News and Announcements

Citrus County Animal Services Receives National Maddie's Fund® Grant

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

Citrus County Animal Services has just received its first grant from Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.

On December 18, 2018 the Maddie's Fund Board of Directors approved Citrus County to receive the Innovation Grant application submitted by Citrus County Animal Services Director, Colleen Yarbrough Citrus and Citrus County Veterinarian, Dr. Meredith Montgomery for a Managed Admissions project, titled “Managed intake to reduce overcrowding in Citrus County”, in the amount of $5,000.00.

There are three managed admissions targeted areas the grant will be use for to mitigate intake and overcrowding at the shelter.

•             Establishing a delayed pediatric/nursing mother intake program- Encouraging owners interested in relinquishing nursing mothers with puppies and kittens to foster until all puppies and kittens reach 8 weeks old.

•             Foster for stray hold - Good Samaritans who have found stray, healthy dogs or cats will have the opportunity to temporarily foster these animals for the animals stray hold after initial intake exam (photos, physical exam, vaccination, ectoparasite control and deworming).

•             Owner “foster” for planned relinquishment 

The Innovation Grants are help to fund projects at shelters, independent rescue organizations, non-profit clinics and TNR groups across the country that advance lifesaving and ultimately guarantee a healthy home or habitat for all dogs and cats.

“This is one of the many national programs the shelter participates in throughout the year to enhance the shelter experience in Citrus County. The shelter also relies heavily on local volunteers and donations,” said Animal Services Director Colleen Yarbrough.

Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education, and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.

Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.

Goethe State Forest in Preparations to Conduct a 4,500 Acre Prescribed Burn

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

The Florida Forest Service plans to conduct a 4,500-acre prescribed burn Thursday, January 10, 2019 on Goethe State Forest, pending appropriate weather conditions.  This prescribed burn will be conducted utilizing aerial ignition by a Florida Forest Service helicopter crew as well as ground crews.  Florida Department of Environmental Protection crews will also assist with the prescribed burn.

The burn area will be south of Gasline Road, between CR 336 and US 19.  The Yellow Trail, Ten Mile Rd, Glass Rd, Old Rock Rd, and Dixon Rd will be affected. Signs will be in place at US 19 and CR 336, CR 337 and CR 336, and SR 40 and CR 336. Drivers should use caution as smoky conditions will impact portions of these roads. Residents of Morriston, Romeo, Dunnellon, and a portion of Inglis may also be affected by smoke.

All hunters and trail users should avoid the area through the weekend as smoke may be present for several days.

The Florida Forest Service reminds citizens and landowners that the benefits of prescribed fire in Florida are plentiful, and include: 

•             Improved forage for wildlife and livestock.

•             Return nutrients to the soil.

•             Control of certain plant diseases.

•             Reduction of dry and flammable plant material build-up.

The Florida Forest Service manages more than 1 million acres of public forest land while protecting 26 million acres of homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire. For more information about the Florida Forest Service, go to

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit

Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter to Open

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

The National Weather Service, Tampa Bay, Ruskin Office, has forecasted a low overnight of 33 degrees for Citrus County, Wednesday night, January 9, 2019. The Salvation Army will have their Cold Weather Shelter open Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  The shelter is open 7pm to 7am and is located at The Salvation Army, 712 S. School Avenue, Lecanto, FL 34461. 

Remember, someone seeking cold weather shelter can go to any Citrus County Bus Stop at the last pickup time, and the driver will drop off the person at The Salvation Army at no cost. The person will be picked up at The Salvation Army the following morning and taken back to the same area.

If you have any questions, please contact The Salvation Army directly at 352-513-4960.

First Recycled Art Contest “Trash to Treasures” Announced for Middle School and High School Students

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

The University of Florida-Citrus County Extension Service is proud to debut a new contest open to all Citrus County middle and high school students. Participating students can showcase their environmental awareness by transforming trash into art for awards and prizes.

The Trash to Treasure contest was created, through a collaborative effort, by the University of Florida Extension Services, Citrus County government, the Culture of Clean initiative, and Keep Citrus County Beautiful, to raise awareness about the environment and encourage the practice of recycling and up cycling.

Entries to the contest will be on display for public viewing at the Inverness Government Center lobby, 110 N. Apopka Ave, Inverness from April 8, 2019 to April 25, 2019 during the hours of 8am through 5pm. The student’s art will be judged on artistic ability and environmental relevance. When viewing artwork, the public is encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice award.  This award, along with first, second, and third prizes will be presented to students in two categories, middle school and high school. Art will be on display and winners announced at the Earth Day event held at the Citrus County Extension offices, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Awards will be distributed at 11:00 am during the Earth Day festivities.

Cash prizes will be generously donated by local businesses, nonprofits and individuals.  If you would like to become a prize sponsor, contact Stephanie at 352-527-5710 or by email at Donors will be recognized at the Earth Day event.

Applications to participate must be turned in no later than March 9, 2019  to reserve space for the artist. Applications can be found on the website:  and also at the Extension office.  For more information, please call: 325-527-5710.

