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FDOT to hold Open House for Withlacoochee Trail Connector

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

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting a public open house regarding the upcoming Withlacoochee-Dunnellon Trail Connector construction project (Financial Project Number 437349-152-01). This project involves building a multi-use trail connecting the Withlacoochee State Trail to the Dunnellon Trail. The new trail includes a pedestrian crossing at US 41 near CR 39 in Citrus County.

The Department’s contractor, Commercial Industrial Corp. has proposed an alternate design for the pedestrian crossing that will save the Department over $1 million in combined construction and utility costs. Graphics showing both the Department’s original design and the Contractor’s proposed design will be available for review at the open house. Public comment is encouraged.

The open house will be from 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Citrus Springs Community Center, Building B, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Boulevard, Citrus Springs, FL 34434.

There will be no formal presentation; therefore, we encourage you to drop in at your convenience during the above listed hours to review the project display boards and speak with project staff.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Alex Henry, Public Involvement Coordinator, by phone at (813) 975-6405, or via email at alex.henry@dot.state.fl.us at least seven (7) days before the open house. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).

For more information on this project, please email the department at roadwork@dot.state.fl.us or visit the following link: http://www.fdottampabay.com/project/290/437349-1-52-01

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

New traffic pattern: two-lane, two-way traffic through the construction zone began at 9 p.m., Sunday, September 29 and will continue through Saturday, October 12. Follow the traffic signage and messages.

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, October 7, and daily through Friday, October 11.

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, October 7, and daily through Friday, October 11.

Possible overnight flagging operation, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday, October 6, and nightly through Friday, October 11.

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, October 7, and daily through Friday, October 11.

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, October 7, and daily through Friday, October 11.

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, October 7, and daily through Friday, October 11.

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. 

Domestic Violence Awareness at the Library

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

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Citrus Libraries are partnering with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to raise awareness about this issue. On Wednesday, October 16th at 10:00am at the Central Ridge branch Sunshine Arnold, CEO of CASA will present on the effects of domestic violence on the community and tips on how to help victims with information of resources available. For more information about programs at the library visit citruslibraries.org.

Citrus County Utilities Wins 2019 WaterSense® Sustained Excellence Award

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

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Ken Cheek, Water Resources Director; Deborah Hooper, Water Conservation Specialist; Thomas McConnell, Water Conservation Specialist; Debra Burden, Water Conservation Manager; Ed Bugbee, Water Conservation Specialist; Steven Davis, FFL Program Coordinator

After achieving Partner of the Year three years in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County Utilities with a 2019 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award for its heroic efforts to defeat water waste and promote WaterSense in 2018. The utility, also known as Citrus County Department of Water Resources, received one of 25 WaterSense awards at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, October 3, 2019. 

Since 2006, Citrus County Utilities and more than 2,000 other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save more than 3.4 trillion gallons of water. That’s enough water to supply all American households for four months! In addition to water savings, WaterSense labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 462.5 billion kilowatt hours—which is enough to power more than 44.4 million homes for a year—and save $84.2 billion in water and energy bills. 

“Our partners have made water-saving products, homes, and programs accessible across the nation and have educated millions on the importance of water conservation,” said Veronica Blette, Chief, WaterSense Branch. “These WaterSense award winners are leading the fight against water waste to save our most precious resource.” 

Among its many efforts, the County held two Irrigation 101 workshops and a homeowner training in the Terra Vista community highlighting WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers and proper programming. The utility’s Schedule a Specialist (SAS) customer assistance program provided 277 residential irrigation system walk-throughs in 2018. The county has calculated that SAS participants from the previous year achieved a 25 percent decrease in water use in 2018—more than 19 million gallons! Citrus County Utilities completed 32 irrigation evaluations in collaboration with Southwest Florida Water Management District and Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority.  For Fix a Leak Week, the utility partnered with the Sugarmill Woods community to host its annual water conservation expo.  Water conservation program participants saved over 100 million gallons of water in 2018.

