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Daily County Update on Citrus County Essential Services

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Daily County Update on Citrus County Essential Services  

New information in RED on attachment

Citrus County Government remains open to serve our citizens. There may be limited access to building lobbies for the protection of citizens and employees. Services continue to be available by phone, email or mail.

Animal Services – Is mandating all volunteers to not come to the shelter beginning Wednesday, March 25 until further notice. We are currently delaying the intake of owner-surrendered animals to ensure we have kennel space. For more information phone (352)746-8400 or visit: www.citruscritters.com. For those who need to renew or purchase a County Pet License, we ask for you to either do so online at https://www.petdata.com/.

Extension (UF/IFAS) - is not taking any walk in clients.  Extension has started a pick up and go on our porch in front of the building.  Folks can pick up soil sample forms, then drop them back off here in the same bucket. (see attached photo)  We are also leaving materials for immediate pick up on the same bench. Samples can be left there with contact information and we will call/email identification of weeds, insects, plant identification. Staff is available by phone (352-527-5700) and email (@ citrus@ifas.ufl.edu). 

Building DepartmentThe Lecanto Government Building (LGB) lobby remains open to accept building permits, subject to the limitations in the attached link:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/plandev/building/building-division.htm. For information about the Online Express Permitting Program for licensed contractors visit,

https://www.citrusbocc.com/plandev/building/express-permits-faq.pdf .

Housing Services - The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) meeting scheduled for Thursday, April16, 2020 at 5pm at the Citrus County Resource Center has been cancelled. Staff continues to assist low-income residents with their utility bill payments by phone only. For more information, please call 352-527-7520 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Growth Management - at the Lecanto Government (LGB) the guest seating has been removed from the front lobby.  Building and planning applicants are encouraged to utilize the existing online application process or drop their building permit applications at the front counter.  Staff will retrieve the applications and process them as usual.  Questions can be answered by phone at 352-527-5310.

Library - Beginning Friday, April 3, 2020 all Libraries will be closed to the public and curbside service will be discontinued. Digital services for eBooks, eAudiobooks, and other online resources will be maintained and available 24/7 through the Library’s website at citruslibraries.org.  Additionally, library cards can be applied for online and mailed to any resident that needs access.  Staff will be available by phone to assist with questions about your account or other reference inquiries. All physical library materials currently checked out will be automatically renewed through May 1, 2020 to reduce the need for book drop returns.  Please no donations at this time. For more information, please call the branch nearest to you. 

Meals on Wheels – continues to be operational.

Parks and Recreation – All County Parks are closed. Boat ramps remain open. Bicentennial Pool, Fort Island Gulf and Hernando Beaches are closed until further notice.

Solid Waste and Landfill - The Landfill will remain open on a normal schedule until further notice. The household hazardous waste collection day scheduled for Saturday April 18, 2020 has been cancelled. For the safety of our citizens and staff the Landfill Administration building will be closed to the general public for the duration of the County’s declared state of emergency.

Transit –Fixed Route (Orange) is temporarily discontinued. Paratransit service is available, to accommodate grocery shopping, medical prescription access, and medical appointment needs for seniors as well as the general public. Social distancing will be practiced on all transit vehicles. please call (352) 527-7630 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.

Water Utilities - will not accept water and sewer utility payments in the Lecanto Government Building (LGB) lobby. Customers can either pay their bill electronically, by mail, or place payments and service requests in one of the drop boxes outside the Lecanto or Meadowcrest locations.

Burn Ban in effect for Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

With the current drought like conditions and the general state of emergency, the County has enacted a countywide burn ban beginning at 5pm on Monday, March 30, 2020 due to continuing drought conditions and the high potential for wildfires. This temporary burn ban will remain in effect until the drought-like conditions resolve. This Burn Ban includes; open burning, campfires, bonfires, fireworks, burning of yard debris, refuse and other debris. Outdoor burning is hereby banned except where the outdoor burning is being performed pursuant to an outdoor burning authorization issued by the Florida Forest Service. 

Daily County Update on Citrus County Essential Services

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

New information in RED

Citrus County Government remains open to serve our citizens. There may be limited access to building lobbies for the protection of citizens and employees. Services continue to be available by phone, email or mail.

Animal Services - mandating all volunteers to not come to the shelter beginning Wednesday, March 25 until further notice. We are currently delaying the intake of owner-surrendered animals to ensure we have kennel space. For more information phone (352)746-8400 or visit: www.citruscritters.com. For those who need to renew or purchase a County Pet License, we ask for you to either do so online at https://www.petdata.com/.

