News and Announcements

FDOT Reports US 19 Repairs and Lane Closure Update

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

Due to a void under the highway, US 19 near W. Green Acres Street remains one lane in each direction, with both directions using the southbound roadway in that area. This configuration will remain in place until at least Friday, September 29 (morning), when void repairs are estimated to be completed and work will begin to reopen the northbound lanes.

A void was discovered underneath one of the northbound lanes Tuesday afternoon, September 26 and the left lane was closed for motorist safety and testing. The other northbound lane was closed late on September 26 to provide space for additional testing and repairs, which showed the void also was under the right northbound lane. Crews began filling the void with grout Wednesday morning and will continue this activity into tomorrow.

No major traffic issues or delays have been observed since the highway was put into the current traffic configuration on September 26. However, motorists can expect minor delays in each direction of US 19 approaching that area and may want to consider an alternate route below or other roads depending on the destination. Please note that the detours below are quite lengthy and will very likely take drivers longer than if they were to remain on US 19 through the work zone.

Alternative routes to avoid the work zone:

Northbound US 19: Turn right off northbound US 19 and go east on W. Cardinal Street, then turn left onto northbound S. Lecanto Highway (County Road 491). Go north on Lecanto Highway, then turn left onto W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard and go west back to US 19.

Southbound US 19: Turn left onto W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard and go east to S. Lecanto Highway (County Road 491). Turn right and go south on Lecanto Highway, then turn right onto W. Cardinal Street and go east back to US 19.

If traveling a longer distance between Homosassa Springs and Lecanto or Crystal River, drivers may also consider using Lecanto Highway between W. Cardinal Street and SR 44.

Department of Health Answers "Fish Kill" Questions

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

In the wake of recent Withlacoochee River flooding caused by Hurricane Irma, some areas in Citrus County have experienced an increase in incidents of “Fish Kills” and associated odors brought on by decomposing fish. Here is some information on the recent fish kill:

Fish Kill Causes: 

Besides some common causes of fish kills in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states that major storm events like hurricanes with resulting rising water can make conditions favorable for increased fish deaths. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is the lead agency for responding to fish kills. Their web site has information on their causes http://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/reported-fish-kills-abnormalities/.  Citizens can report an incident online: http://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline/ or by calling (800) 636-0511.

Health Concerns:

The Florida Department of Health recommends you follow these general guidelines when a fish kill is observed:

· Do not eat, collect, or use fish, shrimp or crabs that were found dead or dying, from distressed areas.

· Do not harvest or eat shellfish from waters that have been closed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, or from areas where large numbers of distressed or dead fish are present.

· Do not harvest fish, shrimp or crabs that are acting erratically, have sores or ulcers, or that appear to be diseased.

· Do not swim or play in water where distressed or dead fish are present. If you come in contact with the water, immediately wash exposed areas thoroughly with soap and clean water.

· Do not let pets swim in or drink from water in the vicinity of a fish kill. If your pets come in contact with water, immediately wash their fur thoroughly with soap and clean water.

· Items that have come in contact with affected waters should be thoroughly washed with soap and clean water or disinfected with a bleach solution (mix ¼ cup of household bleach per gallon of water and immerse for 15 minutes) prior to continuing their use.

· Contact your physician if you believe you have become ill as a result of consuming or being exposed to fish or affected waters during a fish kill.

If you have other health questions about fish kills, please call the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County, Environmental Health Section at: (352) 513-6103. If you see an unknown substance in a lake or water body and suspect the fish kill is a result of a toxic spill, please call Florida’s 24-hour State Watch Office at (850) 815-4001.

Southwest Florida Water Management District Board approves Plans for Homosassa and Chassahowitzka Rivers

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

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board (SWFWMD) recently approved the Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) plans for the Homosassa and Chassahowitzka rivers, meaning all five first-magnitude springs in the District now have established plans for improvement of those water bodies.

The SWIM Act requires the District to maintain a priority list of water bodies of regional and statewide significance and develop plans and programs for their improvement.

The Homosassa and Chassahowitzka rivers were selected by the District as priority water bodies for the SWIM Program in 2014. The District created a Springs Coast Steering Committee, which is an inter-agency partnership to protect, manage and restore springs. Through that committee, the SWIM plan process was implemented, which involves defining issues and drivers, setting quantifiable objectives, developing management actions, and establishing priority projects and initiatives.

“These aren’t just plans,” said Chris Anastasiou, chief environmental scientist. “These are key strategies to helping improve and manage these very important resources.”