“Reducing water consumption through water conservation helps to preserve and protect our critical water resources and defer the costs of developing new drinking water infrastructure.  Our continuing WaterSense partnership is an important part of Citrus County’s water conservation effort,” Ken Cheek, director, Citrus County Department of Water Resources.

For more information about WaterSense, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.

15th Annual Citrus County Healthy Living Fair

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

Join Citrus County Support Services on Friday, November 8, 2019 from noon to 2:30 p.m. for the 15th Annual Healthy Living Fair, which will be held at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto. Event Sponsor for 2019 is the Citrus County Chronicle.  Registering now for additional sponsors and vendors.

Admission is free!  There will be over 50 vendors on site offering free information, health screenings, demonstrations, product sampling and door prizes.  

The Circle of Friends Gift Shop will be offering a 10% discount on the day of the event, plan to start your holiday shopping with some of their unique gift items.  

Proceeds to benefit “No Seniors Left Waiting” Program.

For information or to be a vendor or sponsor at our event, please call. 352-527-5975

Craft Donations needed for Friends of the Community Centers Annual Craft Sale

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

The Friends of the Community Centers are seeking handcrafted items for the annual craft sale that will be held in November.  If you are a crafter and would like to donate an item or items you have made, it would really help to make this annual fundraiser a big success. 

All proceeds from the sale help the “Friends” provide items that enhance our county community centers. Please drop off the items at any of our community centers.  For more information, please call Kriss at

Central Citrus Community Center at (352) 527-5942

Learn About Nature Coast Springs at the Library

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

On Tuesday, October 8th at 5:30PM the Coastal Region branch of the Citrus County Library will be hosting “The Nature Coast Lecture Series: Nature Coast Springs”. This month The Friends of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge have invited Brad Rimbey, a retired engineer and the current Vice President of the Florida Springs Council to speak about the Nature Coast Springs. He will be discussing some upcoming changes that have been proposed that will affect our local coastal waterways. Mr. Rimbey will also be outlining different steps that can be taken by others to assist in the protection of Florida waterways for generations to come. To learn more about upcoming programs and activities visit citruslibraries.org.

Fort Island Gulf Beach is Open for Water Activities

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

The Fort Island Gulf Beach has reopened as of Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Water testing results taken this week show the water is safe for swimming and all water activities.

Hernando Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization September Meeting

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization met on September 17, 2019 in a public meeting at the Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto FL. The points of interest from the meeting are below:

· The MPO Board expressed concerns regarding the need for sidewalks proximate to all schools to enhance student safety.

· The MPO Board reviewed the Citrus County Transit Development Plan (TDP) Annual Report and concurred with the submittal to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

· The MPO Board asked for more specific information regarding the travel policy at their October 30, 2019, relative to the MPO travel policy.

· The MPO appointed Brian Herrmann, Planning and Community Services Director for Crystal River, to fill the vacant Technical Advisory Committee position for the city.

· The MPO appointed Barbara A. Flora, Hernando County Citizen, to fill one of the vacant Citizen Advisory Committee positions for Hernando County, specifically a transit user.

· The MPO Board reviewed the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Preliminary Cost Feasible Plan and provided comments to the MPO’s consultant.  The final Cost Feasible Plan will be scheduled on the MPO’s October 30, 2019 meeting agenda.

· The MPO Board requested further information at their October 30, 2019, meeting regarding the MPO Budget.

The next MPO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in the Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto Florida.  Please Contact the Hernando/Citrus MPO at (352) 754-4082 for more information.

For further information regarding the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Organization, visit us at:

https://www.hernandocounty.us/departments/departments-f-m/metropolitan-planning-organization

One free Evening Florida-friendly gardening workshop in October

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

9 steps to Florida-friendly Landscaping™

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on October 16, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm.  The University of Florida developed the 9 basic principles, establishing a set of gardening practices which aid gardeners in creating sustainable and successful ornamental gardens.  These practices allow gardeners to create beautiful landscapes generating little or no impact to our water resources.  Selection of the right plant for the right location, efficient irrigation, proper fertilization and responsible pest management are several of the topics discussed during 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.

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