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Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held for the South West Regional Water Reclamation Facility

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

The public is invited to join the Board of Citrus County Commissioners for a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the South West Regional Water Reclamation Facility (SWRWRF) on Tuesday, May 23 at 9:00am at 5040 W Oak Park Blvd, Homosassa, Florida 34446-6802.No RSVP is needed to attend.

The South West Regional Water Reclamation Facility (SWRWRF) is an existing wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) owned and operated by Citrus County approximately 3 miles east of the Chassahowitzka River, which has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water. The Chassahowitzka River flows to the Gulf of Mexico and is formed from pristine waters contributed by more than 12 springs 

This project includes the planning, permitting, design and construction of an advanced wastewater treatment plant meeting a 5-5-3 effluent quality to replace the existing WWTF. The current facility will be replaced by a new 1.5 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) annual average daily flow, 4-stage Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) oxidation ditch system followed by secondary clarifiers, disc filters, and chlorine disinfection, with reclaimed water disposed to rapid infiltration basins on the plant site and to the County’s public access reuse.  BNR is a process used for nitrogen and phosphorus removal from wastewater before it is discharged.  The new plant is a cornerstone project for the protection of Citrus County’s springs system.

For questions or more information on this event please contact Public Information Officer, Cynthia Oswald at 352-527-5484.

Work has begun on Ozello Trail Bridge Hurricane Hermine Repair

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

The first bridge west of John Brown Dr. on Ozello Trail will have intermittent, minor repair work done over the next thirty days. Drivers are asked to use caution as there will be flagmen in the area and one lane traffic when work is in progress. Daly Zilch has been hired as project contractor to repair the damage from Hurricane Hermine. For questions or for more information contact Public Works Engineer, Mark Shroder at 352-527-5443.

Learn How to Build Healthy Relationships

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.  This program runs Thursdays from 6 pm-8:30 p.m. from June 1 - June 29.  At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

2. “Before You Tie the Knot,” is a fun and dynamic premarital workshop for couples or individuals who want to start their relationship or marriages off right.  This program runs Fridays from 6 pm – 8:30 p.m. from June 2 – June 30.  At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

A light meal will be served each week.  To register by May 26 or for more information, visit the SMARTcouples.org 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).

Citrus County Housing Services Offering Free First Time Home-buyer's Class

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

Citrus County Housing Services is offering a free First Time Homebuyer’s class, which is being conducted by the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County office. Participants, who attend the entire program, will receive a Certificate of Completion, which is required for first time homebuyer assistance programs.

These classes are HUD approved and encompass 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.

These sessions are funded by the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP). There is no charge to attend these classes, but you must reserve a seat. Childcare is not available.

The classes will be held at UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office located at 3650 W Sovereign Path Lecanto, FL at the following dates and times:

§ June 8, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

§ June 15, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

§ June 22, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

§ June 29, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

All four (4) classes must be completed to receive a Certificate of Completion, for more information or to register, please call Sarah Ellis at the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at (352) 527-5700 or Genesis Chagnon at Citrus County Housing Services at (352) 527-7520.

Visit Florida CEO to Speak at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

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

VISIT FLORIDA’s President and CEO, Ken Lawson, will be the keynote speaker for the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Friday, May 11. The event will be held at Black Diamond Ranch, 3125 W Black Diamond Cir, Lecanto, FL 34461. The luncheon will begin at 11:30am. Adam Thomas, Director of the Citrus County Visitors Bureau, will also be in attendance for this important event. Tourism has a huge economic impact on both Florida and Citrus County. Your participation in this event will not only be informative, it will also help to shape the future of Florida tourism.

Lawson assumed his position with VISIT FLORIDA on January 11, when the agency was facing uncertainty in the State Legislature over funding. However, Lawson's outlook is confident. Mr. Lawson will be speaking about legislative issues that affect Florida tourism, his vision for VISIT FLORIDA, and how it can directly affect local communities. The cost to attend for Chamber members is $18 in advance or $20 at the door. All tickets are $22 for non-members. A meal is included in the price of admission. Seats are not guaranteed, so it is recommended that you register in advance. To RSVP for this event, call Janet Mayo with the Chamber of Commerce at (352) 795-3149.

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