News and Announcements

County Electronic Newsletter Receives National Award

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) Awards of Excellence competition recognizes outstanding public relations and public information work being done in counties across the nation. The County electronic newsletter “Citrus Link” was submitted for the Electronic Communications category and received a Meritorious Recognition in this nationwide competition.

NACIO brings together communications professionals in county positions to promote the value of professional Public Information Officers to county governments and to promote a better understanding among the general public of the roles and responsibilities of county government.

Citizens can sign up to receive the monthly electronic newsletter by visiting http://www.citrusbocc.com/pio/pio.htm

Labor Day Weekend Adoption Special at Animal Services

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP) is sponsoring an adoption special on Labor Day weekend. For all dogs and cats, you can name your price for adoption! This special is for one day only on Saturday, September 5. We encourage the public to visit the shelter, located at 4030 S. Airport Road in Inverness, from 10 am to 4 pm to pick out a shelter animal to adopt.

Please call Animal Services for more information at 746-8400 or visit www.citruscritters.com

Two Free Florida-Friendly Gardening Workshops in September

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Right Plant, Right Place

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on September 8 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Once established the right plant is often sustainable without additional supplemental watering. Choosing appropriate plant materials, planting them correctly and managing them wisely, ensures a gardens success. 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.

Vegetable Gardening

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on September 22 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Planting a vegetable garden in Florida is all about timing and technique.  Pick fruits and vegetables you like. Prepare and plant them wisely. Learn beneficial insect identification. Consider the season and install your garden using a method you can maintain and manage. 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 www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/fyn/fyn.htm

Conversation Speakers Series Program Features Author Jack Davis

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum presents the first Coffee and Conversation Speaker Series Program of the season, featuring Jack Davis, professor of Environmental History and Sustainability Studies at the University of Florida on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:00p.m., second floor courtroom at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Jack previously taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was Director of Environmental Studies, and at Eckerd College. For the academic year 2002- 2003, he was a Fulbright scholar in Amman, Jordan, where he taught American Studies in the graduate school at the University of Jordan. He earned a doctorate in history from Brandeis University in 1994. 
Davis is the author of An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (2009), recipient of the gold medal from the Florida Book Awards, and Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930, which received the Charles S. Sydnor Award from the Southern Historical Association for the most outstanding book in southern history of 2001. Davis’s edited volumes include The Civil Rights Movement (2000); The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas (2002); Making Waves: Female Activists in Twentieth- Century Florida (2003); and Paradise Lost? The Environmental History of Florida (2005). He has published articles in several scholarly journals and has presented papers and served on panels at two dozen professional conferences. A regular public speaker for the Florida Humanities Council and a contributor to its magazine, Forum, he won two first-place prizes from the Florida Magazine Association for best feature writing and best in-depth reporting, for a 2011 article on the Gulf of Mexico, the subject of his next book. The new work in progress is titled, Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, under contract with W.W. Norton. Davis writes his books not for an academic audience but a broader intellectually curious one.  

He has completed artist/writer residencies at Escape to Create, Seaside, Florida (January 2013), and the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire (May 2014). He divides his time between Gainesville, Florida, and Harrisville, New Hampshire. 

This program is funded by the Florida Humanities Council and is free and open to the public. Call 352-341-6428 to reserve a seat today.

Final Summer Concert Scheduled for September 19

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The final show of the Summer Concert Series at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is Saturday, September 19 with the Dusty Road Rangers on stage.  They will perform a mix of bluegrass, old time, Americana, folk, Celtic and country tunes. The band covers the music of such legendary artists as Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Woody Guthrie, Del McCoury, The Chieftains, Ricky Scaggs, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and others. In addition to the cover songs, original compositions are also performed.

This award winning group has performed at many venues throughout Florida including: Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Luna Star Cafe, GiGi's Music Café, Flamingo Gardens, South Florida Fair, Barberville Spring Frolic, Barberville Fall Jamboree. The band performed at the 2012 and 2013 John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival in Brasstown, North Carolina and the 2013 Doc and Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest in Sugar Grove, NC. The band also performed at the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida in March 2014 and the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with light appetizers being served, along with beverages. Tickets are $20 per person and music begins at 7:00 until 9:00 p.m., with a brief intermission midway. To reserve your seat, please call The Old courthouse Heritage Museum at 352-341-6428.

County Offices Closed for Labor Day Holiday

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day.

The county landfill will be closed on Labor Day and will return to normal business hours on Tuesday, September 8.

All library branches will be open regular business hours on Saturday, September 5, but will be closed on Labor Day.

All Community buildings will be closed. Parks and boat ramps are open for regular business hours. Bicentennial Pool will be open from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm for Open Swim and Central Ridge Pool will be open from 12 noon to 5:30 pm for Open Swim.

