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Tourism Grant Funding Available

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The Citrus County Tourist Development Council announced today the new procedures for requesting tourism related funding grants.  There are three different grant categories available:  Capital Improvement Projects, Special Project/Events and Collateral Materials for Marketing.

Capital Improvement Projects Funding Program

Capital projects must be located within Citrus County and serve to establish new or refurbish existing facilities or infrastructures that are publicly owned and operated or owned and operated by not-for-profit organizations and open to the public for recreational activities, cultural events and performances that host events in Citrus County whose primary goal and purpose is to bring substantial numbers of tourists/visitors to the County, thereby promoting overnight hotel stays within the County.

Tourist Development Capital Projects Funding will be allocated from the Tourist Development Tax Budget. This will ensure that funding is available for contribution for financial assistance for special events and other programs that generate increased tourism activity within Citrus County. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of Citrus County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida, (County) may allocate an annual allotment of Tourism Development Tax Revenue to the Reserve Fund to facilitate Capital Projects.

The goals of the program are:

•           Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

•           Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

•           Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

•           Enhance the quality of existing infrastructure and encourage new economic

            development

•           Educate visitors to the different areas in the County.

One application submittal date each year:

January - Applicant Submittal Period Opens

February - Applicant Submittal Period Ends

March - Applicant Presentation to the Tourist Development Council

April - Grant Selection and Budget Allocation

Special Project/Events Grant

The Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) offers a Special Event Grant program to organizations designated to promote Special Project/Events Grant program to organizations to promote special events/projects to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County thereby impacting the lodging industry.  A Special Event is defined as any activity, service, venue or event, intended to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County.

This Special Project/Events Grant is to provide funding to advertise and promote events to out of county markets to attract overnight visitors. The Grant funds are intended to supplement the organization’s budget and are restricted in their use for Marketing, Advertisement, and Promotional materials.

Two application submittal dates each year:

1st Period

January - Applicant Submittal Period Opens

February - Applicant Submittal Period Ends

March - Applicant Presentation to the Tourist Development Council

April - Grant Selection and Budget Allocation

2nd Period

June - Applicant Submittal Period Opens

July   Applicant Submittal Period Ends

August - Applicant Presentation to the Tourist Development Council

September - Grant Selection and Budget Allocation

Collateral Materials Grant

The purpose of the Citrus County Tourist Development Collateral Materials Grant is to assist organizations in Citrus County by providing funding awards for program dollars to make our area more appealing to visitors who are spending the night in Citrus County. This grant leverages TDC resources and extends the marketing for Citrus County.

The goals of the program are:

Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

Enhance the quality of existing material and encourage new collateral development

Educate visitors to the different areas in the County. 

The application submittal dates for Collateral Materials are the same as for Special Project/Events.

For more detail on each type of grant, maximum awards, eligible projects, reporting requirements, etc., visit the Tourist Development Council website at:  http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/tdc/tdc.htm.  Applicants must conform to the TDC’s policies and procedures as specified.  Applications failing to meet the deadlines will not be considered until the next funding cycle.

Citrus County Announces Community Development Block Grant Program Funds for Housing Available

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The county is now soliciting applications from very low to low-to-moderate income households for the rehabilitation/replacement of homes within the county limits.

Citrus County is providing housing assistance to owner-occupied households through the CDBG program in order to complete a HUD national objective through the revitalization of conditions in underserved, and Very Low to Low-to-Moderate income neighborhoods. Assistance will be provided in the form of a no interest deferred-payment loan.

No mobile homes will be eligible for rehabilitation, only replacement with a site built structure as funding allows. The County has been awarded $750,000 and expects to serve a minimum of eleven (11) households. The average cost per house will be $61,364.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 4:30pm on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Applications are available at http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/housing/housing-services.htm

For more information, contact Antonio Jenkins at (888) 482-7393 or Citrus County Housing Services at (352) 527-7520. Citrus County is a Fair Housing Community and an Equal Opportunity employer. 

Techno Fair to be Held at Central Citrus Community Center

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Do you have a smart phone or electronic device that leaves you feeling “not so smart”?  Here is your chance to get free help! 

Kelly Desroches and his associates from Sprint will be at the Central Citrus Community Center on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a Techno Fair.  Owners of Apple or Android phones and tablets will learn the basic fundamentals of their devices along with how to become a more proficient user. There will also be a chance for questions about specific device functions. 

The event is free!  You don’t have to be a Sprint customer, there will be no soliciting, and devices with other carriers are welcome.

The Citrus County Resource Center is located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, for more information about this event please call 527-5993.

Free Disposal of Live Christmas Trees

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Citrus County residents may recycle natural, live Christmas trees at the Citrus County Central Landfill, free of charge during the months of December and January only.  Trees must be cleaned of all decorations, lights, and artificial snow.

Artificial trees brought to landfill for disposal will be charged standard solid waste / trash rates.

