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County Opens Sandbag Sites

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

County Opens Sandbag Sites

Sandbagging sites will open Wednesday, September 6th at 8:00 am until 6:00 p.m.  Additional times and dates will be announced as needed.

The locations are as follows:


4508 S. Grandmarch Ave. Homosassa

(Near Grover Cleveland Blvd.)


          7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River

          (Near Dan’s Clam Stand – on opposite side of road)

***There is a limit of 25 bags per vehicle***

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Road maintenance Office at 527-7610.

Updates and information will also be made on Facebook and Twitter throughout the event duration.

Date Set for 2017 International Coastal Cleanup

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

On Heels of Busy Summer Tourist Season, help Citrus County and Save Our Waters to Participate in World’s Largest Ocean Trash Cleanup on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Citrus County and Save Our Waters Joins Hundreds of Thousands of Volunteers Worldwide to Combat Marine Debris during 32nd International Coastal Cleanup


Citrus County and Save Our Waters

· Several hundred volunteers at multiple locations throughout the County

· Reoccurring Groups each years as well as New Volunteers assist in the clean-up efforts of our local waterways


Citrus County and Save Our Waters is organizing a waterway cleanup as part of Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), the world's largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from our beaches, waterways, lakes, rivers and parks. For the second year in a row, volunteers are able to use the Clean Swell app (free for download on the App Store and Google Play) to contribute their citizen science data on the collected trash in real time to one of the world’s largest databases on marine debris.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

From sun-up till 11:30 PM

Various waterways


For locations contact; Tracey Ivkovic, Grant Administrator, Aquatic Services

Citrus County BOCC



Plastics are one of the most visible and most prolific threats facing our ocean today; they’re also one of the most preventable. Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste flows into the ocean, entangling wildlife, polluting beaches, and costing coastal municipalities hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. Since the first ICC 32 years ago, over 12 million volunteers have removed more than 228 million pounds (more than 103 million kilograms) of trash! Last year in Citrus County, 600+ volunteers recovered 4,100 pounds of trash from local waterways (2.05 tons). 


Tracey Ivkovic, Grant Administrator, Aquatic Services

Citrus County BOCC


Commissioner Kitchen to Hold a Town Hall Meeting in October

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

Commissioner Ron Kitchen will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, October 12 for the general public to attend. The meeting will be held at the Homosassa Library, located at 4100 Grandmarch Avenue in Homosassa, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

“I am looking forward to reporting back to the community on previous issues and hearing about new ones they wish addressed. This will continue to be a question and answer format and not a speech, so I encourage anyone with a question or an item that is important to them to attend,” explained Kitchen.

For more information, please call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at (352) 527-5484.

Summer Music at the Museum Concert Series Ends with Cool Summer Jazz

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

What a summer we have had! From the Beach Boys and their band the Corvairs to Roy Orbison and Conway Twitty to Elvis, our concerts have been sold out and we thank you all for your support.  We invited you to the beach and you came, beach balls and all.

Now fast forward to the fourth and final concert of the series on Thursday, September 21, which brings in the Valerie Gillespie Ensemble. Gillespie has played alto saxophone professionally since age 14. Over the years she has added to her repertoire, and now plays soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax, as well as flute, piccolo, and clarinet. She is also an adjunct faculty member at The University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida Southern College in Lakeland, and Hillsborough Community College in Tampa.  She earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon with a major in Classical Saxophone and her MM in Jazz Saxophone from the University of South Florida. 

Valerie has played with national icons including Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, George Burns, Natalie Cole, Joan Rivers, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, and Dionne Warwick, among many others. She has traveled with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra throughout the United States and Japan, and performs regularly with Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge. 

Call (352) 634-3428 to reserve a seat at $25 per person, which includes light appetizers and a cash beverage station. All proceeds benefit the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council and the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc.’s exhibits, programs, and preservation activities.

Citrus County Employee Places Second in State Heavy Equipment Competition

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

Congratulations to Mr. Carl Ballard who works as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the Citrus County Solid Waste Division. Carl was able to achieve second place for heavy equipment operations in this year’s Florida Sunshine Chapter Road-E-O 2017. This annual event is intended to promote professionalism on the part of drivers, equipment operators and mechanics in the field of Solid Waste Management and is sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).  Additionally the event promotes a spirit of competition and goodwill throughout participating organizations (municipalities, counties and private haulers).

Individuals placing second or better in one of three categories (drivers, equipment operators and mechanics) are invited back all expenses paid to participate in the International event held this year in Orlando. Over the years several Citrus County Solid Waste employees have participated in this event, some of which have placed second or better.

Congratulations to Carl and to all the other County employees who have demonstrated a high degree of skill and professionalism while representing Citrus County.


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