Work to begin at Eugene Martin Park in Dunnellon

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

Citrus County Parks and Recreation would like to inform residents that work will begin Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Eugene Martin Park in Dunnellon to remove and replace one of the existing playground structures in the park. The park will not be closed to the public, but the area where the work is being done will be roped off for safety. The work is planned to continue through the close of business on January 18, 2019. For more information call: 352-527-7540.

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 February 5, 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.

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative Presents Check to Board of County Commissioners

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

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L to R; Benny Pike, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. Construction Superintendent; Steve Bowler, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. Engineering Supervisor; Jeff Kinnard, Chairman, Citrus County Board of Commissioners

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. representatives; Steve Bowler, Engineering Supervisor and Benny Pike, Construction Superintendent, presented BOCC Chairman Jeff Kinnard with a check on December 18, 2018, authorized by the Cooperative’s Board of Trustees, for the County’s pro-rata share of a capital credit refund in the amount of $34,402.09 for the year 2017.

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc., one of the largest non-profit electric utilities in the United States, is a non-profit, member-owned electric utility which returns capital credits to members annually.

Annual Kids Fishing Clinic

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

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, appreciation for our marine environment and a fun family outing are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Citrus County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) present a FREE Kids’ Fishing Clinic for pre-registered children between the ages of 5 and 15 on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Classes are available every 10 minutes between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  The clinic will be held at the Fort Island Trail Park.  Because space is limited, pre-registration is required by calling Citrus County Parks and Recreation at (352) 527-7540 or visiting our website at 

This free clinic enables young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety.  In addition, environmental displays will provide participants with a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.  The main objective is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems. This event is a catch-and-release activity, and all participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Individuals or companies interested in helping to sponsor this event or volunteer at the clinic should contact Citrus County Parks and Recreation at (352) 527-7540.

Landfill announces upcoming Hazardous Waste Saturday

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

The Citrus County Solid Waste Management Division would like to announce the next Household Hazardous Waste Saturday Collection is scheduled for January 12, 2019 from 9am to 1pm. Saturday events are announced throughout the year to accommodate residents who are not able to take advantage of Landfill programs and on weekdays. 

Household Hazardous waste is collected at the Citrus County Landfill located at 230 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Lecanto, Fl. 34461 every week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9am to 1pm. If you are able to visit the Landfill on these weekdays, you are encouraged to do so to avoid long lines and wait times during Saturday events.

Assessed households may bring up to 10 gallons (or 60 pounds) of household hazardous waste for proper disposal at no charge. Additional quantities of hazardous waste will be charged.

For more information, please visit:

Commissioner Ronald E. Kitchen, Jr. Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council New Chair for 2019

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


Photo L to R: Commissioner Janet Long, Pinellas County, Immediate Past Chair; Patrick Roff, City of Bradenton, Vice Chair; Councilor Bob Matthews, City of Seminole, Secretary/Treasurer and Commissioner Ron Kitchen, Chair being sworn in by Pinellas Park City Clerk Diane Corna on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the TBRPC offices in Pinellas Park, FL.

Citrus County Commissioner Ronald E. Kitchen, Jr. has been elected Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) chairman for 2019. In 2015, Citrus County became a member of the TBRPC and elected Commissioner Ronald E. Kitchen, Jr. to represent the county on the TBRPC.  Commissioner Kitchen is the Immediate Past Chair of the Citrus County Commission and prior to that served as Mayor of the City of Crystal River for 10 years.  He serves as Chair of the TBRPC’s Executive/Budget Committee, and is a member of the Florida Regional Council’s Association Policy Board.  He is also a member of the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, a board member for the Florida Association of Counties and is a member of the Tourist Development Council. Chairman Kitchen will be in the TBRPC leadership role along with Councilman Patrick Roff, City of Bradenton, as Vice Chair; Councilor Bob Matthews, City of Seminole, as Secretary/Treasurer and Commissioner Janet Long, Pinellas County, Immediate Past-Chair.

TBRPC serves as a forum to foster communication between local governments and Kitchen’s focus as Chair of the Council will center around collaboration on emerging issues facing local governments. Under his leadership, Council Members will be encouraged to discuss emerging issues that they face as elected officials in service to their communities and the region. Council Members will take an active role in submitting issues as well as sharing best practices that are working in their jurisdictions.

“The Tampa Bay region is a complex mosaic. Within five minutes our citizens can travel from a heavy industrial area to a rural countryside, having one foot in the global economy and the other in an agriculturally-based economy. We span the entire range, not only economically, but culturally. Although we embrace our diversity as a region, we also share in the challenge of maintaining our quality of life within our individual communities.   As we embark on our 57th year as a Regional Planning Council, we will continue to convene local governments to help shape our region as a vibrant, exciting place to live, work and play,” stated Kitchen.

Sean Sullivan, TBRPC Executive Director for the Council said, “Commissioner Kitchen has supported the Council’s mission through his reliable and dedicated service and we are looking forward to having the value of his expertise and years of experience in local government to further the important endeavors of the Council.”   For more information on the TBRPC, visit


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