News and Announcements

Free Mulch Now Available at Landfill

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

The Division of Solid Waste management has just finished processing yard waste into reusable mulch which is now available free of charge to Citrus County residents while supplies last.

Two types of mulch are available:

Fine-grade - suitable for top dressing plants / shrubs and incorporating into composts / potting soils and useful for top-dressing lawns.

Coarse-grade - suitable for retarding weed growth and for driveways / garden paths, as it drains quickly. 

Loading options for mulch:

-self-loading mulch is available during all hours of Landfill operation.

-Customers requesting vehicles and/or trailers to be machine loaded by county staff is available.

-Tuesday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

-Must have tarp to cover material and entrance ticket from the Scale house.

There are many uses for yard waste processed into landscaping mulch, but here are a few examples:

-Driveways

-Trails & paths

-Temporary parking lots

-Dust control

-Prevents erosion of soil from heavy rains

-Reduce evaporation of soil moisture during dry periods

-Cool the soil during hot summer months

-Protect trees from injury by mechanical equipment

-Reduce soil compaction

For more information please visit our website at: https://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/programs/mulch.htm

Aviation Advisory Board Canceled for December

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

The Aviation Advisory Board meeting that is scheduled for Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in room 166 of the Lecanto Government Building has been canceled. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Aviation Advisory Board will be Thursday, January 10, 2019. The public is invited to attend.

Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter to Open Monday and Tuesday Evenings

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

The National Weather Service, Tampa Bay, Ruskin Office, has forecasted a low overnight of 38 for Citrus County.  Wind chill values as low as 33 early Tuesday morning.    Tuesday night the low will be 34 degrees.   With that, The Salvation Army will have their Cold Weather Shelter open this evening, Monday, December 10, 2018 and Tuesday evening, December 11, 2018. The shelter is open 7pm to 7am and is located at The Salvation Army, 712 S. School Avenue, Lecanto, FL 34461. 

Remember, someone seeking cold weather shelter can go to any Citrus County Bus Stop at the last pickup time, and the driver will drop off the person at The Salvation Army at no cost. The person will be picked up at The Salvation Army the following morning and taken back to the same area.

If you have any questions, please contact The Salvation Army directly at 352-513-4960.

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in January 2019

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

Right plant, right place

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on January 8, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm.   Once established the right plant is often sustainable without additional supplemental watering.  Choosing appropriate plant materials, planting them correctly and managing them wisely, ensures a gardens success. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

Creating a Florida-friendly Landscape

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on January 22, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Plan before you plant is an important concept when developing sustainable garden ideas.  Basic principles of landscape design include site evaluation, selection and placement of the ‘right plant’ and establishment practices for newly installed sustainable gardens.  “What is and how to create a Florida-friendly Landscape” is the theme of this workshop.    Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter to Open

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

The National Weather Service, Tampa Bay, Ruskin Office, has forecasted a low overnight of 34 degrees for Citrus County.  Wind chill values as low as 29 early Thursday morning. The Salvation Army will have their Cold Weather Shelter open this evening, Wednesday, December 5, 2018.  The shelter is open 7pm to 7am and is located at The Salvation Army, 712 S. School Avenue, Lecanto, FL 34461. 

Remember, someone seeking cold weather shelter can go to any Citrus County Bus Stop at the last pickup time, and the driver will drop off the person at The Salvation Army at no cost. The person will be picked up at The Salvation Army the following morning and taken back to the same area.

If you have any questions, please contact The Salvation Army directly at 352-513-4960.

Prizes for Water Conservation Posters

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

Citrus County Utilities is seeking student participation in the 2019 Drop Savers poster contest.  Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to create a poster depicting a water-saving idea, in slogan form, drawing form, or both.  Posters must focus on how to use less water and encourage water-conservation behaviors. 

A twenty-five-dollar cash prize will be awarded to the county-wide first place winners in each of the five divisions.  Posters will be judged by grade level as follows: Division 1- kindergarten and first grades; Division 2 - second and third grades; Division 3 - fourth and fifth grades; Division 4 - sixth, seventh and eighth grades; Division 5 - ninth through twelfth grades.  A fifty-dollar cash prize will be awarded to each division winner’s school to be used for art supplies, as well as a plaque displaying the winning artwork.

Applications and posters must be received by 5 p.m. on February 22, 2019.  Mail or deliver submissions to 3600 W Sovereign Path, Suite 202, Lecanto, FL 34461.  For an application and contest guidelines call (352) 527-7684 or visit: www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/conservation.  

The Citrus County Utilities poster contest is part of the Keep Citrus County Beautiful annual Save Our Waters Week campaign and the Florida Section of American Water Works Association statewide Drop Savers poster contest.  

The BOCC proclaims Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured recognizing Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on December 4, 2018, proclaiming December 7, 2018 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Citrus County and marking the seventy-seventh anniversary of that historic event.

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy and Air Force attacked units of the armed forces of the United States, stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than two thousand citizens of the United States were killed and more than one thousand citizens of the United States were wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor which precipitated the entry of the United States into World War II.

