BOCC recognizes female veterans

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Feb. 27 proclaimed the week of March 11 through 17 as Women Veterans Recognition Week.

The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Ron Kitchen, First Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Second Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Scott Carnahan and Jimmie T. Smith, with representatives of local Women Veterans Organizations. (Feb. 27, 2018)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Feb. 27 proclaimed the week of March 11 through 17 as Women Veterans Recognition Week.

Florida has the third largest population of women veterans in the United States, being home to 154,000 women veterans making up more than 9 percent of the veteran population in Florida, and Citrus County is home to over 1,500 women veterans.

Citrus County recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of women veterans while in uniform and joins the State of Florida and the nation in honoring the invaluable impact that women veterans make both locally and throughout the world.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March 11 through 17, 2018 as Women Veterans Recognition Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.


PSC: Storm costs won’t increase Duke Energy customers’ bills

The Florida PSC has turned away a requested bill increase of $5.20 per month for a typical Duke Energy Florida, LLC (DEF) residential customers, but there’s a caveat in that ruling.

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today turned away a requested bill increase of $5.20 per month for a typical Duke Energy Florida, LLC (DEF) residential customer, instead accepting a negotiated plan to use new federal tax benefits to prevent the increase.

A bill surcharge originally was requested to pay an estimated $513.2 million in restoration costs from Hurricanes Irma and Nate, which the company was authorized to seek approval to begin recovering March 1 under a 2017 rate case settlement negotiated by the Public Counsel and other customer representatives. That same agreement also provided that customers would benefit from any tax savings DEF might realize from proposed federal tax reform.

After federal tax cuts passed in late 2017, Duke Energy reached an agreement with the customer representatives that prevents adding the storm charge to bills by applying the new tax savings earlier than required. The PSC today chose that alternative, avoiding a bill increase.

“The federal tax cuts happened pretty abruptly,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “Everyone had to move fast to take advantage of the opportunity to keep customers’ bills from going up on March 1. It’s a success story.”

All parties in the 2017 DEF rate case settlement supported the new plan to prevent a bill increase, including the Office of Public Counsel, the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, PCS White Springs Agricultural Chemicals, Inc., Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and the Florida Retail Federation.

Hurricane Irma was a historic hurricane that caused damage in September 2017 across Florida with strong winds, power outages, coastal surge flooding, and rainfall. Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast in October 2017.

DEF provides service to approximately 1.8 million customers in a 13,000 square-mile service area in Florida.

Related development

In a related PSC ruling, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today declared immediate jurisdiction to determine whether the federal tax savings Florida utilities are reaping as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Act) must be returned to customers.

The Act took effect Jan. 1, 2018 and reduces the federal corporate income tax rate from 35 to 21 percent.

The PSC action preserves its authority to flow back any savings to customers, and applies to all investor-owned utilities (IOUs)—electric, water/wastewater, and natural gas—that do not already have rate case settlements giving tax reform benefits to ratepayers. Actual amounts will be determined after a hearing.

Today’s vote came in response to a Jan. 9 petition by Office of Public Counsel, and is effective immediately.

“Today we drove a stake in the ground,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “The urgent need was to assert our jurisdiction to determine who should rightly benefit from any tax savings. Now we can embark on a deliberative process to make sure customers are treated fairly.”

Previous rate case settlements for Duke Energy Florida, LLC; Tampa Electric Company; Gulf Power Company; and Florida Public Utilities Company contain provisions for flowing tax cut benefits back to customers, and that process will go forward in accordance with each settlement’s terms.



Arlington Street recycling drop-off location to close

Citrus County has been asked by the land owner to remove recycling containers from the Single-Stream Recycling Drop off site located at Arlington Street Just off US 41 in Inverness.

This will be effective February 23, 2018. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Please visit for a list of available singl- stream recycling drop off locations in Citrus County.

For further information please contact the Solid Waste Department at 527-7670.


