Citrus County Affordable Housing Committee to meet in July

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 15, at 5:00pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center, in the café, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, Florida.

Any person desiring further information regarding this meeting may contact Citrus County Housing Services, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL 34461 (352) 527-7520.

County Animal Shelter suspends Community Cat Program

As the cases of COVID-19 once again increase in our state and country, we are taking extra precautions at Citrus County Animal Service (CCAS) to ensure the safety of our staff, visitors, and animal guests.

At this time, we have made the decision to temporarily suspend our Community Cat Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate Return (TNVR) program.

Effective immediately, we are unable to take in community cats at the shelter.

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Roadwork to begin on N. Citrus Springs Blvd.

Resurfacing of N. Citrus Springs Blvd. from US41 to Withlacoochee Trail (CR 39) is scheduled to be begin June 29, 2020.

Work should be completed in 100 calendar days, not including the upcoming holidays.

The contractor for the work is Pave-Rite, Inc. at a project cost of $970,546.58. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is funding 75% of this project through the Small County Outreach Program (SCOP).

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Citrus County rolls out one-day watering schedule for all unincorporated areas

Citrus County has enacted mandatory irrigation restrictions effective immediately, in response to increased irrigation demands that resulted in groundwater withdrawals exceeding Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFWMD) permitted amounts.

The new watering schedule is necessary to bring water use into permit compliance and avoid regulatory penalties.

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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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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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Citrus County Transit expands door-to-door service

Citrus County Transit is offering citizens expanded door-to-door transportation from 6:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, with fares waived during the county state of emergency.

Trips are available for work, shopping, doctor’s appointments, and other essential needs.

Door-to-door service is offered at this time for the general public, as well as residents with mobility needs.

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Derelict vessel removed from Floral City waterway

FFWCC Officer Nicole Muina and Anna Warrick, Medium Equipment Operator for the Citrus County Road Maintenance Division work together to remove vessel from the Floral City Pool of the Tsala Apopka Chain-of-Lake on May 7, 2020.)

Thanks to the efforts of Citrus County Aquatics Director Mark Edwards, and staff, an identified derelict vessel was removed from a local waterway on May 7, 2020.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) requested the County’s assistance in the removal of a derelict vessel that was located in the Floral City Pool of the Tsala Apopka Chain-of-Lakes.

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County staff, volunteers rally to deliver 400 meals

Kathy Turner, Historic Resources Management, gets a load of food (April 14, 2020)

With the onset of the COVID-19 and Governor Ron DeSantis “Safer at Home” executive order, and a local focus on protecting at-risk senior population, the Citrus County Meals on Wheels program has kicked into high gear when the need for additional meals became apparent due in part to the temporary closing of the senior dining sites.

With increased demand during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the county added an additional vendor to help provide for the increase in meals.

The normal delivery of meals occurs on Mondays and the new additional vendor would arrive Tuesday, April 14, which gave Meals on Wheels staff less than 24 hours to round up the additional staff from other departments and community volunteers needed.

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Preliminary work on Forest Ridge Blvd. resurfacing project begins

Citrus County has received a Small County Outreach Project (SCOP) grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to mill and resurface Forest Ridge Blvd in Beverly Hills.

The improvement project was originally planned to mill and resurface the road from County Road 491 to CR486.

However, due to the planned FDOT project to install sidewalks along Forest Ridge Blvd. from CR486 to W. Lake Beverly Drive, this section of the road will be resurfaced after the sidewalk project is completed to prevent any damage.

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