Virtual information meeting for Suncoast Parkway Cardinal Interchange planning

BOCC SealCitrus County Growth Management Department has created a virtual Information Meeting for the Suncoast Parkway 2 Cardinal Interchange available at, located on the homepage under Recent News or at Youtube

The virtual meeting is a narrated PowerPoint presentation by Assistant County Administrator Steve Lachnicht and Growth Management Director Michael Sherman, AICP.

The presentation includes instructions for public input.

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Ongoing drug investigation catches more in its snare

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The Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has completed Quarter Three of Operation Coin Toss, a comprehensive operation with the objective of cracking down on the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics within Citrus County.

The sheriff’s office said today that the team added 22 new names on the roster this quarter, and also had time to follow up on previous quarters by making an additional 16 arrests for probation violations.

The CCSO also made another interception with the largest recorded heroin bust in agency history.

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Deputy-involved shooting in Beverly Hills

Shortly before 2 p.m. on May 22, deputies responded to a call for a service at a home on Filmore Street in Beverly Hills in response to a suspect breaking car windows.

When deputies arrived, the suspect displayed deadly force. As a result, the deputy on scene fired his weapon to neutralize the threat

“This was a very dangerous situation that risked the lives of dozens of innocent people and consumed our full-attention in order to protect our citizens,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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Parks, pets refresher for county residents

Citrus County Parks and Recreation has reopened the parks and beaches for summer time activity.

For the health and safety of our citizens and furry friends here’s a refresher of a few simple Do’s and Don’ts for pet owners who bring their dog to a county park.

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2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

The 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis.

This year’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, May 29, 2020, and extends through Thursday, June 4, 2020.

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Gym at Central Ridge Community Center to reopen

Citrus County is pleased to announce the reopening of the Gym at the Central Ridge Community Center, 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills.

The gym will reopen on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, by appointment only.  Please call 352-746-4882 to schedule your time slot.

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COVID-19 business survey results released

OCALA, Fla. (May 18, 2020) — The College of Central Florida, the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership and the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau have released the findings of a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local economy.

The COVID-19 Business Impact Survey was distributed by the CEP from April 13-23. The survey was designed to allow business executives to voice their concerns about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on their business.

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Old Courthouse Heritage Museum reopens

Citrus County is pleased to announce the reopening of the Historic Citrus County Courthouse, the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, and the Citrus County Archives at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, by appointment.

The museum will be scheduling tours at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00, Monday – Friday, with special senior tours at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Family tours will be 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. There will be signage throughout the Museum encouraging social distancing, and CDC recommendations.

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USDA wants more stuff in your fuel

Washington, D.C., May 15, 2020 – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched an online portal to begin accepting applications for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grants.

USDA plans to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the sale and availability of ethanol and biodiesel fuels.

“As the coronavirus response continues, America’s energy independence has proven critical to our economic security now more than ever,” Deputy Secretary Censky said.

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