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Hurricane Irma Citrus County Relief Center Open

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County has opened the Hurricane Irma Citrus County Relief Center at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto, FL. 34461 with FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialists available to help people register for FEMA assistance.   The Citrus County Relief Center will be open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, until further notice, including weekends.  Citrus County Department of Community Services staff will also be on hand to answer citizen questions.  Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster-relief organization.  Federal disaster aid does not affect other government benefits, such as Social Security and Medicaid, and is not considered taxable income.  Only one person per household is eligible to register.  Survivors must use the name that appears on their Social Security cards when registering with FEMA.

Applicants will be asked for the following information:

•           Social Security number

•           Address of the damaged home or apartment

•           Description of the damage

•           Information about insurance coverage

•           A current contact telephone number

•           An address where they can receive mail

•           Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Irma, beginning Sept. 4.

If you preregistered with FEMA, you do not have to apply again. You may also register for Individual Disaster Assistance online at, or on the FEMA Mobile App, or by calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.

Florida Department of Health in Citrus County Relocating Clinical Services

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Florida Department of Health in Citrus County will be relocating its clinical services from Inverness to Lecanto beginning on October 6, 2017. In an effort to provide more efficient clinical services for clients in Citrus

County, the Florida Department of Health will be relocating many of its programs from its Inverness Clinic to its main offices in Lecanto, Florida- effective Friday, October 6. This change will not affect the quality or type of services offered; only the location the clients can be served. With the exception of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, the following services will only be available at the Lecanto Clinic:



HIV and AIDS Drug Assistance Program

Communicable Disease & Tuberculosis Surveillance

Family Planning and Contraception Services

Pregnancy Care

Healthy Start

Environmental Public Health

Public Health Preparedness

Community Outreach

Birth & Death Certificates

Clients of the Department's WIC Program, and other nutrition education services, can still receive care at both locations: Inverness and Lecanto. Additionally, clients of these services should see improvements as other clinical services are relocated to Lecanto. The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County apologizes for any inconvenience this move may cause. For questions and/or comments regarding services affected, please contact our main information line at: (352) 527-0068, Option 0.

Citrus County Fire Rescue Updated Contact Information

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County Fire Rescue has updated its contact information as follows:

  • Fire Rescue main line phone number: 352-527-5406
  • Fire Rescue Offices are located at: 3600 W Sovereign Path Suite 141 Lecanto FL, 34461
  • New website address is:
  • Any fire report or (Insurance Service Office) Fire property rating ISO questions to contact Linda Fritz at: 352-527-5529.

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum to Host Florida Humanities Speaker Series

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Don’t miss the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 2017-2018 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, featuring fascinating programs about Florida’s history, culture, and people. Presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, this series will showcase five engaging talks and performances, starting in October 2017 and ending in April 2018. Admission to each is free. Due to limited seating please call to make your reservation or for information at 352-341-6428. All programs will be hosted at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, 1 Courthouse Square, downtown Inverness on the Square.

The series will touch on a wide range of topics, including a historical journey into Florida’s Spanish colonial life and the influence that the Black Seminoles played later in our area during the Second Seminole War, an exploration of manatees—Florida’s beloved sea cows, lighthouses and the role they played in our state, as well the many myths of Chief Osceola, and lastly Carrie-Sue Ayvar will introduce us to Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida and her unbelievable but true tales of south Florida. 

The first Speaker Event of the Series: October 19, 7 p.m.: " The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles" African slaves have often risked life and limb to escape southern slavery, but their options for sanctuary were extremely limited. Some fled to the Caribbean, while others fled south and joined forces with another group of freedom-seekers: the Seminoles, who played a significant role in the history of our area. Dr. Rosalyn Howard will examine the African influence on Florida’s iconic tribe, as well as the related Caribbean diaspora.


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