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Fourth Annual Community Leadership Summit a Success

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

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The fourth annual Community Leadership Summit took place Friday, January 18, 2019 at the College of Central Florida, Citrus Campus in Lecanto. Commissioner and Chairman Jeff Kinnard presided over the collaborative event that brought together the County Commission, Citrus County School Board, City of Crystal River Council and City of Inverness Council.

This full day event provides an opportunity for community leaders to discuss, plan and prioritize mutual programs, projects and issues facing Citrus County while looking to the future. The day also lends itself to relationship building and each year the participation from all groups has grown.

BOCC Chairman Jeff Kinnard to Hold Town Hall Series in 2019

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

Citrus County Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Jeff Kinnard has announced he will be holding a series of Town Hall Meetings in Citrus County during 2019.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, February 21 - Citrus Springs Community Center 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Thursday, February 28 - Central Ridge Library 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 6 - Coastal Region Library 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Tuesday, March 19 - Homosassa Library 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Thursday, March 21 - Lakes Region Library 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Thursday, March 28 - Floral City Library 5:30pm to 7:00pm

All events are open to the public.

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

Citrus County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board to Meet

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

The Citrus County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) of the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Citrus Transit Center, 1300 South Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, Florida.

Items on the agenda include:

•             2019 Annual Election of Officers and Appointments

•             Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Eligibility

•             Key Center Update

•             Citrus Transit Quarterly Report

All meetings are open to the public.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus MPO, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013, or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.  The meeting agenda will be published approximately one week prior to the meet date was www.hernandocitrusmpo.us.

Clerk Warns of Deed Scam

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

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Angela Vick, your Clerk, would like to warn the citizens of Citrus County of a potential deed copy scam. Recently, a local citizen brought to our attention a mail solicitation received from a company offering to provide a property profile and a copy of the deed recorded in the homeowner’s name. Companies offering these services are charging exorbitant fees. The Clerk’s office does not request payment for recorded property deeds via mail. Stay alert to all suspicious mailings, phone calls and emails and be aware of scams or potential scams.

Citizens may acquire certified copies of deeds for $1.00 per page and $2.00 for the certification; a cost significantly less than the fees these companies are advertising. Uncertified copies of deeds are also available for $1.00 per page.

The Clerk’s office is available to respond to questions regarding property deeds and the cost of obtaining a copy. Please feel free to contact the Official Records Department in our office at (352) 341-6424 or stop by the Clerk Annex, located at 120 N. Montgomery Avenue, Inverness, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in February 2019

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 February 5, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  The University of Florida developed the 9 basic principles to establish 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.

SOILS: The garden foundation

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on February 19, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  The components of Florida’s soils and geology need to be considered when making landscaping installation and best management choices.  The soils pH, proper fertilization choices and appropriate supplemental irrigation practices can impact the sustainability of our ornamental gardens.  Learn ways to effectively manage plants growing in sandy Florida soils.  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: 2019

The Salvation Army will have their Cold Weather Shelter open Tuesday, January 29, 2019.  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.

Open Houses to view Draft Preliminary Flood Maps Scheduled

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

Draft preliminary digital Flood Hazard Maps for Citrus and Hernando Counties are ready for public viewing and open houses have been scheduled by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

Residents and property owners in Citrus and Hernando Counties can see draft preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for coastal areas at two scheduled public open houses on February 5, 2019 and February 6, 2019.

FIRMs show the potential extent and risks of flooding. They will be used to determine flood insurance premiums and building requirements. At the open houses, you can learn about your risk of flooding and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for your property. You can also meet one-on-one with specialists to discuss flood risk, flood insurance, appeals, mitigation options, and engineering behind the flood insurance study. Home and business owners, renters, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, surveyors, and insurance agents are encouraged to attend.

