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Renovations of Boat Ramp to Take Place in December

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Renovations of the boat dock at MacRae’s boat ramp, located at 5290 S Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448 will commence on December 9 with completion set for December 22, 2019.  During this project, the ramp will be closed for public safety. 

Contractor American Marine will be carrying out the work, which includes encasing the dock pilings in concrete, replacing the support structure and replacing wood decking with composite. The $42,875 project cost is funded by Boater Improvement funds.

This project is part of a continued effort to maintain and improve county boat ramps. The Fort Island Trail Park ramp renovation project was completed in November 2019. There continues to be no charge to use Citrus County boat ramps and parking facilities.

Riverside Resort’s launch at 5297 S Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448 is a privately owned alternative while the county ramp is closed. There is a charge of $10 to launch which includes parking. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Citrus County Parks and Recreation office at (352)527-7540. 

W Riverwood Dr in Crystal Manor Remains Closed

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

W Riverwood Dr in Crystal Manor remains closed for repairs.

A detour will direct motorists from W Riverwood Dr to W Cockscomb Dr, south on N Daylily Terrace to W Acacia Dr, and then back to W Riverwood Dr.

Motorists are advised to use caution while in the area. If you have any questions, you may reach the Road Maintenance Office at 527-7610.

Landfill Employee Takes First Place at International Workshop Competition

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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Citrus County Solid Waste employee; Carl Ballard, Heavy Equipment Operator displaying his first place award

Congratulations to Mr. Carl Ballard, Heavy Equipment Operator for Citrus County Solid Waste who competed at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) International Road-E-O Workshop, October 24 through 25, 2019, at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona. During the conference, Carl competed in the Compactor Division and received first place in his field. Carl was invited by SWANA, all-expenses, paid to participate in the International competition after taking first place at the state level SWANA Road-E-O this past March in the Heavy Equipment Division.

More than 100 front line participants showed off their on-the-job skills operating machinery, driving trucks and repairing equipment at the 2019 International Road-E-O. Spectators enjoyed great weather watching the competition. This was the 35th anniversary of the Road-E-O and it had more participants than in years past.

The International Road E O promotes skill and safety. The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research.

The Road-E-O is a multi-day event that includes general sessions on the latest safety practices in the industry, networking events, the Road-E-O competition, awards banquet, and more. The event promotes professionalism on the part of drivers, equipment operators and mechanics in the field of Solid Waste Management and is sponsored by SWANA.  Additionally, the event promotes a spirit of competition and goodwill throughout participating organizations (municipalities, counties and private haulers).

For more than 50 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses. For more information, visit SWANA.org.

Congratulation to Carl for representing Citrus County at the international level, his first place award, and applying himself to the training provided at this year’s workshop.

Pressure Cooking Class offered in November is now at full capacity

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County Pressure Cooking Class scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Extension office at 3650 S Sovereign Path, Lecanto 34461 is now at full capacity. Please do not run press release in the future

15th Annual Healthy Living Fair a Success!

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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Citrus County Support Services held their 15th annual Healthy Living Fair on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Citrus County Resource Center in Lecanto. This year’s grand prize, a 32 Inch Flat Screen Smart TV, donated by Home Instead Senior Care went to winner Martin Feldberg (on left) who was presented his prize by Tanya Kerner representing Home Instead Senior Care. 

Approximately 300 community members attended the Healthy Living Fair, with over 60 vendors participating.  Proceeds from this popular event benefit “No Seniors Left Waiting” Program.

Adopt-a-Tree Continues Tradition of a Festive Christmas Event that Helps Families in Need

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County Parks and Recreation has opened the Adopt-a-Tree program- the annual cause that community members can join to donate Christmas trees to families in need. Here’s how it works: it’s $20 for one fresh Christmas tree and you may adopt as many as you would like.

You must purchase the tree or trees no later than December 2nd and there will be a tree trimming ceremony on Friday, December 13th from 2 to 5 pm at Central Ridge Community Park located at 952 Lake Beverly Drive, where the best trees will then be judged in a contest and receive trophies. Bring decorations to trim your tree or pay an extra $25 for the elves to decorate it for you. No glass or food ornaments please! They mean it- the glass breaks and the wildlife will get into the food ornaments. The trees will remain on display for a couple of days for the community to admire before being delivered to families previously chosen by local nonprofit organizations.

