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Florida Department of Transportation Advises All Lanes Open on US 19

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises all lanes are now open in both directions of US19, north of Jump Court. One lane had been closed in each direction since Tuesday, January 30, 2018 when holes opened in the median and southbound left lane. Repairs were completed this morning, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 and both lanes are reopened.

Crystal River High School Students Complete Veterans Tribute Mural

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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Artists Sarah Paar and Ben Wassink (seated) are surrounded guests who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the mural on Thursday, January 25th

The Veterans Services lobby and waiting area in the Citrus County Community Resource Center (CCCRC) in Lecanto, is now a work of art. Crystal River High School art students, Sarah Paar and Ben Wassink designed and created the tribute to our veterans wall mural during their after school hours and holiday breaks.

Kimberly Menster, Veterans Services Officer acknowledged Tobey Phillips, Community Services Director, who had the idea of a new waiting area and mural, along with Citrus County Engineering Department, Facilities Maintenance, and Building Inspectors.

“The results are what you see here today, and we cannot be more grateful.” said Kimberly.

Permanently attached to the mural wall is a plaque which reads: “Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and students of the Crystal River High School Art Department for the generous gift of their time and caring.”

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council to Host Economic Recovery & Resiliency Resources for Business & Local Leaders Workshop in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

In partnership with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC), Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and federal partners, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is hosting a regional “Economic Recovery and Resiliency Efforts Following Hurricane Irma” workshop on February 16, 2018 at the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, 915 N. Suncoast Blvd. Crystal River, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The workshop is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided and no RSVP is needed.

This is a chance to network with other local and regional leaders and to understand more about how you can be most effective in supporting local economic recovery from Hurricane Irma. The workshop will be especially useful for people in a business or community leadership position and will provide inspiring examples from communities around the country that have experienced and recovered from disasters.


For more information about this event call Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council at: 727-570-5151.


United Way of Citrus County Provides Grant for Meals on Wheels

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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Meals on Wheels Community Champion Volunteer, Arnold Virgilio, III delivers a hot meal to Carl Gianfrancisco

United Way of Citrus County has funded a grant to Citrus County’s Meals on Wheels program for the provision of meals to Citrus County citizens in need.   The purpose of this grant is to supply meals to Citrus residents who don’t qualify for the Meals on Wheels grant that is set up for seniors, age 60 or older who are homebound, unable to leave their home without assistance. 

The United Way partnership with Meals on Wheels provides food that is prepared and ready to eat.  While Citrus County has many food banks that are of great value to our citizens, there are people who are sick, such as going through chemotherapy, who are unable to prepare meals.  The United Way funding allows the Meals on Wheels program to deliver nutritious daily meals that are watched over by dietitians to meet 1/3 of the daily recommended allowance of nutrition. 

The United Way grant provides for approximately 1,995 meals annually to be served to people in need.  If you are interested in more information regarding the Citrus County Meal on Wheels Program, please contact 352-527-5975.

Commissioner Jeff Kinnard Appointed Vice-Chairman of MPO

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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Citrus County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard was appointed Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) vice-chairman for 2018. Each year, the vice-chairman rotates between a board member from Hernando and Citrus County. 

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a federally mandated and federally funded transportation policy-making organization that is made up of representatives from local government and governmental transportation authorities. 

The MPO ensures regional cooperation in transportation planning. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through the MPO and ensure that existing and future expenditures of governmental funds for transportation projects and programs are based on a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process.

Commissioner Kinnard also serves as 1st vice-chairman of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners and is currently treasurer of the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority Board. For more information on the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners visit:

http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/commissioners.htm

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