The open house dates, times and locations are:

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 4pm – 7pm

National Guard Armory

8551 W Venable St.

Crystal River, FL 34429

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 4pm – 7pm

Rao Musunuru, MD Conference Center

5290 Hunters Lake Rd.

Spring Hill, FL 34606

Residents of Citrus and Hernando Counties can attend either open house. Property lookup information for both counties will be available at both open houses. 

The new preliminary FIRMs were developed through a partnership between the communities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They are based on updated modeling data and show coastal flood hazards more accurately than previous maps.

The goal is to inform property owners and the community of their flood risks. Over time, these risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, watershed conditions, and other factors. Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes.

By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on buildings that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. Standard homeowners, business owners, and renters insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage; consequently, flood insurance is an important consideration for everyone with coastal property.

Flood insurance policies can be purchased from any state-licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Call the National Flood Insurance Program Help Center at 800-427-4661 or visit www.floodsmart.gov for more information.

If you need any reasonable accommodations at the open house, please contact FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights at fema-reasonable-accomodations@fema.dhs.gov to m

Citrus County Fire Rescue Marine 24 brings the last of the stranded boaters to shore.

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

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On Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 10:40am Citrus County Fire Rescue was dispatched to a report of a small boat that was stranded in poor weather conditions with 3 children on board west of the Barge canal in Crystal River. The owner of the boat called 911 and advised he was stuck in the grass flats and was not reachable by regular boat. Severe conditions consisting of an extremely low tide, steady rain and 45 degree temperatures hampered rescue crews.

Citrus County Fire Rescue units Marine 9 (Derosa) and Marine 24 (Floral City) responded along with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and a US Coast Guard vessel (Yankeetown). While enroute, units were advised that a 2 year old child on the boat had become unresponsive. It was later discovered this information was incorrect. Marine 24, which is an airboat, was used to shuttle the people to the waiting rescue boats. They were then taken to shore and assessed by units from Levy County EMS and Nature Coast EMS for hypothermia and released. In total, there were 5 adults and 4 children ages 2-13 years old that were rescued.


Child advocate volunteers sought for Guardian ad Litem program

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

The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is currently in desperate need of volunteers to be advocates for abused, neglected or abandoned children whose cases are in the court system. A GAL is a trained volunteer appointed by the court to advocate on behalf of a child. The GAL becomes familiar with the child’s case and makes recommendations to help ensure a safe, stable and permanent environment for the child.             

“Over 675 children in Hernando and Citrus Counties have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment or neglect. GAL volunteers make a profound difference in the life of these children by helping judges decide whether a child should be reunited with his or her family, remain in foster care or in the worst of circumstances, placed for adoption,” said Marcia Hilty, Circuit Director of GAL Program for 5th Judicial Circuit. “They make sure important services are provided. Simply put, a GAL volunteer makes sure everyone does what is best for the child.” Research has shown that a child whose case is being heard in dependency court is assigned to a GAL volunteer; they spend less time in foster care and do better in school. However, there are more children in the system than volunteers to serve them at this time.            

Eligible volunteers must be 21 years of age and older, successfully complete the pre-service training program and be cleared of any serious criminal history via a level II criminal background check. A GAL must complete 30 hours of pre-service training. On average, volunteers should expect to spend 10-15 hours a month on a case, and most cases last 10-12 months. The volunteer works as part of a team, including a volunteer supervisor and program attorney.           

The next GAL training will be in Weeki Wachee, Hernando County on March 8 and 9, 2019.  All participants must complete an application and screening process prior to training.  To become a volunteer contact Diana Gisonni at 352-812-6971 or email diana.gisonni@gal.fl.gov

Citrus County Water Utilities Warns Citizens to be Aware of Scams!

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

Don’t be fooled – stay safe! Citrus County Water Utilities would like to inform residents that the department is NOT sending postcards to residents advising them to change their water system. Stay alert to all suspicious mailings, phone calls and emails and be aware of scams or potential scams. If you have questions call Citrus County Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at 352-527-5484.

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