The plans look at three focus areas: water quality, water quantity and natural systems. The plans then identify issues in those three areas such as nitrate enrichment and altered aquatic vegetation. And through these plans, at least 60 projects and initiatives have been identified for these two rivers.

Anastasiou stressed that the SWIM plans are living documents that will be used, implemented and updated to meet the needs of the systems.

“Now the work really begins,” Anastasiou said. “Now, we move from planning into implementation.”

To view the SWIM plans, visit WaterMatters.org/Springs

E. Trails End Road Reopened

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

Citrus County Road Maintenance has advised that E. Trails End Road has been re-opened to traffic. We appreciate the public’s patience while repairs were being made to the road. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Road Maintenance at 527-7610

FDOT Update on US 19 Repairs

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

US 19 near W. Green Acres Street remains one lane in each direction, with both directions using the southbound lanes in that area. This configuration is likely to remain in place until the morning of Friday, September 29, when repairs are estimated to be completed.

A void was discovered underneath one of the northbound lanes Tuesday afternoon, September 26 and the left lane was closed for motorist safety and testing. The other northbound lane was closed in the late afternoon to provide space for additional testing and repairs.

Motorists are asked to use caution in the area and can expect delays in each direction of US 19 approaching that area and may want to consider an alternate route below or other roads depending on the destination.

Alternate Route suggestions:

Northbound US 19: Turn right off northbound US 19 and go east on W. Cardinal Street, then turn left onto northbound S. Lecanto Highway (County Road 491). Go north on Lecanto Highway, then turn left onto W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard and go west back to US 19.

Southbound US 19: Turn left onto W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard and go east to S. Lecanto Highway (County Road 491). Turn right and go south on Lecanto Highway, then turn right onto W. Cardinal Street and go 

Private Roads Included in Hurricane Irma Residential Debris Collection

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

Private Roads included in Hurricane Irma Residential Debris Collection

There will be one countywide pick up of vegetative debris at residential addresses beginning October 2, which will include private roads. All vegetative debris should be at the roadside/curbside no later than October 2, as we cannot predict the exact date the contractor will be in any given neighborhood. The contractor will begin work in the southeast corner of the County and work counter clockwise from there. Residents are urged to reduce tree limbs/trunks to “no longer” than 4’ in length. The residential storm debris will be collected from every publicly accessible road in the County, including private roads, as long as debris is placed where it can be mechanically collected.

To facilitate the cleanup, we are asking all citizens to follow these guidelines:

  • There will be ONE residential debris pick up, which will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

· Only storm generated natural vegetation will be collected.

· Please bring all storm generated natural vegetation to the curbside as quickly as possible.

· Do not place vegetative yard debris in plastic bags.

· Reduce tree limbs/trunks to “no longer” than 4’ in length.

· Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris around mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants, next to fences, cars, telephone poles or under guide wires.

· Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris in the road.

· If you decide to perform your own cleanup and drive items to the landfill, you will be charged the normal prices.

· Storm related vegetative debris removed by contractors is not eligible for pick up.

· The debris pick up includes residential properties only. It does not include commercial and business properties.

A thorough and effective cleanup of the entire county will require several weeks. We are asking that residents be patient during this time.

Food for Florida Disaster food Assistance Program Available

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

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will implement the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program in Citrus County to assist individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Irma from September 30 – October 4.

To qualify for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance program, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the counties declared for FEMA Individual Assistance on September 5, and not be receiving food assistance through the regular Food Assistance Program. Additionally, eligible individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster related expenses.  DCF will provide or mail Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to eligible individuals and families to use at authorized USDA food retailers. The program counts only income and expenses from September 5 through October 4, 2017.

Individuals are encouraged to apply (pre-register) prior to visiting the Food for Florida site. Pre-registration is available on the Food for Florida https://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/ .

The Food for Florida disaster food assistance program for Citrus County will take place:

September 30 – October 4

Central Florida College

3800 South Lecanto Hwy, FL 34461

**Food for Florida site is located in Building 4, Conference Center, 1st Floor**

All sites will be open 7AM – 6PM

Please bring a valid Florida Driver License or Identification Card

Eligible individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster related expenses.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Road Construction Updates

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

  • Periodic night lane closures on northbound US 19 in Homosassa Springs

Periodic lane closures may take place on northbound US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday (September 25 - 28) nights. Be alert to possible lane shifts. Motorists are asked to use caution while in the area.

  • Aquaduct Street reopened at US 19 in Homosassa Springs

W. Aquaduct Street was reopened Friday morning, September 22 between US 19 and S. Pittsburgh Avenue. It had been closed last week for underground utility installation work.

