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Seeking Application for Seat on the Historic Resources Advisory Board

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Historic Resources Advisory Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking three positions for Member-at-Large that will expire on January 31, 2018.  The term is for a two year period and will expire on January 31, 2020.

The Historic Resources Advisory Board meets the first Wednesday of every other month at 4:00 p.m. at the Lecanto Government Building, located at 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto. The Historic Resources Advisory Board assists county entities to identify, evaluate, and protect historic properties.

Applications are due by January 16, 2018 and can be accessed at:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf

Completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Seeking Application for Seat on the Code Review and Appeals Board

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Code Review and Appeals Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking three qualified members and one alternate member for a four year term that will begin on February 1, 2018. The term will expire on January 31, 2022.

The Code Review and Appeals Board meets as needed this board reviews any locally proposed technical amendments to building standards or regulations and makes recommendations to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).  It also hears appeals of code interpretations and makes decisions on variations and modifications concerning technical codes and standards.  It makes recommendations to the BOCC on changes to Article II, Chapter 18 of the Citrus County Code.

Applications are due by January 16, 2018 and can be accessed at:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf

Completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to meet in January

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

The public is invited to attend the Citrus County Housing Services Affordable Housing Advisory Committee which will meet on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Room 135, Lecanto, Florida 

Any person desiring further information regarding this meeting may contact Citrus County Housing Services, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL 34461 (352) 527-7520. 

Any person who requires a special accommodation (ADA) must provide at least 72 hours notice. 

Si necesita un traductor de español por favor haga arreglos con el Condado dentro de dos días de la notificación de la publicación 352-527-5370.

County Offices Closed in Observance of New Year's Day

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

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Monday, January, 2018 in observance of New Year’s Day.

Citrus County Landfill will be closed Monday, January 1. For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s website at:

http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm.

Citrus County Libraries will be closed on Monday January 1, for New Year’s Day. Normal operation hours will resume the next day, Tuesday, January 2.

Citrus County Transit will be closed Monday January 1, 2018 for New Year’s Day.

Citrus County Animal Services will be closed Monday January 1, 2018 for New Year’s Day.

The Citrus County Veterans Services Office will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2018 in observance of New Year’s Day.  We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information call the Veterans Services Office at 352-527-5915 or visit http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/suppserv/vets/veterans.htm .

Bicentennial Park Pool will be closed on Monday January 1, 2018.

Award-winning Author and Journalist Craig Pittman to Speak on "Manatee Mania"

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

The Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series hosted by the Florida Humanities Council Continues in January with “How Florida contracted Manatee Mania”, a talk by Award-winning author and journalist Craig Pittman. The Event will be held January 25 at 7pm at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, One Courthouse Square, Inverness. 

Ever since 1893, when Florida passed its very first law protecting manatees, these ungainly marine mammals have been casting their spell over the people of this state. Once a staple of the early settlers’ diet, manatees are now a popular icon of Florida’s environment, featured on everything from license plates to cheesy knick-knacks. 

This presentation traces the history of how manatees wound up on the endangered species list and why they remain there today, a story that features such characters as Jacques Cousteau and Jimmy Buffet. 

Award-winning author and journalist Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Since 1998, he has covered environmental issues for Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, winning state and national awards. 

Please call to reserve your seat today at 352.341.6428. Free coffee and cookies will be served.

Upcoming Old Courthouse Heritage Museum Events and Programs

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

Today museums are much more than they have been in the past.  Today they are places of discovery, exploring, learning, and conversation. The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum presents many ways to engage with history through events, exhibitions, and the Music at the Museum concert series.  The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  On Wednesdays you may call and make arrangements for a special guided tour of the Museum.

On the third Wednesday of each month guided walking tours of Historic Downtown Inverness are available.  The next entertaining and educational tour will be held on Wednesday, January 17th, leaving promptly at 9 a.m. from the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Hear stories of early and present-day Inverness are your guide shows you a small town rich with history. Experience the beautiful and quaint, walkable downtown and its historic buildings. Even locals will be amazed by what they learn! Call 352-341-6428 to reserve your space today. All proceeds benefit the exhibition, programs, and operations of the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.

We are delighted to bring Panhandle folk trio The Currys to the Old Courthouse on January 11! The Currys are brought together by family ties and a shared appreciation for folk, rock, and roots music. The group is an Americana trio, comprised of brothers, Jimmy and Tommy, and cousin Galen Curry. Check out their music at www.thecurrysmusic.com -- then call (352) 341-6428 or email citrushistoricalsociety@gmail.com for tickets!

Next on the calendar is the Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series program hosted by the Florida Humanities Council and the Citrus County Historical Society. This program will feature author and journalist Craig Pittman discussing "How Florida Contracted Manatee Mania" on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Ever since 1893, when Florida passed its very first law protecting manatees, these ungainly marine mammals have been casting their spell over the people of this state. Once a staple of the early settlers’ diet, manatees are now a popular icon of Florida’s environment, featured on everything from license plates to cheesy knick-knacks. This presentation traces the history of how manatees wound up on the endangered species list and why they remain there today, a story that features such characters as Jacques Cousteau and Jimmy Buffett. Award-winning author and journalist Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Since 1998, he has covered environmental issues for Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, winning state and national awards. 

