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FDOT Advises of Periodic Night Lane Closures on US 19 in Homosassa Springs

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

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises of periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Friday night, October 20 and Sunday through Friday, October 22 – 27, nights. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and to be alert to possible lane shifts.

BOCC Proclaims Crime Prevention Month

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

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Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Representatives from Citrus County Sheriff’s Office; Captain Dave Vincent, Crime Prevention Deputy Nancy Suto and Major Danny Linhart.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation to representatives of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, at their regular meeting on October 10, 2017, proclaiming the month of October 2017 as Citrus County Crime Prevention Month.

The vitality of our county depends on how safe we keep our homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and communities. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is committed to Intelligence Led Policing, Community-Oriented Policing and crime prevention to develop partnerships with people and quickly respond to the needs of the public.

Crime prevention initiatives must include and go beyond self-protection and security to promote collaborative efforts to make neighborhoods safer and develop positive educational and recreational opportunities for young people. Adults must invest time, resources, and policy support in effective prevention and intervention strategies, and teens must be engaged in driving crime from their communities. Effective crime prevention programs excel because of partnerships among law enforcement, other government agencies, civic groups, schools, faith communities, businesses, and individuals as they help to nurture communal responsibility and instill pride.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims the month of October, 2017 as “Crime Prevention Month” in Citrus County and urges all citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, and business to invest in the power of Prevention and work together for the common good.

Public Meeting to Discuss Management Plan Update for the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenways State Recreation and Conservation Area

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

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Division of Recreation and Parks, will hold a public meeting to provide an opportunity for public input on the ten-year management plan update for the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenways State Recreation and Conservation Area.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Inglis Community Center, 137 Highway 40 West, Inglis, Florida 34449.

A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting Mickey Thomason, Park Manager, 8282 SE Highway 314, Ocala, Florida 33470, phone: (352) 236-7143 or email mickey.thomason@dep.state.fl.us . A copy of the agenda and draft plan are available before the date of the public meeting online at https://www.fldepnet.org/public-notices .

2017-2018 Music at the Museum Concert Series Brings Incredible Performers from across the United States

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

One of Citrus County’s best-kept secrets is the outstanding music that is offered in the gorgeous                         setting of the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum and you are invited! 

On November 16, 2017, Harpeth Rising comes to Inverness. Harpeth Rising fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical genres into something organically unique. The three musicians of the group include: Maria Di Meglio (cello), Michelle Younger (banjo), and Jordana Greenberg (violin). All three women developed their voices and arrangements to bring life to the lyrical expressiveness of their original songs. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful, lyrical perspective. Check out http://www.harpethrising.com/video/ for a preview. 

Early holiday jazz on December 7, 2017, will boost your yuletide when Kim Evans and Southern Exposure come to town. Norman Bernard and Nelson Dellamaggiore return to the Old Courthouse with outstanding vocalists Kim Evans and Eddie Lawrence. Great, smooth jazz with the holiday tunes will be the order of this concert. Each band member will have a chance to impress the crowd with their expertise.
The Currys brought together by family ties and a shared appreciation for folk, rock, and roots music will perform as our acoustical offering on January 18, 2018.  The Currys are an Americana trio featuring brothers Jimmy and Tommy, and cousin Galen Curry. Check out the astounding, sweet sounds at http://thecurrysmusic.com/video/the-currys-perform-hold-me-here-tonight-live-medusa-studios/.

Infinido, is an authentic Latin band based in Tampa's historic Ybor City, led by Cuban bandleader, Pedro Bullaudy performing Valentine Latin music on February 15, 2018. They are truly one of the premier Latin bands of the Tampa Bay area. They have performed at such venues as: Super Bowl - Raymond James Stadium, Disney World, Clearwater Jazz Festival, and Guavaween. They have backed up recording artists such as: Eddie Santiago, Paquito Guzman, Alex d'Castro, Junior Gonzalez and Justo Betancourt. Come ready to dance to Salsa, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Cumbia, Romanticas and more.

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the coastal Maine duo Castlebay will come to our stage. Members Julia and Fred Gosbee blend history, legend, and heritage of New England and the Celtic lands in poignant ballads sung in Lane’s ethereal soprano and Gosbee’s rich baritone. Castlebay treats the audience to a musical journey through time and across the Atlantic on the Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and tin whistle. http://www.castlebay.net/songs_and_stories/s/blow_ye_winds_aye_o

Next on the list of outstanding performers is the Dave Capp Project who hail from the Orlando area. We anxiously await a night of full of amazing jazz on April 19, with group that was named the “Best Jazz Act of 2015” by the Orlando Weekly Readers’ Poll.  The band is plays a variety of jazz styles and is comprised of saxophonist Dave Capp who also sings (alto, tenor), vocalist France Neil, Scott Montgomery on keyboards, Rick Nicholson on bass. Check them out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QMPhWMVA4M

The series finale on May 17, 2018, is the Southwest Florida acoustical trio of Honey Creepers. The group features the soulful and dynamic vocals of Prana, a brilliant singer songwriter, strings of John R Butler, and musical foundation of Randy Hilderman on bass guitar. They perform nationally and are recording their first original collective album, which includes the award winning Bridge To Sanibel and Delicious, with Special Guests Duncan Brown (former trumpet player for Aretha Franklin and Little Richard), Clay Cropper (former member of KC & The Sunshine Band) and Rick Grooved. Prana, the lead vocalist, is a Detroit native with a sound that was born in the Bayou. As a French Creole, she brings a soulful and dynamic presence to this talented group.

