County, and he is sure to please while backing up David Pruyn’s tribute to Mel Torme. “Notes on Velvet-a Sparkling Christmas Tribute to Mel Torme” will be presented on December 17, so round out your social calendar by coming to the Courthouse at six, noshing a few appetizers, and sipping some holiday spirits. Tickets are $20, and make a wonderful Christmas gift.

Brian Smalley brings high-energy acoustics to our courthouse with his variety of songs and witty patter. Come and hear him and his guitar on January 14, 2016. Tickets are $10, doors open at 6:30, and profits benefit the Courthouse Museum programs and scholarships.

If you saw Southern Exposure last year, you are sure to want to see them again. The vocals are extraordinary, the instrumentation is deluxe, and the audience loves the interactions among the members. Think jazz, think ballroom, think big band, think real entertainment. Come and hear Kim Evans sing Ella Fitzgerald and Patsy Cline. Treat your valentine to a wonderful evening of listening for only $20 per person. Appetizers, beverages, and romantic music can make your February 11 special.

Of course we need Irish music on St. Patrick’s Day, and “Bards and Blarney-Castlebay” fits the bill. We loved them last year, and you will love them this year as they perform Irish music you may not have heard before. Ten dollars buys two hours of music, light refreshments at intermission, and a chance to celebrate March 17 with authentic Irish music. Many locals have heard Sally Smith Adams before, and she is a real draw. She will be presenting “Women in Jazz,” especially women pianists and musicians. Valerie Gillespie (Tampa) will be accompanying on sax and Dave Morgan on drums. Come and celebrate International Women’s Day by listening to “Women in Jazz,” have some refreshments, and support your local museum for only $20. Doors open at six for appetizers and a cash bar.

We have all heard the term, the real Florida, and you will get to hear “Songs and Stories of the Real Florida,” on May 19 presented by Doug Spears. Mr. Spears is a blend of storyteller and musician, and will share universal stories that we have heard before, or not. Ten dollars buys great music, new stories, some munchies, and a chance to support your local museum. Come to share the last concert of this ambitious and worthwhile concert series.

All proceeds benefit the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. and the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum exhibitions and programs. Each program provides light refreshments and supports our fundraising efforts. Partnerships and sponsorships are available from superstar level to soloist level, and individual tickets are always available. For more information about these wonderful music opportunities, please call 352-341-6427 or 352- 341-6429 or e-mail at If you wish, stop by the Old Courthouse Museum at One Courthouse Square for tickets and a tour.

Craft Sale at Central Citrus Community Center

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Friends of the Community Centers are holding their annual Craft Sale at the Central Citrus Community Center on October 13, 14 and 15, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm each day.  There will be hand crafted items made by members of the community centers throughout the county. Items available include jewelry, quilted items, flower arrangements, frames, woodworking, pillows, afghans, Christmas decorations and much more.

All proceeds will help the “Friends” group to provide more items that enhance the community centers in Citrus County. For more information, please call Kriss at the Central Citrus Community Center at 352-527-5993.

RSVP Seeking Volunteers for Make a Difference Day

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

USA Weekend Make a Difference Day will be held nationally on Saturday, October 24th and the Nature Coast Volunteer Center is seeking volunteers to participate in an improvement project at the West Citrus Community Center in Homosassa. The Community Center contributes to a more vibrant community, connecting people through various activities and events.

This improvement project is a partnership uniting project organizers, the Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC), Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Home Depot, Wal-Mart Super Center of Inverness, the Citrus County Chronicle, and the Friends of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center.

Snacks and water will be provided onsite.

Visit or call the Volunteer Center by October 9 at (352) 249-1275 to register.

Two Free Florida-Friendly gardening Workshops in October

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Best Management Practices for Residential Landscape Care

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on October 13, from 2:00-3:30 pm. Practices Nature Coast gardeners should utilize including proper fertilization, responsible pest management, material selection and efficient use of supplemental irrigation will be topics discussed. Selecting the right plant and planting it in the right location is often the principle which provides gardening success. Establishing and maintaining the proper material reduces the amount of water, fertilizer and pest control practices required to sustain the landscape garden you create. 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.

Turf Basics

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on October 27 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Managing a healthy lawn is often a full time job and recurring expense. Selection of the right materials to accomplish a specific task is always the best place to start. Why do we need so much grass? What type of lawn do I need? What is this stuff in my lawn? The sustainable lawn varieties, typical weed infestations and pests which target the varieties are highlighted 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.

Citrus County’s Florida Yards & Neighborhoods is a public education and outreach program of the University of Florida funded by Citrus County Utilities. Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ means using low maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices to produce a beautiful landscape. For more information about Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ visit

Idle Speed Zone Removed For One Section on Withlacoochee River

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

In accordance with FWC Rule 68D-24.109, the current Idle Speed Zone posted in one section of the Withlacoochee River has been removed. This segment is Mile Marker 9 (Big Flat Rock) to Mile Marker 24 at Camp Izzard Boat Ramp, which covers 4.5 miles of the Withlacoochee River. The river receded to below 7 feet this morning, and the speed in this area will be “Resume Normal Safe Operations”.

Signs are still posted in the other three sections of the river, Mile Marker 34 to Mile Marker 35A (Turner Camp) and Mile Marker 38 to Mile Marker 41 (Squire Court to Shawnee Trail), and Mile Marker 24 to Mile Marker 30 (Camp Izzard Boat Ramp) and No Wake zone regulations are still in effect for these areas. FWC officials and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office will be patrolling for enforcement.

Boaters should be aware of these posted signs in these areas of the Withlacoochee River and are asked to follow the “Idle Speed No Wake” zone regulations.

For questions or more information, please contact Citrus County Aquatics at 527-7620 or FWC at 850-617-9547.

Stakeholders Advisory Group to Meet October 15

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Stakeholders Advisory Group will meet on Thursday, October 15 at 4:30 pm in the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166 in Lecanto.  Agenda items at this meeting will focus on Animal Services issues.

This meeting is open to the public.

Any person requiring reasonable accommodation at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the County Administrator’s Office, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461, or call (352) 527-5210, at least one week before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please use TDD telephone (352) 341-6580.

The Stakeholders Advisory Group is a collection of Board of County Commission (“Board”) appointed representation from a diverse group of stakeholders and organizations to review and provide input on items assigned to them by the Board. For more information or a copy of the agenda, call 352-527-5484 or visit

Special BOCC Meeting Scheduled for October 27

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Board of County Commissioners will be meeting Tuesday, October 27 at 9 am at the Citrus County Courthouse, Room 100, in Inverness to review and discuss County owned property, policies, and procedures. Open to the Public will be conducted.

The agenda and back-up materials will be available at the Friday before the meeting. The meeting can be viewed live online in a small digital format at

For questions regarding this special meeting, please contact Tobey Phillips, Public Information Officer, at 527-5484.

BOCC Proclaims Fire Prevention Week

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from Citrus County Fire Rescue

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 22 proclaiming October 4 through October 10, 2015 “Fire Prevention Week” in Citrus County.  First responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education, and the focus of Fire Prevention Week this year is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep”.

Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,755 deaths, 12, 200 civilian injuries, and $7.0 billion in direct damage

We urge citizens to test their smoke alarms monthly and for more information please call the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-726-4488.


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