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15th Annual Healthy Living Fair a Success!

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

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Citrus County Support Services held their 15th annual Healthy Living Fair on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Citrus County Resource Center in Lecanto. This year’s grand prize, a 32 Inch Flat Screen Smart TV, donated by Home Instead Senior Care went to winner Martin Feldberg (on left) who was presented his prize by Tanya Kerner representing Home Instead Senior Care. 

Approximately 300 community members attended the Healthy Living Fair, with over 60 vendors participating.  Proceeds from this popular event benefit “No Seniors Left Waiting” Program.

Adopt-a-Tree Continues Tradition of a Festive Christmas Event that Helps Families in Need

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

Citrus County Parks and Recreation has opened the Adopt-a-Tree program- the annual cause that community members can join to donate Christmas trees to families in need. Here’s how it works: it’s $20 for one fresh Christmas tree and you may adopt as many as you would like.

You must purchase the tree or trees no later than December 2nd and there will be a tree trimming ceremony on Friday, December 13th from 2 to 5 pm at Central Ridge Community Park located at 952 Lake Beverly Drive, where the best trees will then be judged in a contest and receive trophies. Bring decorations to trim your tree or pay an extra $25 for the elves to decorate it for you. No glass or food ornaments please! They mean it- the glass breaks and the wildlife will get into the food ornaments. The trees will remain on display for a couple of days for the community to admire before being delivered to families previously chosen by local nonprofit organizations.

“We’re excited to reintroduce the Adopt-a-Tree program to the community this holiday season and we’re doing something new this year,” said Andrea Cuccaro, the division’s Recreation Program Specialist. “At sundown, after the tree trimming contest closes, Parks and Recreation will host a free holiday movie in the park: The Polar Express. Folks are welcome to just show up for the film, too,” she added. “We’ll have the Frosty Freeze food truck on hand selling warm drinks and food,” Cuccaro concluded.

The Adopt-a-Tree program offers a low price for tree sponsors that is part of a ten-year partnership with Lowe’s. Manager Tim Graff at Lowe’s helped to initiate the program several years ago. The Beverly Hills Craftsman's Guild has been manufacturing and installing the Christmas tree stands. “The Guild performs this service as a means to support the county," said Dan Creamer of the Guild.

To adopt your tree, or for more information, call the Citrus County Parks and Recreation office at (352) 527-7540.

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 11, and daily through Friday, November 15.

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 11, and daily through Friday, November 15.

Possible overnight flagging operation, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday, November 3, and nightly through Friday, November 8.

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 11, and daily through Friday, November 15.

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, November 11, and daily through Friday, November 15.

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 11, and daily through Friday, November 15.

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.

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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