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Three County Boat Launches Closed on the Withlacoochee River

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

Three County Boat Launches Closed on the Withlacoochee River

Due to the Withlacoochee River rising, the following boat launches are closed until further notice: 

Spruce Drive Boat Ramp

4863 E. Spruce Drive

Dunnellon, FL 34434

Turner Camp Boat Ramp

9460 Turner Camp Road

Inverness, FL 34453

Trials End Boat Ramp

12300 E. Trails End Road

Floral City, FL 34436

A Flood Warning continues for the Withlacoochee River at Holder until further notice.  Additional rises are possible thereafter.  The County will reopen the boat ramps as soon as the river is at a safe level. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Two Sandbag Sites Open

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

Due to the Withlacoochee River rising two Citrus County sandbagging sites have been opened from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, through September 27. Additional times and dates will be announced as needed.

The locations are as follows:

AREA 1:

Spruce Drive Boat Ramp – Hernando, off C-39

4863 E. Spruce Drive

Dunnellon, FL 34434

AREA 5:

East Citrus Community Center – 44E, Inverness

9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy.

Inverness, FL 34450

***There is a limit of 15 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

BOCC Proclaims September 15 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Bob Bruno, President of Rolling Thunder Chapter 7, Bill Barz, Vice-President of Rolling Thunder Chapter 7 and WWII POW Veteran, George W. Hausold, First Lieutenant, US Army Air Force, 465th Bombardment Group

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 19, 2017 proclaiming September 15 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Citrus County.

Florida residents have served honorably in the nation’s Armed Forces, and many of Florida’s brave men and women are considered missing in action, causing a grateful nation to mourn their fates. The POW/MIA flag is flown in Citrus County as a powerful reminder of those who so faithfully served our country and September 15 has been set aside as a time to reflect and pay tribute to Floridians who, in the act of serving our nation, selflessly relinquished their freedom so we may enjoy the blessings of liberty and peace.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaims September 15, 2017 as “POW/MIA Recognition Day” and encourages all citizens to honor and pay tribute to all POW/MIA’s for their extraordinary sacrifice and bravery on the field of battle.

BOCC Proclaims September as Senior Center Month in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with representatives of the Citrus County Senior Centers, Joanne Granger; Support Services Director, and citizens; Richard Ritter, Joyce Ritter and Basil McGlashen

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 19, 2017, proclaiming September of 2017 as Senior Center Month in Citrus County. Seniors centers are the first place citizens of Citrus County turn to for valuable programs, activities, and access to benefits and services. Senior centers provide for learning and socialization with peers, as well as offering tools and resources to help manage personal health and finances, leading to continued independence. Senior centers provide opportunities for Learning, Independence, Friendship, and Energy and recognizes the special contributions of the senior center participants, and the special efforts of the staff and volunteers who work every day to enhance the well-being of the older citizens of our community.

BOCC Proclaims September 16-23 as Save Our Waters Week in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith,  are pictured with Citrus County Water Conservation Manager, Debra Burden and Save Our Waters 2017 volunteers, Lace Blue-McClean, Carol Shapot and Cheryl Phillips

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 19, 2017, proclaiming the week of September 16 - 23 of 2017 as Save Our Waters Week in Citrus County. Citrus County treasures the God-given water resources of our aquifers, springs, rivers, lakes and coastal estuaries that are interconnected essential elements of our physical situation which we share with wildlife and our beautiful abundant plant life. All citizens of Citrus County depend on the quality and quantity of our waters for personal hygiene, home services, agriculture, business pursuits and occupations. Our waters are also a highly valued resource for boating, swimming, fishing, and diving for both residents and visitors alike. 

September 23 Coffee and Conversation Speaker POSTPONED!

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

Due to Hurricane Irma the September 23, 2017 Coffee and Conversation Speaker, Bill Belleville, “Getting to Know Florida’s Engaging Water World, from the Inside Out!” at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum has been postponed to a later date to coincide with the new dates for Save Our Waters Week . New speaker date will be announced in the near future. For more information call 352-341-6428 or visit; http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/histresources/historical-resources.htm

Citrus County Animal Shelter to Benefit from FundRaiser

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

A Car Wash to benefit Citrus County Animal Shelter will be held at the Dunnellon Moose Lodge #2308 on October 7, 2017 from 8am to Noon. The Moose Lodge is located at 11890 N. Florida Ave. (US 41) on the northern edge of Citrus Springs.

Financial donations and pet supplies will be collected. Supplies in greatest need include dog collars, leashes, cat toys, catnip, dog treats, Pupperoni, medium sized metal bowls, bleach, paper towels, Dawn dish soap, and more. For a complete list of supplies needed contact Colleen Yarbrough, Animal Services Volunteer Outreach Coordinator at; colleen.yarbrough@citrusbocc.com or phone; 352-746-8400.

You may also mail a donation to Dunnellon Moose 2308, P.O. Box 1886, Dunnellon, FL 34430. Make checks payable to Dunnellon Moose 2308, earmarked; Citrus County Animal Shelter.

Learn How to Build Healthy Relationships

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

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County is pleased to offer a 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.

“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 October 26 - November 30.  The week of November 23 will be skipped due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  The program will take place at the Citrus County Canning Center 3405 W. Southern Street, Lecanto.

To register by October 23, or for more information, visit the SMARTcouples.org Classes and Events page or contact UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County at 352-527-5700.

Florida Department of Transportation Road Closure Updates

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

•              Aquaduct Street is closed at US 19 in Homosassa Springs

W. Aquaduct Street is closed beginning September 19, between US 19 and S. Pittsburgh Avenue, for underground utility installation work. It is expected to reopen the morning of September 22.

DETOUR: Drivers can use W. Homosassa Trail, S. Pittsburgh Avenue, and W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard as an alternate route.

•              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. September 19 – 21, nights. Be alert to possible lane shifts. Please use caution while in the area.

Commissioner Scott Carnahan Appointed to National Caucus

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

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Board of County Commissioners Chairman Scott Carnahan has been appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Rural Action Caucus (RAC) by NACo’s President Roy Charles Brooks. RAC engages in a wide range of issues facing rural counties including economic development, healthcare and human services, technology and telecommunications, and energy and natural resources.

RAC members play a critical role in advancing legislative and policy priorities important to the nation’s counties. Specifically, RAC members help advance policy priorities of the association through strategic advocacy efforts in Congress and the Administration. On his appointment to RAC, Commissioner Carnahan said, “I am tremendously honored by this appointment and look forward to contributing and learning as a member of the NACo’s Rural Action Caucus. Having a seat on the RAC will provide Citrus County a voice at the national level.”

Throughout the year, RAC members participate in regular conference calls and receive email updates from NACo staff to stay up to date on matters relevant to the group's work. At the NACo legislative and annual conferences, RAC meets to hear federal legislative and policy updates, discuss best practices and develop strategic advocacy initiatives around key county priorities.

Caucus appointments run from August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. The RAC chair for 2017-2018 is County Judge J.D. Clark of Wise County, Texas and Vice Chairs are Rebecca Benally, Commissioner, San Juan County, Utah; Kenneth Dahlstedt, Commissioner, Skagit County, Washington; James Ebert, Commissioner, Weber County, Utah; Timothy Roussel, Parish President, St. James Parish, Louisiana and Arlanda Williams, Councilwoman, Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, Louisiana. For more information on NACo’s Rural Action Caucus visit: http://www.naco.org/advocacy/rural-action-caucus .

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