News and Announcements

Healthy Relationships Workshops Offered

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County is pleased to offer two different educational series to help you improve your relationships.  SMART Couples Florida classes are designed to teach you how to communicate needs, listen to the needs of others, successfully resolve conflict, and maintain happy and healthy relationships with everyone in your life

1. “Elevate,” is a fun and powerful relationship-enhancement workshop to help couples improve their communication skills and strengthen their relationships.  The program runs Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. from Feb. 16-March 16. At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

2. “Smart Steps” is a fun and empowering stepfamily workshop designed to help strengthen the relationship of the couple and their children, including non-custodial parents.  The program runs Fridays from 6-8:30 p.m. from Feb. 17-March 17. At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

A light meal is served each week.  To register by February 13th, or for more information, visit the Classes and Events page or 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).

Markers at Hells Gate Installed

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

“Informational” markers at Hells Gate on the Homosassa River have been completed

Citrus County has been working closely with the United States Coast Guard for the past several months for the purpose of improving the navigational waterways of the Homosassa River. One of the improvements suggested was to install “informational” markers at Hells Gate notifying boaters of the narrow channel ahead. On January 17, 2017, Citrus County completed the installation of these “informational” markers. New pilings and signs were installed on both ends of Hells Gate to notify boaters of the narrow channel ahead. Citrus County continues to work with the Coast Guard to further improve navigation on the Homosassa River.

Code Review and Appeals Board Openings

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Code Review and Appeals Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking two qualified members for a four year term that will begin on February 1, 2017. The term will expire on January 31, 2021.

The Code Review and Appeals Board meets as needed this board reviews any locally proposed technical amendments to building standards or regulations and makes recommendations to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).  It also hears appeals of code interpretations and makes decisions on variations and modifications concerning technical codes and standards.  It makes recommendations to the BOCC on changes to Article II, Chapter 18 of the Citrus County Code.

Applications are due by January 23, 2017 and can be accessed at:

Completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461. For more information on Citrus County visit our website, and LIKE us on Facebook

Duke Energy to Begin Vegetation Management

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Duke to begin Vegetation Management in Transmission Line Corridor

As part of Duke Energy’s continuing commitment to provide safe and reliable electrical service to our communities, they must invest in the proper care and maintenance of the Transmission infrastructure.  Part of this maintenance program involves vegetation management within Duke’s right-of-way (ROW) corridor. In order to ensure continued reliable electric service, crews will be pruning and, in some cases, removing trees in the ROW of the CC/CLT 230/500 kV transmission line corridor. Work is scheduled to begin in January and expected to be completed by November.

The CC/CLT 230/500 kV is a 67.18 mile power line that starts at the Crystal River East Substation located at 6751 North Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River and ends at the Lake Tarpon Substation located at 11710 Race Track Rd, Tampa.

Affected landowners will be notified individually as the project proceeds and prior to work commencing on their property. Power interruptions at this time are not anticipated, should an outage become necessary to complete this work, affected customers will be notified in advance.

For further details or questions about the work, please feel free to contact Trevis McIntyre

Vegetation Management Specialist, Duke Energy at: To learn more about our tree care practices, see our   “Know Where You Grow” campaign at

Transit to Offer New Program for Residents over 60

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Citrus County Transit’s Transportation Disadvantaged Advisory Board has approved a new option for residents sixty years of age and over.   The new program invites any resident that is age sixty and over to get a free pass to ride the Deviated Fixed Route, and have a discount on the Para Transit service.  This opportunity is not income based and residents will need to show proof of age for the bus pass to be issued.  Passes and applications are available at the Citrus County Transit Center, located at 1300 S. Lecanto Hwy. as well as on the Citrus County BOCC website  For more information, call our office at 352-527-7630.

Techno Fair to be held at Central Citrus Community Center

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Do you have a smart phone or electronic device that leaves you feeling “not so smart”?  Here is your chance to get free help and learn more about your smart phone and tablet.

Kelly Desroches and his associates from Sprint will be at the Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a Techno Fair.  They will help owners of Apple Products learn the basic fundamentals of their devices.  The class will help attendees be more proficient with their phones or tablets. There will also be a chance for questions about specific functions. 

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

Future Techno Fairs:

February 15, 2017 for Android phones, Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto

March 22, 2017 for Apple devices, Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto

For more information about these events or the Citrus County Resource Center please call 527-5993.

Commissioner Carnahan to Hold Town Hall Series in 2017

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Commissioner Carnahan to Hold Town Hall Series in 2017

Citrus County Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Scott Carnahan has announced he will be holding a series of Town Hall Meetings in Citrus County during 2017.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, February 8 – Floral City Library

Thursday, April 6 – Homosassa Library

Thursday, June 8 – Citrus Springs Community Center

Thursday, August 17 – Central Ridge Library

Thursday, October 12 – Coastal Region Library

All events will be held 5:30pm to 7:00pm and are open to the public.

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

For Hire Fishing Workshop Offered

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

New and established charter captains and fishing guides are invited to attend the 3rd annual “For-Hire” fishing workshop from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday, February 1st, at the Marine Science Station, 12646 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River.

Connect with experts in the community and get answers to business questions and challenges to keep you ahead of the competition.  Hear some new ideas and proven advice to grow your fishing business. The pre-registration fee of $25 (payable by check, cash, or online) includes materials, lunch, and refreshments. 

To register and pay on-line: Make checks payable to “Citrus County BOCC” and mail or pay in person at: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto, FL 34461. For more information contact Stephanie Clamer at or call 352-527-5710.     

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. 

County Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Citrus County Transit Services will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017.

The Citrus County Landfill will be open until 2:30pm on Monday, January 16, 2017, the Administration Office is closed.

All library branches will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017.

Martin Luther King Jr. Event

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Our local food pantries often find their stock of non-perishable food items depleted after the holidays. The Nature Coast Volunteer Center and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is holding a food drive in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who once asked “What are you doing for others?” Our goal is to help our local food pantries serve the citizens of Citrus County by providing nutritional food for their families.

Non-perishable food donations will be collected December 19, 2016 through January 13, 2017. Collection boxes will be set up around the county, including: Citrus County Resource Center in Lecanto, all Citrus County Libraries, and four Community Centers. For a complete list of collection locations, please call (352) 527-5959.

Martin Luther King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and opportunity for all and voiced that everyone has a role to play making America what it ought to be. By serving on this day and throughout the year we honor Dr. King and help realize his dream of equality and opportunity for all. We are encouraging residents to gather friends, neighbors, church groups, clubs and civic organizations to join us in supporting these projects by registering to volunteer.

The public is welcome to join us 10:00 – Noon on Friday, January 13th at the Central Ridge Community Center to sort, count and pack the non-perishables that will go out to our local pantries. There will be light refreshments at the event, and you are encouraged to register ahead of time. Organizers of this special Day of Service are Nature Coast Volunteer Center, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, and the Board of County Commissioners.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact the Nature Coast Volunteer Center at (352)-527-5959 or via e-mail at


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