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A Child is Waiting-Volunteer with Guardian ad Litem

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

For most of us, the holiday season is a time to be with family and friends, sharing traditions and celebrations.  But for children in dependency, it is a stark reminder of what it means to not have a family. 

In the 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Marion, Lake, Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties, more than 2,100 children are involved with our local dependency courts due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.   The majority have been removed from their homes due to their parents’ abuse of drugs and alcohol.   While most of these children reside with willing relatives, many are placed in foster or group homes, far away from things familiar.  Far away from the usual and customary traditions the holiday season brings to most of us.  Far away from the joy brought about by receiving a long anticipated gift. 

The greatest gift these children can receive beyond December 25th is to either be reunified with their family or find their forever family through adoption.  As a Volunteer Guardian ad Litem, we can help give a child a gift for life.  As a trained volunteer, Guardians ad Litem are assigned to an abused or neglected child, whose case is involved with the courts.   They are charged with advocating for the child so that he/she is safe and protected and given the chance to live in a stable, loving home. 

Guardian ad Litem Volunteers make a profound difference in the life of a child.  Research has shown that children with a GAL spend less time in out of home care, receive needed services to help them heal and are more likely to be adopted.

This Christmas season as you are with your family, remember those children without a family and give the gift that will last a lifetime – a voice for these children.

To find out more about volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem, visit our website at

Commissioner Kitchen to Hold Town Hall Series in 2018

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

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Citrus County Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Ron Kitchen has announced he will be holding a series of Town Hall Meetings in Citrus County during 2018. 

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 8 – Floral City Library

Thursday, March 22 – Central Ridge Library

Thursday, April 5 – Citrus Springs Community Center

Thursday, April 12 – Homosassa Library

Thursday, April 26 – Coastal Region Library

All events will be held 5:30pm to 7:00pm and are open to the public.

For more information, please call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at (352) 527-5484.

Applicants Invited for Open Seats on Tourism Development Council

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for three expiring positions on the Citrus County Tourist Development Council, two of which are owners/operators of tourist accommodations in the county and one applicant must have a demonstrated interest in tourism development.  Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County. The three Tourist Development Council member positions will expire January 31, 2022.

The council is responsible for overseeing the spending of bed tax revenue, providing operational oversight for the Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau, implementing a Tourist Development Plan, and making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on tourism-related issues.

Six members of the council are persons who are involved in the tourist industry and who have demonstrated an interest in tourist development.  Of those six, four are owners or operators of tourist accommodations in the county and subject to the Tourist Development Tax.  One member is a representative from the Board of County Commissioners.  Two members are elected municipal officials.

The Tourist Development Council meets at 9:00 A.M. on the second Wednesday of every month. 

Applications will be accepted until January 3, 2018. Application can be found at: .  

Applications should be mailed to:

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
Denise Gallagher
Citrus County Administration
3600 W. Sovereign Path
Suite 267
Lecanto, FL 34461

Applications that meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection. For additional questions contact Marti Spewock at the Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau at (352) 794-5506 for more information.


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