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Election Day and Early Vote Officials Recognized by BOCC

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with Citrus County Supervisor of Elections Susan Gill and Poll Workers

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on December 20, 2016, recognizing Poll Worker for their outstanding service and dedication to the Supervisor of Elections Office and the citizens of Citrus County.

The Citrus County Supervisors of Elections has long relied upon Election Day Officials who epitomize community service by giving of themselves in assisting the Supervisor of Elections with elections administration.

Election Day and Early Vote Officials enthusiastically assist fellow citizens during the election process, with early voting and at the polling place on Election Day, by performing many different duties to ensure accurate and trouble free elections with timely results. They also serve as ambassadors of the Citrus County Supervisor of Election Office and contribute to the high integrity of elections that Citrus County is known for throughout the state.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County thanks and commends the many citizens who serve as Election Day and Early Vote Officials.

Annual Legislative Delegation Meeting Announced

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

Representative Ralph Massullo, Chair of the Citrus County Legislative Delegation, announces the annual Legislative Delegation public meeting to be held on Friday, January 6, 2017 at the County Commissioner’s Chamber Room, located in the Citrus County Court House, 110 N Apopka Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm. The annual public meeting is held to receive testimony from concerned citizens, elected officials and state and local organizations.

Decisions regarding local legislation for the 2017 Legislative Session will be made at this time. All proposals for local bills will be presented at the hearing and accompanied by a resolution from the local government supporting the proposed legislation. This information must be submitted to Representative Ralph Massullo’s office, 4067 N Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, FL 34465 on or before noon on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

If you would like to be placed on the printed agenda, please contact Representative Massullo’s office at adele.scordato@myfloridahouse.gov or at 352-464-1902 by noon on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. You may also complete a Speaker’s Form on the day of the meeting and you will be afforded time to speak in the order in which it was received. Please bring or submit four (4) copies of all handouts to the meeting for distribution.

If you would like more information regarding this meeting please contact Adele Scordato by email or at 352-464-1902. 

Historic Resources Advisory Board Seeking Applications for Open Seats

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Historic Resources Advisory Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking three positions for Member-at-Large that will expire on January 31, 2017. The term is for a two year period and will expire on January 31, 2019.

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 January 9, 2017 and can be accessed at:

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

Completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461.


13th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic Looking for Volunteers

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

Citrus County Parks & Recreation, Fish Florida and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission are teaming up to put on the 13th annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic on February 25, 2017 at Fort Island Trail Park (12073 W. Fort Island Trail)from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. This popular event teaches children the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, and safety. Your assistance is necessary to make our Kid’s Fishing Clinic a success. This is a great way to give back to the youth in our community. Please consider giving your time by passing on valuable fishing knowledge.

Please consider one or both of the following ways to help:

Rod and Reel Assembly: We need volunteers to help us put together the rods and reels we receive from Fish Florida on February 22, 2017 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. We will have complimentary coffee & donuts available for everyone helping out.

KFC Event Day Help: We need volunteers to help out at the actual event on February 25, 2017 at 8:30 A.M. Volunteers are needed to teach the children how to fish, give out goodie bags and fishing poles, direct traffic and to work at each station. We will provide you with beverages throughout the day, lunch, and a t-shirt. Coffee & donuts will be available as well.

To confirm your volunteer participation in the Rod and Reel Assembly and/or the Kid’s Fishing Clinic Event or if you have any questions please call Parks & Recreation at 352-527-7540 or email Chelsea.Allen@citrusbocc.com

Two Free Gardening Workshops to be Offered

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

Right plant, right place

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on January 10, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.   Once established the right plant is often sustainable without additional supplemental watering.  Choosing appropriate plant materials, planting them correctly and managing them wisely, ensures a gardens success. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Creating a Florida-friendly Landscape

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on January 24, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Plan before you plant is an important concept when developing sustainable garden ideas.  Basic principles of landscape design include: site evaluation, selection and placement of the ‘right plant’ and establishment practices for newly installed sustainable gardens.  “What is and how to create a Florida-friendly Landscape” is the theme of this workshop.    Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Tourism Grant Submittal Period Extended

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

Capital projects must be located within Citrus County and serve to establish new or refurbish existing facilities or infrastructures that are publicly owned and operated or owned and operated by not-for-profit organizations and open to the public for recreational activities, cultural events and performances that host events in Citrus County whose primary goal and purpose is to bring substantial numbers of tourists/visitors to the County, thereby promoting overnight hotel stays within the County.

