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One free Evening Florida-friendly gardening workshop in October

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 October 16, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm.  The University of Florida developed the 9 basic principles, establishing 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.

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in October

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 October 8, 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 October 22, 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.


Medicare 101: ARE YOU APPROACHING 65? HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICARE?

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

Join UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County and SHINE at this free event on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6pm located at the Extension office at 3650 S Sovereign Path, Lecanto 34461 to learn about Medicare and your options.

Get answers to your Medicare questions, concerns, and options from a knowledgeable unbiased source. What to do about Medicare can be one of the most complex questions you face when you reach 65. Understanding the basics can provide you with the ability to take the proper steps when required and helps you to deal with problems when you need to.

For more information or to register, contact Sarah or Stephanie at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700 or register online at: CitrusMedicare101.eventbrite.com.

Save Water, Energy, and Money While You Shower Better

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

If you’re celebrating Energy Action Month this October, you might be interested to know that your shower could be sending energy, water, and money down the drain each day. Showering accounts for 20 percent of our residential indoor water use, or nearly 40 gallons per household per day. Energy is also required to heat that water, so every drop you save can result in energy and utility bill savings.

This October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Citrus County Utilities are also promoting Shower Better Month to encourage homeowners to take one simple action: replace an old showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model. Whether you are remodeling your bathroom or just looking for ways to save energy, water, and money, look for the WaterSense label on showerheads that use 20 percent less water and are independently certified to provide the spray force and water coverage for a satisfying shower.

A WaterSense labeled showerhead will save the average family more than $70 in annual energy and water costs and 2,700 gallons of water per year, or the amount it takes to wash 88 loads of laundry. With less energy required to heat your shower water, your family can also save enough electricity to run the television for more than a year, or to power your entire home for 11 days!

You can save even more on a WaterSense labeled showerhead during Shower Better month. Stop by the Citrus County Government building in Lecanto for a free Water Sense labeled showerhead, while supplies last. Interested in deals on other WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures. Visit the WaterSense website at bit.ly/RebateFinder.


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

New traffic pattern: two lane, two-way traffic through the construction zone beginning at 9 p.m., Sunday, September 29 to 5 p.m., Friday, October 4. Follow the traffic signage and messages.

W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, September 30, and daily through Friday, October 4.

W. Cardinal Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, September 30, and daily through Friday, October 4.

W. Glen Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, September 30, and daily through Friday, October 4.

Possible overnight flagging operation, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday, September 29, and nightly through Friday, October 4.

Grover Cleveland Boulevard in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, September 30, and daily through Friday, October 4.

Homosassa Trail/CR 490 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, September 30, and daily through Friday, October 4.

S. Sunnyview Point at W. Cardinal Street

Long-term closure

Detour information:

· S. Sunnyview Point traffic wishing to access W. Cardinal Street will be directed to travel west on Access Road F to S. Frank Meyer Point, travel north on S. Frank Meyer Point to the W. Cardinal Street diversion road and travel west on the diversion road to access W. Cardinal Street.

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. Grover Cleveland Boulevard will be directed to 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.

W. Whippoorwill Street

Intermittent flagging operations.

W. Oaklawn Street between S. Red Wing Avenue and S. Hardwood Terrace at Suncoast Parkway

Permanent closure of the section pertaining to the job limits.

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. 

Citrus County Parks and Recreation is Hosting Weekly Open Kickball

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

Citrus County Parks and Recreation , every Tuesday, has brought back free weekly open coed kickball game night at Bicentennial Park Field 5 located at 501 N. Baseball Point Crystal River, FL 34429 Players must be 17 and older to join the game. Players can just show up week to week, game nights will go on through October 15th.

“We’re excited to bring back kickball in an open format. This will provide an opportunity for those who don’t have a team to meet new people and potential new teammates,” said Manny Coimbre, Sports and Events Coordinator. “The open format welcomes Citrus County residents who may be new to, or looking to, participate in a recreational activity that is fun and simple.”

“I used to play in a league in Seattle and made a lot of friends that way when I was new to town,” added Andrea Cuccaro the Division’s Recreation Program Specialist. “I had a blast. Teams used to come up with their own team names and jerseys, along with taunt cheers, songs, and silly dances to tease their rivals before the game. Everyone had a good time, and even folks without a history in sports could get in on the fun.”

Citrus County Parks and Recreation staff will facilitate the games, bring supplies and control the scoreboard. Come on out and bring your friends, snacks, and game face. No alcohol is allowed on the premises, but you can bring peanuts and crackerjacks.

Players can follow the Citrus County Facebook page to check on game day for notices of occasional weather related cancellations. For more information, call (352) 527-7540.

Stage Under the Stars is a New Spotlight for Local Talent

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

Citrus County Parks and Recreation has hosting their successful Summer Stage and September Stage Open Mic Nights since June inside Central Ridge Community Center. Now that it’s getting cooler, the big news is that the Open Mic event is moving to the outdoor stage, “Stage Under the Stars!” will be held Wednesdays, October 30 and November 27, across the street at Central Ridge Community Park, at 952 Lake Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, Fl. 34465. Make sure to bring a chair, cushion, or blanket for seating! Local food vendor, Java and Vine, will have their trailer there with coffee and snacks for purchase.