Season ticket prices are $120 for all seven shows, if purchased by November 16th. Individual tickets are $25 for jazz and $15 for the acoustical performances. The Citrus County Historical Society (a not for profit corporation) asks for your financial support and or sponsorship for this performance series. Proceeds benefit the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. and the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum exhibitions and educational programming. Each concert provides light refreshments and a cash bar, which supports our fundraising efforts. Partnerships and sponsorships are always available.

For more information, please call 352-341-6428 or e-mail citrushistoricalsociety@gmail.com. And as always, stop by the Old Courthouse Museum at One Courthouse Square in downtown Inverness for seat reservation and a tour!

BOCC Proclaims Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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

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Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Representatives from Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association (CASA); Sunshine Arnold (accepting proclamation), Stacey O’Rourke, Madison Behling, Susan Fuqua, Carol Chodkowski, Deborah Peterson, Tiffany Ledford, Robyn Crawford, Bonnie Rousseau, Cari Skiff

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 10, 2017, proclaiming the month of October 2017 as Citrus County Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic Violence is a crime that threatens the safety and lives of thousands of Floridians every year. Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors that individuals use against their intimate partners or former partners to establish power and control. The State of Florida is recognized nationally as a leader in the creation of groundbreaking domestic violence programs, policies and services to survivors and their children, it remains a serious societal concern.

The 2016 Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Uniform Crime Report reflected 105,668 reported domestic violence incidences and 63,193 arrests for domestic violence crimes. Partnerships between state agencies, nonprofit and private organizations, law enforcement and the courts, health care and legal providers, faith-based communities and educational institutions create a coordinated, efficient and cost-effective system of services for survivors and their children. These partnerships and collaborations working collectively and creatively help to provide safety and resources to survivors, prevent initial acts of intimate partner violence and hold perpetrators accountable.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims the month of October, 2017 as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Citrus County and encourages all County residents to work collectively to promote healthy and peaceful relationships in order to prevent domestic violence.

USDA Holds Farmer and Rancher Hurricane Recovery Meeting

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

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Centers in Florida is holding a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop in Citrus County, for farmers and ranchers impacted by Hurricane Irma.  The Citrus County meeting will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the Citrus County Extension Service Office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, #1, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Representatives from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will present information on the various disaster assistance programs and resources available to farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.  Workshop topics include emergency assistance for livestock and crop-related expenses and losses; financial assistance programs to help with farm and farmland damage; deadlines for applying for disaster assistance programs and programs to help with restoration and rehabilitation of farm and ranch land.  For further information, visit: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Florida/index

The event is free and open to the public. To find other meeting dates and locations, go to: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Florida/state-events/index

The Hernando Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to Hold a Public Meeting

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, Florida.

Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to:

· FY 2018 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Modification

· FY 2019 – FY 2023 Five-Year Tentative Work Program Presentation

· MPO Travel Reimbursement Rates

· Section 5305(d) FY 2018 Funding Application and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

· US98 / CR491 Roundabout Presentation

· Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (TDLCB) Appoinment

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Dennis Dix, AICP, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Avenue, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, extension 28014 or email mpo@hernandocitrusmpo.us.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off October 21

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

Citrus County Central Landfill will be conducting a Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off at the Central Landfill on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Citrus County homeowners may bring up to the first 60 pounds or 10 gallons at No Charge.

Hazardous Household Waste also accepts drop offs weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the Citrus County Solid Waste Management at 352-527-7670 or www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm. Questions may be emailed to hazwasteinfo@citrusbocc.com

Got Citrus? Join the Fight Against Citrus Greening

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

Got Citrus? Join the fight against Citrus Greening

One of the most serious challenges to growing citrus is disease called Citrus Greening, which is carried from tree to tree by a non-native insect. Researchers have been working to identify a wide variety of solutions to this fatal disease. 

One promising solution is a tiny insect that can help combat disease transmission. Called Tamarixia, this highly specific parasite provides natural control of the insect that spreads Greening in citrus groves. UF/IFAS Extension is offering a vial of these nearly microscopic predators to citizens growing citrus in their landscape. 

To join the fight against devastating infection, contact the Extension office before close of business on Monday, October 23 by calling 352-527-5700.  

Time is limited for this one-time opportunity.  Simple instructions, including how to release these live insects, will be distributed at pick up on Friday October 27.  Then you take the Tamarixia warriors home and disperse in your home garden. More information on Tamarixia radiata can be found here.

Periodic Lanes Closures on US 19

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

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Sunday, October 15 through Friday, October 20 nights. FDOT is asking motorist to be alert to possible lane shifts in the area.

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