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President Declares Major Disaster for Florida

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

WASHINGTON –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Hermine during the period of August 31 to September 11, 2016.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco, and Pinellas counties.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.    

Federal funding is also available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Hermine in Citrus, Dixie, Franklin, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla counties.

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Terry L. Quarles has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Quarles said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. 

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only. 

FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Parks & Rec Concert Schedule

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

Citrus County Parks and Recreation is happy to announce their 2016/2017 Concert series running from November 12, 2016 to March 24, 2017 and tickets go on sale starting October 10th. The series opens Saturday November 12th with The Alter Eagles doing a Tribute to The Eagles. The performance will be at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 West Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs, FL. Tickets are $15.00 per person with auditorium style seating. 

The next show will be Friday, December 2nd.  This is Parks and Recreations annual Christmas show this year featuring a return of The New Dawn Singers. This performance will be at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 West Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs, FL. Tickets are $10.00 per person. The entire building will be decked out for the holidays to start this festive season.

Saturday, December 31st, we will be welcoming in the New Year with a return to Parks and Recreations New Year’s Eve celebration. This year we will be dancing to the beat from one of the ultimate dance bands in Central Florida, Groove 41 . Dinner and concessions along with beer and wine will be available for purchase. You will have a bang up time at this celebration at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 West Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs, FL. Tickets are $10.00 per person. 

Leading off the New Year we present Martin George and Country Gold. Friday, January 20th.  Come to the Central Ridge Community Center at 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills, FL. Martin will be entertaining us with his diverse collection of music and song. . Tickets to this show are only $5.00 per person.

On Friday, February 20th, get ready to unleash your funny bone as we bring back by popular demand, G. David Howard. G. David was dubbed the funniest man alive when he told jokes non-stop for 16 hours straight for The Guinness World Book of Records. This super show will be at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 West Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs, FL. Tickets will only be $10.00 per person for this hilarious performance.

Continuing on in February we present Liverpool Live doing all of your favorite Beatles songs. Friday, February 17th, at the Central Ridge Community Center in Beverly Hills you can sit back and hear songs from one of the most iconic groups in history. Members of Liverpool Live have performed at Disney and now have become one band to bring The Beatles back to life. Central Ridge Community Center is at 77 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills FL.   Tickets for this show are $10.00 per person.

Next in our lineup, we offer The Atlantic City Boys bringing the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons back to the stage. Saturday, March 11th.  This show will be at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 West Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs, FL. Tickets are $10.00 per person.

Closing out our season, we bring you Never Stop Believin’, the # 1 touring Journey Band in the world. Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1504 W. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, prepare to be entertained by the dream of every fan of Journey. Tickets for this show are $15pp. 

This year, Parks and Recreation is offering a Season Pass for $80.00 which includes New Year’s Eve or a pass for $70.00 which does NOT include New Year’s Eve. This gives you preferred seating at each show plus a savings that equals the cost of one show. Be sure to purchase the passes early. They will be offered for a limited time only at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 2804 West Marc Knighton Ct, Lecanto, FL. Individual show tickets can also be purchased at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office by check, credit card or money order. For information about all shows, call 352-465-7007 or 352-527-7540.

BOCC Recognizes Stakeholders Advisory Group Members

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

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(The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Stakeholders Advisory Group)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented certificates of appreciation to the members of the Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG) at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016. The sixteen citizens honored for their service to the county were: George Bendtsen, Karen Etsy, Stephen Farnsworth, Janet Garvin, Gaston Hall, Sue Laporte, Linda Myers, Walter Osborn, Robert Raybold, Debbie Ressler, Theodora Rusnak, Donald Schaefer, Donna Schmid, Kenneth Swade, Linus Upson, and Patricia Wade. 

BOCC Proclaims September as National Sewing Month in Citrus County

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

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(The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with local sewing organizations representative.) 

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016, proclaiming September 2016 as National Sewing Month in Citrus County. President Ronald Regan proclaimed the first National Sewing Month while he was in office. We recognize local non-profit sewing groups for offering classes, special sales events, sewing for charity events, and for bringing awareness to our communities many needs. Citrus County sewing groups work tirelessly on items of clothing for less fortunate school children, sewing for the homeless missions, and the Nature Coast Chapter of Florida Sewing, Sew-Ciety has participated in the Two Good Soles since its inception. Citrus County celebrates the Florida Sewing, Sew-Ciety, the American Sewing Guild, The Cracker Quilters and other local sewing groups, for the many valuable contributions over the years to our community.