Animal Services will be closed on Labor Day, but will return to normal operating hours on Tuesday.

Accepting applications for Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Vacancy

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for vacancies on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. This board advises and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on issues affecting affordable housing development, and to assist the County in developing new programs and policies in order to foster the development and preservation of attainable housing for those County residents who desire to live in safe, decent, and affordable housing.

One open position is for a For-Profit Provider of Affordable Housing, and the qualifications are a citizen who is actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing. The second vacancy is for a Local Planner who actively serves on the local planning agency. This member is to fill an unexpired term that will expire on January 31, 2016.

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:00 pm in Room 135 at the Citrus County Resource Center, located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto. Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents 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. Applications can be found at http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory_consideration.htm and completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Parks & Recreation P.L.A.Y. Program Starts in September

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Parks & Recreation announced registration for the P.L.A.Y (Preparing Little Athletes Youth) Program is now open.  P.L.A.Y. Program is a comprehensive motor skills development program that will prepare you and your child for the world of organized sports.

Each P.L.A.Y Program is designed for children between the ages of 3-5 years old and allows both boys and girls to participate. Each program runs for 6 weeks, one night a week and each class lasts for one hour.

Soccer will take place on Mondays at Central Ridge District Park in Beverly Hills and Tuesdays at Homosassa Area Recreational Park. Classes will be offered at 5pm or 6 pm.

Tee Ball will take place on Wednesdays at Central Ridge District Park in Beverly Hills and Thursdays at Bicentennial Park in Crystal River. Classes will be at 5pm or 6pm.

The cost is $45 per child and that fee includes a tee shirt and age appropriate sports equipment for each child. (Scholarships are available to those that qualify).

Classes will start the week of September 14th. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Parks & Recreation at 352-527-7540, visit www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/parksrec/sports/youth/youth_sports.htm or www.citruscountyparks.com.

Citrus County Animal Services and Community food Bank Create Partnership

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Animal Services and Community Food Bank of Citrus County have joined together to help the many people in Citrus County who suffer from food insecurity and who could also use some help to feed their pets in these difficult times. In Citrus County, more than one in six individuals (23,000) and more than one in four children suffer due to lack of adequate food each day. The Community Food Bank has 43 approved food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters that work together to address hunger in Citrus County.  This organization sometimes receives very limited amounts of donated pet food which are made available to agencies that have clients with pets. It also benefits Animal Services by reducing the number of animals for which they have to assume responsibility because of inadequate care.

Citrus County Animal Services for several years had an animal food program for citizens in need of pet food who could not afford to purchase it.  Generous residents were donating pet food to Animal Services, which they in turn, were giving back to the community to citizens in need of pet food to provide for their animals rather than surrendering them to the shelter.  With Animal Services located in Inverness, it was difficult for those in need who lived in central and western Citrus County to have easy access to this available pet food.

Citrus County Animal Services and Community Food Bank have established a Pet Food Donation & Distribution Program to help individuals and families who suffer from food insecurity, who qualify for various nutrition assistance programs, and who could use some extra help to feed their pets in these difficult times.

The Community Food Bank and eight of their approved food pantries will now serve as official drop off locations for Citrus County residents who wish to donate pet food to help clients. Pet food donations are limited to packaged dry food and/or canned food for dogs and cats only. Open packages and containers cannot be accepted. The strategy to establish multiple donation drop-off locations throughout the county is intended to make it easier and more convenient for residents to make these donations at a location near where they live and work. All pet food donations received will be distributed only to pet owners who qualify as individuals and families suffering from food insecurity and need assistance from a local food pantry.  Please contact one of the food pantries to learn more about the qualifications for an individual or family in need of food assistance.

While Citrus County Animal Services will continue to be drop off location, they will no longer distribute pet food to residents from their location.  All pet food donations dropped off at the Animal Services location will be given to the Community Food Bank for allocation to one of their approved food pantries to distribute to their clients. Residents who need assistance should contact one of the eight food pantries to determine if they qualify as individuals or families for food assistance. The Pet Food Donation & Distribution Program is another opportunity to help food insecure individuals and families in need of assistance and in need of our community support.

If you wish to make a cash or monetary donation to the Pet Food Donation Program, please contact the Community Food Bank of Citrus County at 352-628-3663 or via email at executivedirector@cfbocc.org. Donations should be mailed to Community Food Bank of Citrus County, P.O. Box 2824, Crystal River, FL 34423. Please make sure you designate Pet Food Donation when making donations to this program.

Animal Shelter closing Early on August 20th

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Animal Shelter will close to the public at 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 20. The shelter will be open for regular hours at 10:00 am on Friday, August 21.

For questions, please call Animal Services at 352-746-8400 or visit their website at www.citruscritters.com

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