Finally, the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. will hold their annual meeting on Friday, February 2nd at 11:30 a.m. in the upstairs courtroom at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.  It is open to the public, and all Society members will be eligible to vote for 2018 officers and directors. There is no charge to attend, but if you are interested in the luncheon there is a fee of $10. The luncheon begins at 11:30 and the election of officers shortly after, with a presentation of awards after the installation of officers by Angela Vick, Clerk of the Courts and Comptroller to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners. Call (352) 341-6428 for reservations.

Always check with us on www.cccourthouse.org and click on the Facebook button to get current information and to like and share activities and events. Thank you all for your support during the past year -- let's make 2018 even more historic!

Music at the Museum-The Currys

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

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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. On Thursday, January 11, The Currys will perform at the Museum located at One Courthouse Square, Inverness. This independent folk trio is well-known and loved throughout the South and beyond.

The Currys are an Americana trio with family ties and who have had an appreciation for folk, rock and roots music a majority of their lives. Two brothers, Jimmy and Tommy, and cousin Galen have anchored their songs by the sort of elastic, entwined harmonies that only exist among kin. In their second record, West of Here, all three members contributed to the song writing on the album that deals with the constant search for home.

The Currys are an acoustical must see band! Call 352.341.6428 to reserve your seat today! Tickets are $15/per person and include after dinner sweets and beverages, such as coffee, soda and water.

Extension Service Recognizes Volunteer Milestones

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

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In November, the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County recognized seven volunteers for reaching volunteer milestones. These volunteers have donated a cumulative 120 years of service.  Five volunteers were recognized for 15 years of service, one for 20 years of service and another for 25 years of service to the citizens of Citrus County through the Extension office. In all, these volunteers have donated over 15,000 hours in just the last five years.

These Master Gardener volunteers assist citizens in identifying and remediating garden problems, choosing plants for local setting and educating you in smart gardening practices. Volunteers from left to right include: Tania Frey, Ron Lewis, Elaine Lewis, Jaret Lubowiecki, Steve Evans, Darlene Krushansky and Al Slaska. For more information on the Extension and the programs it provides visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/extension/extension-services.htm .

Guardian Ad Litem names Crank Works Bicycle Shop in Brooksville Community Advocate of the Year

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

We are proud to name Mark and Patricia Laird d/b/a/ Crank Works Bicycle Shop in Brooksville as our   Community Advocates of the Year for the 5th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program. 

For more than five years as small business owners, the Lairds and Crank Works have supported the Guardian ad Litem Program by provided new, gently used and reconditioned bicycles to our young clients free of charge.  But they haven’t stopped there.  In 2016 and 2017, CRANK WORKS sponsored the “Hilly Hundred” bike ride which has drawn large crowds of cyclists from Hernando and surrounding areas for their choice of a 66 miles or a 100 miles bike ride throughout the beautiful Florida landscape. 

The “entry fee” is simply to “bring a new, unwrapped toy or gently used bicycle for the Guardian ad Litem program toy drive.” As a result of their continuing generosity and commitment to Hernando County GAL children, Crank Works was nominated to Governor Rick Scott for a “Champion of Service Award” for persons or businesses who demonstrate excellence in volunteerism, community service and corporate responsibility in their local community in an honorable and outstanding way.

For their contribution and desire to help our GAL children ride into a better future (on a Crank Works bike), we proudly name Mark and Patricia Laird and Crank Works Bicycle Shop as the 5th Circuit Community Advocate of the Year 2017.

A Home for the Holidays

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

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L to R: Tammy Harris, Housing Services Director; Cheryl Lambert, Broker Owner Only Way Realty/AHAC Member; Tinker Brown, Key Training Center Retail Operations Director; Barbara Wheeler, Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition Director/AHAC Member; Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith; Hershel Hensley, Brannen Bank/AHAC Member; Teresa Bradley, homeowner; Melissa Walker, Key Training Center Executive Director/AHAC Member;  Commissioner Brian Coleman; Tobey Phillips, Community Services Director; Valerie DeBay, Occupancy Specialist; Michelle DiRubba-Alford, Housing Coordinator; Genesis Chagnon, Senior Program Assistant; Don Hanchar, Donle Enterprises Inc.; John Edstrom; Rehab Specialist

Christmas just got a little merrier for Teresa Bradley (Hernando) and her family. Teresa cut the ribbon and walked through the door of her new home yesterday, December 20, 2017, thanks to Citrus County Housing Services, State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds and many community partner organizations.

Joining Teresa, her family, friends, pastor, supporters and county staff, were Commissioner Brian Coleman who presented the keys to the home and Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, who presented the certificate of occupancy.

Teresa had first contacted housing services three years ago when her mobile home became unlivable and she had to move herself and belongings into a tent on the property she owned. This year, Citrus County Housing Services had enough funds in the State Housing Initiatives Partnership or SHIP program to get Teresa the new nine hundred square foot home she needed.

Local non-profits also donated furniture, a washer and dryer, refrigerator full of food, landscaping and everything Teresa needs to make the house her home, including a Christmas tree and a welcome mat at the front door.

Just in time for the holidays, Teresa said, "I am grateful to everyone that made this home possible and I plan on giving back to the community in the future"

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