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County Offices Closed in Observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday

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

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, 2019 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

•             The Citrus County Central Landfill will be closed on Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving Day.  Friday, November 29, the Landfill will close at 2:30pm, Administration Office are closed and NO Hazardous Waste Drop Offs will be accepted. On Saturday, November 30, the landfill will operate at regular hours, which are 8:00am to 2:30pm.

For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s website at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm

•             All branches of the Citrus County Library System will be closed November 28 and 29, 2019. Normal hours will resume Saturday, November 30, 2019.

•             Citrus County Transit will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, 2019.

•             Animal Services will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, 2019.

•             Citrus County Veterans Services Office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, 2019.

•             Bicentennial Pool will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, 2019.

Extension to offer Matter of Balance Class in 2020

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

Are you concerned about falling?  Join UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County for Matter of Balance. 

WHO:    Have you turned down a chance to go out with friends or family because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall?  If so, A Matter of Balance is a program for you.

WHAT:  Matter of Balance Class                

WHEN:  Fridays, starting January 10, 2020 until February 28, 2020. Two sessions will be offered, session 1 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or session 2 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, please choose one. Classes are held once a week for 8 weeks for 2 hours each. 

WHERE: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. 

WHY:     Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with friends and family. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

Pre-registration is required and is first come first serve so call early. 

For more information or to register, contact the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.

Join the UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension for a FREE Pressure Cooking Class

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

Join the UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension for a FREE Pressure Cooking Class

WHO:                    Anyone can participate in the workshop

WHAT:                 Electric Pressure Cooking            

WHEN:                  January 7, 2020 from 10:30am-12:00pm

WHERE:                Central Ridge Public Library located at 425 W Roosevelt Blvd, Beverly Hills, FL 34465

Do you have an electric pressure cooker or have been thinking about getting one, but have questions or concerns? Attend our FREE informational class on January 7, 2020 from 10:30am-12:00pm at the Central Ridge Public Library located at 425 W Roosevelt Blvd, Beverly Hills, FL 34465. Pre-registration is required and the class is limited to 55 participants so register early.

To register online: ElectricPressureCooking.eventbrite.com

For more information or to register, contact Stephanie at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.

“For-Hire” Fishing Workshop to be offered

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

New and established charter captains and fishing guides are invited to attend the 6th annual “For-Hire” fishing workshop from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, January 31, 2019 at the Marine Science Station, 12646 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, Florida.

Connect with experts in the community and get answers to business questions and challenges to keep you ahead of the competition.  Hear some new ideas and proven advice to grow your fishing business. Workshop topics will include a Captain’s discussion, fisheries update, and sustainability of the Nature Coast.

The pre-registration fee of $35 (payable by check, cash, or online) includes materials, lunch, and refreshments.

To register and pay on-line: 6thCaptains-Guides-Workshop.eventbrite.com

Make checks payable to “Citrus County BOCC” and mail or pay in person at: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto, FL 34461. 

 For more information, contact Sarah Ellis or Stephanie Clamer at 352-527-5700.     

First Time Homebuyer’s Class to be Offered in 2020

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

Looking to purchase your first home?  Join UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County for the First Time Homebuyer’s class.

WHO:    Anyone looking to purchase a home and has not owned a home for 3 years or more         

WHAT: First Time Homebuyer’s Class                    

WHEN:  Thursday’s, January 23 – February 13 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

WHERE: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. 

WHY:     Citrus County First Time Homebuyer’s class is being offered by UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County.  Participants who attend the entire program will receive a Certificate of Completion that is required for first time homebuyer assistance programs. 

The class is HUD approved and encompasses the entire home buying process including preparing your credit and finances, shopping for a home, home inspection, fair housing, available loan products, loan pre-approval, and closing. Childcare is not available.

To register online: cchomebuyer3.eventbrite.com

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

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 daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, November 25, and Tuesday, November 26.

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, November 25, and Tuesday, November 26.

Possible overnight flagging operation, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday, November 24, and nightly through Tuesday, November 26.

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, November 25, and Tuesday, November 26.

Grover Cleveland Boulevard in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible overnight single lane closure, 8 p.m. Sunday, November 24, to 5:30 a.m. Monday, November 25.

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, November 25, and Tuesday, November 26.

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, November 25, and Tuesday, November 26.

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 scheduled to end at 5:30 a.m. Monday, November 25.

Overnight full road closure, 8 p.m. Sunday, November 24, to 5:30 a.m. Monday, November 25.

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

Permanent closure of the section pertaining to the job limits scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday, November 24.

* Please note, this permanent closure will only take place after S. Corbett Avenue opens.

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.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: 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 W. Cardinal Street and a partial interchange at SR 44, one wildlife crossing and four wildlife culverts, 15 new bridges, 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.

Accepting Applications for Vacancy on Water & Wastewater Authority

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

Water & Wastewater Authority

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for one Alternate Member for a term ending January 31, 2021, to serve on the Citrus County Water & Wastewater Authority. This board provides for regulation of private, for-profit water, bulk water and wastewater utilities within the unincorporated areas of Citrus County. Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County.

The authority consists of five members; three members are technical members and two members are lay members.  The lay member positions are appointed on the basis of individual civic pride and integrity. Although experience in any area of relevant utility service and management, rate making, utility regulation or other endeavors is not required, applicants for the lay member position may be appointed from the same area of expertise as technical members. The Water & Wastewater Authority meets quarterly at 1:00 pm. on the first Monday of February, May, August and November at the Lecanto Government Building in Lecanto. 

Applications will be accepted until December 20, 2019.   Applications which meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection. 

Applications can be found at http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf and completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto FL 34461.

Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to meet

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 West Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, FL, 34461.

Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to:

•             2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) – Adoption

•             Consultant Work Scope – Traffic Count Program

•             Citrus Traffic Counts

•             Committee Appointments

•             Federal Transit Authority (FTA) 5305 (d) Allocation for FY 2020, UPWP Amendment, TIP Modification

Approximately one week prior to the meeting the meeting agenda may be viewed online at:  www.hernandocounty.us and/or http://www.hernandocounty.us/hernandocitrusmpo

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013, or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

Seeking applications for member positions on the Historical Resources Advisory Board (HRAB)

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

Historical Resources Advisory Board (HRAB)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Historical Resources Advisory Board.  Historical Resources Advisory Board is seeking two qualified regular members to complete two-year terms that will expire on January 31, 2022.

Eligible applicants must reside full time and own property within Citrus County.

The Historical Resources Advisory Board meets the first Wednesday of every other month at 4:00 pm at the Lecanto Government Building, located at 3600 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto. The purpose of this board is protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of improvements or sites of special character or special architectural, archeological or historic interest or value is in the interest and general welfare of the public.

Applications are due by December 31, 2019 and can be accessed at:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf

Completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461. 

Seeking applications for member positions on the Code Review & Appeals Board (CRAB)

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

Code Review & Appeals Board (CRAB)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Code Review and Appeals Board.  Code Review and Appeals Board is seeking three qualified regular members to complete four-year terms that will expire on January 31, 2024.

Eligible applicants must reside full time and own property within Citrus County.

The Code Review & Appeals Board is required to meet at a minimum once per year and may meet on an as-needed basis at the Lecanto Government Building, located at 3600 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto. The Code Review and Appeals Board reviews any locally proposed technical amendments to building standards or regulations and makes recommendations to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners.  It also hears appeals of code interpretations and makes decisions on variations and modifications concerning technical codes and standards.  It makes recommendations to the BOCC on changes to Article II, Chapter 18 of the Citrus County Code of Ordinances.

Applications are due by December 31, 2019 and can be accessed at:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf

Completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461.

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