News and Announcements

County Parks Closing due to Approaching Storm

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

Citrus County Parks and Recreation/Grounds Maintenance will be closing all County Parks west of US 19; Fort Island Trail Park, Fort Island Gulf Beach, Ozello Community Park, Ozello/John Brown Park, MacRae's Boat Ramp, Mason Creek Boat Ramp and Bluebird Springs Park; by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, due to the approaching storm.

Animal Shelter in Need of Donations

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

Citrus County Animal Services is in need of the following items:

· Paper Towels

· Non-clump cat litter

· Bleach

· Dawn Dish Soap

We are always appreciative to receive supplies from the community as these donations help offset our limited resources. People can drop off their donations at the shelter Tuesday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter is located at 4030 S. Airport Road, Inverness. For more information call the animal shelter office at 352-746-8400 or visit our website at http://www.citruscritters.com.

County Offices Closed for Labor Day Observance

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

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day.

The county landfill will be open regular operating hours on Saturday, September 3 and closed on Monday, September 5. It will be open for business as usual on Tuesday, September 6th.

All library branches will be open regular business hours on Saturday, September 3, but will be closed on Monday, September 5.

Animal Shelter will be closed on Monday, September 5, but open normal business hours on Saturday, September 3. 

Sandbag Sites Opening

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

The Citrus County Department of Public Works will be opening two sand bag filling locations; Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31, from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. The addresses are as follows:  4508 S Grandmarch Ave. Homosassa and 7490 W Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River. Thursday’s opening will be dependent on storm updates. Updates and information will also be made on Facebook and Twitter throughout the event duration.

Free Herb Gardening Workshops

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

The University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension Service is providing five opportunities to attend a free program on discovering the many flavorful culinary herbs well-suited for Citrus County gardens and how to incorporate them to create healthier, tasty meals.

The five individual workshops will be held:

Wednesday, September 7, at 10:30am, at the Homosassa Public Library at 4100 S Grandmarch Ave, Homosassa, FL 34446.

Thursday, September 8, at 1:00pm. Pre-registration is appreciated.  This free program is held at the Coastal Region Public Library at 8619 W Crystal St, Crystal River, FL 34428.

Monday, September 12, at 1:00pm. This free program is held at the Lakes Region Public Library at 1511 Druid Rd, Inverness, FL 34452.

Tuesday, September 13, at 1:00pm. This free program is held at the Floral City Public Library at 8360 E Orange Ave, Floral City, FL 34436.

Tuesday, September 20, at 10:30am.  This free program is held at the Central Ridge Public Library at 425 W Roosevelt Blvd, Beverly Hills, FL 34465.

Pre-registration is appreciated. For more information and to register, call the University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension office in Lecanto 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.

“Citrus County Extension connects the public with the University of Florida/IFAS’ knowledge, research, and resources to address youth, family, community, and agricultural needs.”

Landfill Will Be Closed For Labor Day Monday, September 5

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

The Citrus County Central Landfill will be closed on

Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day. 

 It will be open for business as usual on Tuesday, September 6th.

For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours, 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or go to the County’s Web site at www.citrusbocc.com   click on Departments; then Public Works; then Solid Waste Management.

BOCC Proclaims September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day in Citrus County

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

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Suicide Prevention and Resource Coalition)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, at their regular meeting on Monday, August 22, proclaimed September 10, 2016, as World Suicide Prevention Day, in Citrus County. Suicide Prevention and Resource Coalition of Citrus County is recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2016, with this year’s theme being, “Connect, Communicate, & Care”.                                                                                                                   

Mental health is an essential part of overall health. Suicide prevention begins with reducing the stigma of seeking mental health care through the advancement and implementation of national strategies. It is essential to eliminate disparities in mental health by promoting well-being for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, place of residence, or age, ensuring equity of access, delivery of services and improvement of outcomes. The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County calls this observance to the attention of all our citizens.


Women and Money Educational Series

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

LEARN ABOUT THE UNIQUE ISSUES WOMEN MAY EXPERIENCE

WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY

WITH THIS EDUCATIONAL SERIES

FROM UF/IFAS EXTENSION CITRUS COUNTY

WHO:              Women who want to take control of their finances.          

WHAT:            Women and Money: Unique Issues

WHEN:            October 10, 2016 ▪ November 7, 2016

                     Monday Afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

                     Register by October 3, 2016

WHERE:          UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County

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

WHY: At some point in their life, women are likely to be solely responsible for financial decision making. This series is designed to provide women with information and encouragement about being financially successful. No matter where you are in your path toward understanding financial management, you are likely to increase your confidence in your ability to manage your finances. The classes cover the following topics:

-           Money Basics: Getting organized, financial goal setting and a spending plan will help you keep your finger on your financial pulse.

-           Protecting Assets: Learning about insurance, identity theft, scams, fraud, and credit management will help you identify, evaluate, and develop a plan for protects your assets.

-           Investing Basics: Learning how to manage your money and how to invest will likely help your money grow.           

-           Estate Planning: Developing an estate plan helps ensure your wishes are carried out.

Pre-registration is required and the fee of $25 is due by October 3, 2016.  To register and pay on-line: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-and-money-tickets-27284622039

For more information or to register, contact UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County at

352-527-5700.

BOCC Proclaims August 26 as Women's Equality Day in Citrus County

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

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the local League of Women Voters Organization)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on Monday, August 22, 2016, proclaiming August 26, 2016 as Women’s Equality Day in Citrus County. 


In 1848, women in the United States began organizing peaceful protests for their right to fully and equally participate in workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities, as well as the right to vote and participate in government. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was certified, securing women the fundamental right to vote.

In 1971, Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day, to serve as a symbol of the ongoing fight for equal rights, to celebrate the achievements of women, and pay tribute to all those who fight for their progress.

Women’s Equality Day is an opportunity to recognize the advancements in women’s right and to recommit to the goal of equality in all aspects of life, including equal pay. The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County calls this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

Three Educational Series for UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County

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

Learn how to make smart choices for healthy relationships with three (3) educational series.

WHO:     Dating, Engaged, Individuals interested in marriage or long-term relationship

WHAT:   Before You Tie the Knot: A fun and dynamic premarital workshop for couples or individuals who want to start their marriages off right.

WHEN:   September 30, 2016 - October 28, 2016
            Friday Nights from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
            Register by September 23, 2016

WHERE: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto, FL 34461


WHO:     Remarried or Re-partnered Couples in step-families

WHAT:   Smart Steps: A fun and empowering step-family workshop to help strengthen couples and their children, including non-custodial parents.

WHEN:  September 28, 2016 - October 26, 2016 
            Wednesday Nights from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
            Register by September 21, 2016

WHERE:YMCA of Citrus County, 4127 West Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto, FL 34461

WHO:     Couples who are Married, Dating, Cohabiting, Engaged   

WHAT:   Elevate: A fun and powerful relationship enhancement workshop to help couples improve their communication skills and strengthen their relationships.

WHEN:  September 29, 2016 - October 27, 2016 
            Thursday Nights from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
            Register by September 22, 2016

WHERE: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto, FL 34461

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

Funding for this project is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90FM 0079-01-00.  These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in programs should contact their UF/IFAS Extension office no later than 5 days prior to the scheduled meeting time or call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD).

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