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SWFWMD Governing Board to Meet in Brooksville

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

SWFWMD Governing Board to Meet in Brooksville

Water supply planning workshop to start at 9 a.m.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. The meeting will immediately follow a water supply planning workshop. Both meetings will take place at the District Headquarters, located at 2379 Broad Street in Brooksville.

To view the Governing Board meeting online, visit and click on the “Live Video Stream” link. The video stream link becomes active and the live video feed begins approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time. 

The meeting agenda and meeting materials are posted one week before the meeting, and can be found online at by clicking on the “Go to District Calendar” link.

County Names New Director of Engineering

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

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Citrus County Department of Public Works has named Mark A. Young as the new Director of Engineering. Young officially started his new position on Monday, October 28, 2019. 

With over twenty years of experience in engineering, Young was a Professor at the University of Miami in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering for a period of thirteen years during his career.

Immediately before coming to Citrus County, Young worked for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina as Engineering Supervisor in Engineering Services - Roadway Design and Construction. Prior to that position, he was City Engineer for the City of Morganton, North Carolina.

Young is a graduate of the University of Miami with Bachelor of Science degrees in Architectural and Civil Engineering, while also completing course work toward a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering specific to Biomechanics and Human Factors.

Young and his wife live in Inverness and have three successful adult sons. 

First Quilts of Valor Presentation held in Citrus County

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

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Left to Right: Vernon Ivey, Veteran of the United States Air Force, Served in Desert Storm; Christy with “Gracie’s Girls”; Calvin Elder, Veteran of the United States Navy, Served in the Korean War; Tucker with “Gracie’s Girls”

Christy and Tucker with “Gracie’s Girls” Bushnell Chapter, Quilts of Valor (QOV) made a presentation of patriotic, hand-made quilts on Thursday, November 14, 2019 to veterans at the East Citrus Community Center in Inverness.  This presentation was the first of its kind in Citrus County.

The quilts were presented in a ceremony where the service member or veteran is “covered” with his or her quilt to honor their sacrifices and service.  The recipients at this ceremony were Vernon Ivey who served in the United States Air Force and Calvin Elder who served in the United States Navy, both residents of Citrus County.

The mission of Quilts of Valor is to cover service members or veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.  Each quilt is hand-made with appreciation and love in every stitch.  The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream. Founder Catherine Roberts’ son Nat was deployed in Iraq. The first QOV was awarded in November 2003 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) to a young soldier from Minnesota who had lost his leg in Iraq. The group’s mission statement reads, “The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”

Carolyn Adanti, Community Center Coordinator at East Citrus Community Center contacted Gracie’s Girls about Citrus County participating in the Quilts of Valor program and honoring service members living in the county.  Carolyn says that more of these ceremonies are planned for 2020, and she hopes to honor many more veterans and service members who have served our country heroically.  


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