Citrus County Parks and Recreation Concerts Schedule

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

Citrus County Parks and Recreation is happy to announce an exciting lineup for their 2017/2018 Concert series! Tickets and season passes will go on sale Monday, Oct 2 at the Parks Administration office, 2804 W Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto. All concerts will be performed at the Citrus Springs Community Center, which is located at 1570 W Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs.

This year’s concert series starts Saturday, November 4 with a crowd favorite. Billy Lindsey will do his award winning tribute to ELVIS. Billy is truly the king when Rockin’ to all of your favorite Elvis tunes! Tickets for this show are $10.00

Friday, December 1, Parks and Recreation will present their annual Christmas Show with Shawn Scheller and The Contenders, performing holiday songs from many famous entertainers. The hall will be decorated to brighten your spirits and get the holidays started. Tickets for this show are $10.00

Sunday, December 31, we will be ready to kick it up and welcome in the New Year! Join the Parks and Recreation division with all of your friends to eat and dance away the old and ring in the new with live music by Nostalgia with Sweet Potatoes catering the meal. Tickets for this party are $35 with meal or $10 with NO meal.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, be prepared to be amazed as we present David and Jenny Illusions. David Ferman was highlighted on Americas Got Talent and will present 70 minutes of world class stage illusions, hilarious comedy and audience participation for this show. Tickets for this show are $13.00.

Friday, March 23, 2018, get ready to sing along with Almost AHBA as they perform the hits we know so well. Dance the night away with Dancing Queen, be amazed with the Super Troopers and Take A Chance on Me by attending this awesome show. Tickets for this show are $13.00

Friday, May 18, 2018, will be a blast from the past as Stayin’ Alive recreates The Bee Gees songs you love so well. Close your eyes and The Bee Gees are there in the theater. The band and their show bring back an unforgettable era of great music! If you’re looking for a concert that will take you back in time this is it! Tickets for this show are $13.00

Saturday, July 28, 2018, - The Mark Anthony Band along with The Dark Lady – CHER and Edge of GaGa – Lady GaGa Show. The Mark Anthony Band is by far the most versatile band in Florida and the Southeast for years, with a massive song list of music from 5 decades and current top 40 hits! Tickets for this show are $15.00

Friday, September 28, 2018, welcome back the fantastic Atlantic City Boys! These guys ripped the house down last year with a capacity crowd. The Atlantic City Boys are four dynamic lead singers who have wowed audiences at Las Vegas, Walt Disney World, and of course, Atlantic City!  Now they lend their world class vocals to the rock-n-roll harmonies of the 60’s singing the hits of The Drifters, The Beach Boys, and of course, Franki Valli and the Four Seasons.  Tickets for this show are $13.00.

Tickets and Season passes will be on sale at the Parks and Recreation Administration office at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto. Season Passes are $87.00 each and include up front seating. Passes do not include New Year’s Eve.

For more information please call the Parks & Recreation office at 352-527-7540

Locations to Register for FEMA Individual Assistance

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

The following locations are available to the public to register themselves for FEMA’s Disaster Individual Assistance (IA).  In cooperation and partnership with Citrus County, the following locations are available for public use to register for assistance:

Central Ridge Library

425 W. Roosevelt Blvd

Beverly Hills, FL 34465

352-746-6622

Mon-Thurs 10:00 am-7:00 pm

Fri-Sat 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Coastal Region Library

8619 W. Crystal Street

Crystal River, FL 34428

352-795-3716

Mon-Thurs 10:00 am-7:00 pm

Fri-Sat 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Floral City Public Library

8360 E. Orange Avenue

Floral City, FL 34436

352-726-3671

Tues & Thurs 10:00 am-7:00 pm

Wed & Fri 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Homosassa Pubic Library

4100 S. Grandmarch Avenue

Homosassa, FL 34446

352-628-5626

Mon-Thurs 10:00 am-7:00 pm

Fri-Sat 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Lakes Region Library

1511 Druid Road

Inverness, FL 34452

352-726-2357

Mon-Thurs 10:00 am-7:00 pm

Fri-Sat 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Citrus County Resource Center

2804 W. Marc Knighton Court

Lecanto, FL 34461

352-527-5900

Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Citrus County Transit will provide rides to the libraries listed to assist those who are in need of transportation in order to register for disaster assistance.  Contact Citrus County Transit at 352-527-7630.

The library locations are in addition to the Sheriff’s Office locations where citizens may register for disaster assistance: Operations, Emergency Operations, and the Crystal River Substation.     You may also register from the comfort of your very own home if you choose to do so at www.disasterassistance.gov.

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