BOCC Proclaims Falls Prevention Awareness Day

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

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(The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with local Falls Awareness representatives.)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016, proclaiming September 22 of 2016 as Falls Prevention Day in Citrus County. It is estimated that one-third of seniors older than sixty-five and half of those eighty and older will fall each year. Falls contribute significantly to depression, loss of mobility, and loss of functional independence among older adults. Many falls can be prevented and injuries from falls are a community health problem. Each year this day recognizes the organizations, agencies, health care providers, and individuals who are collaborating year-round to raise awareness, and provide resources to prevent falls and help those who suffer from complications following a fall.

BOCC Proclaims Save Our Waters Week September 17-24

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

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(The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with Citrus County Water Conservation Manager, Debra Burden and Save Our Waters 2016 volunteers)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016, proclaiming the week of September 17 - 24 of 2016 as Save Our Waters Week in Citrus County. Citrus County treasures the God-given water resources of our aquifers, springs, rivers, lakes and coastal estuaries that are interconnected essential elements of our physical situation which we share with wildlife and our beautiful abundant plant life. All citizens of Citrus County depend on the quality and quantity of our waters for personal hygiene, home services, agriculture, business pursuits and occupations. Our waters are also a highly valued resource for boating, swimming, fishing, and diving for both residents and visitors alike.


BOCC Proclaims Assisted Living Week September 11-17

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

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(The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from local assisted living facilities.)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016, proclaiming the week of September 11 - 17 of 2016 as Assisted Living Week in Citrus County. Residents of assisted living communities are a vital part of Florida’s rich history and deepen our Citrus County identity. Assisted living is a critical long term care service for mature adults that fosters choice, dignity, and independence. Each year this week demonstrates our nation’s appreciation of the unique individuals who reside in assisted living communities and the staff members and volunteers who deliver care every day.

BOCC Proclaims September as Senior Center Month in Citrus County

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

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(The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Citrus County Senior Centers)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016, proclaiming September of 2016 as Senior Center Month in Citrus County. Seniors centers are the first place citizens of Citrus County turn to for valuable programs, activities, and access to benefits and services. Senior centers provide for learning and socialization with peers, as well as offering tools and resources to help manage personal health and finances, leading to continued independence. This year’s theme, “Celebrate LIFE at Your Senior Center”, focuses on how senior centers provide opportunities for Learning, Independence, Friendship, and Energy and recognizes the special contributions of the senior center participants, and the special efforts of the staff and volunteers who work every day to enhance the well-being of the older citizens of our community. 

Citrus County Awarded Two State Safe Routes to School Grants

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

Both Forest Ridge Elementary School and Pleasant Grove Elementary School will be the recipients of new sidewalks due to the Florida State Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grant Program.

The grant program funding is offered in an effort to improve the health and well-being of students by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. The Citrus County BOCC approved applying for the two grants on January 12 of this year.

The Forest Ridge Elementary School sidewalk construction will run from CR 486 to W. Lake Beverly Drive to Civic Circle. This area includes the Central Ridge Public Library, the Beverly Hills Community Park and Skateboard Park, and the Beverly Hills Boys and Girls Clubs. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will fund the design and construction which is estimated at a cost of $1,159,900. Construction of the new sidewalk is scheduled to begin in 2018. Two hundred sixty of the school’s seven hundred thirty-nine students reside within two miles of the school.

The Pleasant Grove Elementary School sidewalk construction will run from the Pleasant Grove School to SR 44. The area includes the Lakes Region Public Library. FDOT will fund the design and construction which is estimated at $432,700. Construction of the new sidewalk is scheduled to begin in 2020. Eighty-five of the school’s seven hundred fifty-one students live within two miles of the school and seventy-four middle and high school students live in the community.

Citrus County Department of Public Works, Road Maintenance applied for the two grants as the “maintaining” agency, partnering with Citrus County School District as required by the SRTS program guidelines. Eligible SRTS projects are required to directly support increased safety and convenience for students in grades K-high school to walk and/or bicycle to/from school. 

Medicare Information

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

ARE YOU ON MEDICARE?  HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OPEN ENROLLMENT?  JOIN UF/IFAS EXTENSION CITRUS COUNTY & SHINE FOR MEDICARE: OPEN ENROLLMENT

WHO:              Individuals currently on Medicare   

WHAT:            Medicare Open Enrollment:

Learn about your options for Medicare in 2017.  Get answers to your Medicare questions, concerns, and options from a knowledgeable unbiased source.                       

WHEN:           October 17, 2016

                    Monday Morning from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

WHERE:          UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County

                     3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto, FL 34461

WHY:            Medicare’s open enrollment period is from October 15th to December 7th.  Each year Medicare health and drug plans can make changes.  Learn what changes may affect you and receive information about what plans may meet your needs better.     

For more information or to register, contact Sarah at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.

All programs and related activities sponsored for or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with nondiscrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations.  For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact our office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request. Our phone number is (325) 527-5700. For the hearing impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Center Service at 1-800-955-8771.

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