Inverness announces 2018 events

The Inverness Event & Visitor Bureau announces its signature events, monthly Friday Night Thunder dates and community events. All events are rain or shine and subject to change. Details on events will be found online at Questions? (352) 341-7820



MLK Unity Walk

Church without Walls & City of Inverness

Valerie Theatre, 207 Courthouse Square, Inverness Jan. 15, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Contact: Doug

(352) 344-2425

Valerie Theatre start to Liberty Park. Note the Valerie Theatre will show the motion picture Selma that morning, and please call or visit the theatre for free tickets.



Military Service Memorial Opening 

City of Inverness with local veteran groups

Inverness Government Center January 20, 2018 11 a.m.

This event will unveil a significant memorial in downtown Inverness. The sculpture is of male and female soldier and features a piece of the fallen Saddam Hussein statue from Iraq brought back by U.S. military leaders. City leaders have partnered with local veterans to welcome the Sculptor Scott Stearman and Gary O’Neal, author of American Warrior, the true story of a legendary Ranger, to speak about this memorial. Open to the public. We encourage all military and veterans to attend this patriotic ceremony.


Citrus Got Talent        

January 27, 2018

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Valerie Theater, Inverness

Citrus County Talent Show

15 Finalists – 5 in each of 3 age categories


Inverness St. Patrick’s Festival  March 17, 2018 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

1 Courthouse Square, Inverness Largest west central Florida St. Patrick’s celebration with live music by Seven Nations, large parade and local merchant crawl.


Inverness Big Bass Classic March 24, 2018 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness

Draws over 100 anglers to Lake Henderson in hopes of reeling in the biggest bass. One of the largest non-professional fishing tournaments in the state.


Sunshine Grand Prix

March 22-25, 2018

Locations, times and activities to be announced


The Taste  April 14, 2018

12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness

Qualifier for the World Food Championship. The best of the best to win the chance to compete in the World’s biggest food competition. Brings in notable Florida food bloggers to judge the wide array of food. Craft beer tasting and some proceeds to benefit the Citrus County Education Foundation.


Inverness Patriotic Evening July 3, 2018

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness, Florida and

Wallace Brooks Park, 208 N. Mill Ave., Inverness, Florida

(352) 341-7820

Celebration will start at 7 p.m., with live entertainment and a large firework display over Lake Henderson will take place at dark.

Pine Street Jam Parrot Head Party Aug. 4, 2018

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

(352) 341-7820

Pine Ave. & Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida

The downtown is transformed into a Margaritaville-themed street party with live music, by the Caribbean Chillers, street performers, local restaurant and pub specials and a parrot-themed scavenger hunt, ugliest Hawaiian shirt contest, games and more!

Cooter Festival 3-Day Music Festival

October 26-28, 2018

Location TBD

(352) 341-7820

Inverness Festival of the Arts

November 3-4, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours, and closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday

1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida

(352) 341-7820

Juried art show featuring fine arts and crafts the first weekend in November, and is the longestrunning show in the county.

Inverness Grand Prix & Motorsport Festival November 16-17, 2018 Friday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida

(352) 341-7820

Friday night concert and entertainment. Saturday kicks-off the street races in the morning with karts reaching as high as 65 miles per hour on city streets.

Light Up Inverness! Old Fashioned Christmas December 14, 2018 5p.m. – 8 p.m.

1 Courthouse Square, Inverness

An old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting event on Courthouse Square with music, elves, Santa and snow.

Friday Night Thunder

1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL

(352) 341-7820

The Citrus MOPAR Club hosts a car cruise-in and the City has live music in the downtown the third Friday of every month.

  • 19, 2018 Friday Night Thunder with TC and Sass live
  • 16, 2018 Friday Night Thunder Celebrates Black History Month with Rhythm Express
  • March 16, 2018 a special St. Patrick’s celebration
  • April 20, 2018 Friday Night Thunder Goes Green with Duke Energy, Band Groove 41
  • May 18, 2018 Friday Night Thunder with the Jo Jo Jones Band
  • June 15, 2018 Friday Night Thunder with MOPAR DJ
  • July 20, 2018 Friday Night Thunder with Elvis DJ Celebrates Citrus Memorial Hospital
  • August 17, 2018 TBD
  • September 21, 2018 Band TBD
  • October 19, 2018 Band TBD
  • November 16, 2018 Band TBD
  • December 21, 2018 Christmas Singers Jim and Michele