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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. 

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