“I’ve attended open mics all my life, and was excited to create this new program for Citrus County Parks and Recreation,” said Andrea Cuccaro, the Division’s Recreation Program Specialist. “I couldn’t be happier with the community’s response over the summer. It’s amazing how many talented local performers there are and through open mic events we can give them a voice locally,” she added.

“The summer events started with a crowd of thirty and just six performers in June, and now we have triple the performers and triple the crowd just four months later,” said Manny Coimbre, Sports and Events Coordinator for the division. “It’s been really satisfying to take Open Mic a step further and extend offers to local talent to open for our concert series acts,” he added.

Local singer Presley Lawson will be opening for the presentation of The Doors of Perception this Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 West Citrus Springs Boulevard in Citrus Springs. “I want to thank the Citrus County Parks and Recreation team for putting on the Open Mic nights, which have given me and some of my singer/songwriting friends a place to showcase new songs. Citrus County has so many talented musicians and songwriters, the Open Mic provides opportunity for local talents to showcase their new songs and new covers in front of an audience,” said singer/songwriter Presley Lawson. 


Chris and Rob, a talented Homosassa band duo, will be opening for Absolute Queen Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 West Citrus Springs Boulevard in Citrus Springs. “Open Mic has been an awesome experience for me, introducing me to over ten different local artists in just the three short months. In this business, it is important to network with other artists. Providing me with the opportunity to open for the “Doors of Perception” tribute band, allows me to gain exposure to not only another artist from out of town but also their followers and residents of the community that did not make it out to the Open Mic nights. I appreciate the investment that the Citrus County Parks and Recreation is putting into the local music scene, with so much talent around this is a great way to showcase some of our local musicians as well as broadening the entertainment scene for Citrus County,” Lawson concluded.

Check out Citrus County Parks and Recreation’s concert series by following the Citrus County Facebook page. For more information, call (352) 527-7540

BOCC Proclaims September Recovery Month in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Renee Teaster and  representatives from the Citrus County Anti-Drug Coalition

Mental and substance use disorders, including co-occurring disorders affect all communities nationwide, but with commitment and support, people with these disorders can achieve healthy lifestyles and lead rewarding lives in recovery. By seeking help, people who experience mental and/or substance use disorders can embark on a new path toward improved health and overall wellness. As a community, friends and relatives can help recognize the signs and guide those in need to appropriate treatment and recovery support through licensed providers, social service agencies, and community support groups.

The focus of National Recovery Month this September is to celebrate their journey with the theme, Join

the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger. Recovery Month raises awareness, educates communities, promotes resources, while helping to spread the message that treatment is effective, and people can, and do recover every day.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County, Florida proclaim the month of September 2019 as Recovery Month in Citrus County, Florida and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

BOCC Proclaims September as Senior Center Month in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioner; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith with Janice Hale Citrus County Senior Programs Supervisor and Senior Center citizen representatives; Front Row:  Joyce Ritter, Basil McGlashen, Janice Hale, Middle Row:  Carmelita Strong, Bonnie McEwen, Pauline Smith, Virginia Mow, Mary Quigley, Back Row:  Richard Harvey, Laura Touchton, Eddie Roberts, attending to represent Citrus County’s Senior Centers, but not in the picture: Sue Goddard, Mary Ann Hixon and Robert Dove

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 10, 2019, proclaiming September of 2019 as Senior Center Month in Citrus County. Senior centers are the first place citizens of Citrus County turn to for valuable programs, activities, and access to benefits and services. Senior centers provide for learning and socialization with peers, as well as offering tools and resources to help manage personal health and finances, leading to continued independence. Senior centers provide opportunities for Learning, Independence, Friendship, and Energy and recognizes the special contributions of the senior center participants, and the special efforts of the staff and volunteers who work every day to enhance the well-being of the older citizens of our community. The Board of County Commissioners recognizes September 2019 as Senior Center Month in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

BOCC Proclaims September 21 - 28 as Save Our Waters Week in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Citrus County Water Conservation Manager Debra Burden, and representatives from Save Our Waters and Keep Citrus County Beautiful; Susan Metcalfe, Carol Shapot, Cheryl Phillips, Stephen Barbieri, Lace Blue-McLean

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 10, 2019, proclaiming the week of September 21 - 28 of 2019 as Save Our Waters Week in Citrus County. Citrus County treasures the God-given water resources of our aquifers, springs, rivers, lakes and coastal estuaries that are interconnected essential elements of our physical situation, which we share with wildlife and our beautiful abundant plant life. All citizens of Citrus County depend on the quality and quantity of our waters for personal hygiene, home services, agriculture, business pursuits and occupations. Our waters are also a highly valued resource for boating, swimming, fishing, and diving for both residents and visitors alike.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 10, 2019 proclaiming the week of September 21- 28 as Save Our Waters Week and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens. 

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