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Citrus County BOCC recognizes Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Tri-County Human Trafficking Response Team)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on January 12 recognizing January as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month” in Citrus County. Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and is a crime against humanity that violates the most basic human rights and Florida is one of the states with the highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

The criminal enterprise of human trafficking is second only to the illegal drug trade. In terms of speed of its growth and being among the most lucrative, traffickers typically use multiple means to control their victims including beatings, rape, isolation, drug or alcohol dependency, document withholding, and psychological and emotional abuse. In the United States each year, as many as 100,000 to 300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex. Girls and boys in the commercial sex trade are as young as 11 years old. Through the Tri-County Human Trafficking Response Team, our local community unites to combat this modern day slavery and brings together non-profits, government, and private sector businesses in prevention, prosecution, education and awareness efforts to restore freedom and dignity to survivors.

BOCC Recognizes 90th Birthday

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on January 12 recognizing the 90th birthday of local citizen Harold Seckinger on January 21.

Harold played double bass for the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra and earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Florida. He is a registered professional architect and a certified general contractor and has also served in many positions in the South Florida Rotary clubs.

Harold has had a lifetime love for classical music, and conceived the idea for a youth orchestra in Citrus County. As the founding President of the Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra, and with the help of organizations such as Duke Energy, Black Diamond Foundation, Arthur B. Fairman Charitable Trust, Publix Supermarket, Dr. Dan Montgomery and other local charitable organizations and anonymous donations, his idea became a reality. Harold has spent the last five years guiding the orchestra to its current size of nearly four dozen students.

The Board of County Commissioners recognized Harold for his active role in the community and supports we are fortunate to have a man of Harold’s devotion, enthusiasm and drive as a citizen of Citrus County.

BOCC Proclaims Red Ribbon Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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(Attached picture: from left to right:   The Board of County Commissioners are joined by members of the Anti-Drug Coalition of Citrus County)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 13 proclaiming October 23 through October 31, 2015 “Red Ribbon Week” in Citrus County.  

It is the goal of Red Ribbon Week, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Anti-Drug Coalition of Citrus County, to involve families, schools, businesses, churches, law enforcement agencies and service organizations in all aspects of this campaign and establish an atmosphere that supports awareness, education and on-going initiatives to prevent illegal drug use. Substance abuse is particularly damaging to one of our most valuable resources, our children, and a contributing factor in the three leading causes of death for teenagers; accidents, homicides, and suicides.

For more information about Red Ribbon Week events or the Anti-Drug Coalition of Citrus County, please visit their website at http://substancefreecitrus.com/index.html or call 352-601-6620.


BOCC Proclaims October 2015 as Crime Prevention Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 13 proclaiming October 2015 as “Crime Prevention Month” in Citrus County, Florida. Adults must invest time, resources, and policy support in effective prevention and intervention strategies, and teens must be engaged in driving crime from their communities.

Crime prevention initiatives must include and go beyond self-protection and security to promote collaborative efforts to make neighborhoods safer and develop positive educational and recreational opportunities for young people. The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is committed to Intelligence Led Policing, Community-Oriented Policing and crime prevention to develop partnerships with people and quickly respond to the needs of the public. The vitality of our county depends on how safe we keep our homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and communities.

We urge all citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, and businesses to invest in the power of prevention and work together for the common good. For more information please contact the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-726-4488.

BOCC Proclaims October 2015 as National Arts and Humanities Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from the Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 13 proclaiming October 2015 as “National Arts and Humanities Month” in Citrus County, Florida. The National Arts and Humanities Month was established in 1993 and was initiated to encourage Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives and to begin a lifelong habit of participation.

The National Arts and Humanities goals are to create a national, state and local focus on the arts and humanities through the media, encourage the participation of individuals and other organizations nationwide, to provide an opportunity for federal, state and local business, government and civic leaders to declare their support for the arts and humanities and to establish a highly visible vehicle for raising public awareness about the arts and humanities. The Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra was founded in 2011 to spread the love of classical music to the young citizens of Citrus County. Its program is dedicated to teaching classical and symphonic music to children ages five to nineteen by providing classroom instruction in music theory and instrumental performance. For more information about the Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra, please visit www.cyeso.org

BOCC Proclaims October 2015 as Florida Manufacturing Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from the CareerSource, Economic Development Authority of Citrus County, and Citrus County Schools.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 13 proclaiming October 2015 as “Florida Manufacturing Month” in Citrus County, Florida. Florida Manufacturing Month is an effective way to highlight the importance of manufacturing in our nation’s economy and to draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skilled manufacturing jobs, as well as supporting and celebrating Florida’s manufacturers and school programs that prepare our future workforce.

