News and Announcements

County Office closings and holiday hours for Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

The Citrus County Landfill will be open until 2:30pm on Monday, January 21, 2019, the Administration Office is closed. 

Citrus County Transit Services will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019.

All library branches will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019.

Bicentennial Pool will be closed Monday January 21, 2019.




Veterans Services Advisory Board Seeking Applications for Vacancies

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for three (3) vacancies on the Veterans Services Advisory Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking qualified members to complete the terms ending on January 31, 2019.  Eligible applicants must be a Veteran of a war time era, a registered vote in Citrus County and must have a letter of recommendation by the DAV, VFW or American Legion.

The Veteran Services Advisory Board meets the second Thursday of every other month at the Citrus County Resource Center, located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto.  The purpose of this Board is to advise the Veterans Service Officer on the unmet needs, policies, services, and all other pertinent matters as it relates to veterans’ services

Applications are due by February 7, 2019 and those 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/comissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf. Please submit your application to; Citrus County Board of County Commissioners attention:  Denise Gallagher Citrus County Administration

3600 W Sovereign Path, Suite 267, Lecanto, FL   34461

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft Program Offered at Coastal Region Library

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

With identity theft becoming a more serious issue, the Citrus County Library System has partnered with Suncoast Credit Union to help residents avoid being scammed. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to attend a free presentation on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 10:30am at the Coastal Region branch of the library, no RSVP needed. Attendees will learn the methods that identity thieves use to access confidential information, tools for preventing ID theft, and steps to take should identity theft occur. The scammers are always coming up with new ways to cheat you, stay up to date on your knowledge to avoid being tricked. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. 

UPDATED INFORMATION: Citrus County Code Review and Appeals Board to Hold Meeting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County Code Review and Appeals Board (CRAB) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 9:00am at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto.

This is the annual meeting of the Code Review and Appeals Board and agenda items include:

* Swearing in newly appointed CRAB member, Daniel Grannan

* Approval of the last CRAB meeting minutes.

* Open discussion.

The public is invited to attend. For more information call, 352-527-5332.

Seeking application for seat on the Historic Resources Advisory Board

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Historic Resources Advisory Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking one position for Member-at-Large, one Architect, and two Alternate Members that will begin on January 31, 2019. The term is for a two-year period and will expire on January 31, 2021.

The Historic Resources Advisory Board meets the first Wednesday of every other month at 4:00 p.m. at the Lecanto Government Building, located at 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto. The Historic Resources Advisory Board assists county entities to identify, evaluate, and protect historic properties.

Applications are due by February 7, 2019 and can be accessed at:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf

Western Style Square Dance Classes with Caller Bob Scott

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Central Citrus Community Center is offering Western Style Square Dance class with everyone’s favorite caller, Bob Scott. The classes are held Thursdays at 2:00pm to 4:00pm. At the Central Citrus Community Center is located in the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Room 114, Lecanto, Florida.  The cost is $3.00 per person or $6.00 per couple for each class. All levels are welcome to attend. 

 Robert “Bob” Scott has called and taught Square Dancing for over 30 years.  He has called at the National Square Dance Convention, and at West Virginia and Virginia Conventions. Bob was the club caller for the Hill Country Dancers, one of the largest square dance clubs in Eastern Kentucky

For more information, please call (352) 527-5993.

Carolina Shag Classes at Central Citrus Community Center

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Here is the dance you always wanted to learn and here is your chance. The Carolina Shag is a partner dance done primarily to Beach Music. The Shag is a recognized dance in national and international dance competitions held across the United States.

Shag lessons will begin on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. and classes will be held each week at the Central Citrus Community Center, located in the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL. June Queripel, Certified Instructor, with over 50 years of experience teaching dancing, is the instructor. You will learn the basics and several easy moves to get you on the floor and dancing in a hurry.

The cost for the four lessons is $20.00.  Join us and enjoy the beach music and learn the “Shag”.  For more information, please call (352) 527-5993.

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County to Offer First Time Homebuyer’s Class

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County to Offer First Time Homebuyer’s Class                              

Are you looking to purchase your first home?  Join UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County for the First Time Homebuyer’s class.

WHO:                    Anyone looking to purchase a home and has not owned a home for 3 years or more.       

WHAT:                 First Time Homebuyer’s Class                    

WHEN:                  Thursday’s 6:00pm-8:00pm, beginning February 21, 2019 and ending March 14, 2019.

WHERE:                UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. 

Citrus County First Time Homebuyer’s class is being offered by UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County.  Participants who attend the entire program will receive a Certificate of Completion that is required for first time homebuyer assistance programs. 

The class is HUD approved and encompasses the entire home buying process including preparing your credit and finances, shopping for a home, home inspection, fair housing, available loan products, loan pre-approval, and closing.  

There is no charge to attend these sessions, and you must reserve a seat. Childcare is not available for the course. Pre-registration is required.  To register online:  www.homebuyercitrus.eventbrite.com

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

Extension Service offers food safety training

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

You do not have to travel to Tampa or Orlando to get your ServSafe® Food Protection Manager’s Certification.  The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County is providing training to help food managers and staff keep food served to Florida’s consumers safer.   

This is a comprehensive training that provides the most up-to-date information and current regulations.  The ServSafe® Manager’s exam is given at the end of the training, which provides a National Certification that is good for five years.  Certification is required in Florida for food managers of all establishments licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and selected licenses of the Department of Health. 

The next class will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019.  Pre-registration of two weeks is required.  It will begin promptly at 8:30 am, and run approximately 8 hours, then participants will have a maximum of two hours to take the national certification exam.  There is no “test only” option.  Participants should bring valid picture identification with them, and a sack lunch. Training is held at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 3650 W Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto (from State Road 44, go south on County Road 491, turn west on Saunders Way, go one block, turn left onto Sovereign Path.  The Extension building is the first building on the right). 

To register online: http://tinyurl.com/z6dp7jf

Cost for the course and exam is $110.  The purchase of the ServSafe® Manager Manual for $55 is highly recommended and is available in English or Spanish.  It is suggested that participants study the ServSafe® Manager 7th edition textbook prior to attending the class.  For more information, call Sarah at the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County 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 (352) 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.”

Join the UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension for Pressure Canning Workshop

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

WHO:                    Anyone can participate in the workshop

WHAT:                 Pressure Canning with Low Acid Foods  

WHEN:                  Saturday, February 9, 2019 from: 9:00am to 12:30pm

WHERE:                Citrus County Canning Center, 3405 W. Southern Street, Lecanto, FL 34461

This hands-on class will teach the basics of canning fruits, tomatoes, and pickles (acid foods). Participants will take home a freshly canned jar they prepare during the workshop. (Your take-home jar will be very hot, so bring a box to carry it home in.) This is a hands-on food class, so please wear closed toed shoes and hair restraints. The cost for the workshop is $15.00 and pre-registration is required as class is limited to 16 participants.               

To register online: www.CitrusPressureCanning.eventbrite.com

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

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