Extension (UF/IFAS) - is not taking any walk in clients.  Extension has started a pick up and go on our porch out front.  Folks can pick up soil sample forms, then drop them back off here in the same bucket. (see attached photo)  We are also leaving materials for immediate pick up on the same bench. Samples can be left there with contact information and we will call/email identification of weeds, insects, plant identification. Staff is available by phone (352-527-5700) and email (@ citrus@ifas.ufl.edu). 

Building Department – Online express permitting is available to licensed contractors. To apply for permit visit, https://www.citrusbocc.com/plandev/building/building-division.htm. For information about the program visit, https://www.citrusbocc.com/plandev/building/express-permits-faq.pdf .

Housing Services - will continue to assist low-income residents with their utility bill payments by phone only. For more information, please call 352-527-7520 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Growth Management - at the Lecanto Government (LGB) the guest seating has been removed from the front lobby.  Building and planning applicants are encouraged to utilize the existing online application process.  Applicants are being asked to use the online application process or drop their building permit applications at the front counter.  Staff will retrieve the applications and process them as usual.  Questions can be answered by phone at 352-527-5310.


Library - Beginning Saturday, March 28, the Libraries will provide curbside pick-up of pre-requested materials ONLY. The Floral City branch will be temporarily closed, but all other locations will be providing this service during regular operating hours. Items may be requested online through the library catalog and you will receive an automated call, email, or text when it is available. Floral City patrons will be able to pick up their requested items at the Lakes Region branch in Inverness. All drop-off of materials must be directed to the book drop at each location. Please, no donations at this time. For more information and access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, and additional digital resources please visit citruslibraries.org or call the branch nearest to you. 

Meals on Wheels – continues to be operational.

Parks and Recreation – All County Parks are closed. Boat ramps remain open. Bicentennial Pool, Fort Island Gulf and Hernando Beaches are closed until further notice.

Solid Waste and Landfill - reduced amount of public access in and out of the Landfill’s Administration Building (office). Landfill is operating on normal schedule.

Transit – Orange Line, all routes operational. Fixed Route (Orange) will be temporarily discontinued after Friday, March 27. Paratransit service is available, to accommodate grocery shopping, medical prescription access, and medical appointment needs for seniors as well as the general public. Social distancing will be practiced on all transit vehicles. please call (352) 527-7630 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.

Water Utilities - will not accept water and sewer utility payments in the Lecanto Government Building (LGB) lobby. Customers can either pay their bill electronically, by mail, or place payments and service requests in one of the drop boxes outside the Lecanto or Meadowcrest locations.

In addition, customers who have other business to conduct with the Utility can utilize the County’s website at https://www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/cs/customer-service.htm.

Daily County Update on Citrus County Essential Services

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

New information in RED

Citrus County Government buildings remain open at this time, although services may be alter, modified or temporarily unavailable.

Animal Services - mandating all volunteers to not come to the shelter beginning Wednesday, March 25 until further notice. We are currently delaying the intake of owner-surrendered animals to ensure we have kennel space. For more information phone (352)746-8400 or visit: www.citruscritters.com. For those who need to renew or purchase a County Pet License, we ask for you to either do so online at https://www.petdata.com/.

Extension (UF/IFAS) - is not taking any walk in clients.  Extension has started a pick up and go on our porch out front.  Folks can pick up soil sample forms, then drop them back off here in the same bucket. (see attached photo)  We are also leaving materials for immediate pick up on the same bench. Samples can be left there with contact information and we will call/email identification of weeds, insects, plant identification. Staff is available by phone (352-527-5700) and email (@ citrus@ifas.ufl.edu). 

Building Department – Online express permitting is available to licensed contractors. To apply for permit visit, https://www.citrusbocc.com/plandev/building/building-division.htm.  For information about the program visit, https://www.citrusbocc.com/plandev/building/express-permits-faq.pdf .

Housing Services - will continue to assist low-income residents with their utility bill payments by phone only. For more information, please call 352-527-7520 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Library - Please note all library branches have shifted to limited access with drop-off of library materials and pick-up of pre-requested materials ONLY.

Meals on Wheels – continues to be operational.

Parks and Recreation – All County Parks are closed. Boat ramps remain open. Bicentennial Pool, Fort Island Gulf and Hernando Beaches are closed until further notice.

