Update on Citrus County essential services as of Friday

New information in RED below:

Citrus County Government remains open to serve our citizens. There may be limited access to building lobbies for the protection of citizens and employees. Services continue to be available by phone, email or mail.

Animal Services – mandating all volunteers to not come to the shelter beginning Wednesday, March 25 until further notice. We are currently delaying the intake of owner-surrendered animals to ensure we have kennel space. For more information phone (352)746-8400 or visit: www.citruscritters.com. For those who need to renew or purchase a County Pet License, we ask for you to either do so online at https://www.petdata.com/.

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Fort Island Gulf Beach closed – additional safety measures taken

Due to the COVID-19 virus, in an abundance of caution, Citrus County Parks and Recreation reminds everyone that Fort Island Gulf Beach remains closed until further notice.

The Fort Island Gulf Beach Boat Ramp will remain open to the public.  All restrooms are closed to the public.

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County government buildings remain open

Citrus County Government buildings remain open at this time, although services may be altered, modified or temporarily unavailable.

Please note all library branches have shifted to limited access, with drop-off of library materials and pick-up of pre-requested materials ONLY.

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Animal Services updates

Due to unexpected shortage in medical and surgical supplies during the national response to COVID-19 pandemic, Citrus County Animal Services, unfortunately, has to suspend its TNVR program and is unable to take in community cats at this time.

It is recommended that healthy cats found outside are left alone until animal services able to start performing surgeries again. Nationally, only 2% of cats are picked up by their owners when they end up in shelters, whereas — make it back home when left in their community.

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CFWI draft 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan available for review, comment

The Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Draft 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) is now available on the CFWI website for review and comment by stakeholders and the public.

The plan identifies existing and projected water needs as well as projects and funding sources to meet those needs in the CFWI Planning Area over the next 20 years.

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Bicentennial Pool, Fort Island Gulf and Hernando beaches closed until further notice – boat ramp remains open

File photo of Fort Idsland Gulf Beach being renovated in 2015 (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald)

Due to the COVID-19 virus, in an abundance of caution, Citrus County Parks and Recreation has announced Bicentennial Pool, Fort Island Gulf and Hernando Beaches will be closed until further notice.

The Fort Island Gulf and Hernando Beach Boat Ramp will remain open to the public.  Signage will be posted at all locations and all restrooms are locked.

For more about Parks and Recreation information, phone 352-527-7540.

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Citrus County Transit Service available in response to COVID-19

Citrus County Transit paratransit service is available to accommodate grocery shopping, medical prescription access, and medical appointment needs for seniors, as well as the general public.

The goal will be same-day or next-day service to meet the needs of the community.  Social distancing will be practiced on all transit vehicles.

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Water, sewer services to continue operations

BOCC SealThe Citrus County Department of Water Resources is taking steps to ensure its water and sewer systems will remain in service and unaffected throughout the COVID-19 situation.

However, in order to limit face-to-face contact and safeguard customers and employees, non-essential preventive maintenance and customer service calls will be limited until such time as normal operations can resume.

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District to close all campgrounds to reduce spread of COVID-19

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will close all campgrounds throughout its 16-county region to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m., all District campgrounds and campsites will be closed for 30 days. Recreational day use activities will still be allowed at this time.

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