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Residents Still Urged to Conserve

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

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) water restrictions for Citrus County have returned to the twice per week schedule.  Under the District’s year-round measures, even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday and odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday, before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

While the aquifer and rainfall levels reported by the District have rebounded to normal, residents are urged to always be conservative with water use.  “Two watering days per week allow some flexibility for irrigating the lawn, but aren’t meant to recommend watering both days,” said Debra Burden, water conservation manager with the Citrus County Department of Water Resources. 

This time of year, one application of one-half inch to three-quarters inch of water weekly is often sufficient to meet turfs needs.  With the arrival of fall’s cooler nights and shorter days, grass gets less and less sunlight, according to Burden.  Grass responds to these changes by slowing its growth and therefore once a week watering should be enough. 

Likewise, during the winter months of December, January and February, Burden suggests only once every other week irrigation.  Cooler weather means less evaporation, which allows roots and grass blades to remain wet for longer periods.  Unable to use the excess water, grass can develop fungal disease and root rot.

“The best way to combat common turf issues regardless of the time of year is to only irrigate when grass shows signs of need,” said Burden, adding, “every yard is unique, so if grass shows signs of stress, like blades folded in half lengthwise or foot prints linger in the lawn, then schedule irrigation for the next allowable watering day.”

Burden reminds residents that Daylight Saving Time ends on November 5, 2017 when clocks will fall one hour back, and suggests keeping this in mind while resetting the irrigation schedule.

For additional details regarding the watering rules, visit the Citrus County Department of Water Resources at http://www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/water-resources.htm.  

Citrus County Disaster SNAP Site Open

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

Citrus County’s DSNAP site is located at the College of Central Florida, Lecanto Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto, FL.  It will be open daily from 7am-6pm; Now until – October 4, 2017. The Florida Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) has opened a Disaster SNAP (or Food for Florida) site in Citrus County located at the College of Central Florida, Lecanto Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto, FL.  It will be open daily from 7am-6pm; Now until – October 4, 2017. Citrus County residents seeking disaster food assistance of important details prior to visiting a Food for Florida site. To qualify for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program, individuals must have lived or worked in one of the 48 declared counties on September 5, and NOT be a customer in the regular food assistance program. Individuals and authorized representatives are strongly encouraged to pre-register online. Pre-registration is a brief application process that adds your information to the system in advance of your local site visit. This application is available here, at the Food for Florida website. Pre-registering on the day prior to visiting your local Food for Florida site will allow for faster processing of your application on-site. All Food for Florida dates and locations will be posted on the Site Locations link on the Food for Florida website. Service at site locations will be organized by day according to the first letter of your last name. Each site’s alphabetical serving order is listed on the site locations webpage. This program is not first come, first serve. Everyone’s application will be taken and processed at their appropriate county location.

One EBT card per eligible household will be issued so only the applicant needs to visit the local Food for Florida site in person. Additional individuals attending may contribute to longer lines and extended service times.

To make your visit to your local Food for Florida site as convenient as possible, remember these important items:

  • Fill out the initial application no later than the day before visiting your local site via the pre-registration link at the Food for Florida website.
  • Only one applicant needs to visit the site in person as only one EBT card will be issued per eligible household.
  • Visit the local site on the indicated date for your last name.
  • Current food assistance participants should not visit the local Food for Florida site or pre-register; additional September/October benefits will be added to your EBT card within five days of your county’s Food for Florida site opening.

For more information, visit the Food for Florida website. Contact: DCF Communications, (850) 717-4450

Operation Blue Roof Location in Citrus County

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

Operation Blue Roof is available for Citrus County residents now until October 4, 2017.   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide temporary blue plastic roofs to residences to prevent additional damage due to Hurricane Irma.  Engineers are available to meet with citizens at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL Open daily from 8am - 6pm. You must register in person to sign a "Right of Entry" form to allow USACE and contractors on your property.  For more information, please visit: http://www.usace.army.mil/…/National-Res…/Temporary-Roofing/

This program will be available here in Citrus County until October 4, 2017, 6pm.   Please note, while Operation Blue Roof will be leaving the county on October 4, 2017, at 6pm, it will not prevent Citrus County residents to register at another Blue Roof site located in another county.

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