Tourist Development Capital Projects Funding will be allocated from the Tourist Development Tax Budget. This will ensure that funding is available for contribution for financial assistance for special events and other programs that generate increased tourism activity within Citrus County. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of Citrus County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida, (County) may allocate an annual allotment of Tourism Development Tax Revenue to the Reserve Fund to facilitate Capital Projects.

The goals of the program are:

· Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

· Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

· Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

· Enhance the quality of existing infrastructure and encourage new economic development

· Educate visitors to the different areas in the County.

Special Project/Events Grant

The Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) offers a Special Event Grant program to organizations designated to promote Special Project/Events Grant program to organizations to promote special events/projects to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County thereby impacting the lodging industry.  A Special Event is defined as any activity, service, venue or event, intended to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County.

This Special Project/Events Grant is to provide funding to advertise and promote events to out of county markets to attract overnight visitors. The Grant funds are intended to supplement the organization’s budget and are restricted in their use for Marketing, Advertisement, and Promotional materials.

Collateral Materials Grant

The purpose of the Citrus County Tourist Development Collateral Materials Grant is to assist organizations in Citrus County by providing funding awards for program dollars to make our area more appealing to visitors who are spending the night in Citrus County. This grant leverages TDC resources and extends the marketing for Citrus County.

The goals of the program are:

Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

Enhance the quality of existing material and encourage new collateral development

Educate visitors to the different areas in the County.

The application submittal dates for Collateral Materials are the same as for Special Project/Events.

For more detail on each type of grant, maximum awards, eligible projects, reporting requirements, etc., visit the Tourist Development Council website at:  http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/tdc/tdc.htm.  Applicants must conform to the TDC’s policies and procedures as specified.  Applications failing to meet the deadlines will not be considered until the next funding cycle.

West Citrus Community Center Techno Fair

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

Do you have a smart phone or electronic device that leaves you feeling “not so smart”?  Here is your chance to get free help!  Representatives from Sprint will be at the West Citrus Community Center on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a Techno Fair. 

They will help owners of Apple Products or Android phones 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!  You don’t have to be a Sprint customer, there will be no soliciting and devices with other carriers are welcome. West Citrus Community Center is located at 8940 W. Veterans Drive Homosassa, for more information please call (352) 795-3831

BOCC Proclaims Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Fleet Reserve Association and local veterans

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on December 6, 2016, proclaiming December 7, 2016 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Citrus County and marking the seventy fourth anniversary of that historic event.

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy and Air Force attacked units of the armed forces of the United States, stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than two thousand citizens of the United States were killed and more than one thousand citizens of the United States were wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor which precipitated the entry of the United States into World War II.

The veterans of World War II and all other citizens of Citrus County commemorate December 7th in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, instilling in all people a greater understanding and appreciation of the selfless sacrifice of the individuals who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor and those who served at Pearl Harbor and continued to distinguish themselves in the armed force of the United State during World War II.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims December 7, 2016 as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” in Citrus County, Florida.

Volunteer Opportunities Event to be Held on January 10

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

Learn where you can make a difference and discover your niche in community service! The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC) hosts a forum for people to link-up with local volunteer opportunities. This is an opportunity to meet with staff and volunteer managers, and learn about their programs. RSVP and the Nature Coast Volunteer Center are the engines through which over 60 local organizations connect hundreds of volunteers to meaningful service opportunities throughout Citrus County.

The Opportunity Links will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Central Ridge Community Center, 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information, or to reserve your seat, please call 249-1275, or email ncvc@citrusbocc.com

BOCC Recieves Donation for Repairs to Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Citrus County Historical Society

The Citrus County Historical Society presented a $6,100 donation to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners at their regular meeting on December 6, 2016 for repairs to the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.

On August 24, 2016 the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum was vandalized. The community was shocked and saddened by the event and many individuals came forward to offer their support for the repairs needed.

County staff from Facilities and Maintenance quickly began what repairs could be done immediately, but there was some work that would involve more time and supplies. The total cost of the repair project would eventually amount to over $6,100.

A few days after the incident, the Pine Street Pub and Eatery, owners Kemper Willcott and Lou Ann Jacobs raised over $760 and the Inverness Business Leaders gave a $500 donation.

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum has an agreement with the Board of County Commissioners that 30% of all funds raised by the concerts in the Old Courthouse Courtroom be spent on the maintenance and repairs of the Old Courthouse. Some of this year’s repair funds from concert ticket sales were combined with community donations to reach the total of $6100 to complete the repairs to the Historic Courthouse Heritage Museum.

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