Manufacturing provides jobs for 300,000 Florida citizens in approximately 17,500 manufacturing facilities in Florida. This recognition is a great opportunity to recognize the work and innovation of the 12 million men and women who make the United States the world’s largest manufacturing economy. The Mid-FL Regional Manufacturers Association (MRMA) was formed in 1992 as a way for manufacturers, suppliers and educators in Citrus County and the surrounding counties to exchange ideas, share knowledge, discuss opportunities and generate interest in regional manufacturing. Recognizing Florida Manufacturing Month is an effective way to highlight the importance of manufacturing in our nation’s economy and to draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skilled manufacturing jobs, as well as supporting and celebrating Florida’s manufacturers and school programs that prepare out future workforce.

The Board of County Commissioners urges all citizens to join in recognizing the value of our manufacturers and the importance they serve in our county, state, and nation.

BOCC Proclaims Fire Prevention Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from Citrus County Fire Rescue

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 22 proclaiming October 4 through October 10, 2015 “Fire Prevention Week” in Citrus County.  First responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education, and the focus of Fire Prevention Week this year is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep”.

Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,755 deaths, 12, 200 civilian injuries, and $7.0 billion in direct damage

We urge citizens to test their smoke alarms monthly and for more information please call the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-726-4488.

BOCC Proclaims October 2015 as Florida Native Plant Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by Citrus Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society members)

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 22 proclaiming October 2015 as “Florida Native Plant Month” in Citrus County. Citrus County has an incredible wealth of natural areas to showcase Florida’s native plants and native plant communities. The Citrus chapter of Florida Native Plant Society has members who participate in activities that benefit the citizens and environment of Citrus County.


Florida Native Plant Society began in the summer of 1980 in Winter Haven, Florida by a group of scientists, educators and conservationists concerned about the loss of Florida’s native plants and the introduction of non-native species overtaking natural areas. The mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. The Society now consists of 37 chapters and 3,500 members from all walks of life who volunteer their time, knowledge and skills in public workshops, Land Management Reviews, raising money for conservation and research grants, landscape awards, restoration projects and teaching Floridians about the benefits of native plants.


BOCC Proclaims October 2015 as Friends of the Library Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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 (Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by the Friends of the Library volunteers)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 22 proclaiming October 2015 as “Friends of the Library Month” in Citrus County, Florida. The Friends of the Library understand the critical importance of well-funded libraries and advocate to ensure our libraries get the resources needed to provide a wide variety of services to all ages.

The work of the Friends of the Library promotes libraries as a cornerstone of community education, providing opportunities for everyone to engage in life-long learning and connect with the thoughts and ideas of the world. These volunteers provide outstanding fundraising to enhance the Citrus County Library System, contributing over $900,000 since 2001. The time and commitment given by the Friends of the Library sets an example for how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community.

Citrus County offers five libraries throughout the county for the convenience of all citizens. For more information about the Citrus County Library System, please visit our website /commserv/library/library_services.htm or call 352-746-9077.

BOCC Proclaims National 4-H Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by Marnie Ward, 4-H Agent with Extension Services and members of Citrus County 4-H groups.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 22 proclaiming October 4 through October 10, 2015 “National 4-H Week” in Citrus County.  

More than seven million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week. This is the largest youth development organization in the world teaching young people citizenship, leadership and life skills. More than 300 4-H members and 60 volunteers are involved in our local 4-H programs. Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people as they are nearly four times more likely compared to their peers to contribute to their communities, pursue healthy behaviors and engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs in their out of school time.

For more information about 4-H program in our county, visit the County website at /commserv/extension/extension_services.htm or call Extension Services at 352-527-5712.

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