April Canceled Events:

April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29: Open Volleyball (at Crest)

April 9:  Egg-streme Glow Hunt (Bicentennial Park)

April 17: Movie in the Park “Toy Story 4” (Bicentennial Park)

April 29: Open Mic Night (Central Ridge Community Center)

Solid Waste and Landfill - reduced amount of public access in and out of the Landfill’s Administration Building (office). Landfill is operating on normal schedule.

Transit – Orange Line, all routes operational. Fixed Route (Orange) will be temporarily discontinued after Friday, March 27. Paratransit service is available, to accommodate grocery shopping, medical prescription access, and medical appointment needs for seniors as well as the general public.  Social distancing will be practiced on all transit vehicles. please call (352) 527-7630 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.

Water Utilities - will not accept water and sewer utility payments in the Lecanto Government Building (LGB) lobby.  Customers can either pay their bill electronically, by mail, or place payments and service requests in one of the drop boxes outside the Lecanto or Meadowcrest locations.

April Canceled Events:

Florida-Friendly Gardening Workshops

April 7 – Managing Pests Wisely

April 21 – Right Plant, Right Place

In addition, customers who have other business to conduct with the Utility can utilize the County’s website at https://www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/cs/customer-service.htm.

Citrus County Transit Focuses on Para-transit Service

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Ridership is down significantly on the county transit system Fixed Route (Orange Line) due to the COVID-19 virus recommendations.  As of Friday, March 27, 2020, the Fixed Route System is temporarily discontinued. Transit staff will focus their efforts on providing the Para-transit option for residents.

Citrus County Transit Para-transit Service is available, to accommodate grocery shopping, medical prescription access, and medical appointment needs for seniors as well as the general public. 

The goal will be same day or next day service to meet the needs of our community.  Social distancing will be practiced on all transit vehicles.

To make a reservation, please call (352) 527-7630 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.

For Citrus County BOCC information, cancellations and postponements please visit www.citrusbocc.com and follow Facebook at @citruscountybocc. For more information on COVID-19 visit,

http://www.floridahealth.gov/ or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

COVID-19 Call Center available 24/7 at +1(866)779-6121 or email, COVID-19@flhealth.gov

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING MARCH 26

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioner (BOCC) will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 26 at 1pm at the County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave. Inverness. The meeting is open to the public. All citizens entering the courthouse for the meeting will be screened. If you are sick please stay home.

We are asking residents to stay at home and view the meeting live on Spectrum channel 643. There will be a Public Input opportunity by email, and for people who do not have access to email, a phone number is available below.

For Public Input by email:

•             Visit www.citrusbocc.com/comments for instructions and to submit your comment in writing.

•             Citizens are encouraged to submit their comment to comments@citrusbocc.com to be read into record.

•             Please include your name, town or city, and agenda item or subject you are emailing regarding in your message.

For Public Input by phone:

•             The Chairman will announce times for Public Comment.

•             Call 352-341-8795 during the BOCC Meeting. You will be placed in a queue, on hold, to wait your turn.

•             Callers will be asked for their identifying information including name and town or city. All calls will be recorded.

•             Please only call during discussion for the issue you wish to speak to, other calls will be holding.

All comments (by email and phone) are limited to the normal 3 minute per individual, 5 minute per organization rules will apply.

The public is reminded they can always view BOCC meetings, minutes and video by visiting the Citrus County BOCC meeting portal at: http://citruscountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/Media.aspx

Daily County Update on Citrus County Essential Services

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

New information in RED

Citrus County Government buildings remain open at this time, although services may be alter, modified or temporarily unavailable.

Animal Services - We are currently delaying the intake of owner-surrendered animals to ensure we have kennel space. For more information phone (352)746-8400 or visit: www.citruscritters.com. For those who need to renew or purchase a County Pet License, we ask for you to either do so online at https://www.petdata.com/.

Extension (UF/IFAS) - is not taking any walk in clients.  Staff is available by phone (352-527-5700) and email (@ citrus@ifas.ufl.edu). 

Building Department – Online express permitting is available to licensed contractors. To apply for permit visit, https://www.citrusbocc.com/plandev/building/building-division.htm.  For information about the program visit, https://www.citrusbocc.com/plandev/building/express-permits-faq.pdf .