The veterans of World War II and all other citizens of Citrus County commemorate December 7th in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, instilling in all people a greater understanding and appreciation of the selfless sacrifice of the individuals who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor and those who served at Pearl Harbor and continued to distinguish themselves in the armed force of the United State during World War II.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims December 7, 2018 as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” in Citrus County, Florida and calls these observances to the attention of all our citizens.

Nature Coast Volunteer Center, hosting Healthy Food Drive in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Our local food pantries often find their stock of non-perishable food items depleted after the holidays. The Nature Coast Volunteer Center and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is holding a food drive in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who once asked “What are you doing for others?” Our goal is to help our local food pantries serve the citizens of Citrus County by providing nutritional food for their families.

Non-perishable food donations will be collected December 22, 2018 through January 19, 2019. Collection boxes will be set up around the county, including: Citrus County Resource Center in Lecanto, all Citrus County Libraries, and four Community Centers. For a complete list of collection locations, please call (352) 527-5959.

Martin Luther King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and opportunity for all and voiced that everyone has a role to play making America what it ought to be. By serving on this day and throughout the year we honor Dr. King and help realize his dream of equality and opportunity for all. We are encouraging residents to gather friends, neighbors, church groups, clubs and civic organizations to join us in supporting these projects by registering to volunteer.

The public is welcome to join us 10:00 – noon on Tuesday, January 22, 2018 at the Central Ridge Community Center to sort, count and pack the non-perishables that will go out to our local pantries. There will be light refreshments at the event, and you are encouraged to register ahead of time. Organizers of this special Day of Service are the Nature Coast Volunteer Center, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, and the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact the Nature Coast Volunteer Center at (352)527-5959 or via e-mail at ncvc@citrusbocc.com.

Citrus County Partnering with Finding Rover

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

Citrus County Animal Services joins the ranks of shelters in using facial recognition technology to identify lost dogs and cats. Citrus County Animal Shelter now offers our community an additional tool to help lost and adoptable dogs and cats find their forever home. 

Now every dog and cat that enters the Citrus County shelter system becomes registered on Finding Rover. Users of Finding Rover can search the shelter and surrounding areas right from their smartphone or computer in efforts to find their missing pet, a neighbor’s missing pet, the family of a found pet, or search for adoptable pets.

Every dog and cat that leaves, through a reunion or an adoption, can remain protected on Finding Rover when the pet parent registers on Finding Rover with the same email address that the shelter has on file. If that dog or cat ever gets lost, their record will already be in the system, and identifying that pet will be a snap.

Registration of your pet is FREE and as simple as 1, 2, 3! Just go to www.FindingRover.com and:

1.            Upload your pet’s photo

2.            Enter a few details about your pet

3.            Enter your name, email address, and zip code

That is it! Once your pets are registered, they are protected for life.

“Dogs and cats are beloved family members, and if he or she goes missing, it can be devastating to everyone involved. We want to do everything we can to safeguard our pets from being lost forever. Registering on Finding Rover is another step all pet parents should take to further protect their furry family members.” — John Polimeno, CEO and Founder of Finding Rover. 

When a community comes together on Finding Rover, more dogs and cats can find home. Please help more pets find home and spread the word.

In addition to helping lost pets fine home, Finding Rover also features dogs and cats that are available for adoption! Find your next family member with Finding Rover!

You can view Citrus County’s found and adoptable pets with just a click on the Finding Rover Facebook Widget and on the Website Widget!

Want to become a partner for FREE, place more dogs and cats from your shelter or rescue quickly, and reunite more pets with their families? It's simple! Just complete the online form at www.FindingRover.com/partners

Helpful links:

Finding Rover is online at www.FindingRover.com

Finding Rover is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FindingRover/

Finding Rover is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/findingrover

Together our community can become the NUMBER ONE user of this new technology. Register for FREE on Finding Rover today and help spread the word! The more people that are registered on Finding Rover, the more we can all help reunite lost dogs and cats with their families and place adoptable pets in now homes. In doing this we can all help to save more lives!

County takes Court Action against Property Owner

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

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new ordinance 2.jpg 2 photos of 4734 N Apache Trail, Hernando, taken November 29, 2018

 Citrus County Code Compliance Director Scott McKinney and staff, along with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4734 N Apache Trail in Hernando on Thursday, November 29, 2018 regarding several code violations. The property owner was issued multiple citations for the violations found on the property. One of which will require a mandatory court appearance (the accumulation of junk and debris)

The case for the accumulation of junk and debris has been ongoing since January of 2018. The property owner was found guilty by the Code Compliance Special Master on February 26, 2018 and has been fined; however, the property owner has yet to clean the property up.

This is the first property in Citrus County cited under the Board of County Commissioners’ new ordinance. This ordinance gives Code Compliance more leverage to get neglected properties cleaned up quickly and encourages citizens to do the right thing in helping keep their neighborhoods clean, and property values up.

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