For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during week day office hours or visit the

County’s website at http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm

Commissioner Kinnard to Hold Town Hall Meeting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Citrus County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard announced today he will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, January 26 for the general public to attend. The meeting will be held at the Coastal Region Library, located at 8619 W. Crystal Street in Crystal River, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

“My aim is to connect with the community on issues and challenges facing our county.  I want to know what’s on people’s minds and have a format to discuss, reflect, and problem solve.” explained Kinnard. “Please come with questions or concerns, as this is intended to be an informal setting.”

For more information, please call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at (352) 527-5484.

Fire Rescue Training to Take Place Tomorrow in Crystal River

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Citrus County Sheriff Fire Rescue will be conducting Hazardous Materials training on Wednesday November 30th from 10am until 3pm at the West Side Convenience Center located at 7490 W. Gulf to Lake Highway in Crystal River. Crews will be simulating an industrial accident. Nontoxic smoke simulators will be in use along with various fire rescue vehicles and personnel in the area.  

FDOT To Hold Open House December 8

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The Florida Department of Transportation will hold a construction open house regarding improvements to US 19 and replacement of the Halls River Road Bridge in Citrus County on Thursday, December 8, 2016. The open house will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Homosassa Library, located at 4100 S. Grandmarch Avenue, Homosassa, FL 34446.

There are two projects being represented at this open house:

1)    US 19 from Green Acres Street to W. Jump Court (FPN 405822-2-52-01): add lanes and rehabilitate pavement – under construction.

2)    W. Halls River Road (CR 490A) at Halls River (FPN 430021-1-52-01): bridge replacement – construction anticipated to begin in January 2017.

There will be no formal presentation; therefore, we encourage you to drop in at your convenience during the above listed hours to review the project display boards and talk with project staff. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like information about any of these projects, please email the department at roadwork@dot.state.fl.us.

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 (free of charge) should contact Chris Speese, Public Involvement Coordinator, at (813) 975-6405, (800) 226-7220 or email: christopher.speese@dot.state.fl.us at least seven (7) days before the public meeting.

If you have questions about the open house, please contact John McShaffrey, construction Public Information Officer, at (813) 975-6930 or john.mcshaffrey@dot.state.fl.us.

BOCC Acknowledges Receipt of the EPA's 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Citrus County Utilities and the Water Resources Department

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners acknowledged receipt of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Promotional Partner of the Year award for Citrus County Utilities’ water conservation program at their regular meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County Utilities with a 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award as a leader in saving water for future generations. Citrus County Utilities was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on October 6, 2016, for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2015.

Citrus County Utilities may be a small utility, but it earned its Promotional Partner of the Year Award by making a big splash in 2015 with water efficiency education and other efforts. The Utilities continues to support the adoption of WaterSense labeled products, such as irrigation controllers, aerators, showerheads, and toilets through rebates, retrofit/install, and giveaway programs.

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BOCC Proclaims National Farm-City Week in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Hernando-Citrus County Farm Bureau

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on November 15, 2016, proclaiming November 16-23, 2016 as National Farm-City Week in Citrus County.  

American farmers and ranchers help feed the world by producing a bounty of nutritious foods. To do this, they rely upon essential partnerships with urban and suburban communities to supply, sell and deliver finished products across the country and around the globe, as they contribute to the health and well-being of our country and to strengthen our economy.

During National Farm-City Week, we recognize the importance of this cooperative network. Agriculture employees more than two million workers, including farmers and ranchers, shippers, processors, marketers, retailers, truck drivers, inspectors and others who annually contribute an annual impact of $104 billion to Florida’s economy. As they perform their daily work, farmers and ranchers preserve freshwater recharge areas, wildlife habitat and green space. Consumers help farm families maintain their superior natural resource conservation practices by purchasing Florida agricultural products.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims November 16 through 23, 2016 as “National Farm-City Week” in Citrus County and encourages citizens in rural and urban areas to acknowledge all those who, working together, produce and supply our community and nation with an abundance of agricultural products.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of Citrus County nonprofits, including Mid Florida Homeless Coalition

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on November 15, 2016, proclaiming November 13 – 19, 2016 as National Hunger and Homelessness Week in Citrus County.  

On January 26, 2016, members of the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition’s Continuum of Care identified 135 households with 165 people who were literally homeless and 20 of those were Veterans. The Citrus County School System reported 341 students were identified as homeless based on the Department of Education’s homeless definition.

This proclamation helps educate the public as to why many reasons people are hungry and homeless including the shortage of affordable housing in Citrus County for very low income residents and it encourages support for homeless assistance service providers, food pantries, as well as community service opportunities for students and school service organizations.

There are many organizations in Citrus County committed to housing, sheltering, providing supportive services as well as meals and food supplies to the homeless and hungry. The Board of County Commissioners recognizes November 13 – 19, 2016 as “National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week” in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

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