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The BOCC proclaims Gold Star Family Day

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

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Photo: The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Ron Kitchen, First Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Second Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Scott Carnahan and Jimmie T. Smith, with Linda Schlaudraff, Richard Hunt & Mickey Hunt

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 9, 2018, proclaiming October 26, 2018 as Citrus County Gold Star Family Day.

Florida and Citrus County owe a lasting debt of gratitude to those who gave their lives in service to secure the blessings of liberty. A debt of gratitude is also owed to our Gold Star Families; parents, spouses, siblings and children who have lost a loved one who made the greatest sacrifice of all in protecting our way of life.

These families will always feel the deep grief of losing that spouse, parent, sibling, son or daughter in both combat and noncombat environments; and these families are due our unwavering support and admiration for the tremendous sacrifices made. 

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes October 26, 2018 as Gold Star Family Day in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

The BOCC proclaims County Court Mediation Week

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

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Photo: The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Ron Kitchen, First Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Second Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Scott Carnahan and Jimmie T. Smith, with Volunteer Citrus County Court Mediators

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 9, 2018, proclaiming the week of October 14-20, 2018 as Citrus County Court Mediation Week.

Citrus County has been a leader in recognizing and promoting mediation as an alternative to court ligation so that individuals, businesses and neighbors may effectively and efficiently resolve disputes. Mediation is a voluntary, non-adversarial, and informed method of conflict resolution that empowers individuals and businesses to develop solutions to disputes which are mutually agreeable and tailored to their particular needs.

Mediation is taught and practiced in many of our schools not only as a means of resolving individual disputes, but also as a means of achieving a more peaceful society. Community based mediation programs strengthen relationships among Citrus County citizens by assisting in the resolution of neighborhood and community conflicts.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes October 14 - 20, 2018 as Mediation Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

The BOCC proclaims Red Ribbon Week, Bullying Prevention Month and Unity Day in Citrus County

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

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Photo: The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Ron Kitchen, First Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Second Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Scott Carnahan and Jimmie T. Smith, with representatives from the local anti-drug coalition

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 9, 2018 proclaiming the week of October 22 through 26, 2018 as Red Ribbon Week, the month of October 2018 as Bullying Prevention Month, and October 24, 2018 as Unity Day.

Substance abuse and bullying is particularly damaging to one of our most valuable resources, our children, and a contributing factor in the three leading causes of death for teenagers; accidents, homicides, and suicides. It is the goal of Red Ribbon Week, National Bullying Prevention Month, and Unity Day to involve families, schools, businesses, churches, law enforcement agencies and service organizations in all aspects of this campaign and establish an atmosphere that supports awareness, education and on-going initiatives to prevent and reduce illegal drug use and violence among youth.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes the week of October 22 through 26, 2018 as Red Ribbon Week, the month of October 2018 as Bullying Prevention Month, and October 24, 2018 as Unity Day and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

County Employee Recognized for Leadership of District 7 Utility Committee

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

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Photo L to R: Mark Schroder, Engineering; Walt Eastmond, Engineering; Angela Flowers, Engineering; Christina Malmberg, Water Resources; Cynthia Jones, Engineering; Laura A. Borgesi, Engineering; Charles Leazott, Engineering; Roger Ingall, Water Resources; Jeanette Smith, Water Resources; Dave Weber, Water Resources

Citrus County Engineering Design Technician Charles Leazott, was recognized by Citrus County Engineering Director Laura A. Borgesi, along with Engineering and Water Resources employees, for his leadership as Chairman of the District 7 Utility Liaison Committee Citrus County Utility Group at a plaque presentation on Tuesday, October 16th in Lecanto.

“It was an honor to serve as chairman for the committee,” said Leazott. “I could not have done it without the support of my colleagues here at the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners.”

The District 7 Utility Liaison Committee Citrus County Utility Group is a public/private multi-agency group that meets monthly at the courthouse in Inverness for the utility coordination of capital projects in the district. Leazott served as chairman for a one-year term.

Landscape Professionals Training Offered by Extension

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

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County will offer a one-day certification course on November 16, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office. This facility is located on the Lecanto Government complex at 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto. Florida law requires landscape professionals, especially those applying fertilizer commercially to be certified in Green Industries Best Management Practices (GIBMPs). 

Attend a GIBMP certification class and discover how landscape professionals can help protect water quality when working in the landscape.  The training program is the primary requirement to obtain the Limited Commercial Fertilizer Applicator certification.

Pre-registration is required.  Course, test and lunch are included in $25 course fee.  Register at https://citrus_gibmp_2018.eventbrite.com.  No-refunds after October 31.

After successful completion of an end of course assessment a certificate (honored statewide) will be mailed. This training may also be used to renew many Florida pesticide licenses for those working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds maintenance industries.

Suncoast Parkway 2 Construction and Lane Closure Updates

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

Florida Turnpike is advising of lane closures due to the Suncoast 2 construction project. US 98 eastbound and westbound in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway will have single lane closures, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, October 15 through Friday, October 19.

Florida’s Turnpike is constructing the Suncoast Parkway 2, a four-lane toll facility that extends the existing Suncoast Parkway northward for 13 miles from US 98 in Hernando County to SR 44 in Citrus County. The project includes constructing full interchanges at US 98 and West Cardinal Street and a partial interchange at SR 44, one wildlife crossing and four wildlife culverts, 15 new bridges, two all-electronic tolling gantries and equipment buildings, and related drainage, lighting, highway signing, traffic signalization, guardrail and sidewalk.

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. 

Friends of the Community Centers to Hold Annual Chinese Auction

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

The Friends of the Community Center will be holding their Annual Chinese Auction at Central Citrus Community Center, located in the Citrus County Resource Center(CCRC), 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL.

The auction items will be on display from Monday, October 15, 2018 to Friday, October 19, 2018 and the tickets will be on sale: #3 for $1.00, #8 for $2.00, and #25 for $5.00. 

The drawings for the items will be October 19, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. You do not need to be present to win.

The auction is full of new and gently used unique items that have been donated by members of the community centers. 

This is a Fundraiser for the “Friends” and all the proceeds from the event are used to enhance the community centers in Citrus County. Please stop by, participate, and help support the Friends of the Community Centers and the Citrus County Senior Centers.

For more information, please call Kriss, Central Citrus Community Center at (352) 527-5993.

Tourism Development Council reschedules October meeting

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

The Tourism Development Council has rescheduled their October regular meeting that had been canceled due to Hurricane Michael. The new date for the meeting is: Thursday, October 18, at 1:00 PM at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166.

Hurricane Michael County Updates:

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

•             Citrus County Transit will have normal operating hours beginning Thursday, October 11, 2018.  This will include the Deviated Fixed Route “Orange Line “as well as scheduled para transit service.

•             The West Citrus Community Center will remain closed tomorrow Thursday, October 11, 2018.

•             Central Citrus, East Citrus and Inverness Community Centers will resume meals/activities as normal on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

County Update Coastal Region Library to Close early today

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

•             Coastal Region Library Branch will close at 2:00pm today, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 due to the potential of localized street flooding and storm surge. Normal operating hours will resume for Coastal Region Branch on Thursday, October 11, 2018

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