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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Representatives from Citrus County nonprofit organizations. (November 14, 2017)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on November 14, 2017, proclaiming November 11 – 19, 2017 as National Hunger and Homelessness Week in Citrus County.  

On January 24, 2017, members of the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition’s Continuum of Care identified 133 households with 175 people who were literally homeless. The Citrus County School System reported 600 students were identified as homeless based on the Department of Education’s homeless definition.

Farm-City Week in Citrus County

The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with James Brooks, Marnie Ward and Representative from Hernando-Citrus County Farm Bureau. (November 14, 2017)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on November 14, 2017, proclaiming November 15-22, 2017 as National Farm-City Week in Citrus County.  

American farmers and ranchers help feed the world by producing a bounty of nutritious foods. To do this, they rely upon essential partnerships with urban and suburban communities to supply, sell and deliver finished products across the country and around the globe, as they contribute to the health and well-being of our country and to strengthen our economy.

TOP VIDEO: Hurricane Irma Lessons

Citrus County Commissioner Ron E. Kitchen Jr., District 3

Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen Jr. on Tuesday told fellow commissioners about a Nov. 13 meeting of the Tampa Bay Regional Council to discuss lessons learned from Hurricane Irma.

Kitchen represents Citrus County on the council.

Out of those discussions, the council fomulated possible Legislative priorities to make the state more prepared for future hurricanes. Part of those discussions included hurricane evacuation routes and, Kitchen said, the Suncoast Parkway extension project through Citrus County was also discussed as being a priority.

BOCC supports female war memorial in Homosassa

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday gave its support for a proposed war memorial in honor of women who have served in the military.

The proposed memorial will be located in the area of the Old Homosassa War Memorial.

Mark Long, Old Homosassa Veterans Memorial Committee, said the new memorial will be paid for with private donations. And Bill Andrews, Treasurer for the organization, added that the land has been vacant for five years.

The county commission also:

Trouble reported to BOCC by Pine Ridge residents

Pine Ridge residents took their complaints to the Citrus County Commission on Tuesday.

Residents who live in the area of West Calico and West Conestoga told commissioners tales of intimidation and threats made to them by drivers coming from a 42-acre parcel behind their area.

Yulee Drive Sidewalk Project moves forward

The Yulee Drive Sidewalk Project in Homosassa continues to move forward. 

The sidewalk construction is a Department of Transportation (DOT) Local Agency Program (LAP) project. 

LAP projects are federally funded which means the planning and approval stages takes longer, and are more complicated, than with a locally funded project of the same size and scope. 

Here’s where the project is at this time:

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