Animal Services and Care Center provides pet food pantry

Citrus County Animal Services and Care Center believes the human-animal bond should not be broken due to financial hardships; therefore, we offer assistance through our Pet Food Pantry to help pet owners continue to care of their furry family members.

The Care Center relies on donations of unopened bags of pet food, treats and canned food to be able to provide this service to the residents of Citrus County. Through these donations, we also provide pet food to programs such as Meals On Wheels and Community Food Bank – Citrus County.

If you are in need of assistance, please call the shelter at 352-746-8400 to set an appointment for pet food pick up.

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County Extension offers online seminar on Themed Gardens

UF/IFAS Extension Gardening Seminars are now available online.  The September seminar topic will be “Themed Gardens”.

The sky is the limit with planning & planting a garden – only your imagination limits you.

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Citrus County Animal Shelter Community Cat Program adjusted schedule

Citrus County Animal Services will not be accepting cats for the Community Cat Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate Return (TNVR) program, beginning Saturday, September 5, through Friday, September 11, 2020.

The TNVR program will resume on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9am to Noon.

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Assistance with utility bill payments available

PHOTO: Courtesy of Duke Energy

Citrus County Housing Services continues to assist low-income residents with their utility bill payments.

Through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families with home heating and cooling costs.

LIHEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and has been established to help qualifying low-income homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs.

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Farewell Parade a hit at East Citrus Community Center

Citrus County Senior Programs Supervisor Janice Hale saying her goodbyes to Germaine Beeman. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald)

East Citrus Community Center staff and friends lined up for a “Farewell Parade” celebrating the infamous “Jigsaw Puzzle Queen”, 91-year-old Germaine Beeman.

The parade of more than 15 vehicles, held on Aug. 12, weaved through the parking lot, horns beeping, in front of the queen herself, who was seated under the Community Center front canopy.

Germaine, “Gigi” as her friends call her, has been attending the East Citrus Community Center at 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Inverness, every day for 17 years.

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Cardinal Suncoast Interchange public workshop looks at development plan

The Citrus County Commission held a pubic workshop to discuss a proposed future master development plan for Cardinal Street, a road which has historically been a seven-mile, two-lane road in Homosassa, Fla.

The Cardinal interchange is part of an extension of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) of the Suncoast Parkway from Brooksville.

The street is proposed to be morphed into mixed use (both commercial and residential). Future developers would then be limited to parcel sizes of no less than 30 acres for any commercial use.

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CCSO names interim emergency management head

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Chris Evan has been named  Interim Director of Citrus County Emergency Management.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Evan to the position of Interim Director of Citrus County Emergency Management.

Finalized by a vote of members of the BOCC, Director Evan was nominated to take over the role upon Captain David DeCarlo’s retirement on Aug . 7, 2020.

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County receives award for its budget

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, Florida is receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

In order to receive the budget award, the county had to publish a budget document that meets nationally recognized criteria as a policy document, as a financial plan, as an operations guide, and as a communications device.

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Never Stop Believin’ Journey Tribute concert rescheduled to 2021

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, Citrus County Parks and Recreation has rescheduled the upcoming Never Stop Believin’ concert, “A Tribute to Journey” from August 28, 2020 to Friday, June 18, 2021.

The Division is taking extra precautions to put on an even greater show next year and accommodate a bigger crowd at Citrus Springs Community Center. Per usual, the doors will open at 6:00 pm and the band will go on at 7:00 pm.

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