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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. 

The BOCC proclaims POW/MIA Recognition Day 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, are pictured with Bob Bruno, President of Rolling Thunder Chapter 7

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 10, 2019 proclaiming September 20 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Citrus County

Florida residents have served honorably in the nation’s Armed Forces, and many of Florida’s brave men and women are considered missing in action, causing a grateful nation to mourn their fates. The POW/MIA flag is flown in Citrus County as a powerful reminder of those who so faithfully served our country and September 20 has been set aside as a time to reflect and pay tribute to Floridians who, in the act of serving our nation, selflessly relinquished their freedom so we may enjoy the blessings of liberty and peace.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaims September 20, 2019 as “POW/MIA Recognition Day” and encourages all citizens to honor and pay tribute to all POW/MIA’s for their extraordinary sacrifice and bravery on the field of battle.

Fort Island Gulf Beach Closed until further Notice – Boat Ramp Remains Open

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

Due to discrepancies in two different water testing results in the past week, in an abundance of caution, Citrus County Parks and Recreation has announced Fort Island Gulf Beach will be closed until further notice. The Fort Island Gulf Beach Boat Ramp will remain open to the public.  Water at the beach will be retested on Monday, September 30.  Signage has been posted at the beach.

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