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First BOCC meeting in June on a Monday

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will be holding its first meeting next month on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the regular time of 1:00pm at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave. Inverness, Fl. 34450. The BOCC is rescheduling this public meeting from Tuesday to Monday due to the annual Florida Association of Counties Conference and Educational Exposition in Orlando, Florida.  

Citrus County Animal Services to Participate in Tampa Bay Regional Mega Pet Adoption Event

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

For the first time in history, five counties team up for a three-day adoption event to help Florida’s homeless pets find their forever homes.

The very first Tampa Bay Mega Adoption Event, a collaboration between five counties, will be held at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, May 17–19, 2019. Tampa-area municipal shelters from Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Hernando and Citrus counties will be there helping over 700 cats and dogs find their forever homes.

Admission to attend the event is free and adoption fees will be waived, thanks to the sponsorship of Best Friends Animal Society and the Hillsborough Pet Resources Foundation. “From puppies and kittens to sweet adults and seniors, we’ll have the perfect pet for everybody at the Tampa Bay Mega Adoption Event,” said Kenny Lamberti, Southeast Regional Director for Best Friends Animal Society. “Adoption is not only the most humane option when it comes to bringing home a new best friend, it’s also very cost effective, as all the pets at our event will be fixed, vaccinated, and microchipped. They’re ready for their new homes immediately.”

Unfortunately, nearly 2,200 cats and dogs are killed in US shelters daily simply because there is no space. There are five states that make up fifty percent of the killing in the country; Florida is in the top five. The collaboration between organizations to host a mega adoption event is an important component of making Florida a no-kill state. “It’s important for municipal animal shelters and rescues to work together since we all have the same mission—to save more animals, place them into loving homes and bring the nation to no-kill by 2025. There’s no reason animals should have to die in shelters simply due to lack of space,” Lamberti said. “Adoption events like these not only help animals get adopted into homes, but also shows the power of communities coming together to save lives.”

The Tampa Bay Mega Adoption Event will be held at Hernando County Fairgrounds 6436 US Hwy 41, Brooksville, FL 34601 on Friday, May 17 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participating shelters include Pasco County Animal Services, Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, Polk County Animal Control, Citrus County Animal Services, Humane Society of the Nature Coast and Hernando County Animal Services. All animals will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and ready to go home the day of the event.

About Best Friends Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 2,500 animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from an estimated 17 million per year to about 800,000. Determined to bring the country to no-kill by the year 2025, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

To become a fan of Best Friends on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety. Follow Best Friends on Twitter (@BestFriends) and Instagram (@BestFriendsAnimalSociety).

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
Long-term single lane closures. One lane in each direction will remain open to traffic. 

W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway
Possible intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17.

W. Cardinal Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway
Possible intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17.

W. Glen Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway
Possible intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17.

Grover Cleveland Boulevard in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway
Possible intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17.

Homosassa Trail/CR 490 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway
Possible intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17.

W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway
Full road closure, 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 15. If necessary to complete the work, this closure will also occur from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Thursday, May 16.

Detour information
W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480 traffic coming from the east wishing to access the west side of W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480 will be directed Lecanto Highway/CR 491, travel north on Lecanto Highway/CR 491 to W. Cardinal Street, travel west on W. Cardinal Street to US 19/US 98 and travel east on US 19/US 998 to access W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480.

W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480 traffic coming from the west wishing to access the eastside of W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480 will be directed to US 98, travel north on US 19/US 98 to W. Cardinal Street, travel east on W. Cardinal Street and travel south on Lecanto Highway/CR 491 to access W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480.

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. Whippoorwill Street will be directed 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.

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. 

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