“We’re excited to reintroduce the Adopt-a-Tree program to the community this holiday season and we’re doing something new this year,” said Andrea Cuccaro, the division’s Recreation Program Specialist. “At sundown, after the tree trimming contest closes, Parks and Recreation will host a free holiday movie in the park: The Polar Express. Folks are welcome to just show up for the film, too,” she added. “We’ll have the Frosty Freeze food truck on hand selling warm drinks and food,” Cuccaro concluded.

The Adopt-a-Tree program offers a low price for tree sponsors that is part of a ten-year partnership with Lowe’s. Manager Tim Graff at Lowe’s helped to initiate the program several years ago. The Beverly Hills Craftsman's Guild has been manufacturing and installing the Christmas tree stands. “The Guild performs this service as a means to support the county," said Dan Creamer of the Guild.

To adopt your tree, or for more information, call the Citrus County Parks and Recreation office at (352) 527-7540.

Suncoast Parkway 2 Construction and Lane Closure Updates

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Florida Turnpike is advising motorists of construction along with lane closures:

Eastbound and westbound US 98 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Long-term single lane closures. One lane in each direction will remain open to traffic.

W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, November 11, and daily through Friday, November 15.

W. Cardinal Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, November 11, and daily through Friday, November 15.

Possible overnight flagging operation, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday, November 3, and nightly through Friday, November 8.

W. Glen Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, November 11, and daily through Friday, November 15.

Grover Cleveland Boulevard in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, November 11, and daily through Friday, November 15.

Homosassa Trail/CR 490 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, November 11, and daily through Friday, November 15.

S. Sunnyview Point at W. Cardinal Street

Long-term closure

Detour information:

•             S. Sunnyview Point traffic wishing to access W. Cardinal Street will be directed to travel west on Access Road F to S. Frank Meyer Point, travel north on S. Frank Meyer Point to the W. Cardinal Street diversion road and travel west on the diversion road to access W. Cardinal Street.

S. Corbett Avenue at W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard

Long-term closure

Detour information:

•             W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard traffic wishing to access S. Corbett Avenue will be directed to continue east on W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard to Lecanto Highway/CR 491, travel south on Lecanto Highway/CR 491 to S. Leisure Boulevard, travel south on S. Leisure Boulevard to W. Whippoorwill Street and travel west on W. Whippoorwill Street to access S. Corbett Avenue.

•             S. Corbett Avenue traffic wishing to access W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard will be directed to travel east on W. Whippoorwill Street to S. Leisure Boulevard, travel north on S. Leisure Boulevard to S. Lecanto Highway and travel west on S. Lecanto Highway/CR 491 to access W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard.

W. Whippoorwill Street

Intermittent flagging operations.

W. Oaklawn Street between S. Red Wing Avenue and S. Hardwood Terrace at Suncoast Parkway

Permanent closure of the section pertaining to the job limits.

The Suncoast Trail, part of Florida’s Statewide Greenways and Trails System, will also be extended from US 98 to SR 44, with a pedestrian overpass constructed over US 98. The cost for this project is approximately $135 million and it is expected to be completed in 2022. 

Road Closure on W Riverwood Dr in Crystal Manor November 13

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The road closure on W Riverwood Dr in Crystal Manor has been re-scheduled. W Riverwood Dr will be closed for repairs on Wednesday, November 13 beginning at 6:00am and scheduled to end by 7:00pm.

A detour will direct motorists from W Riverwood Dr to W Cockscomb Dr, south on N Daylily Terrace to W Acacia Dr, and then back to W Riverwood Dr.

Motorists are advised to use caution while in the area. If you have any questions, you may reach the Road Maintenance Office at 527-7610.

Relocation and Consolidation of Fairground and Animal Services Recycling Locations

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County Solid Waste has relocated and consolidated recycling bins at the Citrus County Fairgrounds and Animal Services.

The Citrus County Fair Association Board has requested a relocation of the four recycle containers located at 3600 S. Florida Ave, Inverness due to upgrades at fairground main gate entrance.

The recycling containers located at Citrus County Animal Services Shelter, 4030 S. Airport Road, Inverness will also be moved to the new location.

The recycling bins new location will be the north corner of the fairgrounds parking lot adjacent to US Highway 41 and Airport Road, Inverness.

For more information phone, 352-527-7670.

Fort Island Gulf Beach Closed until further Notice – Boat Ramp Remains Open

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Due to water testing results in the past week, in an abundance of caution, Citrus County Parks and Recreation has announced Fort Island Gulf Beach will be closed until further notice. The Fort Island Gulf Beach Boat Ramp will remain open to the public.  Signage has been posted at the beach

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