Housing Services - will continue to assist low-income residents with their utility bill payments by phone only. For more information, please call 352-527-7520 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Library - Please note all library branches have shifted to limited access with drop-off of library materials and pick-up of pre-requested materials ONLY.

Meals on Wheels – continues to be operational.

Parks and Recreation – All County Parks are closed. Boat ramps remain open. Bicentennial Pool, Fort Island Gulf and Hernando Beaches are closed until further notice.

April Canceled Events:

April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29: Open Volleyball (at Crest)

April 9:  Egg-streme Glow Hunt (Bicentennial Park)

April 17: Movie in the Park “Toy Story 4” (Bicentennial Park)

April 29: Open Mic Night (Central Ridge Community Center)

Solid Waste and Landfill - reduced amount of public access in and out of the Landfill’s Administration Building (office). Landfill is operating on normal schedule.

Transit – Orange Line, all routes operational. Fixed Route (Orange) will be temporarily discontinued after Friday, March 27. Paratransit service is available, to accommodate grocery shopping, medical prescription access, and medical appointment needs for seniors as well as the general public.  Social distancing will be practiced on all transit vehicles. please call (352) 527-7630 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.

Water Utilities - will not accept water and sewer utility payments in the Lecanto Government Building (LGB) lobby.  Customers can either pay their bill electronically, by mail, or place payments and service requests in one of the drop boxes outside the Lecanto or Meadowcrest locations.

In addition, customers who have other business to conduct with the Utility can utilize the County’s website at https://www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/cs/customer-service.htm

Landfill Remains OPEN- Administrative Offices closed to the Public

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) declared a Local State of Emergency on March 16, 2020 due to the worldwide pandemic COVID-19 virus threat to public health locally.

In an effort to reduce the amount of public access in and out of the Landfill’s Administration Building we are asking citizens requiring assistance for the purchase of an annual self-hauler pass to do the following:

•             Log on to the County web page and print the self-hauler form www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/self-haul-pricing.htm

•             Complete the form and mail it in with a check to Solid Waste Management PO Box 340  Lecanto, Fl. 34460

•             Please allow 5 business days for mail delivery before calling to make payment

•             Customers requiring  to purchase a pass with a credit card will need to call (352)-527-7670

•             Customers requiring  to pay in cash will need to call and make an appointment (352)-527-7670

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For Citrus County BOCC information, cancellations and postponements please visit www.citrusbocc.com and follow Facebook at @citruscountybocc

ALL County Parks Closed

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Due to the COVID-19 virus, in an abundance of caution, all Citrus County Parks are closed until further notice. All restrooms are closed to the public. County boat ramps remain open.

For more Parks and Recreation information phone, 352-527-7540.

Daily Update on Citrus County Essential Services

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Citrus County Government buildings remain open at this time, although services may be alter, modified or temporarily unavailable.

Animal Services - We are currently delaying the intake of owner-surrendered animals to ensure we have kennel space. For more information phone (352)746-8400 or visit: www.citruscritters.com. For those who need to renew or purchase a County Pet License, we ask for you to either do so online at https://www.petdata.com/.

Extension (UF/IFAS) - is not taking any walk in clients.  Staff is available by phone (352-527-5700) and email (@ citrus@ifas.ufl.edu). 

Building Department – Online express permitting is available to licensed contractors. To apply for permit visit, https://www.citrusbocc.com/plandev/building/building-division.htm.  For information about the program visit, https://www.citrusbocc.com/plandev/building/express-permits-faq.pdf .

Housing Services - will continue to assist low-income residents with their utility bill payments by phone only. For more information, please call 352-527-7520 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Library - Please note all library branches have shifted to limited access with drop-off of library materials and pick-up of pre-requested materials ONLY.

Meals on Wheels – continues to be operational.

Parks and Recreation - Bicentennial Pool, Fort Island Gulf and Hernando Beaches are closed until further notice.

Transit – Orange Line, all routes operational. Paratransit service is available, to accommodate grocery shopping, medical prescription access, and medical appointment needs for seniors as well as the general public.  Social distancing will be practiced on all transit vehicles. please call (352) 527-7630 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.

Water Utilities - will not accept water and sewer utility payments in the Lecanto Government Building (LGB) lobby.  Customers can either pay their bill electronically, by mail, or place payments and service requests in one of the drop boxes outside the Lecanto or Meadowcrest locations.

In addition, customers who have other business to conduct with the Utility can utilize the County’s website at https://www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/cs/customer-service.htm.

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