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Three Citrus County Commissioners Named to State Task Forces

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

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Citrus County BOCC Chairman Jeff Kinnard

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Commissioner Scott Carnahan

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Commissioner Ronald E. Kitchen Jr.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is pleased to announce the members of the three Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) corridor task forces. The three corridor task forces are the; Southwest-Central Florida Connector, extending from Collier County to Polk County; Suncoast Connector, extending from Citrus County to Jefferson County and the Northern Turnpike Connector, extending from the northern terminus of the Florida Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway. Senate Bill 7068 required FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. to make the appointments, which include state and local officials, environmental stakeholders and members of the community. Each task force will make high-level recommendations for their respective area. 

Citrus County BOCC Chairman Jeff Kinnard, in his capacity as Chairman of the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Commissioner Ronald E. Kitchen Jr., in his capacity as Chairman of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) and Commissioner Scott Carnahan, in his capacity of Local Government Official, have been appointed to serve on the Suncoast Connector Task Force.

Citrus County BOCCC Chairman Jeff Kinnard in his capacity as Chairman of the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and Commissioner Scott Carnahan, in his capacity of Local Government Official, have been appointed to serve on the Northern Turnpike Connector Task Force.

The purpose of the M-CORES program is to revitalize rural communities, encourage job creation, and provide regional connectivity while leveraging technology, enhancing quality of life and public safety, and protecting the environment and natural resources. The objective of the program is to advance the construction of regional corridors that are intended to accommodate multiple modes of transportation and multiple types of infrastructure.

“I am pleased to take this first step in appointing the members of the three task forces. Each corridor task force is charged with issuing their recommendations in a final report by October 1, 2020,” said FDOT Secretary Thibault. “We are looking forward to the consensus building collaboration of the three task force teams. Please monitor our website for more information at www.FloridaMCORES.com. We will have many opportunities for public engagement during the task force meetings, as well as at public workshops, and this website. Public engagement is a priority.”

Please visit link for the names and background information of the members of each task force:

• Suncoast Connector Task Force at http://floridamcores.com/suncoast-connector-task-force/

• Northern Turnpike Connector Task Force at http://floridamcores.com/northern-turnpike-connector-task-force/

• Southwest-Central Florida Connector Task Force at http://floridamcores.com/southwest-central-florida-connector-task-force/

Petco Foundation to Help Citrus County Animal Services Make Their Holiday Wishes Come True

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

Adopters share how your pet brightens your life for a chance to help Citrus County Animal Services win up to a $100,000 grant award!

Pets brighten our lives. The Petco Foundation, in partnership with BOBS from Skechers, is giving qualified animal welfare organizations across the country a way to brighten this upcoming holiday season by granting more than $750,000. Anyone who has adopted a pet from Citrus County Animal Services is invited to submit a story of how their adopted pet brightens their life to help give Citrus County Animal Services the opportunity to receive up to a $100,000 grand prize grant award. Finalist awards will also be given ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, and adopters with winning submissions will receive up to a $1,000 Petco shopping spree to pamper their pets and BOBS from Skechers shoes for themselves. 

“We’re asking anyone who has adopted a pet from Citrus County Animal Services to help us earn a grant this holiday season from the Petco Foundation by sharing their story,” said Colleen Yarbrough “You can help our holiday wishes come true by simply sharing how your pet brightens your life each and every day.” 

Stories should highlight how pets brighten their adopter’s lives, in big and small ways, and should celebrate the love of their pet. Submissions must include photos to illustrate the story and can include video as well. Adopters should contact Citrus County Animal Services for the organization’s point of contact, email and phone number to include in their submission. Adopters are also encouraged to visit the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes webpage for more information, to read stories from previous winners, and to complete their submission.

The deadline to submit a story is Monday, September 23, 2019, at noon CST. Winners will be announced during the holiday season. For a full list of prizes and for submission FAQs, visit petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes. Since 2013, nearly $4 million in Holiday Wishes grants have been awarded to help make the holidays brighter for pets in need during the holiday season and year-round. For more information, visit petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes and join the conversation on social media using #HolidayWishes and #BrighterTogether.

Road Closure Announcement for W Plantation Lane

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

Citrus County Road Maintenance has closed W Plantation Lane in Crystal River from N Hourglass Terrace to N Michaelmas Terrace. A detour will direct vehicles from W Plantation Lane south on N Hourglass Terrace to W Pimpernel Lane, then north on N Michaelmas Terrace back to W Plantation Lane.

This road is closed until further notice. If you have any questions, you may reach the Road Maintenance Office at 527-7610.

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